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After five-straight wins, “content” Ainge suggests roster changes not likely

Jan 14, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

Jason Terry, Paul Pierce AP

It’s amazing what a few wins in a row can do.

While rumors floated around that Celtics GM Danny Ainge was listening to offers for the Celtics talisman Paul Pierce, the team got Avery Bradley back and started playing better defense.The result has been five straight wins and a renewed sense of confidence around the team.

And with those wins and all that confidence, the odds of a trade seem to go down.

That’s what Ainge implied speaking with the Boston Globe.

The Celtics’ transformation into a true contender may have taken longer than expected and there may be more obstacles as the season progresses, but president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Sunday that he is content with the roster…

“I think over the next five weeks a lot will be told,” he said. “I feel like we don’t have any glaring needs when we’re playing the way we’re playing. Everyone’s playing their role; whether they’re playing well all the time is not as much of a point if they are accepting a role and giving an honest day’s worth of work.”

In Boston they are pumped about the recent run of play. As they should be. However, the rest of the nation would like to see them sustain it for more than a couple weeks in January before we say they are better than the Knicks or Pacers, before we say they are a real threat to the Heat. (If anyone in the East is a real threat to a focused Heat team.)

But making a big move never really made sense — Ainge maid the conscious decision over the summer to bring back the team (minus Ray Allen, but with Jason Terry, Courtney Lee and Jeff Green) and I think you have to see that through. They could keep playing like they have and be a threat come the playoffs, and if so that’s all Celtics fans could really expect. That they had one more big run in them. Ainge can tinker with the edges of the team, but I think you have to let the run play out then decide next summer if you want to do it again.

  1. GT - Jan 14, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    I admit I was very skeptical that Bradley’s return would make that big of a difference, but I was wrong, the kid is legit all NBA for defense and has really helped change the team’s performance.

  2. andyhr17 - Jan 14, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Isn’t this Deja Vu? Didn’t we go through this same thing last year? Celtics suck, not playing as a team, approaching trade deadline there are rumors of breaking up the core, no major move is made, team turns it around and peaks when the playoffs start.

  3. bigwii - Jan 14, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    They still need to address a legit center Sully can’t rebound all by himself they need that second consistent rebounder whether its Fab Melo or they bring in a center they don’t need a big name just someone who rebounds the ball and a big body to clog the middle

    • andyhr17 - Jan 14, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      …and someone NOT named Ryan Hollins.

  4. nycalldayz - Jan 14, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Only Danny Ainge would trade his franchise player. Clearly he didn’t learn his lesson from trading Perkins. You don’t hear trade rumors about Bryant or Dirk, but they do have a no-trade clause. The Celtics have a nice have game winning streak going, but they still need to add 2 more pieces. The Celtics need 2 more big men, because they’re too small at every position.

    ” January before we say they are better than the Knicks or Pacers, before we say they are a real threat to the Heat. (If anyone in the East is a real threat to a focused Heat team.)” I think the Pacers and Knicks have played better than the Celtics so far, but I don’t think they’re a real challenge to Miami. I would give Boston, if they can remain consistent, the edge as a legit threat to Miami.

    • andyhr17 - Jan 14, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      Since when was Perkins the Celtics’ franchise player? How is trading Perkins (a soon-to-be free agent that was not going to be re-signed) similar at all to trading Pierce? How does adding two more big men help them against a team like Miami that goes small?

      • dko83 - Jan 14, 2013 at 4:18 PM

        Andy right on the money. Perk wasn’t a franchise player by any means, but still.. that trade during that part of the season still rubs me the wrong way.
        Every Celtic fan knows that regardless of what we see during the regular season, these guys are going to keep other teams awake at night come playoff time. Knicks and Heat, the other two threats to come out of the east.. they just don’t want to play these guys.

      • andyhr17 - Jan 14, 2013 at 7:05 PM

        The trade sort of rubs me the wrong way too, but in hindsight we got something instead of nothing and letting him walk. Who know, maybe Green will develop. He knew Perk was going to leave and took the opportunity to land a young promising player to add into the mix.

        Regular season is only meaningful for the Celtics as long as they stay injury free and are rested by the time the playoffs start. I’m all for a trade this year as long as it is a small one. Dealing someone like Bradley would not be smart. Dealing someone like Pierce would be bad for the team and an even worse PR move. If Ainge didn’t trade Ray Allen last year, he isn’t trading Pierce this year.

      • jjordannba - Jan 14, 2013 at 7:11 PM

        Ok your right on most points andy, but adding for going against the Heat actually can help even though they play small. If they are playing small then what do you do? You beat them with size. Pound the ball down low, go to the paint. Who’s gonna stop them, Bosh? Thats why the Grizzlies always beat hem.

      • jjordannba - Jan 14, 2013 at 7:13 PM

        *adding bigs can help

  5. lakerluver - Jan 14, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Oh, yeah? Hmmm……….I guess the 2nd round of the playoffs is good enough, huh, Danny?

    • andyhr17 - Jan 14, 2013 at 7:01 PM

      Seems to be better than what the Lakers will see.

  6. paulhargis53 - Jan 14, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the lakers are 5 games under.500.

    No playoffs good enough for you dummy?

    You know nothing about your own team, why would you comment on other other teams? Hell you have bi knowledge of basketball whatsoever.

    Enjoy your time in here, its running out fast. I fully expect you to honor the bet.

    • dko83 - Jan 14, 2013 at 6:01 PM

      Put him in his place Paul.. as per usual.

  7. pricejustin24 - Jan 14, 2013 at 8:14 PM


  8. pricejustin24 - Jan 14, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Everyone in the Easton garbage except Miami. Deal with it chowderheads

  9. paulhargis53 - Jan 14, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    You know what’s garbage? 16-21. The 16-21 lakers.

    You’re posting is getting weaker and weaker. It was never really strong to begin with. Go stick a knife in a wall outlet.

  10. paulhargis53 - Jan 14, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    6 straight wins…..

  11. lakerluver - Jan 14, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Funny….I thought the season was 82 games long. Boston and the rest of the east is a joke. The best team in the east can’t win on the road. Utah is kicking their butts tonight. And the LAKERS are going to do the same thing Thursday. This is Bah-stuns last hoorah. KG and Pierce are both on their last legs. And, as we all know, free agents won’t be flocking to that stinking city. So, after this season it’s back to irrelevancy and playoff fodder for the “real” contenders. So, let’s see…the C’s went over twenty years between titles 16 &17. At that pace, title 18 should be around the year 2030. Ph53, by that time you’ll be watching it from the old folks home. Actually, you’re doing that now. So, by then you’ll just be a memory….a bad memory.

  12. paulhargis53 - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    ^^^^^ I feel sorry for this moron.

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