Tag:Nate Robinson
Posted on: June 10, 2011 9:04 pm
Edited on: June 11, 2011 10:09 pm

Nate Robinson apologizes after public urination

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Nate Robinson was cited for public urination. Posted by Ben Golliver. nate-robinson

Pint-sized Oklahoma City Thunder guard Nate Robinson is best known for his Slam Dunk contest stunts and endless energy, but police in White Plains, N.Y., were clearly not amused on Thursday night when he allegedly urinated on a sidewalk.

The Oklahoman reports that Robinson was cited by police.
The 5-foot-9 Robinson, who has also played for the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics, was arrested shortly before 2 a.m. after cops said he was seen urinating outside a Barnes & Noble store on Main Street.

He was taken to police headquarters, where he was issued a ticket charging him with a public urination violation. Robinson was released on $100 bail and is due in City Court on June 22. The violation normally carries a $50 fine. Police said he gave a Seattle address.
On Friday, Robinson issued an apology to his fans on Twitter. "Hey tweeps...I made a silly mistake last night...I apologize for my actions, it definitely won't happen again!"

Robinson, 27, was traded to the Thunder by the Boston Celtics in a pre-deadline trade that also brought center Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City. He is on the books for $4.5 million next season, the final year of his current contract.
Posted on: April 5, 2011 6:52 pm
Edited on: April 5, 2011 7:25 pm

Celtics' system can't cure everything for Green

Jeff Green says all the right things about where his game needs to go in Boston, but the early returns are not great. 

Posted by Matt Moore

Is a team truly more the product of its players or its system? Surely both are essential on both sides of the ball. Lack the personnel, and you physically won't be able to execute the principles the system demands. Lack a cohesive system, and too often individual player tendencies will disrupt the balance on either side of the ball, creating opportunities for the opponent. Often, strong systems seem to mask what at the surface level are underwhelming players. The idea then percolates that inserting an inferior player to the system will create similar results, because it's the syste, not the player, that's essential. Boston certainly would seem to fit that model, but Jeff Green's first month and a half with the Celtics is drawing some concerns on that front. 

The internet was ablaze with discussion of Green and how he's fitting in with the Celtics. The offense is a talking point, but can you really expect Green to be a significant contributor with the kind of offensive firepower he's sharing the floor with? The occassional three or dunk off the drive, sure. But he's stacked on each side by Hall of Famers. No, where Green really needs to make an impact, and dispell a notorious reputation for softness, is in rebounding. And everyone's got an opinion on that subject. 
Rivers also highlighted one other area where he'd like to see Green be more assertive.

"One of the things he has to improve on is rebounding," said Rivers. "He had zero [on Friday], he had four [Sunday]. He can be a better rebounder for us."

Green agreed that he can still make strides both on the glass and on the defensive end of the floor, suggesting production in both of those areas is even more important than his contributions on offense.

"I want to do more on defense," said Green. "I need to rebound more. I need to just focus on that instead of what I need to do on the offensive end."

Since joining the Celtics, Green has averaged only 2.5 rebounds per game, after averaging 5.6 during his time with the Thunder this season. Green's defensive rebounding rate since coming to Boston registers at just 9.9 percent, which is lower than the 13.6 percent he hauled in as a member of the Thunder this season, and is well below the league average for forwards at 16.2 percent, according to HoopData.

"I'm comfortable with everything [on offense]," said Green. "Defense is where I need to get better at, as far as rotations, [with] rebounding being the key thing. Put that in all caps, italicize it, whatever you want to do. That's the main thing which I need to get better at."
via No more Mr. Nice Guy for Green - Boston Celtics Blog - ESPN Boston.

So it's good that Green recognizes what he needs to work on, and that Rivers is trying some of that patented motivational work on him. But the signs that the defense is a red flag area are even more alarming. Like, big, blaring siren that is so loud you can't think of anything else. Like fire alarm in a small metal room loud. From Sports Illustrated
Parse the numbers a bit more, and a second trend is repeating itself, one that might temper the bad news a bit: Most of this deluge of opponent scoring is coming when Boston plays Green at power forward. Considering only these 10 lineups, opponents have scored about 123 points per 100 possessions when Green is at the “4.” That number would embarrass the Raptors. The bad news: The  lineup in which Green has logged by far the most minutes features him at power forward alongside Boston’s core four of Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. This group has played 46 minutes together, triple the number of minutes Green has played with any other foursome.
via The Point Forward » Posts Green not living up to Celtics’ hopes … yet «.

