Making his weekly appearance on "The Big Show," Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge acknowledged that the team "is not playing well," but at the same time, he said he continues to "see good signs." "I'm hopeful, but concerned," he said
"i thought last night was a step forward," Ainge added. "We don't have moral victories, but I thought our effort was better. We're still out of sync offensively. I think defensively has been the biggest problem over the course of the year, but last night, I think our problems came more in the halfcourt offense."
Here are some more highlights of his Q&A with Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley.
Did the games against the Warriors and Kings make you think different about what this team is and what this team needs going forward? "No, not those two games. The whole picture. That was a bad stretch -- every team has that, especially the Kings game. I think we were banged up. That was not us. The Warriors game, we did not play well. The Clippers game, we did not play well. I'm just looking at what we're capable of becoming, and I think we haven't found the right pieces. 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 ling as we can."
Can this be fixed with words, an attitude adjustment, or do you need make some deals? "Right. 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 that these next couple of weeks are going to be huge to see where we are as we're starting to get healthy. I think Rondo is still not healthy. I mean, 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. He had a couple of good spurts last night, but he couldn't sustain it. I think that we really need to get a feel for our team. 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."
On defense, this team is not making stops. The newer guys almost seem to be confused on the defensive end. Is that a learning process? "For whatever reason -- I'm not sure if they're incapable or they're not or they can't physically. Time will tell on that. But the reality of it is they haven't. And it's not just the new guys. I don't think our veteran players that have been here have played up to their capabilities yet either. I mean, we went from being the best team in the NBA last year defensively to the 21st best defensive team in the league right now, so that's concerning. But, 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."
On Kobe's comment about his team being "old as [bleep]," and if that's one of the concerns about this Celtics team. Is age a factor in their struggles, particularly when it comes to Pierce, KG and Jason Terry? "I would say those three guys are probably the least of our concerns, so I would have to say no. I would have to say no, that's not the case. Those are things that I worry about -- how much they have in the tank. And I know it takes a lot for them to get ready to play. I've said that a lot, KG and Paul, how professional they are. How much time they put in to get ready to play. But those guys aren't the main issues. I think they can all step up and play better defensively, night in and night out, possession by possession. But we have a lot of young guys on our team. We have Jeff and Courtney and Avery and Rondo and Brandon, and those guys are all in their prime or less than their prime when it comes to their age."
Greg and Chris talk with Mike Reiss from ESPN Boston in hour 2 of NFL Sunday to discuss a variety of offseason happenings with the Pats and throughout the league. Greg and Chris also get into the NFL Draft and where Mariota and Winston will go.
Mike Reiss calls the guys to talk about the offseason news for the Pats. He talks about the Pats/Jets tampoering fiasco, free agency, where he sees Ridley and Connolly ending up, if the Patriots would be interested in Reggie Wayne and more.
In the first hour of the show, Greg and Chris discuss the news coming out of the owners' meetings this week and rule changes. Belichick's blow-up over the league not wanting to spend on endzone cameras was well documented and the guys react. They also talk about the Jets ridiculous tampering charges, free agents still lingering out there, where Stevan Ridley will land and the RB position in New England. Dickerson and Price briefly discuss the adventures of Tom Brady before being joined by WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia to talk all things Pats in the offseason.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Joe and Alex talked with the Sox AGM about the state of the team as Opening Day approaches.
Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.
Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.
Peter Chiarelli joined the Sunday Skate crew to talk about the Bruins playoff push heading into the final handful of games of the regular season. Chiarelli talked about avoiding some of the overly negative feedback he gets while realizing that the team does have real issues. He discusses what went down at the trade deadline and if he was happy with the outcome, Lucic having a down year and underperforming, the salary cap and if he considers it as big of an issue as it's been made out to be and what the future holds for the team.
It's a big hour #2 for the Sunday Skate dudes - they talk about the B's defenseman and what the future looks like at that position, with both moves the team can make and younger guys in the AHL. They also get into the Bruins philosophy on bringing guys up and sending them back down and how players deal with that. Finally, the boys are joined by Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to discuss EVERYTHING.
The Sunday Skate crew gets the show going discussing the Bruins big, impressive victory over the NY Rangers yesterday. What can you take from that game? According to LB - Lyndon Byers - who called the guys from the road, not a lot. LB drops a dime on what was going on with the Rangers yesterday. DJ and Joe discuss Claude's lines and groupings and the importance of Ryan Spooner. They also get into Lucic, his contributions this year and if he can turn things around.
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The great Lisa Scherber joined us to discuss today's trip to Fort Myers with 46 Jimmy Fund patients.
D&C's favorite author joined the show to discuss his new book.
We hear more audio from Christian's day between the pipes. He did his best to try and intimidate the small children shooting on him.
After Christian gave away his children's dog, we find out that Lola eventually found a better home.
During the recess of the Aaron Hernandez murder trial, Ted Daniel describes the first half of Shayana Jenkins testimony.
Dale and Michael talk Bruins after they managed to snatch defeat from the claws of victory and blow a late game lead to the Anaheim Ducks. With the playoffs still in question, the Bruins need more efforts like that, and more luck.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
Mut opens his show talking about the New York Jets filing tampering charges on the Patriots
Mikey, Mut, and Lucy are talking about all things New England sports, the Red Sox spring training, more Darrelle Revis and Jets talk, and some Bruins mixed in.
Ben and Adam finish the odyssey that is the history of Wrestlemania. Wrestlemanias 21-30 are discussed and analyzed.
Mike Mulloy joins Chris in the studio to talk Raw and Wrestlemania.
Scott Cordischi and John Rooke take your calls, texts, tweets and emails on the week's hot topics. The boys are back together in studio! It’s a bittersweet reunion due to the end of the NCAABB Tournament run for the PC Friars, so we say “see you next season” to the play by play team of John Rooke and Joe Hassett. We don’t waste time looking ahead with the issues confronting the men’s basketball program at URI and PC. On the table is the argument over the validity of RPI, outgoing coveted players, incoming recruits and whether Coaches Dan Hurley and Ed Cooley will remain after their successful 2014 season. Some time is spent on the NFL owners meetings, with the whiny Baltimore Ravens and a ranting Bill Belichick. We close March in all it’s madness, with “Three Things” where we celebrate the open mic and a young man’s passion .More from this show