Celtics: Comings and goings
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Popular center Kendrick Perkins was the most stunning part of the Celtics-Thunder deal because Perkins was a starter. He injured his knee in Game 6 of the NBA Finals in June, and many believe that made the difference for the Celtics as they lost the NBA title because the Lakers dominated the rebounding aspect of Game 7. Perkins returned to the Celtics' lineup in January. He's only a career 6.4 point per game scorer, but his defense and ability to control the lanes were his true contributions.