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Perkins returns to action tonight

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  January 25, 2011 06:49 PM

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A day after telling reporters there was no way Kendrick Perkins would see action tonight, Doc Rivers said the big man will return from his six-month absence against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Perkins tore his right anterior cruciate ligament during Game 6 of the NBA Finals and was expected to return in February, but his recovery has been ahead of schedule and team doctors told Rivers yesterday that he could play.

Perkins went through one last test with team doctor Brian McKeon after yesterday's practice, doing a series of exercises while McKeon, still dressed in his scrubs, watched.

"After the practice the doctors walked in and said they thought he should play," Rivers said.
"I don't mind changing my mind. He looks pretty good. That was the reason they thought he should give it a go."

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CLEVELAND CAVALERS (8-36)

PG Ramon Sessions
SG Daniel Gibson
SF Christian Eyenga
PF J.J. Hickson
PF Antawn Jamison

BOSTON CELTICS (32-10)

PG Rajon Rondo
SG Ray Allen
SF Paul Pierce
PF Kevin Garnett
C Semih Erden

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