In his weekly appearance on “The Big Show,” Celtics GM Danny Ainge touched on a number of topics, including the occasional defensive breakdowns Boston has suffered throughout the early stages of the 2009 season.
Ainge said the C’s have run into some teams that have “played some small ball,” which has given them trouble, but at the same time, there have been stretches where the Celtics have played some “spectacular defense” this season. “Statistically, we’re doing well defensively,” Ainge said. Even so, the Celtics are close to winning those games. “Right now, we’re a shot or two away from winning these games,” he added.
The GM disputed the idea that point guard Rajon Rondo isn’t playing well.
“I think he’s actually playing better than he was last year,” Ainge said of Rondo. “I don’t think that he’s shying away.”
Ainge also weighed in on Kevin Garnett, saying the forward is “not himself” at this stage of the season, but he remains encouraged that Garnett will return to his pre-surgery level of play sooner rather than later.
In addition, Ainge said forward Glen Davis recently had a new cast put on, and is excited to return after suffering a thumb injury last month. “I know he’s [chomping] at the bit to play,” Ainge said of Davis. “I think that Glen is anxious to get back.”
For a complete transcript, visit the Green Street Blog. To listen to the interview, visit the Big Show On Demand.
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