Yikes. Green's been considered a "tweener" forever and this provides even more evidence that he's not growing out of that label any time soon. He's too big to guard speedy perimeter threes, and two light to guard muscular fours. The rebounding is a mental edge, one that he simultaneously acknowledges and refuses to integrate. The numbers stand out more on the Celtics because of their excellence in that area (8th in defensive rebound rate), but in reality, as ProBasketballTalk.com points out, this is nothing new for Green:
Pretty much what happened at the Thunder. You can rationalize it and say if you play him at different positions (more three than four) or put him in with different lineups you’ll get better results. Maybe. The Celtics are a team that figures things out, and Green provides nice depth off the bench on offense. Players do improve. Sometimes. But basically, this is Jeff Green. What you are seeing is what you will get.
via Celtic fans, what you see with Jeff Green is what you get | ProBasketballTalk.

Part of this is a function of having a top heavy team loaded with stars. You've seen similar instances with the Celtics in the past, as role players have been inconsistent in key areas (Nate Robinson, Leon Powe, Eddie House), and the same elements exist on teams like the Heat, where players are quality veterans, but lack abilities in key areas at their position (Joel Anthony, Mario Chalmers, Eddie House, again). But Green what also considered to be part of the return for Kendrick Perkins, a valuable role player going forward that could contribute in multiple areas. The system was supposed to aleviate various weaknesses in his game. Instead, at least so far, he's been the same player. Can you really change the makeup of a player by inserting him into a different system, especially in a close-knit, brusque, veteran-laden environment like the Celtics' locker room? 

If there's one area of the trade that seems to show some signs of life towards the systemic approach, it's the center swapped. Nenad Krstic's rebound percentage has risen to 14.2 percent from 11.9 in Oklahoma City (5.6 from 4.4 per game, while Kendrick Perkins' has dropped from 19.0 to 18.2. Granted, there's an extremely small sample size on both sets, especially considering the small number of games Perkins has been available for due to injury. Interestingly, Krstic is actually out-performing Perkins at the Celtics' biggest weakness, offensive rebounding. The Celtics are dead last in that category, but Krstic has made a slight improvement in his numbers there. 

Jeff Green's offensive rebounding numbers? They've gone from bad to worse
Posted on: March 29, 2011 1:06 pm

Nick Collison out for OKC, Nate Robinson active

Posted by Royce Young

The Thunder will be down a rotation big man tonight against Golden State as Nick Collison will rest a sprained left ankle versus the Warriors. From here on out, he'll just be day-to-day. Collison suffered it in the first half against Portland but stayed in the game.

But good news! Nate Robinson is back.

Robinson will be activated tonight for the first time since having arthroscopic surgery March 4 on his right knee. It's unknown if he'll play. He's not a likely rotation player for the Thunder, but Scott Brooks sees the potential to use him in spots.

"We have a nice flow to our rotation," Scott Brooks told the Oklahoman. "There are times he will be used, but I don't know when."

Since being traded from Boston to OKC, Robinson had only appeared once scoring six points in eight minutes. He's behind Russell Westbrook and Eric Maynor in the point guard rotation and behind Thabo Sefolosha, James Harden and Daequan Cook at shooting guard. He's more seen as an instant offense type of option to inject some life and energy to the team when needed.
Posted on: March 4, 2011 12:56 pm
Edited on: March 4, 2011 5:04 pm

Nate Robinson has knee surgery, out 4-6 weeks

Nate Robinson undergoes knee surgery, will miss 4-6 weeks.
Posted by Matt Moore

The Thunder announced today that Nate Robinson underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery Friday for a sore right knee. The release indicated he felt soreness in it on Monday and Robinson decided to be proactive with treatment in coordination with the team medical staff. Robinson is expected to miss 4-6 weeks recovering from the surgery.

It's peculiar that Presti has apparently taken on two players with knee injuries while surrendering Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic. Robinson was a non-factor for the Thunder lineups anyway, so this development is hardly crushing. He was third point guard behind Eric Maynor and his skill set wasn't anything the Thunder need for the stretch run. Still, it's concerning that a week after acquiring both Robinson and Kendrick Perkins, the Thunder won't have either player available for four weeks. 

