Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck defends Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens amid team's struggles

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Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck defends Ainge, Stevens amid team's struggles originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Celtics are in a rough patch as the All-Star break approaches.

The C's have lost seven of their last 10 games and are under .500 with a 15-16 record entering Wednesday night's matchup against the Hawks in Atlanta. The Celtics expected to be a top team in the Eastern Conference this season -- and they might still reach that level -- but the team hasn't played like one so far. 

Despite the team's recent struggles, Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck is fully behind both head coach Brad Stevens and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. 

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He made that clear during a Wednesday appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub show "Felger & Mazz".

"I am happy with Brad. I talk to Danny and Brad all the time. I feel very connected to those guys, and I look at just the facts of it," Grousbeck said. "(Stevens) took two 19 years old, Jaylen Brown first and then Jayson Tatum -- there were questions about drafting them and questions about what they could be -- and they're both deserved All-Stars right now. Yet again, every time I'm asked about Brad, I mention that guys have career years with Brad, and the development of those two 19 years olds is first and foremost to their own credit, but secondly it's to Brad's credit.

"I'm the one that has to make the decision and I'm the one who has to live with the change. Either one of those guys (Ainge and Stevens) would immediately be the top candidate in the league for their jobs. It doesn't matter who else is out there. They're our guys and we're sticking with them. It was not even a question in my mind."

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The Celtics have no reason to consider making a chance at either of those positions, but there's no question that everyone -- Ainge, Stevens and the players -- has a lot of work to do to turn this season around and make another deep playoff run in the spring.

Going into the All-Star break with some momentum and confidence would be a good start, and the Celtics have five more games on the first half of their schedule to accomplish that.