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."
We check in on the Patriots off-season with ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss. Mike updates us on Revis, McCourty, Wilfork and more.
Price calls Butch to discuss the March 2nd deadline for franchise tags, free agency and the Pats' plans going forward.
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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.
Jessica Camerato of basketballinsiders.com joins the show to talk about Marcus Smart, the starting lineup, and trade deadline.
The one and only Rob Bradford calls Butch to discuss his early thoughts on this Red Sox team, the potential in the rotation, how the outfield will shake out and more.
David Ortiz takes a few minutes to talk with Mut, Bradford, and Tomase about some of his new teammates, who Pablo Sandoval reminds him of, and the rules aimed at speeding up the game of baseball.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking Red Sox spring training. and talk with Red Sox DH David Ortiz about the rules aimed at speeding up the pace of the game
In the second of Sunday Skate, DJ and Joe discuss the approaching NHL trade deadline and what the B's will do. They get into the Boychuk move at the beginning of the season and Boychuk's brother venting on Twitter this morning about complaining B's fans. There is more discussion on the 3rd and 4th lines, their playoff chances and then they are joined by ESPN's Scott Burnside.
Another edition of Sunday Skate is upon us and DJ and Joe get into the B's big win over Arizona last night and the improvement of Ryan Spooner. They get into the Blackhawks giving up a 1st round pick for C Antoine Vermette - someone the B's could certainly use but weren't willing to give up the steep price of a 1st rounder. DJ and Joe also get into Claude's willingness to switch up lines as well as the performance of the 3rd and 4th lines. Finally, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman sits down with the boys.
Scott Burnside joins the boys to discuss the Bruins and the NHL trade deadline.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk chat with Tom Curran about the Patriots declining Vince Wilfork's option and the status of Darrelle Revis.
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McPhee joined Dennis, Callahan and Minihane to give a first hand account of the proceedings inside the courtroom during the trial of the Boston bomber.
Peirre McGuire of NBC Sports to talk about the snake-bit Bruins and their chances of making the playoffs. Pierre then weighs in the idea of Christian Fauria playing goalie
Steve Cooper, reporter for 7 News, joined the show to talk about the first day of the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial.
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Michael, Dale and Jerry reflect on the career of Vince Wilfork with the Patriots, and wonder if it's really final... whether there's any chance at all that Vince could return to the Patriots.
Michael and Jerry talk about the Celts win last night, and a great play drawn up by Brad Stevens for the win.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss how losing Wilfork's salary cap hit might be part of a bigger plan to hang on to Darrelle Revis and others.
Mikey, Mut, and Lenny are joined by the Rev girls, who are revealing the New Revolution uniform Tuesday at the House of Blues in Boston and talking about the Revs.
Mikey, Lenny, and Maggie talk Red Sox baseball with Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill Lee, who is in Florida and out of the snow that's perpetually burying the area.
Mikey gets a call from Kirk Minihane, who wants to clear the air with Mikey and get everything settled. It goes better than you think.
Adam Himmelsbach, Celtics beat reporter for the Boston Globe, joins the show to share his love of the Brow and discuss the surging Celtics playoff chances. Then we take a field trip to the MIT Sloan Analytics Conference and analyze the data with Rick Friedman.
Chris and comedian Will Noonan discuss the events of last night's Raw.
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