After last night’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers (you should be proud of me for not using an adjective to describe that loss – I’m trying to be positive here!), the Boston Celtics find themselves in sole possession of the fourth-worst record in the NBA.
Tankers rejoice! And fans who don’t enjoy tanking, turn away – the Celtics are in no position to give up their claim on the fourth pick in the NBA draft any time soon. Just look at who won’t be playing tonight: Rajon Rondo, sitting out the second game in another back-to-back; Avery Bradley, still nursing a sore Achilles; and Kris Humphries, suffering from tendinitis in his right knee, are all out for this game against the Detroit Pistons.
At least this sort of tanking is socially acceptable!
What does this mean for the Celtics? For starters, it means they’re starting line-up tonight could conceivably consist of Jerryd Balyess, Chris Johnson, Jeff Green, Brandon Bass, and Jared Sullinger. Now, if that starting five doesn’t make you want to switch away from the Final Four to watch some Celtics basketball, then I don’t know what will!
It also means that the Celtics are probably going to retain their position in the bottom of the league standings, so I warn you to tune in at your own risk!
Personally, given the reality of Boston situation, i would roll out a starting five of Phil Pressey, Chris Johnson, Kelly Olynyk, Jeff Green, and Jared Sullinger. No matter what lineup coach Brad Stevens puts out there tonight, the Celtics don’t stand a chance of controlling Detroit’s big men, so open the floodgates and try to play fast-paced small ball. More importantly, I hope Stevens allows Pressey and Olynyk to see 25+ minutes of pt each. Sink or swim, baby!
Tonight’s game is set to tip-off at 7:30. I’ll be Tweeting about this game and the Final Four @HoudiniCeltics, so follow me and have some fun on what should be an interesting night of hoops!