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Danny Ainge warns Celtics of possibly ‘changing faces’ amid struggles

Danny Ainge, Celtics. Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker

The Boston Celtics are not in a good place right now, and team president of basketball operations Danny Ainge could not agree more. As such, the high-ranking team executive recently sent out a bit of a warning to the squad that major changes might be forthcoming.

When asked if Boston’s recent struggles might result in a shakeup within the team, Ainge appeared to be open to the idea:

“Just changing faces doesn’t always change things,” Ainge said, via Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe,  “but it may have to come to that.”

Ainge implied that the Celtics are not desperate right now. However, he also made it clear that if things continue the way they are, this might force his hand.

On Sunday, the Celtics suffered an embarrassing blowout loss to a struggling Washington Wizards side. It was Boston’s fourth loss in their last five games, and their most recent defeat is a clear indication of how they are truly struggling as a unit right now.

Nevertheless, Ainge also went out to say that now is not the time to overreact. At this moment, he remains confident in the abilities of his players and the team:

“It’s definitely not a time to panic,” cautioned Ainge. “But it’s always a time to reflect. My job is to reflect after every game on where we stand and where our team is and how much better they can get. I know our team is better than how they are playing, and I’m confident they will play better.

“I’m not making judgments on all of my players, but I am seeing that there is a lack of consistent urgency, and some of that is our success. We started out 8-3, and we’ve got a lot of young guys and we have a lot of guys that have been to the conference final three times. I think sometimes you don’t realize how hard winning is every night.”

The Celtics return to action on Tuesday in a tough test against the Denver Nuggets — a must-win game for a side desperate for some momentum. You can be sure that Ainge will be watching that game closely.