The Boston Herald reported Thursday that the Celtics twice tried to acquire Lin when he was on waivers, but in both instances, another team beat them to it.
After Lin was waived by the Warriors, the Celtics put in a claim for him but were beaten by the Houston Rockets, who were ahead of the Celtics in the waiver order. After Houston waived him, it was the same story. Boston again put in a claim but the New York Knicks were ahead of them and the rest is history.
Lin would not have gotten the same minutes in Boston behind Rajon Rondo as he's getting in New York behind the injured ghost of Baron Davis. Still, at least Ainge seemed to have known that Lin had the potential to be a good player and tried to bring him to Boston.
The Knicks' last loss came against Boston on February 3rd, in which Lin scored 2 points in six and a half minutes. The next game against the Nets he was on the court for over 35 minutes and scored 25 points. The Knicks have won seven in a row behind Lin.