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Your Morning Dump… Where the C’s will change the lineup before changing players

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) January 4, 2013 Celtics News, The Morning Dump 23 Comments

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

“I think Doc is probably going to try and tweak the lineup again and do some things different. We’ll just try to be patient with this team as long as we can,” said the president of basketball operations.

He said the return of Avery Bradley adds a new dimension to the team that could help turn things around, and that once the new starting lineup settles in and players perform to their potential, many of the problems will be corrected.

“This will be the first game coming up against the best defensive team in the league right now in [the] Indiana Pacers where we have our best lineup that played last year, and that was with Rondo and Avery and Brandon and KG and Paul. That lineup hasn’t even played one minute together this year, so I’d like to give that a shot.”

ESPN Boston:  Ainge: C’s problems can be fixed

I’ve joined the push for Sullinger to start because it helps the Celtics get another rebounder out there early on.  But Ainge is making a not-so-thinly-veiled hint that Brandon Bass will make it back into the starting lineup.  It’s hard to argue that logic, considering that’s the team that made that huge post-All-Star run last season.

I know Bass hasn’t played up to last year’s levels at all, leading one to believe we may have been fooled by a contract year.  But he’s not the only one, and most of those who are struggling are guys whose roles has been an issue this season.   It’s worth a shot to get the band back together and see if you can get into a comfort level.

Doc’s not panicking… Danny’s not panicking… but there’s one word that finishes both of those thoughts no mater where you turn lately:  “yet”.

“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.”

I think it’s up to the players now. I think that Doc has certainly given them the right words and the right tools to play better. I think these next couple weeks are going to be huge to see where we are. We’re starting to get healthy. I think that Rondo is still not healthy. I think he’s played the last few games banged up and we’re not the same when he’s not 100 percent. And that’s clear.”

I’m saying this will take another few weeks before Danny hits Chuck’s panic button.  They made significant, long-term investments in most of the guys on this team.  He’s not going to give up on them a couple of months into the season.  Danny’s saying the same thing I’ve been saying:

“I do believe that that can be fixed with attitude and health and practice time. I really do believe that. Our guys know how to do that.”

It’s on the players now to get the job done.  The trade deadline is February 21.  The Celtics are still 4.5 games from the 4th seed.  Yes, the sand is trickling through the hourglass, but it’s not out yet.

Related links:  ESPN Boston:  Keep calm and carry on 

The rest of the links:

CSNNE:  Rondo, Garnett among leading All Star vote getters  |  Rondo a “sore loser”  |  Wilcox to see doctors Tuesday  |  ESPN Boston:  Sully the silver lining  |  Rajon, KG still on pace to start All Star  |  Practice notebook, sets for JET  |  Rondo: “I’m a sore loser”  |  WEEI:  Bradley’s philosophy:  Defense is just effort  |  Tony Allen:  C’s missing a lot of pieces  |  Globe:  C’s looking to end skid  |  Losing takes a toll on Rondo  |  Herald:  Jason Terry in familiar territory  |  Rondo’s not one to judge  |  MWDN:  Rondo assumes blame for C’s struggles

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  • Chuck – Red’s Army

    I can panic, stomp my feet and hold my breath all I want, but truth is… Danny isn’t going to do anything until the deadline.

    If the Celtics continue to suck… I’m just going to have to sit back and suffer through it.

  • Jester00

    Sully should start and is the steal of the draft

  • Double P

    Something you wrote stuck out to me. Bass was playing for a contract last year, along with KG, Ray, and a young unproven guy like Bradley basically doing the same.

    Ainge locked up all our guys to long term deals, terry could be his last deal, KG is his last deal, Bass got paid, Lee got paid, JG def got paid. All these guys have there deals now, wheres the incentive?

    • eddysamson

      They shouldnt need an incentive they should be professionals and play for their own integrity.

