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Boston Celtics: Perkins and Robinson Out, OKC'S Jeff Green and Nenard Krstic in

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 17:  Andew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks for an opening between Nenad Kristic #12 and Jeff Green #22 of the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Staples Center on January 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Andrew BockCorrespondent IFebruary 24, 2011

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson have been shipped to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for center Nenad Krstic and former Celtics draft pick, SF Jeff Green.

This is a pretty big deal, all things considered, as the Celtics were not supposedly going to make any large-scale deals, but the moving of the fan-favorite Perkins certainly will drop some jaws.

The immediate question is, will Krstic be able to man the middle and be the interior force the Celtics will miss without Perkins in the lineup?

That’s going to be a tough question to answer, as Krstic has never been much of a force on the inside.  His career average for rebounds is only 5.4.

The Celtics are going to have to rely on Shaquille and Jermaine O’Neal more than ever.  Kevin Garnett, too. 

Jeff Green is a good player, but his production is questionable when thinking about how the Celtics got destroyed on the boards against the Lakers in the NBA Finals last season.

The Celtics are apparently not done dealing, so a center had better be in the cards real soon, or the team will have some serious explaining to do.  You cannot solve one problem by creating another.

Stay tuned.

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