No what-ifs for Perkins this time

Celtics big man will be on court for 2010 Finals rematch with Lakers

Updated: January 29, 2011, 8:36 PM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

You would have surmised it happened too quickly to process it properly. One minute Kendrick Perkins was barking at the officials, shoving guys in purple and yellow, and the next he was sprawled on the Staples Center court, grabbing his knee after landing awkwardly in pursuit of a rebound.

Sometimes, such drastic turns of events are blurs. Sometimes, you aren't exactly sure what just happened.

Not this time. Perkins knew instantly his season was over.

"The pain was different,'' ...

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