It also comes across as concerning from a chemistry standpoint. If it was elective surgery in terms of timing (he'd need it one way or another), it's construed as Robinson not committing to the Thunder playoff push. But most likely it was simply something that worsened, and as he'd been putting it off and wanted to be at best condition for the playoffs, elected to undergo. We'll keep you updated on his status.
Posted on: February 24, 2011 8:46 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2011 9:14 pm

Trade Deadline: Black Thursday Winners and Losers

With close to a dozen trades before the 2011 NBA Trade Deadline, we break down the winners and losers in each division.
Posted by EOB Staff

Well, that escalated quickly. After an insane week that started with the Carmelo Anthony trade finally coming to fruition, the NBA trade deadline finished with nearly a dozen deals having been completed. Here are the winners and losers from this insane week that was. 

Atlantic Division

Winner: New Jersey Nets

Plenty of good arguments to be had for the New York Knicks snagging Carmelo Anthony and the Boston Celtics nabbing Jeff Green, but no other team in the entire league changed its fortunes like the New Jersey Nets, who acquired the single best player who moved during this year's trading season: point guard Deron Williams. The price New Jersey paid was meaningful but not crippling, and Williams sets them up to win and build far better than rookie big man Derrick Favors would have. We already saw how far point guard Devin Harris could carry them the last two seasons. Williams will hopefully breathe some new life into big man Brook Lopez, help maximize the production from New Jersey's many role players and serve as an attraction to  other marquee names in free agency. Nobody else made a bigger leap into relevancy that the Nets did, and that's worthy of the winner title. -- Ben Golliver

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Loser: Toronto Raptors

Speaking of struggling with relevance, allow me to introduce the Toronto Raptors, who moved a first round pick for James Johnson, a seldom used forward who has failed to deliver on his draft promise during his two years in the NBA. It's not a terrible move but it's one that comes with limited upside, leaving the Raptors to continue to churn below mediocrity. Blowing things up was probably the way to go -- unloading Jose Calderon's contract would have been a great start -- but asset collection would have also inspired some hope among the Raptors diehards. Instead, the cynical wait for Jay Triano's firing marches on. -- BG

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Northwest Division

Winner: Oklahoma City Thunder

I don't think there could possibly be a bigger winner than the Oklahoma City Thunder. They won a Pulitzer, a Grammy, a Nobel Prize and an Oscar all in one swoop.

Not only did two of the division's very best players in Deron Williams and Carmelo Anthony get moved, opening the door for OKC to stay at the top of the Northwest for years to come, the Thunder did a little of their own maneuvering, picking up Kendrick Perkins and Nazr Mohammed to fill the biggest gap in the team's depth chart.

Giving up Jeff Green stings as he was one of the original long term pieces that the Thunder was building with. But he was a restricted free agent and indications were that he wasn't going to be re-signed for the price OKC was comfortable with. So the Thunder flips him and Nenad Krstic (an expiring contract) for the Celtics starting center (and Nate Robinson). Perkins is an unrestricted free agent himself this summer, but not only does OKC get him for two months, it also has the cap space and desire to re-sign him over the summer.

So let's recap that real quick: Some of the main competition got worse and the Thunder got better. That's a good haul. -- Royce Young

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Loser: Utah Jazz

Any time you give up a superstar, you aren't going to get equal value. It's just reality. And while the Jazz received a nice return for Deron Williams (Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, two first-round picks) it's really not even close to enough.

The Jazz still had the rest of this season and a whole other year with Williams. They wanted to strike preemptively to avoid any welling Derondrama of taking place next season. But is that really worth just shipping out one of the league's best point guards, just like that?

In the past 30 days, Utah has lost its coach and its face. Those are big blows. The Jazz are moving on and will try and rebuild a winner around younger players while creating cap space and stockpiling picks, but there's no denying that this isn't the same team without Williams.

