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Rondo admits Perkins trade affected team more than it should have

Jul 26, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

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The numbers are pretty stark — Boston was 41-14 when Kendrick Perkins was traded at the deadline to Oklahoma City, brining back Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic. They went 15-12 the rest of the way.

Danny Ainge justified the trade saying Green gave the Celtics needed depth on the wing and that they didn’t want to lose Perkins for nothing if free agency.

But the trade hit the Celtics locker room hard, harder than it should have Rajon Rondo told Marc Spears of Yahoo.

“It wasn’t like the man passed away or something,” Rondo said. “I think we put too much emphasis on it. It’s a business. He got traded. He’s very happy where he’s at. We still talk and I’m always going to have his back. It shouldn’t have affected us the way it affected us.”

Next season is going to be an interesting one in Boston, they are going to make one more run with the big four of Rondo, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. They also have Jermaine O’Neal and Avery Bradley inked.

After that, there is nobody. Jeff Green is a restricted free agent and you can bet the Celtics will match offers, and Delonte West wants to return. But there is going to be a major roster shake up around the Celtics aging core. Can they put together something — in a limited amount of time after the lockout ends — that can challenge Miami and Chicago for the Eastern Conference title?

We’ll see, but this will be the last kick at the can for the team as constructed. It’s going to be interesting in Boston.

  1. trueballs - Jul 26, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    and during that 41-14 start…how many games did Perk play? 5 or 10?

    • zrbk - Jul 26, 2011 at 3:54 PM

      True. But we’re not talking about a video game here. Players have feelings and emotions. The Perk trade simply ruined the chemistry of the team and made the players less confident. Doc Rivers also mentioned the fact that the Celtics had a larger playbook with Perkins around — no other team in leagues has a starting lineup that has been playing together for 3.5 years.

      • passerby23 - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:37 AM

        This is all beside the point. Boston couldn’t score at the end of games against the Heat and that’s why they lost. Perkins would not have changed that. With an at least functional Shaq, they win that series and none of this talk is going on.

    • chargerdillon - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:10 PM

      You should ask Dirk what one positive teamate can do for the entire locker room, see Tyson Chandler

  2. involvement82 - Jul 27, 2011 at 4:17 AM

    Boston fail tics just got there old azz handed to them and as a cushion threw perkins name in their as a fall back excuse for being puzzy’s. We would’ve won the championship Perkins was here cheering us on? Get the fAk out of here.

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