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Scalabrine will play; Perkins ‘not going to improve’

Brian Scalabrine warmed up before the game and will be active for tonight’s game against the Magic, according to Celtics coach Doc Rivers. Rivers said he does not plan to limit Scalabrine in any way.

“He’s feeling better,” said Rivers. “He’s been able to keep his food down the last couple of hours. We’re just going to play him.”

As for Kendrick Perkins, Rivers said his center’s shoulder strain won’t keep him out, though it could limit his ability to finish around the basket.

“It’s not going to improve,” said Rivers. “He’s not as strong, obviously, with his arm reaching above. We worry about him finishing. Every time he goes up above his shoulders there’s going to be severe pain.”

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Rivers said Perkins would not be playing if this wasn’t a playoff game but stressed that the injury is only a strain.

“If it happened last month he would be resting. But obviously it’s the middle of the playoffs and we don’t have that luxury. Obviously with Leon [Powe] and Kevin [Garnett] out, we don’t have that luxury.”

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