The Celtics‘ lack of depth was exposed during the Eastern Conference Finals against Miami, according to Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe, who contends that president of basketball operations Danny Ainge deserves some criticism for the club’s thin bench and a failure to make upgrades at the trade deadline.
In Washburn’s view, the Celtics’ squad was “cluttered” with too many non-contributors who couldn’t help the team this year. Ainge needs to focus this offseason on adding more players who can be counted on for minutes in big games, says Washburn.
Here’s more from around the Atlantic:
- Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau singled out RJ Barrett and Julius Randle as a couple players who impressed him during the team’s in-market mini-camp, as Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News and Marc Berman of The New York Post write. Thibodeau said Barrett had his best practice on Tuesday and praise Randle for his leadership.
- Eric Koreen of The Athletic considers which teams the Raptors should view as the biggest outside threats to lure away free agents like Fred VanVleet, Serge Ibaka, and Marc Gasol, among others.
- In his latest mailbag, Derek Bodner of The Athletic explores whether the Sixers should regret their years of tanking, how much autonomy Elton Brand has in the front office, and a few more 76ers-related topics.
- In case you missed it, Tyronn Lue interviewed for the Sixers‘ head coaching job on Tuesday. We have the full story right here.