The 2012-13 Boston Celtics are still alive, but only a shred of hope remains.
President of basketball operations Danny Ainge may be pulling for his squad more than usual, especially after some costly blunders before and during the season.
Ainge's struggling team in green heads back to New York on Tuesday to face the Knicks with a win-or-go-home mentality in the conference quarterfinals. Many questions linger about the Celts' ability to mount a comeback. Beyond that, many questions remain about organizational efforts to maximize postseason success.
The following list details Ainge's shortcomings, from relatively minor to most significant. If not for these errors in judgment, Boston could be on its way to another Eastern Conference Finals bid.
Hindsight may always be 20/20—but by the same corny, cliched logic—regrets happen. Ainge would almost certainly like to reconsider these decisions.