Making his weekly appearance on The Big Show, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said that the Celtics, who currently sit seventh in the Eastern Conference with a 14-13 record, "have a tendency to play down to their level of competition," and that he has questioned the team's resolve in the past before seeing them elevate their level of play in the postseason.
Asked about coach Doc Rivers calling out the team's toughness at points this season, Ainge didn't hold back in saying that the Celtics tend to underachieve during the regular season.
"I think it's just focus. I don't know if it's toughness, although I guess it is mental toughness. We do know that this team has the ability to play at a very high level," Ainge said. "They've shown that, and this isn't just happening this year. Last year we started out 13-17, and I didn't think that we had any resolve at that time, and then I thought we had as much resolve as any team I've ever been around the second half of the season, and the same thing the year before when we went all the way to the NBA finals Game 7 against the Lakers. I thought our team in the regular season, we finished 27-27, I felt like we just didn't have that fight, what Doc might refer to as toughness, but then I thought that we played the best basketball of this six-year era since we've had KG. I thought that was the best basketball we've ever played, even to this day, was in the Orlando and Cleveland series.
"I know these players have it within them. I will never doubt that, because they've shown time and time [again] what they're capable of, but they also have a tendency to play down to their level of competition and to pace themselves, for lack of a better term, throughout the course of the regular season."
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Rob Bradford is joined by Drew Pomeranz, the Red Sox pitcher who so many are wondering if he will be able to live up the value placed on him by the Red Sox when trading away top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza last July. Pomeranz goes into detail regarding his injury last season, the stem cell treatment he underwent in the offseason, and how he thinks things stand heading into the 2017 campaign.
Rob Bradford is joined by Tom Caron, the man responsible for guiding the ship when it comes to Red Sox pregame and postgame shows, along with various other important duties with the New England Sports Network, including offering the play-by-play for both TV and radio throughout spring training. Tom and Rob discuss a variety of topics, such as nickname conundrums, radio vs. television, criticizing the team, behind-the-scenes for the broadcasts and where the industry is going.
Rob Bradford is joined by two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is attempting a comeback with the Red Sox this spring. Quentin's path back to baseball involves almost quitting the game less than a year ago, losing 40 pounds and trying to sell himself to general managers all over Major League Baseball. Quentin explains his journey, which has led him to the back fields at JetBlue Park.
Hour 4. Rob Bradford had some great insight into the tornado at last night’s Red Sox game. The guys don’t understand what Riley Dennis is trying to argue for.
Hour 3. The guys don’t think Lavar Ball has any influence on Lonzo’s draft stock. Ken Laird gave a lively performance on the Lightning pregame show.
The American treasure Mr. Skins joins the show to talk the Whack-It bracket and take calls.
HOUR 4 - Glenn, Lou and Christian go over a great story in USA Today's "For The Win" blog, which talks about how LaVar Ball was a nuisance towards the head coach Chino Hills high school team, where Lonzo, LaMelo, and LiAngelo play.
The weekly edition of the Whiner Line
HOUR 3 - The guys get back into some Bruins talk and try to parse out some of the blame pie. Also, Glenn thinks Roger Goodell is lying, and that Colin Kaepernick is getting a raw deal.
Final hour brings in the Patriots to the topic table, and still some more Bruins anger.
Mostly angry fire from Bruins fans this hour, with a little NCAA mixed in as well.
Three topics on the table in hour #2 of Freestyle Friday
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
SI's Richard Deitsch returns to the podcast to talk with Kirk about the K&C casting couch, how ESPN wimps out when they are called out for slander, what's going on with Bill Simmons, and the rise of podcasting.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis have a Friday edition of the K&C recap show as 'Hardo Mut' was in with Kirk and Gerry.
Hour 1. Gerry tells Kirk that the trip to the White House may not happen for them. Mut takes his shirt off to prove how well the gym has worked. The guys read an old email from Dino.More from this show
Hour 1. With Kirk out, Gerry is joined by Trenni and Tomase. In the first segment, Trenni, Gerry, and Tomase talk food, NBA players using Tinder, and NFL commercials. Next, the hosts agree Lonzo Ball has to come to Boston both for his skill and entertainment value. Finally, Trenni reacts to Kirk’s take on Comcast.More from this show
Hour 2. Trenni and Tomase think we need to stop the anti-Muslim rhetoric. Gerry says we need to keep people from dangerous countries out. Headlines with Trenni features Rachel Maddow on The View. Gerry thinks President Trump has softened on immigration compared to candidate Trump.More from this show