|Posted by shawn cassidy on December 14, 2013 at 2:00 AM|
Danny Ainge has said a lot of things this season. Ranging from how he feels about the draft class, in which he said it's not as deep as we believe. Danny has also fielded questions about tanking, and the latest is the playoff talk 25 games into the season.
“I don’t know, because there’s too many variables, it’s just not that simple,” he said about the postseason. “Making the playoffs is not a goal. I need to explain that a little bit.
If there’s a bunch of teams that are just injured and playing and you finish five, six, or seven games under .500 and you made the playoffs just because of that, that might not be such a great thing. I’m only concerned about how our players are playing, and if it so happens we make the playoffs and we earn our way and our guys are getting better, then I’m thrilled.
“We’re not excited about being 10-14. That doesn’t bring excitement to anybody, but progress does.”
I agree with Ainge in some ways, but I also believe in confidence, and sometimes for young teams making the playoffs is a good thing. So what about last season though. The Celtics finished with a 41-40 record, and they hung around the .500 mark all season, pretty much the same as this year, so far. Maybe he gave last years team a free pass, because last season was messed up as soon as Rondo went down.
The big picture this season isn't about making the playoffs, and it's not about tanking games. That's the message from the Celtics this year. If the Celtics can continue to improve like they have, then making the playoffs shouldn't hurt Danny's feelings.