Celtics president of basketball ops Danny Ainge joined Toucher and Rich on Thursday to talk about the team. He reacts to Wednesday’s win over the Brooklyn Nets and assesses their performance in the NBA “bubble” so far.
Despite the team hanging 149 points on Brooklyn, Ainge was particularly happy about how well the C’s played defensively.
“Yeah, I mean, I think [Wednesday] night’s game was our was our best performance as far as just defensive intensity throughout stretches,” said Ainge. “It’s been a pattern of ours all year, where we have these stretches of defense where it’s spectacular. And then just one person takes the foot off the gas and our defense takes a step back. We really have to get back to playing that defense for more minutes as we head into the playoffs. And I think the bubble’s been good for us to see how teams are playing, to see where our team is.
“Last night was a good opportunity for us to see some of the guys that don’t get a chance to play that we still really believe in. But you just … the average fan just doesn’t get an opportunity to see what those guys are capable of doing.”
Ainge also talks about how the C’s are handling things like the draft and free agency in the bubble setting, and how much he swears. He claims he cursed the last time he missed a three-foot putt.