Boston Celtics v Golden State Warriors

When the Celtics were ripping off wins to start the month of December, having won five of seven, many said that the only person that could make Brad Stevens' club a lottery contender was President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge.

That plans seems to be going into effect as Ainge made his second trade in 10 days Wednesday, shipping guards Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks to the Warriors as part of a three-team deal. The Celtics will receive center Joel Anthony from the Heat, a protected first round pick and a second round pick. Point guard Toney Douglas will land in Miami.

With point guard Rajon Rondo expected to make his 2013-14 debut Friday against the Lakers at TD Garden, the Celtics likely wanted to clear some roster space particularly in the backcourt.

Crawford had been enjoying the best season of his NBA career this year, averaging 13.7 points per game.

 

Follow Metro Boston sports editor Matt Burke on Twitter @BurkeMetroBOS

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