“Realistically, I don’t see major changes coming,” said Ainge, well aware that market factors and the Rubik’s Cube difficulties of finding a transaction that meets the needs of two teams at the same time conspire against blockbuster trades.
“Of course we’re trying to get better, and any deal that was available that could help us, you obviously do that. But we’re not just trying to make any deal. We’re not selling the team off or anything like that. We’re trying to win with what we have right now. That’s got to be our first objective.”
Doc Rivers was doing his job when he put everyone on notice after the abysmal performance in Detroit. And now Danny Ainge is doing his job by easing up on the threat to move players who won’t adhere to the game plan. Who expects a GM to get fair trade value when he’s trying to move dysfunctional players?
Ainge says the problem isn’t isolated to one, two or even three guys:
“It’s a different guy each possession sometimes. As you watch the film of the game, it’s a different guy. It’s not like there’s one guy who’s not playing hard. On all these plays, there will be like one guy who’s just not trusting the assignments or who’s taking a shortcut. That’s just not what it takes to win, and our expectations are higher.
“Sometimes we just don’t play like a team where winning is the most important thing.”
So why the change in effort and attitude? Did the new guys not shed their bad habits? Or are they simply following in the footsteps of some of the veterans here?
The rest of the links:
ESPN Boston – Is Pierce an All-Star? | C’s slip to 15 in power rankings | CSNNE – Celtics too content with losing | Celtics grades at halfway point | Cleveland Plain Dealer: Jeff Green says Cleveland is special place after surgery |