After deciding to not make a deal at the NBA trade deadline, Celtics executive director of basketball operations Danny Ainge has seen his team lose two of three. The Celtics, with the exception of the fourth quarter of last night's win in Atlanta, look as tired, old and thin as at any point this season and are giving up valuable ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race in the process.
There were a few things the Celts could have done on deadline day, both to help the team this year and beyond, but in the end, nothing tickled Ainge's fancy the way so many other deals he's made in his nine years at the helm of the Boston basketball franchise have.
Ainge's moving to not make moves gave Celts fans another six weeks to enjoy this Big Three era and the potential for one last playoff hurrah.
But it also deprived the team of getting any stronger, deeper or bigger for that potential postseason trip. And now, with big men dropping like flies, no rebounding help in sight and a general sense of lethargy enveloping the team as it limps across the country on its current road trip, one can only wonder if Ainge should have in fact made a deal just for the sake of making one.
It's a little bit too soon to categorically claim that Ainge and the C's botched the trade deadline, but right now, it sure feels like they did. Here's a handful of reasons how and why.