Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Celtics Tankometer rises as "injuries" pile up

The Celtics recently completed an impressive "reverse sweep" of the three worst teams in the Western Conference, dropping successive games in LA (Lakers), Sacramento, and Utah (Boston is now 0-13 on the road vs the West this season, with only games in New Orleans and Dallas remaining to avoid going winless).  They followed that up with a home victory over the Hawks; but Atlanta is in a free fall, losing 10 of their last 11.

Gerald Wallace is likely out for the season with a torn meniscus in his knee.  Avery Bradley's sprained ankle isn't getting better.  Vitor Faverani is contemplating knee surgery and may be done for the year as well.  Kelly Olynyk sprained his big toe and missed the Hawks game, and is expected sit again tonight vs the Pacers.  Jared Sullinger has been held out of Boston's last three contests after suffering a mild concussion.  If Sullinger doesn't suit up for the C's this evening, here's what their bench will consist of against Indiana:

- undrafted rookie point guard Phil Pressey
- recent D-League call up Chris Johnson
- even more recent D-League call up Chris Babb
- forgotten big man Joel Anthony, who averaged 3.4 PPG for the Heat two years ago


When so many guys don't play it's very easy to lose a lot of games without actually trying to lose them.  The Celtics could have added a legitimate NBA player to replace Wallace, but they went with Babb instead.  So well done on the tank front in that department.  Still, they have zero chance of catching the Sixers, who's tanking is officially out of hand.

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