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Despite Celtics struggles, GM Ainge is standing pat. For now.

Jan 4, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

Danny Ainge AP

Boston is struggling. The Celtics have lost four in a row and eight out of their last 10. They look like a team that is going to have to fight just to make the playoffs. It’s a big disappointment.

What is Celtics GM Danny Ainge going to do about it?

Nothing. For now. That’s what he said, via

“Well I think our team is not playing well, obviously, but I see some good signs,” Ainge told WEEI on Thursday. “I thought (the Wednesday night loss to Memphis) 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.”

So, it’s a step forward when you’re bad on only one end of the court? I guess.

But Ainge is not looking to shake up the roster just to shake up the roster. He wants to be patient.

“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.”

A panic move is almost never a smart move. If Boston is going to make a trade they need to find the right one so being patient is the right strategy.

Maybe with the return of Avery Bradley it will take some defensive pressure off Rajon Rondo, which will improve Rondo’s offensive play and things will start to look better. But even with that, this team looks a long way away from the level of play we saw from Boston in the playoffs last year, and it’s not clear if this roster can ever get back to that level.

  1. andyhr17 - Jan 4, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    A panic move would be stupid. Any trade would need to make sense for the future, not just for this season. No reason to trade away any of their best young players at this point. Sure, they could get something in return by trading Bradley and Sullinger, but why?

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:11 PM

      old and slow, can’t fix that.

    • skinsfanwill - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:25 AM

      Miss Ray Allen yet? Rondo is a retard.

      • andyhr17 - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        Name calling is always the best argument. You got a real checkmate with that one.

  2. miamatt - Jan 4, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    It is still early, the Celtics have plenty of time to recover. That being said, they can’t allow this losing streak go on too much longer. We’ll know by the all-star break whether or not they have dug too deep a hole, or if they are hovering in range to make a march/april run.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:10 PM

      KG and Pierce are finished, stop fooling yourself

  3. rjlink1 - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    The defense has been too shaky – we’ll see if Bradley’s return changes that. The East is weak enough that the Celtics could make it back to the ECF if they get it together. No possible way they beat Miami, or any of the top teams in the West in the Finals. I hope Ainge isn’t under any illusions.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:12 PM

      KG has shaky knees………………

      • andyhr17 - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:42 PM

        All you have to do is post under your third name and you get the troll trifecta on a single story. Congrats!

  4. kanemoney - Jan 4, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    The other angle is that what other teams wants any of their assets, except for Rondo? For the others, would they give up anything material to get them?

    I think that’s their real challenge.

  5. giantssb42champs - Jan 4, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    It’s hurts Ainge that he doesn’t have his buddy Kevin McHale to hand him superstar players in exchange for a bag of balls.

  6. lakerluver - Jan 4, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    They can have Pau and Jamison for Rondo and Pierce.

    • scalfor3 - Jan 4, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      Sure. We’ll take Howard and Kobe for Sullinger and Courtney Lee while you’re at it.

  7. paulhargis53 - Jan 4, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    LLBozo. That isn’t going to behappening. You should really enjoy your short time on here. The Lakers are toast.
    The Lakers, IF they make the tourney, are out in the 1st round. I doubt they even make it.

    But hey, at least you got that title from 3 years ago sand your team wad dominant 3-6 years ago right?

    You’re a class a turd. You’re floater, nit a sinker.

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