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Danny Ainge, doing the little things

May 4, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

The Cavaliers were the worst free-throw shooting team in the league over the course of the regular season, and Celtics general manager Danny Ainge didn’t make things any easier for them in game two. 

According to the Associated Press, Ainge was spotted throwing a towel in the air in an attempt to distract Cleveland forward J.J. Hickson when Hickson was shooting a free throw late in the third quarter. (Hickson made the free throw.) 
When asked about the towel incident after the game, Cavaliers coach Mike Brown had this to say:
“That was interesting to see that happen during the flow of the game, from Danny Ainge,” Brown said. “If it’s it within the rules, hey, at this time, you do whatever you can to win. As long as it’s within the rules.”

I agree with Brown on this one. It’s the playoffs, and there’s a lot on the line for everyone, executives included. It’s not like Ainge threw a beer bottle on the court, like one Cleveland fan did on Monday night. Besides, it’s not like one free throw would have made the difference in that blowout. 

  1. Sometime Dodger Fan - May 4, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    Danny Ainge was a butthead when he played at BYU (as are many of their fans to this day); he was a butthead when he played in the NBA; and, as evidenced by his behavior, he’s still a butthead today!

  2. MJM - May 4, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    Please. I have coached for years and the first thing we teach our players is not to be distacted when shooting free throws. As a professional and all the money they make, at a minimum, they should able to make a free throw with distractions. I doubt 1 towel frm the sideline is any more of a distrction than the hundreds of banners being waived frm behind the basket. Find something else to talk about.

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