The Boston Celtics have struggled mightily over the last month of the season. Since trading Kendrick Perkins to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic, the Celtics have fought to find consistency in paint.
Perkins, though injured for most of the season, was the Celtics most feared and healthy center. The back-up centers, Shaquille and Jermaine O’Neal, were once dominate in the NBA but their careers and skills have diminished greatly over the last few years.
Though Boston will finish with a better record than they did a year ago, 50-32, they will have a tough match up in the first round against the New York Knicks. At 55-26, with one game left to play, the third seeded Celtics are hoping to repeat last year’s playoff performance and be the Eastern Conference’s representative in the NBA Finals.
Boston is 5-5 over their last 10 games and have lost 2 in a row.