      • Double P

        I agree, which speaks to a different problem (no leadership) but everyone knows you get more out of guys in a contract year. See KG playing as well as he had in years for last years run. You think that was pride? It’s all about the almighty $

        • eddysamson

          KG is an anomaly, though. I dont think you can say it was for the $ with him. Most other players, yes. But he doesnt need the money, hes KG! He might have played hard to prove to the Cs he can still play at a high level just so they would actually sign him again…I think the playing for a championship thing is more important to him than money at this point.

  • Vandal T.

    IF Fab Melo can stay away from doors maybe we can get some help in the paint. Or sign the door!

    • Elliot

      The door would probably lead our team in rebounds!

  • Mcshane

    Lee, Bass and JET are all playing below career norms in most stat categories. Give it time and water will find it’s level…

    …Of course that may produce more wins but it doesn’t solve the lack of a true Center/big that can spell KG. If these guys turn it around its hard to see a big trade happening outside of a veteran Big who can rebound. If they don’t its hard to see how a big trade & more new pieces would be able to integrate fast enough to be ready for the playoffs (see Perk/Green trade). Any blow up move may well need to wait for summer…

  • RedsLoveChild

    Tinkering with the line-up….That will have the same impact as rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. You cannot fix small, soft, or old.

    The NBA is not about strategy or motivation.

    The NBA is more like track & field…teams with the bigger, faster, younger, more talented athletes do all the winning.

    The Celts will return to relevance the moment they rid the roster of everyone except AB-RR-JS….bring in 1 or 2 Larry Sanders-types…then they`ll appeal to big name FA`s who smell rings!

    • Quest

      Totally agree. I understand everyone’s need for optimism but…..

  • Quest

    NBA rankings for the Eastern Conference puts Celtics this week into 7th playoff seed and in the league as a whole at 19th place. Depending on # loses/wins next two weeks will determine if they fall below 8th playoff seed. There is heavy competition this season to be in the top 8. The Prediction is out of the 54 games left Celtics will have to win at least 29 to be elible for the playoffs IF the rest of the East continues to perform at their same levels. This season is not the same as last year on all levels.
    I am glad Aing is not going to his trigger finger just YET but does he really have a choice since this package was based on his decision making. Ainge’s butt must also be under the gun. The guys have to know if they dont reach their “potential” soon they will be traded. Hopefully that in itself will be motivation or perhaps some of these guys don’t care as long as their is a cheque. Isn’t that what Rondo eluded to in the practice post press.

    • KY Celts fan

      what are you talking about? we’re currently sitting at 9th in the East and out of the playoffs.

      • Quest

        Thx for the correction. Makes it more essential that this Organization figures out what they need to do.

    • RedsLoveChild

      Boston currently is the #9 team in the EC.

      If the playoffs started today, the Celtics would be “at home” watching from the couch!

      Their record at the All-Star Game will be 23-29.

  • Nathan

    i miss rondo to wilcox alley oops

    • eddysamson

      Yeah what happened to the ones with KG we saw at the beginning of the season? They were SO perfect and now every single damned time they go for one KG doesnt look ready, catches it, and lands instead of putting it up mid air, or the pass is bad…

      • Curt

        I also don’t see many of the double pick plays that were so hot and lead to those alley oops.

        They just don’t seem to have the ingredients for it this year…so far.

        I believe in KG.

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  • NateB

    The Cs definitely need more from Green, Terry and Bass than they’ve been getting; and now with Bradley back he’s the fourth guy that needs to pick up the slack that used to get carried by Garnett, Pierce and Ray. As promising as Sullinger might be, Bass is the guy for that role this season if the Cs are going to go anywhere. We saw how well he can play last season.

  • Mr Curet

    I think Ainge will give this team 6 or 7 more games (when everyone on the roster becomes available to be traded) too see where they’re at & if they haven’t turned it around yet then he’ll probably pull the trigger.

    • JG

      So you’re saying ainge is going to wait until the players are allowed to be traded in order to make a trade? I cannot disagree with that statement.

  • CelticsKid34

    well now we know our worst nightmare is coming true… doc is going back to small ball and danny is going to waste precious time that he could be spending trying to work out a trade, he will be wasting it by believing in our teams (non-existent) ability to win a championship