Celtics center Jermaine O'Neal took to Twitter to announce that he will not only be back for the playoffs, but that he'll be able to return before the end of the regular season. O'Neal has been mostly out of sight since undergoing a surgical procedure on his left knee in early February. The original timetable for his return was 6-8 weeks, which would have him back by late March or early April.

Jeff Green is a basketball Rorschach test.



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Doc Rivers told reporters in Denver that he envisioned newly acquired guard/forward Jeff Green as being a player with the skill set to replicate the contributions made by James Posey in the team's 2007-08 NBA title run. The Celtics coach suggested that the 24-year-old, whom Boston netted along with Nenad Krstic in exchange for center Kendrick Perkins and guard Nate Robinson, offered the ability to spread the floor with offensive weapons.

 

Marc Spears from Yahoo! Sports joined The Big Show to add his perspective on the Celtics trade of Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic and also offer insight into what direction the team may be looking on the veteran free agent market. Spears said that he talked to former Celtic Leon Powe who was waived by Cleveland and that Powe wants to return to the team. "The Celtics are the front-runners for him. New York and the Lakers are also interested in him. Leon says his knees are fine and he can really help the team right now and he knows the system."

Ian Thomsen of Sports Illustrated joined the midday show Friday afternoon to talk about the Celtics' moves this week, mainly the trade that sent Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to the Thunder for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic.

 

Thomsen said the Celtics forged an identity this season as a big physical team, following their NBA finals loss to the Lakers last June. Now, the identity has changed.

 

New Celtics Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic are expected to join the team in time for Saturday's game against the Clippers in Los Angeles, according to Celtics coach Doc Rivers.

 

The C's also announced that Green will wear jersey No. 8, while Krstic will don No. 4.

 

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Celtics owner Steve Pagliuca checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the C's flurry of moves before Thursday's trade deadline.

 

The big trade was Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to the Thunder for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic. Pagliuca said he has confidence president of basketball operations Danny Ainge made the right call.

 

A year ago, Danny Ainge was asked to do something dramatic. His team was flat and looked old, injured and cooked. Instead, Ainge did nothing at the trade deadline except swap Eddie House for Nate Robinson.



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On a day in which the Celtics executed three separate trades, leaving them with nine players, the C's dropped an 89-75 decision to the Nuggets in Denver on Thursday night. The defeat was punctuated by George Karl's team finishing the game on a 16-0 run, outscoring the Celtics 28-15 in the final quarter.

 

Celtics president Danny Ainge joined WEEI Thursday night to talk about the trade that sent Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic, as well as the present and future of the team in the wake of the unexpected moves. Ainge said that he and coach Doc Rivers "agonized" over the decision but ultimately decided it was the best interest of the team.