The Jazz will be lucky to stumble into the postseason this season and will likely be a lottery team next year. And to think, they could've had at least another full season with Williams, but instead they chose to jump at the best offer they might get. I understand the thinking of trading a player that won't re-sign, but still, is what you get back worth the time you're giving up? -- RY

Southeast Division

Winner: Charlotte Bobcats

It took some time for Michael Jordan to realize it, but the best maneuver for the Bobcats was simply to set fire to the roster. The team was never going anywhere with its existing pieces so it just made all the sense in the world to start over.

What the Bobcats received on deadline day was a couple expiring contracts (Joel Przybilla, Morris Peterson) while also finding two first-round drafts picks and not a bad young big man in D.J. White. They lost Gerald Wallace, which hurts, but that's the price for rebuilding .

Going into the summer, the normally financially strapped Bobcats will have some room to look around, while also being able to build around the cheapest talent available -- rookies. The forthcoming draft classes aren't that excellent, but there are good players to be had if you look hard enough.

It's odd to see a team that threw away a chance at the postseason as a winner, but the Bobcats did the right thing. This has been in the cards for months and while they didn't get Stephen Jackson moved, they sent a good chunk of the roster off. -- RY

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Loser: Orlando Magic

Orlando did all of its dealing more than a month ago and didn't really have much left to pursue. The Magic wanted a big man to help inside, but they never did find a suitable deal.

But on top of that, they are now kind of that idle ship in the East. They have the talent to win, but Otis Smith's blockbuster hasn't worked out well at all. Gilbert Arenas isn't scoring, Hedo Turkoglu isn't creating and Jason Richardson is mainly just a shooter. Dwight Howard wanted more help inside and the Magic didn't get it.

(Where they did win was Kendrick Perkins getting moved. Perkins was always one of the best defenders for Dwight Howard and with him out of the picture, the Celtics aren't nearly as formidable inside and will likely struggle guarding Howard. So that's one plus for them.)

Again, not that they really had to pieces to make a big splash, but maybe Smith jumped the gun on a trade. Maybe if he waits for the deadline, he's a player for some of the bigger fish like Gerald Wallace or even Deron Williams. That's speculation, but if Orlando's not going anywhere, it would've been worth it, right? -- RY

Southwest Division

Winner: Houston Rockets

The Rockets needed to do something, and it's hard to criticize what they came up with. Turning Shane Battier's expiring contract into a decent high-risk, maybe-reward project in bust-to-date center Hasheem Thabeet was solid. Moving point guard Aaron Brooks, who the Rockets clearly weren't willing to commit big dollars to long-term, for productive and cheap point guard Goran Dragic of the Suns, bought the Rockets a year to sort out their long-term point guard situation. Together, the trades serve as value plays for a franchise that has spun its wheels since Yao Ming's abrupt decline into the injury abyss. There wasn't much competition for the "winner" tag in this division, as it was fairly quiet and devoid of major division-altering moves. While playoff contention might get tabled until next year, the Rockets plunge ahead with their smarter-than-average, flexibility-oriented approach. -- BG

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Loser: Memphis Grizzlies

Any time you try valiantly but can't complete a trade of a player who has started a fight on your team plane and been suspended for violating the league's performance enhancing drugs policy, you are the automatic loser. That's just a default rule of the NBA. When the Grizzlies failed to complete a deal that would have shipped O.J. Mayo to the Indiana Pacers for Josh McRoberts, they added another dramatic chapter to an already difficult situation, sending a message to a troubled player that he isn't really wanted but, hey, he is still welcome to show up for practice tomorrow. Awkward. Mayo still has tons of promise, but this disaster area clearly isn't the right location for him to realize it. -- BG

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Central Division

Winner: Cleveland Cavaliers

It wasn't a huge win. It wasn't even a considerable win.  But the Cavaliers needed to make efforts to go young, and they have done so.  The Cavs sent off Mo Williams and Jamario Moon's expiring contract for Baron Davis and a first round pick from the Clippers. The initial reaction is revulsion, because they were forced to acquire Baron Davis' massive contract, knee problems, and laziness. But two things. One, Davis has shown with Blake Griffin that he can be a not-terrible player. The Cavs aren't looking for a guy to be a difference maker next year. Davis will have considerably more value next season at the deadline with a 2013 expiring contract (if he doesn't opt-out). It's a large chunk of change with nearly $29 million left on his deal, but if they're able to flip him at some point, buy him out, or get some level of production, it's worth it. Why? Because two, that draft pick is the gold mine, here. The Clippers are not going to make the playoffs this year, will be in the lottery, and can end up with a valuable draft pick. As a result, the Cavs get what they need most. A high draft pick. That's what they needed to do.

