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Blame Danny Ainge for Celtics "Dual-of-the Duos" loss to Cavaliers

 You remember him - Right? Danny Ainge, the former Head Honcho of the Boston Celtics. Well, blame him for the Celtics 132-123 overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.


"Trader Danny" went immediately into rebuild mode when he left the reins of the Celtics in the hands of Brad Stevens and headed back to Utah. Ainge traded 3-time All-Star, Donovan Mitchell, to Cleveland in exchange for players and future draft picks - the Cavs' first-rounders in 2025, 2027 and 2029, plus pick swaps in 2026 and 2028.

The idea, of course, was for the Utah Jazz to tank and for the Cavaliers to have trouble integrating Mitchell into the fold. Guess What! It isn't working out that way - at least not yet. Utah's pre-season ranking via ESPN was 28th and their Week #2 ranking was at #13 with a 3-1 record. As of today, they stand 4th in the West Standings with a 4-2 record. 

Following the loss to the Cavs, Boston sits in 4th place in the East Standings (3-2 record), one notch behind Cleveland (4-1 record). This Celtics team is largely a group constructed by Ainge. It's very early in the season, but nothing is working out in Danny's master plan - not yet!

The Cleveland duo of Donovan Mitchell and Caris LeVert combined for 82 points, eight rebounds, 10 assists and four steals last night, outdueling the Jay Team (64 points, 15 boards, eight assists and three steals). Are the Cleveland Cavaliers and Utah Jazz this good - and the Celtics not as good as expected - or is this all just a temporary glitch in the former-and-present schemes of Danny Ainge? 


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