KEY POINTS

  • Celtics are having a dismal January
  • Celtics look to address size and depth before deadline]
  • Danny Ainge remains restrained amidst the rumors

Save for Monday’s dominant performance against the Lakers, it has been quite an underwhelming start of 2020 for the Boston Celtics. Prior to the grudge match against their rivals in LA, the Celtics had lost six of their first 10 games of the month while recording wins against only under .500 teams.

The latest win could perhaps signal the start of things turning into their favor this calendar year, but it seems that no matter how huge of a gap the Celtics could pull off against their opponents – regardless of beating even the best of the West – the front office could still be firm on making roster moves ahead of the Feb. 6 trade deadline.

Size and depth. These weak points have been bugging the Celtics for quite a long time now. In fact, these vulnerable spots have been attacked by their Eastern Conference adversaries that denied them at making it to the promised land.

This is year is no exception as they continue to be exposed by teams with solid frontcourt players and decent bench production.

For instance, their slow start against the Lakers on Monday was representative of their lack of interior presence. Tim Bontemps of ESPN said, “ Monday night's opening minute was a reminder of the one glaring weakness Boston has had since this roster was put together: a lack of interior size. McGee's and Davis' size and length overwhelmed Boston on both ends.” Luckily for the Celtics, they rediscovered their stroke after and blew the game wide open.

However, it does not take away the reality that their fragile frontcourt and support cast remains a target to be exploited. And for a team that relies on its starters to carry the most significant load on both ends, durability must be also be taken into consideration – and that’s where a reliable bench takes the scene.

Danny Ainge could have seen enough and perhaps it is time for him pull off some tricks up his sleeve. The team executive, albeit reserved at the moment, is expected to take no chances in getting his grips on to fill the weak holes of his team.