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Humphries, Sullinger and Bayless out tonight vs. Philadelphia, Rondo questionable

Before we all scream “TANKING!” and “DANNY, WHERE WAS THIS A WEEK AGO WHEN BOSTON WAS IN THIRD AND ALL IT HAD TO DO WAS LOSE THE REST OF THE WAY TO STAY THERE?”, remember that it’s possible — probable, even — that these injuries are all legitimate. There was very real concern about Bayless’ knee — enough so that he needed to stay in Boston for an MRI after the win over Charlotte. After they decided nothing was wrong, it probably seemed a little pointless to fly him out for the road trip.

Meanwhile, Sullinger noticeably tweaked his ankle against Cleveland, and Humphries has been dealing with a nagging knee issue for a few games.

The only thing might be construed as “tanking” is Rondo’s shin, which has kept him out for three games now. I’m not a doctor, so I don’t know how long a player is generally held out for a shin bruise, but given that Rondo came back in the same game during the 2011 playoffs after his elbow bent entirely the wrong way, I think it might be safe to say he would be playing if these games mattered.

Please note, however, that there is a big difference between “tanking” and “taking games off because they don’t matter.” Given how well Pressey has been playing in Rondo’s absence, my guess is that it’s more of the latter.

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  • Nicholas Magliozzi

    They are not tanking. Why play if you are hurt in games that do not matter? Why risk further injury. Good article Tom.

  • hax

    TANKING! DANNY, WHERE WAS THIS A WEEK AGO WHEN BOSTON WAS IN
    THIRD AND ALL IT HAD TO DO WAS LOSE THE REST OF THE WAY TO STAY THERE?

    Alright, seriously. If this was a playoff game, they’d all be playing.

    It’s too late to suddenly have anyone good be hurt though. They blew it. Getting a Top 3 pick would be franchise changing. Now all we can do is cross our fingers the luck of the irish gives us a top 3 pick, or the t’wolves give us Kevin Love in exchange for Marcus ‘Fankiller’ Smart.

    • Ping

      To be fair, even had the Celtics landed with the third worst record, they’d have a greater chance of landing at 4/5 than 1/2/3. I understand it’s better odds for 1/2/3 over anything else, but the lottery never goes according to plan anyway.

      The C’s could have had the 3rd most ping pong balls, and the Kings or Pistons could still have jumped up to #1, pushing Boston out of Wiggins/Parker/Embiid.

      Season was not a waste. Rondo had games to recover, Olynyk showed his legitimate worth going forward, Avery showed his potential (when healthy), Stevens got a tough learning year under his belt, etc. Not all is lost, and nothing was guaranteed by #3 in the lottery.

  • James Patrick

    lame. if we don’t get a great draft pick this was all for nothing.

  • hax

    Olynyk has ARRIVED. He’s been a beast in the last 2 games since he actually got starter minutes. Sullinger & our 1st rounders for Kevin Love, then pair him with KO!