Friday, January 4th, 2013 at 10:05 am  |  9 responses

Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge Preaches Patience

With losses piling up, the tension in Boston has begin to rise. Players are unhappy and fans are growing impatient. But Celtics GM Danny Ainge says that now is not the time to panic. Per CSNE: “The Celtics fell to 14-17 on the season after a 93-83 loss to the Grizzlies Wednesday night. That, of course, came after a disastrous west coast trip in which the Celtics were smoked by the Clippers, Warriors, and Kings. Yes, the Kings. ‘Well I think our team is not playing well, obviously, but I see some good signs,’ Ainge told WEEI on Thursday. ‘I thought last night was a step forward. We don’t have moral victories, but I thought our effort was better. We’re still out of sync offensively. I think defensively has been the biggest problem throughout the course of the year, but last night I think our problems came more with the halfcourt offense.’ Ainge is right; the defense has, in a word, stunk. Boston is giving up an average of 97.9 points per game this season (17th in the NBA), 8.6 points more than the 89.3 they allowed last season (2nd in the NBA). He feels that while the defense hasn’t been up to par, ‘that can be fixed with attitude and health and practice time. I really do believe that.’ Pressed further to touch upon Rajon Rondo’s defense specifically, Ainge mentioned that he’s like more consistency, but wasn’t about to point a finger only at Rondo. ‘I think that Rondo needs to get more consistent effort defensively like all of our guys,’ Ainge said. ‘I always hate to pinpoint one guy, but the ball at the point of attack is huge for us, and Rondo has a lot of offensive responsibility. But I do think we need to give a better effort all around, not just Rondo.’ That means the starters as well as the revamped bench. Nobody, except maybe the rookie Jared Sullinger, has played up to Ainge’s standards this season. [...] So does that mean Ainge is ready to shake things up — as he’s done in the past? Not quite. We may not see the same starting lineup in the next few games, but we’ll most likely see the same players. With Avery Bradley back, Ainge wants to give it a shot. ‘We’re just looking at what we’re capable of becoming,’ Ainge said. ‘I think we haven’t found the right pieces. I think that Doc is probably going to tweak the lineup again and try to do some things different. We’ll just try to be patient with this team as long as we can. I think it’s up to the players now. I think that Doc has certainly given them the right words and the right tools to play better. I think these next couple weeks are going to be huge to see where we are. We’re starting to get healthy. I think that Rondo is still not healthy. I think he’s played the last few games banged up and we’re not the same when he’s not 100 percent. And that’s clear.’”

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  • Seth

    It’s time for a trade. Bringing in Josh Smith or Cousins would be perfect. Give up whoever you need to, other than Rondo.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    “The Celtics are stingier than the league’s best defenses when he’s on the floor and much worse than even the 30th-ranked Bobcats defense when he sits.” – BS, on Kevin Garnett.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003246310246 Jason Carter

    Rondo needs to score more, these 11 point outings aint cutting it.

  • http://twitter.com/Chris_Griff_3 Chris Griffin

    January 15th. Jared Sullinger, Brandon Bass and Avery Bradley for Demarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans. That’s what I’m hoping is in the works, at least.

  • spit hot fiyah

    who r u? bill simmons? no way sactown does that, need anotehr team at least and switch up the pieces

  • roscoe

    j.smith is looking to get with a team that has a great chance of a title & idk if BOS can get there anytime soon.

    clearly, ray ray left for reasons & he stated he wanted to go to a team that would give him the best chance to win another ring.

    word on the street is BOS management is leaning towards a massive rebuild if they can’t get dcuz or someone else in the middle that makes them a contender this year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    they need to put money into the technology needed for cloning. They need another one of that guy right there.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that, or they could stop signing shooting guards and go for some variety