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I Don't Want To Make The Playoffs

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There, I said it.  Does that make me a bad fan?  Maybe.  I don't care.  I don't want this team to make the playoffs this year.

No, I won't be rooting for them to lose.  I don't want them to "tank."  That's not it at all.  When they win, I'll be encouraged (but nervous).  When they lose, I'll be disappointed (yet content).

The C’s brass is touting how good this team is going to be once Pierce gets back.  Everyone wants to see this team turn the corner and become great (or at least relevant) again.  I'm just not convinced that we are going to go very far this year.  Once Pierce comes back, it will take a little time for the team to figure out how to play with him and still show the progress that was made with him out of the lineup.  If a trade is made at the deadline, that is more adjusting to be made.  And I'm not even bringing up the inevitable next injury to whomever. 

Even if they overcome all that and slip into the playoffs with a sub .500 record because the rest of the Atlantic is putrid, is that really progress?  Most years the experience of playing playoff basketball is worth losing a few slots in the draft.  This year, not so much.

Does that mean I'm down on the team and its future?  Not at all.  In fact, it could all be working out beautifully.

{styleboxjp width=300px,float=right,color=black,textcolor=white,echo=yes}So here is my daydream.  My “future so bright we gotta wear shades” perfect storm scenario.  A 20 game turnaround from this year to next.{/styleboxjp} That means the team ends up with 30ish wins this year and 50ish wins next year.  It could happen.

Here’s how.

Step 1: Miss the playoffs.
Probability: Medium

Step 2: Paul Pierce gets healed, rested, and motivated for next year.  Gerald Green keeps working on his game with John Lucas in the summer.  Al Jefferson keeps working on his game with Clifford Ray.
Probability: High

Step 3: Fire Doc, bring in some fresh new blood with a new game plan that will stress defense focus on the talents of Pierce, Jefferson, and Green.  (Bonus: with that trio and a draft pick in place, Boston looks like a very attractive location for job-hunting coaches)
Probability: Pretty High

Step 4: Draft in the lottery.
Probability in top 3: Low
Probability in the top 10: Medium High

Step 5: Trade Theo’s expiring contract and/or Wally (and maybe a young player or two) for the perfect support pieces and veterans to fill out the roster.
Probability: Medium

Could it happen?  Maybe.  We've got two thirds of the season ahead of us, the trading deadline, and a division of teams desperately trying to stay out of first place.  So anything can happen.  Still, a guy can dream can't he?

I'm 100% for making the playoffs, just wait till next year to do it!