BOSTON (CBS) – The Celtics play game 82 of 82 at the TD Garden Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards, and while they’re not vying for a playoff spot, tonight’s game has huge lottery implications.
If the Celtics lose tonight to a very motivated Wizards team, they can do no worse than the fifth worst record in the league going into the draft lottery. So it’s a big game for the Celtics, and it’s also a big game for Washington, who are playoff bound.
“This is a very meaningful game to Washington. If Charlotte wins and they lose, the Wizards are facing Miami in the first round, which means they’re going home early. If they win they’ll face Toronto and could get into the second round, so yeah it’s very meaningful to them tonight,” Mike Gorman said Wednesday morning on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show.
Speaking of playoff matchups, Indiana secured the no. 1 seed a few nights ago after the Heat basically conceding the game to Washington (a blowout loss) by resting LeBron James and Chris Bosh, and some have theorized that Miami is hoping to avoid the Brooklyn Nets, a team they are winless against this year.
Mike Gorman’s not buying that, because quite frankly they have no equal in the conference.
“If Miami stays healthy, Miami wins the East,” said Gorman. “In my mind there’s no question about that. LeBron is the best player on the planet. Barring any injury to him, or any key member of his supporting cast, Miami wins the East and I think it’s either the Clippers or the Spurs in the West.”
Now that we’re about to enter the offseason for the Celtics, it’s clear Danny Ainge has a lot of decisions to make.
Rich wonders if there’s any current Celtic that’s deemed “untradeable” by the team, to which Gorman quickly responded:
“No one is off limits. How can you have someone off limits when you have the record the Celtics have?” Gorman asked. “I think there are guys on this team that Danny would want to have next year, but if the phone rings tomorrow and someone makes an offer that turns his head, he’s gonna listen. That’s his job.”
Listen below for the full discussion, including whether or not Rondo has any input on the roster and much more: