DENVER — Kevin Garnett couldn’t hide the disappointment from the Kendrick Perkins trade. He admitted it was difficult to concentrate after the Celtics’ dropped an 89-75 decision to the Denver Nuggets Thursday night at Pepsi Center.
The Celtics were outscored 16-0 to end the game, but all anyone could discuss afterwards was the controversial trade that sent popular and valuable center Kendrick Perkins and backup guard Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City for forward Jeff Green, center Nenad Krstic and a No. 1 draft pick in 2012.
“Tough day to play basketball,” Garnett said. “Very tough day to play basketball, to even concentrate, being bluntly honest. It’s not even about a teammate. You felt like you lost a family member today. Tough day.”
Garnett said the team will have to move on.
“We have no choice,” he said. “I think both parties have to. Perk, he’s going to have to on and get over it and obviously adapt to his new surroundings, his new situation and us too. Jeff and the guys come in tomorrow and the chemistry starts there.”
When asked if the trade helps the team on the court, Garnett expressed concern.
“I don’t know, that’s going to be the big question and time is going to tell all that,” he said. “We lost Semih (Erden), we lost Luke (Harangody) today, ‘Quis (Daniels) obviously, just a tough day. You make connections with these guys. Get to know one another.
“If one of us hangs out, then our whole team hangs out. If you see one of us, it’s like 11, if not 12 to 13, 14 of us around the corner. But that’s how we are. We was taught that from the minute we got here. That’s the formula that works and we’ve been able to be successful with that formula. There’s nothing like the chemistry on the court and there’s nothing like the chemistry off the court. Today was a very difficult day.”