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Ainge: “There’s just no excuse for the way we’re playing”

Dec 21, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rando look on from the bench against the Brooklyn Nets in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York Reuters

We told you earlier this week that Celtics decision maker Danny Ainge is preaching patience — he is not looking at a roster shakeup. Yet.

But don’t confuse that with being happy.

Like every Celtics fan right now, he is frustrated with the inconsistent play from a veteran team (no matter what Doc Rivers wants to call them). Jason Terry isn’t as central to the bench offense as expected, Jeff Green is Jeff Green, and when Kevin Garnett sits things fall apart fast.

Ainge vented his frustration to WEEI’s Green Street blog.

“We’ve got to prevent those runs by other teams and those droughts that we have at the offensive end and giving up so many lay-ins on the defensive end,” Ainge said. “There’s just no excuse for the way we’re playing. Yeah, you need to take time to find out who we are, but there’s no excuse for giving up 32 points in the paint in a half against Chicago, and there’s no excuse for giving up a 17-0 run to Cleveland.”

As the story notes, the Celtics started last season 15-17 but then went 24-10 the rest of the way and were up 3-2 on the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals. It’s not impossible that switch gets flipped again.

But the problems seem more entrenched this season — the defense is inconsistent and that should be worrying Ainge. The offense sputters at times as well, but that happened before and the defense bailed it out. Not this year. On top of it all the Heat are still the Heat and the Knicks have vaulted up to contender status.

We’ll see how much longer Ainge stays patient.

  1. mrcuret - Dec 21, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    He’ll wait until January 15th, after that I guarantee you somebody’s gonna get traded.

  2. 32magicman - Dec 21, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Terry for gasol?

    • bigmeechy74 - Dec 21, 2012 at 10:11 PM


    • felisberto - Dec 23, 2012 at 7:47 AM

      Rondo for Gasol.

  3. j0esixpack - Dec 21, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    No excuses but getting Bradley into game shape will help on numerous levels – they just need to make the playoffs healthy regardless of seeding

  4. bozosforall - Dec 22, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    Yes, there is an excuse…they just SUCK. Add to that, they have the biggest bunch of crybaby fans on the planet.

    • cmehustle - Dec 22, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      Well yes Boston is full of cry babys. As far as the NBA goes, I would call it a tie between them, the fakers and the bricks.

      • bozosforall - Dec 29, 2012 at 12:14 AM

        Take in to account all sports and Boston has the biggest bunch of loser crybabies ever.

  5. themagicfanguy - Dec 22, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    @bozo says the biggest crybaby fan of a WORSE team, funny. How’s that whole Steve Nash and Dwight Howard thing working out for you? Oh right… lol losers.

  6. anvilrepairman - Dec 22, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Sorry Danny but every year good things are talked about bench and every year a disappointment.

  7. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 22, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Jason Terry signs, taks, and is welcomed with open arms. Screw Ray Allen. Then the games start. Now, Celtics fans aren’t so enamored with “The Jet”. They’re realizing he kind of sucks. Ray meanwhile is hitting game winners and sticking daggers. And as this continues, going to get pretty ugly up there. And good.

    You do have Brady and Belichick though, so you should consider yourselves lucky.

  8. jameskocian - Dec 22, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    IMHO what happened last night was that a team on the decline (Celtics) lost to a team on the rise (Bucks).

    I’m not saying the Bucks are championship caliber (I wish), because if they were, they would have won all 4 matchups with the C’s, not just 3.

  9. jt1138 - Dec 22, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    First Ray Allen leaves. Then Boston stops playing well. CORRELATION??

    • andyhr17 - Dec 22, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      Actually, no.

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