In a second deal, the Cavaliers picked up Semih Erden and Luke Harangody from the Celtics. Neither are going to set the world on fire, but both have shown flashes of talent for the Celtics, and can be valuable role players or added to offseason trades. For the price of a second round pick, that's a near-steal. The Cavaliers missed out on a big opportunity when a deal with Golden State fell through, but in the end, they at least moved forward with rebuilding instead of standing pat. It wasn't a great deadline, but it wasn't a disaster. That's what this season is. --Matt Moore

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Loser: Indiana Pacers

Drat! Foiled! The Pacers were this  close to landing O.J. Mayo in a trade sending Josh McRoberts and a draft pick to Memphis. It's a bigger loss for the Grizzlies who now have to deal with the fallout, but a lost opportunity for Indiana. Brandon Rush has vanished in the rotation and the Pacers need a true 2-guard to make them a better scoring team on the perimeter. Mayo would have fit that bill perfectly. But as always should be the lesson with the Grizzlies, if you give them an opportunit to screw something up, that's what they'll do. This time it backfired on the Pacers and they're stuck, despite McRoberts being a more-than-serviceable forward, without Mayo. Plus it looks embarassing to have agreed to a deal and have the deadline pass. But perhaps the biggest reason they lost was their insistance on not trading their expiring contracts. They had Mike Dunleavey Jr. and Jeff Foster both available and both expendable and failed to get on the market. They could have brought in a legitimate addition to push them into a solid middle-playoff-seed team. Instead, they're left with the same squad, playing well, but contending cores are not built on three-week win streaks. If they can't do anything with the money they'll clear, they may regret having been so quiet on this very loud day. -- MM

Pacific Division

Winner: Sacramento Kings

Marcus Thornton's career is probably going one of two ways. He is likely not going to end up as just an average NBA player. He's either going to blow up and be a household name where he plays in terms of scoring capacity, or he's going to flame out horribly and be an inefficient malcontent. Odds are much more on the former. I'm not saying he'll be a star in this league, but he can be very good and part of a core that helps the Kings contend, if they keep him. Moving Landry clears space, clears someone who was unhappy, clears money the team can't afford to spend. Thornton is a young asset, and one that can fill the bucket up. That's especially important for them this season with Tyreke Evans on the bench due to injury. But when he gets back, Evans-Thornton-Cousins? That's a phenomenal balance of talent. Just because this season has been a disaster doesn't mean next year has to be. Great move for the Kings. I'm not going to dignify the Marquis Daniels trade with a response. -- MM

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Loser: Phoenix Suns

Bear in mind, Aaron Brooks is a good player. He really is. The Rockets hardballed him because they understand his limitations and never overcommit to a player who's not truly great . That's just not what they do. And Brooks is not a great player. Furthermore, Brooks fits with the Suns only to the degree that it's nice to have nitro-boost on the fastest car in the world. You're already fast. Why are you spending more to get faster? Brooks will struggle to get time behind Steve Nash, who's kept himself in such good condition he won't be going anywhere any time soon. Brooks was acquired for a talented guard in Goran Dragic and a first round pick. That pick wasn't going to be super-valuable and the Suns bleed first-rounders like they're nothing, but still, for a team that's struggling to find an identity after the loss of Stoudemire, this move seemed at best superfluous and at worst a step backwards. Brooks kind of fits the role of the departed Leandro Barbosa, but was that really what the Suns needed? This was a strange trade, and not one that helped them. -- MM

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Posted on: February 24, 2011 4:12 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2011 6:32 pm

Trade Deadline: Celtics trade Perkins to OKC

Celtics trade Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic.
Posted by Matt Moore and Royce Young

It's only fitting that in one of the biggest trade seasons in NBA history, that we ended the deadline in completely insane style. Multiple outlets including Yahoo! Sports first reported and Ken Berger of CBSSports.com has confirmed that the Boston Celtics has traded Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City for Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic and a 2012 1st round pick. Here's our analysis of the trade (updating as more information becomes available). 

by Royce Young

There has always been a very specific ideology for Sam Presti in Oklahoma City. Build a group of young players that can grow and develop together. It started in 2007 when he took Kevin Durant No. 2 overall and acquired the fifth pick Jeff Green for Ray Allen. From there, the pieces started to fit.

