The Boston Celtics are like a sinking ship desperately waiting for the arrival of the Coast Guard helicopter, and that helicopter is Rajon Rondo. The All-Star guard could return any time now and Boston can’t wait a moment longer. Marred by a nine-game losing streak, the Celtics were part of a three team trade in which Jordan Crawford was sent to the Golden State Warriors and Boston received Joel Anthony from the Miami Heat.
It was a trade that left many puzzled. The Celtics already have an overflow of centers, but they did gain a couple of draft picks in the deal. Those could become very useful, as one is a two-year lottery protected pick from the Philadelphia 76ers. Boston hosted the Toronto Raptors Wednesday night in the first game since the same day trade.
Boston finally broke out of their funk and got a victory, 88-83. It was a much needed win for a team falling further and further behind in the playoff race. In a poor NBA Eastern Conference, Boston still has a shot at the postseason, and with the return of Rondo in the future, the dream can become reality.
Although the Celtics saw immediate success after the trade, it actually had little to do with the win. The trade was more about setting up Boston for the future and the two draft picks were a great way to do that. The win was just a much needed confidence booster for a team in a pity slump. With a little more certainty in the future and Rondo’s return around the corner, the Celtics shouldn’t give up on this season just yet.
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