I'm not sure why people continue to say that the Celtics were tanking. This seems to be another one of those things that people have heard others say and have latched onto themselves. I doubt that many of you watched more than two Celtics games last season or even a few towards the end of the season.
"I'm not sure why people continue to say that the Celtics were tanking."
Well for starters one their players, Ryan Gomes, Admitted it on national television.
Hmmm... yet no one bothered to check after which game he made his comments and what possible reason he would have for making his comments in the first place?
Gomes referred to tanking after a game in which he was benched in the 4th quarter, basically alluding to the fact that the team wasn't playing their best players and were thus trying to lose the game. He was having a good offensive game and was disgruntled because of the benching. The problem was that he was playing poor defense. When he left the game at the end of the third, he had 4 fouls and the Celtics were down 13 to the Bucks. We made a run in the fourth quarter without Gomes and brought the game to within 2 and had a chance to win with 12 seconds left... I'm not sure how someone would logically claim that this was a game you tried to tank, especially one where a team comes back from a deficit to almost win. We outscored Milwaukee by 9 points in that 4th quarter, 30-21... but yeah, that's the game we were trying to tank...