NBA Trade Deadline: What Were the Boston Celtics Thinking?

Eric CaspersonCorrespondent IIFebruary 25, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30:  Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers is defended by Kendrick Perkins #43 of the Boston Celtics in the second half at Staples Center on January 30, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The Celtics defeated the Lakers 109-96.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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While the rest of the top teams in the NBA stayed quiet, the Boston Celtics made a splash by trading away Kendrick Perkins yesterday.

The trade sent Perkins and Nate Robinson to the Thunder. In return, Boston received Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic and a first-round draft pick.

Boston, at 41-15, had the best record in the East and second best in the NBA. That begs the question: Why screw around with the roster?

The other top teams in the NBA (Spurs, Lakers, Heat, Mavericks) all did nothing at the deadline. They felt comfortable enough with their rosters to make a run towards a title.

For some reason, the Celtics did not feel comfortable. They traded away their only center and got a backup to Paul Pierce in return. It just does not make any sense.

Jeff Green is a good young player, but where does he fit in on this team? He has Pierce playing in front of him.

Krstic is a downgrade at the center position. The only difference between the Heat and the Celtics was at that position. Perkins would have dominated Joel Anthony or whoever the Heat put at the position.

Now, the Celtics lost their X-factor in their race towards the NBA Finals.

The Heat and even the Bulls now match up better with Boston. Because of this trade, the Celtics might not even make it out of the East.

Remember last year when everyone was still saying that the Boston starting five has not lost a playoff series yet? Boston must have not thought too much about that, because they just tore it apart.