The Celtics held Kendrick Perkins out for the second straight game as he battles tendinitis in his left knee. Coach Doc Rivers indicated Boston's center is likely to return Wednesday night against Oklahoma City, but he said the team is using caution with the playoffs around the bend.
"I'm pretty sure he'll play Wednesday," Rivers said. "For him, I don't think it's anything that serious -- [but] tendinitis can be, it can linger. When you come back, it can start right back up, but that's why we're trying to head it off. Hopefully we've done it in time."
While Perkins remains sidelined (Rasheed Wallace drew the start), reserve guard Nate Robinson was available after the left ankle he sprained in Friday's win over the Kings responded well for the second straight day.
"Nate's fine," Rivers said.
When asked if the backup point guard would face any minute restrictions, Rivers laughed and noted, "No more than normal, anyway. He's not playing a lot right now."
Chris Forsberg covers the Celtics for ESPNBoston.com.