ESPN Boston’s Jackie MacMullan had these nuggets:
At 4:45 p.m., as the Garden emptied out and Rondo retreated home with his family, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was asked to make sense of an afternoon with so much promise that went so horribly awry.
He expressed confidence in his personnel, said he would evaluate what moves need to be made in the coming days, then conceded the team “will be different.”
“We’ve had success playing for short periods of time without Rajon,” Ainge said, “but we’ve never had to play without him for long periods of time.
“It will be an interesting test for us. Not a test we wanted. And, frankly, I’m worried about that test.”
Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski:
In a quiet corner of the TD Garden on Sunday, Ainge understood it was impossible – never mind futile – to make a sweeping declaration about his intentions.
“In our situation, you can’t just philosophically say, ‘We’re going to do this,’ ” Ainge told Yahoo! Sports. “You have to tell me what it is. You have to tell me what opportunities we have.”
“Here’s the thing: If I wanted to say, ‘Hey, let’s play for the future,’ that’s hard to do. And if I play only for the ‘here and now,’ that’s hard to do.”
Those kinds of trades are hard to do, Ainge meant.
“I’m going to look and see what opportunities are there, like any other year,” Ainge said. “Last year, I was close to making a change that I felt would give us a better chance in the here and now, and in the future. And those are hard to do.”