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Perkins' ejection came after his sixth and seventh technicals of the postseason, which under NBA rules merits an automatic one-game suspension, though the league will review the calls and has the authority to rescind either or both of the techs if it sees fit. The NBA said it would have an answer Thursday about Perkins' status for Game 6.
"We've put ourselves in that position," Rivers said. "And like I told our guys, you can't make any excuses."
Davis' situation is out of the league's control. He was diagnosed with a concussion, and there was no immediate word on the severity.
He was hurt as Howard maneuvered near the basket with about 22 seconds left in the third quarter. Howard's left elbow struck Davis in the face, and Davis began staggering, falling to the floor and staying down on his back for a few seconds.
The 289-pound Davis tried to get up, taking a few steps before falling again as play continued on the other end of the court. When he finally got to his feet, he was clearly without his bearings, staggering sideways before Crawford stepped in front of him and tried to wrap his arms around the massive man.
"Never want to see anybody, especially a friend, go down like that," Howard said.
Davis was tended to on the court, sat up, then walked to the Celtics' bench with 9.7 seconds left in the quarter. He remained there for about two minutes, before walking toward the Boston locker room for evaluation, and the concussion diagnosis was announced shortly afterward.
Also concussed was Celtics reserve Marquis Daniels, who -- like Davis -- was briefly unconscious in the second half.
"He ain't talking," Boston backup Nate Robinson said after the game, shooing reporters away from Daniels' locker.
Wallace fouled out with 4:49 remaining after scoring 21 points in 18 minutes on 7-for-9 shooting. After a brief moment on the bench, he shuffled slowly toward the Boston locker room as well. Little-used Shelden Williams took over at center when Wallace departed, only his second appearance in the series.
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