And this Thunder team jumped way ahead of schedule, winning 50 games last season. Because of that, the slow development process sped up. There was an obvious opportunity to win now, and while the existing team was definitely good, there was always something missing.

Most of that centered around Green and his starting power forward spot. There always appeared to just be something missing there. He was undersized, didn't fit well next to Nenad Krstic and lacked on the glass and the defensive end. He could hit big shots and make big plays, but is was always clear that something wasn't right.

So Presti put his finger on the big red button and finally pushed it. He sent Jeff Green and Krstic to Boston for Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson.

A bittersweet say for Thunder fans as Green was a clear fan favorite. He was always close with teammates Kevin Durant, James Harden and Russell Westbrook. He was always seen as one of the core members of this group. But in the world where what counts is wins and losses, not how much fun you have and how well you get along off the court, it was a deal that had to be done.

The Thunder already was uncertain about Green's future, choosing not to sign him to an extension earlier in the season. He was set to become a restricted free agent this summer and even there, he was likely to get an offer that would be out of the Thunder's comfort zone.

While Perkins is also an unrestricted free agent, he fits what OKC would be willing to pay for. The Thunder tried to lock down a defensive-minded center two years ago when they traded for Tyson Chandler. But that deal was rescinded because of Chandler's physical and it put OKC back to work finding that help inside.

But what the Thunder did here was make a move for the now, finally. At the same time though, it doesn't jeopardize the future in any way. Green wasn't a sure thing in OKC anyway, and now Perkins gets a two month audition to earn a contract with the Thunder. OKC has improved itself against the beastly interiors of Los Angeles and Dallas and now can match up with anyone.

It came at a cost of sending out one of the city's favorite players and a close friend and teammate with Durant, Westbrook and Harden, but it had to be done. At some point, you've got to win. And the Thunder's trying to do it now. 

by Matt Moore

This is going to go down as more about what Boston surrendered rather than what they got. They did not get an elite player back, so trading the franchise starting center who helped them win a championship and nearly a second had he not suffered a severe injury is going to raise a lot of voices in Beantown. The Celtics have always made it clear they are about winning championships at any cost.  They love the members of their organization, but this is a business, and their business is staying on top for as long as the Big 3's window is open. Something convinced them that Perkins was no longer able to lead them to a championship. So they flipped him and Robinson for what they considered their biggest need: a wing scorer. That he can serve as a stretch four, which is a considerable weakness to them as currently constructed, is a bonus. Green represents an odd representation: the move to win now, and to set themselves up for the future. 

Green is an RFA this summer, meaning they can decide whether or not to sign him based on whether he helps them win a championship or not. Krstic, on the other hand, is an expiring contract. Should they renounce both Green and Krstic, that's close to $10 million they're freeing up in the event of a dramatically lowered CBA, or if they feel the need to retool to go at a championship once more. If both help them win a second title with the Big 3, they can easily re-sign both to keep them in town. 

But at the end of the day, the Celtics surrendered Kendrick Perkins. Perk! The big man! The biggest reason that Boston was able to match up with Dwight Howard.  Now they'll be turning to a very old core of Shaquille O'Neal, Jermaine O'Neal, and Krstic to try and combat Howard. That's a risky proposition. The Celtics do not lack for confidence. They must feel they can overcome the Heat, the Magic, and the Bulls without their starting center. Either that, or his knee was enough of an issue to force them to trade him.

Perkins only came back about a month ago from serious knee surgery that kept him out of the Finals' Game 7 last season. He has looked good at times but struggled in others. Tuesday night against the Warriors he tweaked the knee and did not return, limping off the floor. Two days later, he's traded to Oklahoma City. The Celtics may have felt they could not risk him going down to injury again, with how much their team depended on him. So they pulled in the taller, bigger, Krstic, who has a nice mid-range shot Perkins does not, and acquired a stretch four. 

Stretch fours have long disrupted the Celtics' defensive schemes, with players like Chris Bosh, Rashard Lewis, and LaMarcus Aldridge hurting them with their ability to hit from the mid-range, while Boston's defenders shade to the paint. Green can step out and defend those players, and also provides them a young, athletic option who can hit from the perimeter. Green's a gamble, though.

