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Celtics' Perkins helped off with right knee injury


Posted Jun 15 2010 10:11PM - Updated Jun 15 2010 10:58PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Boston Celtics center Kendrick Perkins was helped off the floor midway through the first quarter of Game 6 of the NBA finals Tuesday night with a sprained right knee.

An announcement in the third quarter said Perkins wouldn't return to the game and he would be re-evaluated Wednesday.

Perkins went down after getting fouled by Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum while battling for a rebound with 5:30 remaining. Perkins stayed on the floor while teammates on the nearby bench came to check on him before he was slowly helped to the back by teammates Shelden Williams and Brian Scalabrine and taken for X-rays.

Perkins was replaced by Rasheed Wallace. Both players are one technical foul away from an automatic one-game suspension.

Bynum, who has been battling his own knee injury, went to the locker room early in the third quarter.

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