Friday, February 7, 2014

The Celtics Tankometer is falling, but not because of the winning "streak"

The Celtics have won two games in a row for the first time since mid-December, when they led the Atlantic Division with a 12-14 record.  But in all honesty, the pair of wins are about as unimpressive as you can get.

After a rare three straight days off the C's beat an Orlando squad at home that has the 2nd worst record in the NBA.  They followed that up with a win in Philadelphia Wednesday, the team with the league's 3rd worst record.  Not only that, but the Sixers game was payback for Philly's victory in Boston the week before (payback because there was no way the tanking 76ers were going to let themselves beat the Celtics twice in eight days?).

The dial dropping from 62% last week to 54% this week actually has less to do with the victories, and more to do with the play of Rajon Rondo.  In his last two outings Rondo has started to look a lot more like his old self, averaging 13.5 points, 10.4 assists, and 7.5 rebounds while shooting a very impressive 68.4% from the floor (13-19).  If Rondo keeps playing like that there will certainly be more W's to follow.  With the Sacramento Kings (17-32) in town tonight the winning streak may well reach three.

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