Dan Shaughnessy joins Sports Tonight to give his opinion on what we should expect from Danny Ainge, and offers a bold move of his own.
But to start, is it possible that this is as good as the Celtics will be? Are they a .500 team?
"I think they're better than that," says Dan. "This is what they are right now. I thought it was going to be better out of the gate... I still can't believe they could ever lose to the Knicks but you start to wonder now."
The Celtics have lost five of their last seven and there doesn't seem to be much reason to believe that they will turn it around without a move of some kind.
Shaughnessy says there's still a bit of an identity crisis going on, and some areas that haven't come together as hoped.
"The defense isn't what they'd like," says Dan. "And the bench... Jeff Green... what is he? I'm still not sure what he is."
So what do the Celtics do about it?
Shaughnessy puts on his GM hat and offers this move: "I would get DeMarcus Cousins. I know he's a mental case, whatever you want to call it there. The talent is so great. I want to see an infusion of youth and talent here."
Not sure how happy a player would be to have his GM question his mental faculties but that's an issue for Shaughnessy the GM to sort out.
For more on the Celtics' woes, check out the video above.
Tonight’s pregame number is 133. That’s the total number of made 3-point field goals made last season by the players starting for the Bulls tonight. Whatever the Bulls reasons for signing Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade were this offseason, floor spacing was not one of them.
Wade’s career mark of 28.4 percent from distance is the third-worst percentage among active players with 600+ career attempts, while Rondo’s 28.9 career 3-pt FG% is seventh worst. And, for what it’s worth, the new-look Bulls shot 31.8 percent from beyond the arc (21st in the NBA) this preseason, while hitting 7.7 3-pointers per game.
Despite allowing 15 3’s last night vs the Nets, perimeter defense should once again be a strength for the Celtics. Last season, the Celtics were fourth in the NBA with an opponent 3-pt FG% of 33.6. They were 38-15 when holding opponents to eight or fewer 3’s.
With the NBA continuing to trend towards more 3-point shooting, it will be interesting to see how Fred Hoiberg’s offense looks this season, and especially tonight vs the Celtics.
Thursday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Bills game:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
TE Martellus Bennett (ankle)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Jamie Collins (hip)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
DL Woodrow Hamilton (shoulder)
LB Shea McClellin (concussion)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
DL Vincent Valentine (back)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Zach Brown (illness)
TE Cordy Glenn (ankle)
WR Marquise Goodwin (concussion)
G Richie Incognito (illness)
RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring)
S Aaron Williams (neck)
DT Corbin Bryan (shoulder)
TE Charles Clay (knee)
DT Marcell Dareus (hamstring)
RB Mike Gillislee (foot)
LB Jerry Hughes (hand)
LB Lerentee McCray (knee)
G John Miller (shoulder)
WR Robert Woods (foot)
T Seantreal Henderson (back)
OFF THE LIST
LB Lorenzo Alexander (non-injury related)
DT Adolphus Washington (illness)