Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Celtics Tankometer continues to rise...

It just occurred to me that I have been looking at this backwards.  It's called the "Tankometer," not the "Try-ometer"; I'm measuring how hard the Celtics are tanking.  So while the needle continues to point in the same direction, I have reversed the direction of numbers.

Having said that, the dial is up 5% from last time, going from 57% in the tanking direction to 62%.  Boston had a pair of blowout losses this week, in New York (where the Celtics won by 41 points earlier in the season) and at the Garden vs an OKC Thunder squad that was missing their two best players (Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook).  The C's also fell at home last night to a terrible Philadelphia team (that basically announced their intentions to tank before the season even started), which in turn moved Boston past the Sixers for the 3rd worst record in the NBA.

The Celtics are 0-6 in games Rajon Rondo has played this season, prompting me to wonder if he and Danny Ainge could possibly be in cahoots on what is best for the future of the franchise.  Since his return Rondo has also sat out the second game both times that Boston has been scheduled on back to back nights.  They're saying it's a precaution as part of his recovery, but it could also be considered an excuse not to field their best lineup.

Despite all of this the players on the floor were clearly still attempting to win in the finals seconds of yesterday's one point defeat, hence the 38% "trying" factor.

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