The Boston Celtics host the Washington Wizards in the last game of the 2013-14 season at The Garden tonight, hopefully cementing Boston’s spot in the bottom five of the NBA standings.
The Celtics are going to finish with their lowest win total in about six years and are looking to land a top-five pick in this year’s stacked NBA draft. Boston may be looking at quite the roster overhaul this offseason, but there is still plenty of questions to be asked before the upcoming draft.
Washington still doesn’t know where they are going to seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. They could end up playing the Chicago Bulls, or the Toronto Raptors depending on tonight’s outcome in their game and in others. The Wizards may want to let the Celtics win this one, so they guarantee themselves a first-round matchup with the young Raptors, instead of the battle-tested Bulls.
There isn’t much to say about the last month of basketball for the C’s. Unmotivated, sloppy, disinterested are just come of the words you can use to describe their play. Jeff Green may be the worst offender, though Rajon Rondo isn’t too far behind. The young guys on the team have played hard, even with the veterans taking some nights off. I will miss watching Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk play basketball with one another, but it is something to look forward to next season.
After tonight, all Celtics fans will have to look forward to will be NBA Draft Lottery night. It will be a good reason to watch the Eastern Conference playoffs, but you couldn’t pay me enough to watch any of those series, especially a Washington-Toronto one.
Prediction: Celtics 101, Wizards 94