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