Friday, March 18th, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  9 responses

Danny Ainge Worried About the Celtics’ Health

Like everyone else in Beantown, Celtics GM Danny Ainge’s biggest concern as the regular season winds down, is the health (or lack thereof) of the team. The Boston Herald reports: “I think we’re going to be fine, but you always have concerns. I think guys are going to get healthy, but will they get hurt two games back or three games back? And probably the biggest concern we have is that the teams we’re playing against are really good. Chicago, Miami and Orlando are really good teams, and we’re going to have to get through them to win our conference. But we can’t control that right now. All we can control at this point is getting healthy and playing better basketball. I’ve always said that being healthy and fresh is more important than anything else for us right now.’ Which is why Ainge is concerned not just about the well being of Shaquille O’Neal and Jermaine O’Neal. ‘There’s so much talk about Shaq and Jermaine, but I’m equally as concerned about Delonte (West) getting healthy, and of course Rajon (Rondo) and Paul (Pierce) and Ray (Allen) and KG (Kevin Garnett) — and Baby (Glen Davis) has had some health issues. Every one of those guys is critical to us. I still believe Shaq and Jermaine will be there when we need them. I think Shaq is taking it day by day now. I don’t anticipate him playing in the next few games, but he’s looking to get back on the floor with the team. But we have a lot of people who need to get over different things, and I feel like every one of them is on track right now and that they will be fresh and healthy in the playoffs.’”

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  • http://www.nba.com/celtics lightsout

    non story.

  • tRay

    So do you and everyone else.

  • 1982

    Then you probably shouldn’t have pulled the trigger on Perkins. Maybe Jeff Green can play all 5 positions…

  • HeavenCent

    @1982 why coz Perk can? Besides he wasn’t exactly a model of durability, or have you forgotten that he’s the reason the C’s are not last year’s champs?

  • Heals

    Welcome to the club Danny…

  • fizzbucket

    Dude clearly has faith in his team. NOT

  • http://jojo.com Max

    I would be worried about Danny’s health…

  • Justin

    @fizzbucket…First of all, saying “NOT” has not been funny since 1993 or so, whenever Wayne’s World 2 left the theaters. Second of all, it doesn’t have anything remotely to do with faith in his team. He knows that he doesn’t have the youngest players in the league and that injuries over a long season become more of an issue than it does for younger teams. This really is a non story though. Every GM and coach in the league has concerns about his team staying healthy

  • BostonBaller

    Writers have to write about something and players, coaches and GM’s answer their questions…non-story and yes, every team is in the same boat somewhat.