Celtics recover with win over Magic, look towards potential trades for help


Lorianne DiSabato

Celtics mascot ‘Lucky’ takes a half-court shot at TD Garden.

Michael Coughlin, Crier Staff

The Celtics stopped their three game skid with a 112-96 win over the Orlando Magic on Sunday afternoon. The Celtics were aided in their efforts by an outstanding ten three pointers from guard Jaylen Brown who ended up with 34 points on the night.

This win was needed for the Celtics as it brought them to (21-21) on the season good enough for 6th in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics need to build off this win and continue as they are only 1.5 games out from missing the playoffs completely.

While Celtics general manager Danny Ainge has made it known that this Celtics team needs help he may be reluctant to use the trade exception the club acquired from the Gordon Hayward trade until the offseason. The reluctance has been made clear but that has not stopped the rumor mill from swirling with names around the association that the Celtics could be targeting at the deadline.

One of the constant names that has come up in reports is Hawks big man John Collins. Collins is 18.2 PPG and 7.8 RPG and would bring reinforcements to Celtics front court headed now by Daniel Theis, Robert Williams and Tristan Thompson.

The Celtics have also reportedly been interested in another Hawks forward Bogdan Bogdanovic. Bogdanovic would add more scoring at the wing from the bench that many Celtics fans have seen is not as deep as it has been in recent years. Both of these moves hinge of Ainge’s willingness to ship out younger players such as Romeo Langford, Robert Williams or even new draft pick Aaron Nesmith, something Ainge has not been willing to do in recent years.

Not only does Ainge have to determine if the prices are right for these types of moves but he needs to decide if this year’s team is worth investing in. The Celtics have been a consistently inconsistent which is apparent by their record that is just at (.500) and they are a startling (0-9) against the top teams in the association, the Jazz, Nets, 76ers, Suns and Lakers. It will be interesting to see If Danny Ainge moves his chips to the center of the table at the deadline this year or if the 2021 Celtics will be a bridge team to a contender in 2022.