Ainge: Trades don’t always help, but it ‘may have to come to that’

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Justin Quinn
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The Boston Celtics are a .500 team deep into a season they were supposed to be contenders, and fans and players alike are searching for answers on what went wrong as much as they are trying to brainstorm for answers on how best to fix it.

Team president Danny Ainge admitted a fair amount of the blame is on him in a recent interview with the Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy, though he dismissed some might be the fault of head coach Brad Stevens. “I don’t think this has anything to do with coaching,” he explained to the senior Globe reporter.

"We’re not playing with the passion that we need. I think that’s on the players. And the players on the team are on me," he added.

"There are things I could have done better, but I’m not going to mention names. I’ll take this responsibility. This is a team that was put together by me, and we’re not playing with enough consistency and urgency, and it’s my job to look to see what we can do to improve the team, but that’s always much harder than improving from within."

"Just changing faces doesn’t always change things ... but it may have to come to that," Ainge hinted, red meat to a certain section of the fanbase hungry for change. https://twitter.com/NBA_Math/status/1361378491757862918

For a GM known for his reticence to make deals mid-season, it's a sign Boston may do more than just add some talent via their traded player exceptions. While the young bench players are starting to show signs of life, the veterans brought on to guide them seem more in need of guidance from them so far -- and that may well be the disappointments to which Ainge refers. https://embed.sendtonews.com/oembed/?SC=lKPAOIR4o7-1154904-8380&autoplay=on&V=2&format=json [lawrence-related id=46676,46673,46657,46653] [listicle id=46642]

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OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Washington
+180+6.5O 230.5
Boston
-223-6.5U 230.5