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Source: Perkins knee injury 'minor sprain'

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  February 23, 2011 05:14 PM

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Celtics may have averted another injury scare when a source said today that Kendrick Perkins's left knee injury is a "minor sprain."

However, he may be held out of the rest of the road trip as a precautionary measure.

Perkins banged knees early in the third quarter Tuesday night with Golden State's Stephen Curry and left the game with 10:31 remaining in the period. He tried jogging in front of the Celtics bench as a way to stay loose and possibly go back into the game, but trainer Ed Lacerte ended those hopes by wrapping Perkins's knee in ice, ending his night.

The source said Perkins could miss a few games, but the injury was not of any long term concern. Perkins said later Tuesday night he did not want to undergo an MRI but said he didn't have any choice in the matter. Semih Erden could be the Celtics' starting center for the rest of the road trip to Denver, Los Angeles (Clippers), and Utah.

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