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Celtics GM Danny Ainge isn’t thinking trade. Yet.

Dec 20, 2012, 1:39 PM EDT

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Coming into the season, the Celtics looked on paper like the likely breakout candidate in the East — some team was going to break out of the pack and challenge the Heat atop the East. Boston’s depth and veteran core made them seem a likely candidate.

Instead, the Knicks have broken out and the Celtics have floundered. Boston is 13-12, the seven seed in the East, and their offense has been atrochious for stretches.

Celtics GM Danny Ainge has seen this core group start slow and finish strong before, so he is not reaching for the panic button, is not thinking trades, he told the Boston Herald.

“I’m probably in the same place Doc (Rivers) is,” Ainge said yesterday afternoon, referring to his coach. “We’re not playing as well as we’re capable of. I don’t think we’ve played our best basketball yet….

“We don’t need to make a change. We need to get better. So between the players and the coaches and the management, we’re all working together to try to figure out how to get better.”

Asked if he is confident that the roster he has assembled still can be succesful, Ainge paused and said, “I’m uncertain. I want to see more.”

Some Celtics fans have seen enough, but they need to be patient.

It’s the offensive end where the Celtics need the most improvement (the defense has been erratic but I expect that to come around, for old times sake). Boston needs to get Jason Terry more touches off the bench — he is using 17 percent of the team’s possessions when he is on the floor. That’s about the percent you want Chris Wilcox using. Terry should be in the low- to mid-20s.

But it’s more than just Terry. Ainge can afford to be

  1. loungefly74 - Dec 20, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    hmmm…their “grace period” is going to expire this year. (i give teams a 5 year period since their last title in which they are immune to MY severe scrutiny…)

    ya know, a title that first year was great…and the additional finals’ appearance means a lot but i thought they would have done more the past 5 years…

  2. paulhargis53 - Dec 20, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    You’re severe scrutiny huh? Oh no! The horror!

    • loungefly74 - Dec 20, 2012 at 4:03 PM

      yeah…i’m ruthless like that! of course a “very tongue-in-cheek” remark. but my point is…you win a title? cool…but what have you done for me lately? its getting there where the C’s need to remind the league again they are a big dog, ya know. i’m sure you agree…

      • scalfor3 - Dec 21, 2012 at 2:16 AM

        Are they a big dog on the level of Miami or OKC? No
        Will they be one of the scarier teams in the league come playoff time? I think so

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 21, 2012 at 6:40 PM

      Celtics are OLD and SLOW………………….
      Danny and Doc are fooling themselves…………………
      Celtic fans better stop worrying about Lakers………….

      oh boy!

  3. 00maltliquor - Dec 20, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Blow it up Danny Boy!! We all know you got the itchy trigger finger!! PULL IT!
    LOL

  4. 00maltliquor - Dec 20, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    “But it’s more then just Terry. Ainge can afford to be ”

    ….ummm, Kurt….care to finish your thought?

  5. 00maltliquor - Dec 20, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    How about a Green for Perkins trade-back? BOS looking for another big and OKC doesn’t have another SF other then Durant to come off the bench. I’m sure BOTH teams are having buyer’s remorse.

    • bougin89 - Dec 21, 2012 at 10:20 AM

      I think they both have resigning remorse. At least OKC definitely does. They overpaid both of those players big time when they resigned them.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 21, 2012 at 6:41 PM

      Perkins is garbage, all he does is do dumb ass stuff on the court!

  6. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 20, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    This isn’t as enjoyable to watch as the Jets have been this year, but it’s still very pleasant.

    • badintent - Dec 20, 2012 at 10:37 PM

      Danny been looking to pull the trade for 2 months, since day 1 ! No one rubs Doc’s toes ( insert Rex Joke ) Kurt fell asleep on the Cs for 8 weeks, hangover on the Heat’s big win and the Laker’s meltdown

  7. pantsfreezone - Dec 20, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    What exactly does he have to trade other than Rondo? Nobody else wants the garbage on the Boston bench and nobody is going to give up anything real for the old talent they have now. Not even James Dolan is dumb enough to give up a good piece for KG or Pierce.

  8. paulhargis53 - Dec 20, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    I hear ya lounge….lakers may be creeping into that territory too pretty quick.

    malt, I thought the same thing. Celts haven’t been the same since Perkins was dealt. KG is expending way too much energy on defense. They need some big, any big. Personally hoping for Gortat ,or Mozgov at the very least. Or shots just need to start falling….

    • bozosforall - Dec 20, 2012 at 11:33 PM

      No comparison…Lakers FIVE titles this millennium, Puh C’s a measly ONE. Pudhummer still orally servicing all male cummers.

  9. ncm42 - Dec 20, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    “Atrochious”? Seriously?

  10. giantssb42champs - Dec 20, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Time to rebuild.

  11. pukpokito - Dec 22, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Come January 15, Danny Ainge needs to make a trade.Starting Center would be the first on the agenda.(Please dont anyone shorter than 6’10).Green and Lee are the Celtics’ PRIME Players.THey need to step up or trade them by Jan.15.Celtics need balance and players who can flow through their system.Wonder if Ainge is interested in Cousins & Evans.Those have fire in their bellies but they redflag od attitude/temper problems.Maybe KG Can help them?Varejao and Casspi? Gortat and Scola?BHaywood?

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