Mar 19, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Tony Wroten (8) during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bulls at the Wells Fargo Center. The Bulls defeated the Sixers 102-94. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics Tank Report: Where They Are, And Where They Are Headed

You know what the problem with tanking is, Boston Celtics fans?

Mar 19, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics forward/center Jared Sullinger (7) celebrates after scoring during the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat at TD Garden. The Celtics won 101-96. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

When the Celtics go and beat a hated rival, such as the Miami Heat, and you can’t fully enjoy it because you’re too worried about the team losing ground in the race for a top four or five pick in the NBA Draft.


Here is what the bottom ten of the NBA currently looks like, along with each team’s odds of winning the first pick in the NBA Draft Lottery:

New Orleans Pelicans – 1.1%

Cleveland Cavaliers 1.7%

Detroit Pistons – 2.8%

Sacramento Kings – 4.3%

Boston Celtics – 6.3%

LA Lakers – 8.8%

Utah Jazz – 11.9%

Orlando Magic – 15.6%

Philadelphia 76ers – 19.9%

Milwaukee Bucks – 25%

Boston’s win loss night was enough to move them from fifth, ahead of the Lakers, to sixth, behind the Lakers.  That’s right, everyone: every win matters right now – in a really, really, REALLY bad way.   I understand this is shaping up to be a pretty deep draft, but if the Boston Celtics are looking for a (near) can’t-miss superstar, they are going to need to land a spot in the top five, possibly even top four, of this year’s draft.

So yes: winning the season series against the Miami Heat was satisfying . . . but now Boston has to lose, oh, every game it plays for the rest of this season.  Let’s look at the games remaining on the Celtics’ schedule to get a feel for how the team will end the season: at Brooklyn; Toronto; at Toronto; Chicago; at Chicago; at Washington; Philadelphia; at Detroit; at Atlanta; Charlotte; at Cleveland; at Philadelphia; Washington.

There’s plenty of lose-able games on that list, especially the back-to-back against Chicago and again when the Celtics play Charlotte and Cleveland on consecutive evenings.  Still, there’s some games the Celtics can win too – Detroit?  Cleveland?  Philadelphia – TWICE?   Man, the Celtics could win four more games this year!

Okay – I’m sort of joking, since I don’t want the Celtics to deliberately miss shots and throw the ball into the stands.  Hmm – miss shots and throw the ball into the stands . . . that could work!  Wait – where was I again?

Never mind!

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