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Perkins, Allen expected to play

Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  June 17, 2008 12:16 PM

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Celtics center Kendrick Perkins, who missed Game 4 of the NBA Finals with a strained left shoulder, said following the team's shootaround today that he planned to play tonight in Game 6 at TD Banknorth Garden. The team also expects to have guard Ray Allen.

"If feels good," said Perkins. I'm going to give it a shot tonight and see how it goes. I plan on playing tonight and I'll see how it goes."

Perkins admitted his shoulder probably won't be 100 percent until after the season, but that right now he feels well enough to play.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he expected to have the services of Allen, who has been dealing with a medical situation with his youngest son, Walker. Allen did not fly back to Boston with the team yesterday and was not at shootaround, but he is in the Boston area.

Rivers said Allen arrived back around 7 or 8 this morning.

"I do expect him to play. I'm pretty sure. I'm not positive, but I'm pretty sure." said Rivers of Allen.

Allen has respectfully, through the Celtics, asked the media not to ask him questions about his family situation.

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