Boston Celtics: 10 Reasons They'll Continue to Miss Perkins in the NBA Playoffs

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Boston Celtics: 10 Reasons They'll Continue to Miss Perkins in the NBA Playoffs
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The Boston Celtics have been on an emotional roller coaster since pulling the trigger on the trade that sent Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Nenad Krstic and Jeff Green.

Initially, they came out strong, winning five of their first six matches with the new lineup. The trade's detractors began to second guess themselves and once more Danny Ainge looked like a genius.

However, this early success was short lived.

Their five game win streak ended with a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The following night, the Celtics lost again—this time to the lowly Philadelphia 76ers.

These losses sent the Celtics into a tailspin from which they have yet to recover.

The Celtics have now lost five of their last 10 matches—an honour they share with the lottery bound Charlotte Bobcats and Milwaukee Bucks.

As it now stands, as predicted, the Celtics have lost top seeding in the Eastern Conference. They even look at risk of dropping to third in the East, behind the resurgent Miami Heat.

However, with the NBA Playoffs just weeks away, there is little good news on the horizon for Celtics fans.

Many of the problems they have experienced during the regular season will only be exacerbated in the playoffs.

And many of these problems can be directly attributed to the loss of Kendrick Perkins.

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