Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show with Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley to talk about the team and their loss to the Clippers. "We really haven't been playing great, but we've been getting away with wins and last night was a good wake-up call for us," Ainge said. "We can't just show up and think we're going to win. We have to come to the gym ready to win."
Ainge said that blaming the new players for defensive shortcomings was "an excuse." He continued, "When we were all together I thought one of the worst defensive games we played all year was against Phoenix [in late January]. It's just bad rotations. It's the point of attack. It's how we're defending the pick and roll and it's not any new guys. It's not any new guys. It's guys who have been on the court together in a lot of cases. I think it's effort. I think it's focus."
He added, "A lot of times we don't respect our opponents. You can tell by watching us play the first quarter. You watch the pick and roll in the first quarter, we're not fighting over the screens like we normally do, we're not as close to the shooters as we normally are. You watch the difference between the first quarter and fourth quarter, you see a big difference in our defensive execution. I don't think it has anything to do with know-how."
On how the new players we're fitting in, Ainge said: "It's not going to be difficult for most of the guys to fit in. It's always difficult to play short minutes. Troy Murphy hasn't really gotten any sort of rhythm, hasn't made any shots, hasn't had a chance to get five or six shots in a game yet. That's understandable. I think Carlos Arroyo is a veteran player. I think he'll fit in very nicely. The biggest challenge is for us to figure out how to use Jeff [Green]. How to use his strength as a passer and low-post scorer and right now that hasn't happened yet."
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