Elbow rule might weaken title defense

Magic go up 2-1, while Celtics center Kendrick Perkins faces possible suspension

Originally Published: May 8, 2009
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN.com

ORLANDO -- The French word for throat is "gorge."

And the "gorge" was where Celtics center Kendrick Perkins' elbow struck Frenchman Mickael Pietrus' throat early in the fourth quarter of Boston's humbling 117-96 defeat Friday night in Orlando, which dropped the Celtics into a 2-1 deficit against the Magic in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

That play brings us back to one of the topics that has been a major theme of the 2008-09 postseason: the elbow rule. And what ...

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