The Boston Celtics are one of those teams that is expected to see each year among the candidates for the ring. By track record and by tradition. Although it is not always possible to meet those expectations, either because of the franchise’s own situation or because of the possible obstacles that arise along the way.
It is precisely the recent difficulties that the team has had to face that have pushed Danny Ainge to question the real possibilities of the Celtics to establish themselves as a contender legitimate. The President of Operations has been blunt and considered that “the team does not have what it takes to win,” according to the journalist from Forbes Sean Deveney.
Despite occupying the fifth position in the Conference, the Celtics have a neutral balance of 14-14 after being defeated this Wednesday by the Atlanta Hawks, adding five trips in the last seven games. The Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown duo have established themselves as one of the best in the entire NBA, but the absence of other pieces and numerous injuries have put the team a notch or two below the great championship contenders.
The big moves made in recent years – Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Gordon Hayward or Al Horford – have not returned positive returns and the not isolated feeling that, in turn, other equally interesting opportunities have been missed to strengthen the template.
With the trade deadline approaching skyrocketing, Ainge’s comments on Boston’s current position could be a warning of impending changes in the coming weeks.
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