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Kendrick Perkins hasn't yet played a game for his new team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the result of a left knee injury suffered during his last game with Boston. His right knee was surgically repaired last offseason in more than once place, and he hadn't yet reached his previous form. Who knows if he would have this season?
Nate Robinson is projected to miss 4-6 weeks with knee surgery, and Marquis Daniels probably won't play a game for his new team, the Sacramento Kings, after suffering a spinal cord injury this season.
Don't think for a second that injuries didn't contribute to the Celtics making this deal.
The C's knew of Robinson's ailments and that surgery was a definite possibility down the road. They knew of Perkins' new injury and that it could potentially hold him out for an extended period of time, but they didn't know if he could return to form so quickly after suffering a torn MCL and PCL during last year's Finals.
If the Celtics hadn't made these moves, they'd be stuck with only one healthy legitimate bench player, Glen Davis, who would have probably moved to the starting rotation in Perkins' absence.
That would have left the likes of Von Wafer, Avery Bradley (R) and Luke Harangody (R) to handle bench duty for the C's.
While the Celtics have fought injuries all season long (they've never played a game with a full 15-man roster), they would be taking a huge risk had they not made the moves.
They'd be putting an enormous amount of pressure on their starting lineup, who would likely have to consistently play extended minutes. Not only would that be detrimental to having a rested team for the playoffs, but the Celtics would be exposing them to injuries as a result of overuse.
But now, the Celtics have the appropriate number of bodies to deal with injuries while keeping the starters fresh. They're still waiting on Shaquille O'Neal, Delonte West and Glen Davis, but neither of the three are experiencing major injuries. They could be back on the floor as soon as sometime next week, but each of their cases differ.
And perhaps one of the most important factors in keeping this team healthy and making all the deadline moves was the chance at achieving the No. 1 seed.
Had the Celtics not made the moves, their performance on the hardwood would have declined. Injuries and lack of bodies would have made it hard to compete on a nightly basis.
But the Celtics are currently on a four-game win streak, and sit a full three games ahead of the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference standings.
Home-court advantage is important and does play a factor in the playoffs. The C's now have a better chance of achieving that.