With last night’s loss to Washington in the regular season finale and Utah’s 136-130 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Celtics finished with the best possible scenario entering the night. We covered the various possibilities yesterday afternoon, and a tie for fourth with the Jazz was as good as Boston could have hoped for.
But Boston’s own pick wasn’t the only thing in play — with Brooklyn slipping into a tie with Washington in records, the Celtics pick (previously 18) could now be 17th, pending a coin flip. It’s not a big jump, by any means, but it does make a slim difference.
It’s also not impossible for the Celtics to win the lottery — they have a 10.35 percent chance at the top pick, and a 33.5 percent chance at a top-3 pick, splitting odds with Utah. Even if they don’t win, they have a chance at fourth and a chance at fifth. We’ll have lots of coverage of the various prospects Boston might take a look at, but for now, the good news — actually, the BEST news — is that we can stop fretting over individual wins, losses and lottery standings.
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