Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 at 9:48 pm  |  24 responses

Kendrick Perkins Surprises, Plays First Game of Season

Big Perk is back from a torn ACL suffered in the NBA Finals — via ESPN Boston: “The TD Garden faithful showered Celtics center Kendrick Perkins with a prolonged standing ovation as he checked into Tuesday’s game against the Cavaliers. Perkins, who replaced rookie Semih Erden with 8:02 to play, motioned to the crowd as he lined up on the baseline for a free throw attempt. … Perkins, wearing a black brace over his right knee and showing some rust, checked out with 2:37 to play in the first quarter, logging a little over five minutes in his first shift of the night.”

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  • MikeC.

    Welcome back big Perk! Now elbow somebody!

  • http://slamonline.com niQ

    Welcome back! Now back to your nonsmiling self.

  • JTaylor21

    Welcome back! Now go back to hurting your shoulder every other play.

  • http://www.slamonline.com AllDayEveryDay

    Welcome back! Now cause some tension for the starting center spot

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Perk hurt his shoulder during their championship run — it’s been reported that it’ll never fully heal and that it’s just something that he’s going have to deal with the rest of his career.

  • ripslam

    Man, that was nice timing. Just as Shaqtus goes down the Celts get Perk. He was actually decent for his first game back.

  • Will Lee

    kill the lakers

  • Ry

    Young Jeezy!!

  • http://slamonline.com biged

    or b killed by the Lakers

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    How long til he gets a tech? One, two games??

  • greg

    this guy does so many things for the celtics. he blocks shots plays screen and roll defence, defends the post. if he could rebound they would never lose a game

  • Heals

    The band is back together!

  • Jose

    Perk has to catch up with his technical fouls, lotta ground to make up. haha. Good to know he’s back on the court, but obviously they shouldn’t rush him which seemed like they didn’t

  • Rell Written

    “I am smilin’” (Black Dynamite voice)

  • Yesse

    Damn. Shaq is not a starter for long.

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic fredd

    so afraid to lose his starting spot, he rushed it … damn, logjam now … i don’t see Shaq not the starter, Perk will have to swallow his pride a lil and accept the backup role for a few months.

  • letsmotor

    the starting spot is perk’s, if not right away then eventually. shaq will come off the bench. no one manages egos better than doc.

  • http://www.slamonline.com THE REAL RIGGS

    shaq coincidently has to miss two games when perk comes back. Also there will be no center controversy, semi warms the bench, shaq comes off the bench after perk is good to go and jermaine is let go because he’s a bum.

  • vtrobot

    the BEAST is back! there won’t be any problem with the C rotation. it will be exactly as letsmotor and THE REAL RIGGS said. and then sheed will come back.

  • 80

    He is going to have to wrestle with shaq to start again. Even statistically shaq is superior, not to mention how driving lanes shrink on defence when he plays(they dont measure that yet) and he still gets double teamed on offense, from time to time. Doc is no fool, he knows that shaq is at the moment a great fit for the team, now they have to work around the rotations not to injure his ego.

  • http://www.slamonline.com zog

    Here we go :)

  • 2dope

    Welcome back PERK! Is there a more menacing 4, 5? Haters rejoice!

  • andre anglais

    Somehow, I don’t see there being rotation issues being a problem with these guys, as long as they’re winning. Besides, Perk already plays with a chip on his shoulder. Do you really think he could look angrier if he was upset about minutes? Cause I think he plays about as angry as it gets. Which is why we love him, and are glad he’s back.

  • BostonBaller

    The return of The Hulk ! Welcome back Big P !