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Ainge's airball could signal trouble

Inability to lure impact player for Big Three's last stand clouds future forecast for C's

Updated: December 20, 2011, 2:46 PM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

WALTHAM, Mass. -- As the flurry of NBA blockbuster deals and free-agent maneuvers slows to a trickle, and the Celtics absorb the chilling news that a heart ailment will sideline Jeff Green for all of 2011-12, Boston's roster looks eerily familiar to the team that fell to Miami in the Eastern Conference semifinals last season -- minus Green.

The abbreviated preseason has been nothing but cruel to Celtics boss Danny Ainge, who gamely tried to upgrade his roster in time for a ...

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