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Celts don't have Perkins for Game 5 due to shoulder strain

Updated: June 16, 2008, 1:54 AM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Boston Celtics center Kendrick Perkins did not play in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night against the Los Angeles Lakers because of a strained left shoulder.

Leon Powe took Perkins' place in the starting lineup. It was the first playoff start of Powe's career.

"I know I'm not ready to go," Perkins said in the visitor's locker room at Staples Center, wearing street clothes while the rest of his teammates got in uniform for the potential clincher. "If we have ...

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