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Mike Felger thinks the Celtics planned to lose to the Bobcats.Why? Well, the C’s benched Paul Pierce, and then gave Kevin Garnett just 21 minutes of playing time. The reason for that, according to Felger, is simple: Being the 6th or 7th seed means they don’t have to play the Heat until the Conference Finals, whereas a 4th or 5th seed means they have to play the Heat one series sooner.
Call it playing down to your opponent, not caring about a game, taking a night off, or even just getting in the Easter spirit by laying an egg but the Celtics were flat out awful last night. The Celtics had no lack of motive to beat the Bobcats tonight, given they already fell victim to the trap game once this season. But one “respected” member of the Boston media seems to think that the Celtics intentionally lost this one, all to avoid Miami in earlier rounds.
Once you’ve stopped choking on your cereal, lets consider…he was serious. CSNNE’s Michael Felger seriously thinks the Celtics tanked this game to avoid the Miami Heat in the early rounds. I am one of the card carrying members of the “Can’t stand Felger” club. He is a useless antagonist that offers no insight into any given sport. His claim to fame is just saying the things that annoy the fans of that specific team. His breakdown of games are abysmal and his knowledge of the technical aspects of games are even worse. But the all-knowing Felger truly believes that the Celtics intentionally lost to the Bobcats tonight.
The theory is that by staying as a 5 or 6 seed the Celtics avoid the Heat until at least the Eastern Conference Finals, whereas at the 7 or 8 seed they would see Miami sooner. I find this theory and method of thinking insulting at the very least. Any team that has to play its cards to “get” a specific team in the playoffs tells me that the team really isn’t good enough. Do you really feel like a champion if you manipulated your way there? And to a larger point, why would anyone pin the Celtics as having an attitude like this especially given the presence of Kevin Garnett on this team.
This “Felger” theory is one you would expect to see coming from the lowly Raptors, Bucks, or Pistons who are a bubble team but may want to get some exposure by winning a round or even a few games, but the 17 time Champion, veteran laced Boston Celtics with a losing mentality like this? All the more reason to tune out Michael Felger until he is on the street. Zero credibility
ESPN Boston: C’s offense pierced without captain | Boston Herald: Flat Celtics ripped by Bobcats | CSNNE: Henderson Stuns Celtics | CSNNE: No Pierce, big problem | ESPN Boston- Docs’ Take: ‘We laid an egg’