While its only been a few days since Jaylen Brown was ruled out for the season with a torn ligament in his left wrist, the Celtics at 35-35, find themselves in the "Play-In Tournament" with a fighter's chance to make it to the playoffs.
"I think that we will definitely be looking to make some changes in the offseason," Ainge said Thursday morning during his weekly appearance on 98.5's Toucher & Rich. "Obviously can't go into any of those kind of details. But yeah, there will be changes. How significant? I don't know yet. We'll see."
"Our team has been decimated with injuries and has underperformed," Ainge stated. "There's no doubt about it. And, you know, we're not as good as we thought we were. That simple."
Ainge added that there's other issues and "not just an effort [problem]. It's concentration. It's focus…How do you explain that we're 3-10 against some of the worst records in the league and we're 8-1 against some of the best records in the league?"
"The real issues are not Brad Stevens," Ainge said emphatically. "You can't just look at a coach and take his whole body of work throughout his whole coaching career and throw in this year and then make a judgment for crying out loud. That is idiotic."
"The bottom line is our team hasn't been as consistent, hasn't been as healthy," Ainge said. "We definitely will need to make some changes. But I wouldn't say there's any needed changes of our best players."
"I'm saying I blame everybody and I'm saying everybody is guilty of both of those – of playing great and the good games and bad in the bad game," he explained. "It's a collective team."
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