At this point, there's no arguing that the Celtics are the same team they are last year. Well, technically, on paper, they are, but it's like they've forgotten how to play consistent winning basketball.
In an interview with Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe, he admitted that some changes might be needed if he wants the team to have their best shot at winning a title.
I certainly looked at the team on paper this summer and said, “I’m pretty excited.” But they don’t give out paper trophies.
I think the first part of this year has been obviously up and down and a bit challenging to get through. Some of the games have been flat; others have been pretty special. I just went this morning and with Danny [Ainge] and sort of reviewed the team, A-to-Z, and some of the statistics come out more positively than a casual fan might think. We’re a top-10 offense, top-five defense, and rank top 10 in rebounding as well.
So I’d say overall, when you look at things, there’s no reason to be overly concerned. We need to take another step, but we don’t need to take five more steps.
He does openly say several times that he likes the guys on this current roster, but he didn't exactly rule out making some kind of play before the February 7th trade deadline.
What we’ll do over the next month is determine if there’s anything we can do in February [prior to the trade deadline] to advance the team to a new level. But when I look at the team right now, I feel really good about their character, really good about their skill, really good about the upside over the next 5-6 years, with young players and the draft... I think it’s just knowing that we’re in the mix and will have a chance to make some noise in the East and have it be a special season. It’s not a special season right now. Can it become a special season? I still think it can. But we’ve got work to do.
The expectations are always sky-high for the Boston Celtics. The amount of assets and players they've acquired over the years has only increased their urgency to win now. They seemingly have all the tools.
So 5th place in the East is not going to cut it. Patience will run out at some point, it's not only a matter of when.