Tonight’s game appeared to be a blatant loss-grab. Facing a King’s team with enough talent to win a fair number of contests (even though they haven’t so far), the Celtics sat Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley — the former just to give him rest, the latter with a sore right ankle.
Instead, Sully carried the Celtics to a 99-89 win over Sacramento, scoring 31 points and grabbing 16 rebounds as Boston outscored the Kings 28-20 in the final quarter to pull away. Jared Bayless and Kelly Olynyk added 19 and 11 efficient points respectively, helping counteract DeMarcus Cousins’ 31-point output.
Tonight’s win is the Celtics’ third in a row. Brian will be by later with more but for now, feel free to panic or gloat in the comments, depending on your personal tanking preference.