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Celtics Morning Joe: Don't expect Ainge to make franchise changing deal

Posted by shawn cassidy on January 22, 2013 at 5:30 AM



“Realistically, I don’t see major changes coming,” said Ainge, well aware that market factors and the Rubik’s Cube difficulties of finding a transaction that meets the needs of two teams at the same time conspire against blockbuster trades.

“Of course we’re trying to get better, and any deal that was available that could help us, you obviously do that. But we’re not just trying to make any deal. We’re not selling the team off or anything like that. We’re trying to win with what we have right now. That’s got to be our first objective.”


The only player that any team would want would be Rondo, and I just don't see Danny parting ways with the brilliant point guard. The Celtics have a bunch of talent, and a bunch of talent that has been inconsistent all season. Who wants Bass? Who would want Green? I don't see the Celtics being players in the Josh Smith sweepstakes. Danny has being saying this line for the past couple of seasons. "Any deal that was available that could help us, you obviously do that." That's his motto.



And Ainge would find it tough to zero in on the candidates for departure.

“Not all the players are not playing hard, and all of the players are playing hard most of the time,” Ainge said in the wake of a third straight loss that leaves the Celts at 20-20 heading into tonight’s game here against the Cavaliers. “It’s not like everybody is showing up to the gym and nobody is playing hard. That’s never the case. It’s just frustrating that there are fractures in the effort.


I can agree with that  point of view. I strongly believe it's philosophy over heart, and lack of size. Honestly your not going to get 100% every game. The Celtics lose games because they shoot too many jumpers, and they don't move the ball, and they don't offensive rebound, and the list of things could go on. I believe the Celtics need to find a big one way or another, but lack of effort should be adressed for one big reason. The Celtics start games slow, and they come firing back from behin, and then they finally relax after coming back. They can't hold large leads, and that's been an issue since 2010. Who can forget Phil Jackson pointing that out during the Finals in 2010.


“It’s a different guy each possession sometimes. As you watch the film of the game, it’s a different guy. It’s not like there’s one guy who’s not playing hard. On all these plays, there will be like one guy who’s just not trusting the assignments or who’s taking a shortcut. That’s just not what it takes to win, and our expectations are higher.

“Sometimes we just don’t play like a team where winning is the most important thing.”



“I’d say we were happy with the effort in eight games out of the last 10. Just because you play hard doesn’t necessarily mean you win, but it gives you a chance. But not playing hard takes away any chance of winning against anybody. There just aren’t any easy wins out there in the NBA right now. It’s hard to win.

“You’ve got to give credit sometimes,” he added. “These guys are NBA players, and here you are sometimes giving a 90 percent effort. Sometimes even when you’re giving 100 percent effort, guys are going to make shots on you.”

And when you give 90 percent effort — or less — sometimes your coach will take shots at you. But Rivers and Ainge have both been down this path before. While it certainly doesn’t excuse the lack of focus this team has displayed of late, the trouble hasn’t necessarily translated to the postseason in the past.

“We know that this team is talented, but even with that, there have been a lot of disappointing games this year,” said Ainge. “And that’s been a pattern over the last three years. That’s what I know. And our team has responded well in the playoffs. But we’ve played down to the level of our competition sometimes, and that’s been frustrating.”

 


 


 

Danny's last statement sums it up nicely, and it's a fact. Here's the quote again.


“We know that this team is talented, but even with that, there have been a lot of disappointing games this year,” said Ainge. “And that’s been a pattern over the last three years. That’s what I know. And our team has responded well in the playoffs. But we’ve played down to the level of our competition sometimes, and that’s been frustrating.”


Why can't the Celtics fix that problem? I don't understand it. They have the talent. The Celtics should be at least the 4th or 5th seed right now, and really the third or second seed.  The Celtics have played average basketball, and to win a title they need more. The switch mentality can come from a select few. Only three Celtic players remain from the 2010 team, and the coaching staff. So the blame should be pointed to Doc, and those three. I think comes down to Pierce, and Rondo as always. KG gives the effort every single game, he's off the hook. And hell even Doc as a coach doesn't give 100% per game, and he's said that before.


I stand pat that the Celtics need a big man. It's always easier said than done when it comes to trades, and free agents.

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6 Comments

Reply paul
6:11 AM on January 22, 2013 
Nice that Ainge is not ready to burn the house down, or to throw anyone under the bus.
Reply Greg
10:25 AM on January 22, 2013 
paul says...
Nice that Ainge is not ready to burn the house down, or to throw anyone under the bus.


True,he could have easily done that. Buut he'll never say what he has planned. But he's being realistic about it and telling us no big trade coming soon.
Reply C'slife
12:16 PM on January 22, 2013 
Thank you guys for not coming up with crazy ass trade ideas! Other sites have fans crawling with trade ideas! Keep it real!
Reply paul
4:54 PM on January 22, 2013 
Yeah, I can't stand the obsession with trading players. I really hate it, actually. I don't like treating players like objects, calling them "pieces", etc....
Reply C'slife
5:01 PM on January 22, 2013 
paul says...
Yeah, I can't stand the obsession with trading players. I really hate it, actually. I don't like treating players like objects, calling them "pieces", etc....



I have a puzzle at home I'm trying to put together. I need one Green, and one Josh Smith to complete my puzzle of Spain.
Reply paul
5:14 PM on January 22, 2013 
That's really how folks think sometimes, isn't it? Well put.