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Kendrick Perkins still popular in Boston

In his second time in Boston since the controversial trade that sent him from the Celtics to the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the reception he received at TD Garden was not as loud as his first visit. Yet the feelings are similar for Kendrick Perkins, who grabbed nine rebounds in the Celtics’ 108-100 win.

Perkins spent 6½ seasons here before the February 2011 trade and is still wildly popular among fans. Some observers say the Celtics’ defense has not been the same since his departure.

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