One element that's likely in play here is the Celtics' pushing for a player soon to be bought out. The most obvious target is Troy Murphy, traded to the Warriors from the Nets during their acquisition of Deron Williams in a separate deal. Murphy is expected to be bought out of his contract, and would provide a versatile big for the Celtics. If not Murphy, then another candidate could take his place, considering how much space the Celtics have cleared with this and other moves. 

This whole trade is a gamble, and it's not sure why the Celtics would risk their continuity after the year they've had. But one thing's for certain. Things have gotten even more interesting in the already wild Eastern Conference.

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Posted on: February 24, 2011 3:44 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2011 4:46 pm

Trade Tracker: Boston trades Perkins to OKC

Boston Celtics trade Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic
Posted by Matt Moore
An updating list of trades at the NBA Trade Deadline. Posted by EOB staff. 

The Boston Celtics trade Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic, and a 1st round pick

Oklahoma City receives: Kendrick Perkins, Nate Robinson 

Boston  receives: Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic, 2012 1st round pick (Top-10 protected)

Analysis: This is like a bowling ball falling on your head after you've been hit by a piano after a truck ran you over. That's how insane this trade is following the week we've had. Basically, Boston has bailed on a centerpiece of their championship title contention, along with a talented backup point guard for an inconsistent, non-rebounding three-point shooting, stretch four and a very stiff center with size. Green does bring something to the table and is so wildly questioned about his rebounding ability his talent in working in the flow of an offense. However, he is pretty much the polar opposite of the traditional Celtics player, in terms of defense, rebounding, and toughness. It's not that he's not good at those things, it's that he's not excellent. Krstic should fill a gap, and the hope is that he, Jermaine O'Neal, and Shaquille O'Neal together should be able to form a competent center rotation. But for Boston to give up Perkins, a centerpiece of their championship and Eastern Conference championship teams, for those two is going to cause a lot of questions in Boston. The biggest issue on the table is the status of Perkins' knee. He limped off the court against the Warriors Tuesday night, and has continued to have issues since coming back. You have to wonder how his physical will shake out. Robinson provides a great backup point option to pair with the Thunder, who may now have the deepest team in the league. Of course, it's Nate Robinson, which comes with its own problems, but if he struggles as he has in Boston this year, they also have Eric Maynor
Posted on: February 15, 2011 1:30 am
Edited on: February 15, 2011 4:35 pm

Report: Celtics G Delonte West tweaks wrist again

Boston Celtics guard Delonte West is set to return from wrist surgery on Wednesday. Posted by Ben Golliver. delonte-west-wrist

Update (4:34 PM): Delonte West went through practice on Tuesday, as expected, but ESPNBoston.com reports that he "tweaked" his wrist and that Celtics coach Doc Rivers told reports that West would undergo additional X-rays. West's expected return tomorrow night is obviously in doubt.
Back in November, Boston Celtics reserve guard Delonte West fractured his right wrist, an injury that required surgery and sidelined him for more than two months.

ESPNBoston.com reports that West will return to game action on Wednesday, when the Celtics face the New Jersey Nets
West participated in the entire Celtics practice session on Monday, and, barring any residual soreness after Tuesday's session, he will be in the lineup on Wednesday, said coach Doc Rivers.
"Delonte's going to play," said Rivers. "The only thing is, obviously, if [Tuesday] he goes through the practice and it gets sore, and then we'll pull him. Because, if it's to a point where it's not right, I'm not going to play him."
The timing couldn't be better for the Celtics, as they just lost wing Marquis Daniels to a bruised spine that has him sidelined for at least a month. That injury left the Celtics playing essentially a seven-man rotation during Sunday's showdown match-up with the Miami Heat. The Celtics still won, of course, but starters Ray Allen and Paul Pierce were forced to play 43 minutes and 40 minutes, respectively.

West's return will help shore up the team's backcourt depth, giving Rivers a veteran option to supplement the undersized Nate Robinson and the streaky Von Wafer.

West made just five appearances for Boston prior to suffering his wrist injury, averaging 6.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 17.6 minutes. For his career, West has posted averages of 10.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 28.2 minutes per game.
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