Danny Ainge, GM of the Boston Celtics, almost reminds one of a mad scientist; he seems hell-bent on tinkering and tinkering with his team, experimenting by adding and subtracting pieces on a yearly basis. My concern is with all this change, is it really helping the Celtics eventually turn into a contending team again or is he just making trades for the sake of making trades? I say that because they sure haven’t been looking too good recently with a record of 14 wins and 28 losses, fourth place in their division.
The Celtics played the Orlando Magic on Sunday and lost 93-91. The Celtics usually dominate the Magic, having won 10 games against them. Tonight, Boston looked pretty flat out there, not making shots, had lots of turnovers and not looking cohesive and comfortable as a team. The defense also looked really passive, especially during the second quarter. They lacked consistency and what seems to really hurt is they don’t have that one guy that they can go with to make the last shot. It is also obvious that Rajon Rondo is still basically in preseason form and is shaking the rust off.
It’s starting to get easier and easier to understand why Doc Rivers didn’t want to stick around this season and be a part of the rebuilding process. This has gotten to be pretty painful to watch and for those of us who grew up on a steady diet of championships, we have an expectation from our basketball team and that is to win, or at the very least contend. If results continue the way they have recently, perhaps Brad Stevens will wonder if he signed on for this.
I have a lot of respect for Ainge and he did architect a championship and a trip to the finals in his tenure, but those years seem to be more the exception rather than the rule. There have been too many rebuilding years and not enough special years to remember.
Carter Roane is a writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @CarterGRoane.