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Morning sports update: Kendrick Perkins used a car analogy to describe Danny Ainge’s trade deadline activity

"I thought Danny did Danny things and did a wonderful job."

Danny Ainge
Danny Ainge made a pair of trades for the Celtics on Thursday. AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The Bruins lost to the Islanders in overtime on Thursday, 4-3. Goaltender Tuukka Rask left the game in the first period with an upper body injury.

The game was also notable as fans were in attendance at TD Garden for the first time in over a year.

The Celtics made two trades before the deadline on Thursday, acquiring Evan Fournier, Moritz Wagner, and Luke Kornet. Boston faces Milwaukee tonight at 7:30 p.m.

And tonight at Warrior Arena, the Boston Pride face the Toronto Six in the NWHL Isobel Cup semifinal at 5 p.m (Connecticut and Minnesota play in the second semifinal at 8 p.m.) Both games will air on NBCSN. The winners play for the Isobel Cup on Saturday at. 7 p.m.

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Kendrick Perkins on the Celtics’ deadline deals: Asked for his thoughts on the performance of Celtics’ president of basketball operations Danny Ainge through the NBA trade deadline on Thursday, former Celtic (and current NBA analyst) Kendrick Perkins utilized an analogy.

“I thought Danny did Danny things and did a wonderful job,” Perkins told NBC Sports Boston on Thursday. “He’s out here trading used cars and getting back Escalades. That’s what he did, he finessed the Orlando Magic. He got back Evan Fournier for two second-round picks. Hell of a job.

“Just think about it,” Perkins added. “We talk about that shot last night that Marcus Smart took, that wide-open 3-point shot. And I’m not saying that he shouldn’t take it and he can’t make it. But guess what? Nine times out of 10, Evan Fournier, he’s not even getting that shot because people aren’t leaving him that wide-open. That’s why he’s effective. Even if he’s not touching the ball, they still have to honor him as a decoy even being on the floor, which opens up the paint for Kemba [Walker], Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum.”

Trivia: When Kendrick Perkins was traded from the Celtics to the Thunder in 2011, what player was sent along with him as part of the deal.

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(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: He was a three-time dunk contest champion.

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