Of course Rondo didn’t play because it was the second night of a back to back, which begs the question – isn’t it obvious what’s happening here? Rondo could have played, but they don’t want him in there.
ACL injuries are ugly, but he’s sufficiently been ‘eased back into it’ as the Greenies like to say. If you’re a Celtics fan, join the club at TitleTownTalk – If you’re a fan that believes the Celtics will still make the playoffs, you belong in an institution.
Boston is in the midst of a five-game losing streak and are 3-7 in the last 10 games. The Celtics have been in it in the last three losing late in the fourth quarter.
Currently, the Boston Celtics have a 33.7% chance of acquiring a top-three pick in this year’s NBA draft with the fourth worst record. The Orlando Magic sits with the third worst record at 19-48 while the Celtics are 22-46.
Realistically, the Celtics can only slide down to the Magic’s spot because the first and second worst records are unattainable because those teams have been tanking since game one. If the Celtics can fall beneath the Orlando Magic, it will send their chances of getting a top-three pick all the way up to 46.9%.
The Celtics have been walking a tightrope when it comes to entertaining their fans and just flat out winning too much and hurting their cause. I hate the idea that tanking is a thing in professional sports, but it is.
Just by the Celtics winning a few more games and a series of other teams losing those same games, the Celtics could go from 33.7% chance of a top-three pick to a 6.1% chance with the 9th worst record. The fourth and ninth spot are separated by just five losses.
The Celtics have 14 games left and four of them are against teams in that bottom tier, who will be looking for the loss. The other 10 games are against playoff teams. The Celtics are 8.5 games from the eighth seed in the playoffs – The Celtics have 46 losses to the eighth seeded Atlanta Hawks 35 losses.
Making the playoffs is a pipedream, but making a top-three pick isn’t. Which would you rather have? The high pick for a player in the draft, or a trade – or winning a few games and falling short of the playoffs, while having the ninth or tenth pick in the NBA draft, which no team will covet.