In this corner weighing in at just under 280 pounds, we have the maybe sick, but probably healthy enough to play Kendrick Perkins. What was once probable, has now stepped up a notch to “expected”. According to Frank Dell’Apa of Boston.com:
Celtics center Kendrick Perkins, who missed practice today with flu-like symptoms, made the team flight this afternoon and is expected to play tomorrow night against the Heat in Miami
In the other corner weighing in at 255 pounds, never slight of foot, we have the always banged up in one shape or form, Jermaine O’Neal. According to Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel:
Miami Heat center Jermaine O’Neal, sat out Monday’s rout of the Atlanta Hawks with ongoing hip and groin issues…leaving his status for Wednesday’s game against the Boston Celtics at AmericanAirlines Arena in doubt.
With a 10-day, six-game road trip to open Friday against the Phoenix Suns, it is more likely that O’Neal will miss his fifth game of the season.
My understanding with how careful the Celtics are with their players is that they would not bring Perkins on the trip if there was anything less than a 90% chance he was going to play in the game. They would do just what they did to Eddie House and leave him at home.
As for Jermaine O’Neal, like the quote says, if they have a tough stretch of games coming up, they gain nothing out of playing O’Neal in tonights game. Therefore, the Celtics should see a heavy dose of Joel Anthony who got to nod for the start in the game against the Hawks.