We have seen our share of injuries as the result of the Celtics spirited practices and now we have one more. According to the Globe, Ray Allen missed part of Saturday afternoon's practice after Perk's elbow caught him above his eye and sent him to the team's Health Point facility for stitches.
Coach Doc Rivers described the clash as an accident, since both Allen and Perkins were playing together, during a "skeleton" drill, which does not include a defending team.
"It was a 'skeleton' drill, no defense," Rivers said. "We thought he was goofing around when he went down. But then we saw the blood."
Allen and Perkins were working a hand-off play, Perkins keeping possession as Allen cut past him. But Perkins, holding the ball, brought his elbow down as Allen raced by.
And this is what happens when they aren't playing defense. The article says that Ray's status for Tuesday's opener in Cleveland has not been determined. I can't see Ray missing the season opener for a few stitches above his eye unless it is a lot worse than they are saying. If he can open his eye, I will bet he'll be playing.
Allen hit the ground grabbing his eye, according to Rivers who initially thought Allen was joking. “All of a sudden he was laying down and all of a sudden you saw the blood and said, ‘Oh no, I don’t think he’s faking.’”
Rasheed Wallace said the injury did not affect the Celtics energy during practice.
“We’re still going hard, still intense,” he said. “Unfortunately it happened but we can’t sit up here and be sad and be down on ourselves, like oh man Ray got hurt. No, we’ve still got to go out there and play.”