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Celtics are relying on big man's defense against Cleveland Sunday

Updated: March 14, 2010, 12:40 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

WALTHAM, Mass. -- If it wasn't the truth, it might have been regarded as a bit of trash talking.

But Celtics center Kendrick Perkins said what everyone else has been thinking when he noted Saturday that the Cavaliers are a better team without Shaquille O'Neal.

"In my opinion, I think they're better [without Shaq]," Perkins said in advance of Sunday's showdown (ABC, 3:30 p.m.) at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. "They can run more and they've got Anderson Varejao, who's more ...

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