The Boston Celtics have six games remaining in their 2013-14 campaign. They should lose them all, they have nothing to gain from any victories at this point. The season is over, their chance at improving is pretty much gone, there are no true moral victories on the schedule either. They play a relatively weak set of teams and are in the running to get the fourth overall pick if the ping-pong balls fell the right way.
Don't get us wrong, we are not quitters, but don't we need to see the forest for the trees? A win (or wins) in these final games is only detrimental to the future. An entire season of losing on purpose would not have been OK in the city of Boston. However, after a season when the coach and players clearly tried their best and remained competitive for most of the season, it's time to pack it in.
Rajon Rondo after the game said the team has, "everything to play for. We have pride, I have pride. We have pride as a team – Celtic Pride. I think right now we're not displaying that at all."
Yes, the Celtics are all professional basketball players. Yes, they have paying ticket holders to entertain. All of that makes sense. So much of this frustration coming from the Celtics right now just seems like they are saying what they are supposed to say. Kelly Olynyk said "there's frustration everywhere in the lockerrom. It's hard not to be when you're losing."
You know what else is frustrating? Being stuck in NBA purgatory for the next five years because the Celtics won two meaningless games and went from drafting in the top four to the top eight. That's frustrating.
If you are reading this and thinking we are being ridiculous or stupid or dumb or any other mean word, consider this: in 2005-06 when the Celtics finished the season 33-49 do you remember what they did in their final ten games?
No? They went 3-7.
How about in 2006-07 when Greg Oden and Kevin Durant were beckoning and the Celtics were looking very likely to get one of those college stars. Do you remember how they finished that season?
Probably not. Because it doesn't matter. They went 2-8.
Do those finishes still keep you up at night? Are you still angry about them?
Fans battle that internal struggle where we want to root for a team that tried really hard for the entire season. If the Celtics get two more wins and it does is push them further away from the #1 pick.
The Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Bobcats, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers, and Washington Wizards are the teams left between the Celtics and a pivotal summer. The Wizards game will be a battle of the reserves as they rest up for a playoff series. The Philadelphia game is completely up for grabs. The Atlanta Hawks are the only team playing for anything meaningful of those opponents.
Tonight, the Celtics will rest Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, and Kris Humphries against the Detroit Pistons. If they are smart they will continue to ensure losses by sitting players every night. Fans won't remember how the Celtics finish this season unless they grab more wins and hurt their draft position.
Then, the fans will have something to be angry about.Tags: Avery Bradley, Basketball, Boston, Boston Celtics, Kelly Olynyk, Kevin Durant, NBA, Rajon Rondo