"So I said that on the radio show [Thursday], just to get everybody sort of excited," joked Ainge. "Yeah, I'm sure I'll be hearing from Paul. But I don't know. That will be Doc's decision. Jeff playing a bigger role, if he comes back, I think that that will be the case if he were to come back. I think he would play a bigger role. I have no idea, maybe he'll start in place of Ray [Allen]. Now [I'll be hearing from] Ray. Who knows? I don't know the answer to that. But it's possible that there could be [changes] — it isn't like this core group of guys doesn't have to play the exact same way or with the exact same players. There's some things that can be tweaked. That's my whole point."
I figured Danny was speaking in general terms when he mentioned Jeff Green could be starting over Paul Pierce. He's just preparing everyone for change.
I encourage you to read the rest of the article. Ainge talks about Rondo's toughness, Jermaine's wrist injury (worse than we knew) and Nads' bad knees. This team was a walking MASH unit.