Celtics (9-14) vs. Timberwolves (5-19): Now, The Tanking Begins!

Ah, where to begin, Celtics Nation?

I’ve spend much time and energy following the Rajon Rondo saga the past 48 hours that it almost seems silly to have to divert my attention to tonight’s game between the Boson Celtics and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Can’t we postpone this game, in order to give everyone a chance to take a deep breath and get his **** together?!?

Sigh.  I guess not.

So, what we have on Boston’s side of the hardwood tonight is a team that just lost its lone All-Star and final piece of the roster that won it all back in 2008 and nearly did so again in 2010.  The Celtics are now a team loaded with potential (Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, Marcus Smart, and eight first-round picks in the next four NBA drafts), but incredibly short on current talent.  If you thought the Boston Celtics rebuilding phase began last year, guess again: it officially begins tonight.

On the other side of the court, we have . . . a team that recently lost an All-Star (Kevin Love), a team loaded with potential (Andrew Wiggins, Shabazz Muhammad, Glenn Robinson, Zach LaVine, Anthony Bennett), but woefully short on current talent, as their record and current three-game losing streak (and losing 9 out of their last 10) would suggest.

Man, with a match up like this one, we can only hope the answer to the following question is a resounding, “Yes!”

It’s uncertain as of the time I go live with this if the new players that Boston received in the trade – Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson, and Jae Crowder – will be available for action.  Hopefully, the rest of the Celtics’ roster is, and is on a mission to wreck Danny Ainge‘s tanking approach.  After all, Minnesota gives up 108.5 PPG – second worst in the league!  So . . . uh, what’s that?  The Celtics are the third-worst defense in the league, allowing 105 PPG?

Well, then: last team to score wins!

The game is set to tip off at 7:30.  Follow us on Twitter @houdiniceltics as we suffer alongside you – digitally, of course!

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