After winning two games in a row, the Boston Celtics decided that was two too many. Boston has been losing their ping pong balls by the day and needed to act swiftly. Therefore, they deliberately sat Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley because of “soreness.” It was an obvious attempt by Danny Ainge to slam the brakes on the winning streak. Bradley and Rondo were instrumental in the last two wins, so one would think it would be enough to lose a critical game. However, the Sacremento Kings decided that two could play at the “tankapalooza” game by sitting Rudy Gay, one of their top scorers.
The Celtics, with a loss clearly in their sights, accidentally beat the Kings 99-89. If there is one positive associated with this win, it’s that Jared Sullinger showed that he can an All-Star caliber player in the future. He and DeMarcus Cousins each scored 31 points with 16 rebounds. Other than that, it was a win that never shouldn’t have happened. The loss was right there to be had, but the Celtics blew it.
I may sound asinine to some Celtics fans, but its true. The Celtics are in a rebuilding period and it is in the best interest of the team to obtain a high draft pick. This pick doesn’t guarantee a star player, I understand that. Regardless, it is an important asset to the team. The Celtics now have the 7th worst record in the NBA. With many teams planning to tank it in the last few months, it’ll be a difficult road to obtain ping -pong balls, especially with the easy schedule coming up for Boston.
Tankapalooza is on and it is real. It’s February and a number of teams will now be doing everything they possibly can to obtain a high-draft pick in the highly-anticipated 2014 NBA Draft. While I don’t expect coach Brad Stevens or any players to lose purposely, but the front office needs to make sure the team is assembled in such a way where it can’t win too many games. Ainge did the right thing by sitting his back court starters. Unfortunately, the Celtics couldn’t take care of business.