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07:22 AM ET 11.20 | Gerald Wallace is frustrated, and who can blame him? [For] the first time this season, Wallace looked like a defeated man who had done everything and said all that he could, but sensing it was falling on deaf ears. "I don't know what the (expletive) tonight was," a dejected Wallace said after Boston was trounced 109-85 by Houston. "I really don't know what was going on." He tried to elaborate by talking about the team being more about getting scores than stops, about scoreboard watching instead and how this is going to be "a long season" if players don't change their ways. Wallace is right on a lot of those points. But the problems of this team are much deeper than that. They don't compete anymore. Period. It's not an offensive, defensive or even a coaching issue.

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November 20, 2013  08:16 AM ET

By design, ofcourse. J Parker would look great in a celtic uni.

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November 20, 2013  08:30 AM ET

Teams are tanking and setting themselves up to be able to get the stars that are likely in next years NBA draft. It's a sad commentary to see play out in real life. Guys making millions and playing at half speed because the franchise wants them to. The league should punish teams that are doing it.

November 20, 2013  08:31 AM ET
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Could it be that with all the guaranteed contracts and the obvious separation in the top of the east from the rest......that all these eastern teams are basically shutting it down?I mean if the players see management quitting on them.....why should they fight?

Exactly. The players are only reflecting what the organization wants.

November 20, 2013  09:06 AM ET
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Could it be that with all the guaranteed contracts and the obvious separation in the top of the east from the rest......that all these eastern teams are basically shutting it down?I mean if the players see management quitting on them.....why should they fight?

They might end up winning the division w/ a below .500 record and Nets getting the top pick...lol

November 20, 2013  09:07 AM ET

Rondo will show them how to compete when he returns.

November 20, 2013  09:10 AM ET

Tanking Is Not Pretty, Bro.

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November 20, 2013  09:22 AM ET

They had a 4 game winning streak earlier including a win over the Heat. And the local Boston media was tripping over themselves writing about how Stevens was a genius of a coach and how the team was better than many though, etc. Now, they are playing better teams on a regular basis and losing and everybody is surprised? It's not that they are quitting...they just aren't very good.

November 20, 2013  09:32 AM ET

It's a tanking issue LOL!!! Wallace obviously doesn't get what's going on here...

November 20, 2013  09:33 AM ET
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Could it be that with all the guaranteed contracts and the obvious separation in the top of the east from the rest......that all these eastern teams are basically shutting it down?

I mean if the players see management quitting on them.....why should they fight?

Sucks to be a season ticket holder...

November 20, 2013  09:34 AM ET

Even though David Stern will not be commissioner at next years lottery, the ultimate conspiracy will be if the Lakers and Celtics both miss the playoffs, and get the #1 and #2 picks overall.

November 20, 2013  09:45 AM ET

They have like 10 Centers...

November 20, 2013  09:57 AM ET
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Sucks to be a season ticket holder...

Only if your team is losing.

November 20, 2013  10:00 AM ET
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Only if your team is losing.

Hey with all the vacant seats you can go to the front row and no one will say boo about it.

November 20, 2013  10:15 AM ET
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They had a 4 game winning streak earlier including a win over the Heat. And the local Boston media was tripping over themselves writing about how Stevens was a genius of a coach and how the team was better than many though, etc. Now, they are playing better teams on a regular basis and losing and everybody is surprised? It's not that they are quitting...they just aren't very good.

The whole division is just bad some are underperforming but the rest are right where I expected them to be. I do know for certain the Sixers players are competing. I am starting to think the first to 43 wins, if that will win the division. Someone with a losing record will also make it to the playoffs might be the Knicks

Toronto: Could tip scale to full scale tank and ship Rudy
Celtics: Are not good but have pieces someone could want for salary cap reasons
Nets: Can't really change roster, just hurt, no chemistry, and old. I think they will pull it together
Knicks: Hurt but the team is just ok, will move Shumpert the question is when
Sixers: Management is tanking players are competing just not enough overall talent to beat most teams.

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November 20, 2013  10:39 AM ET
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The whole division is just bad some are underperforming but the rest are right where I expected them to be. I do know for certain the Sixers players are competing. I am starting to think the first to 43 wins, if that will win the division. Someone with a losing record will also make it to the playoffs might be the KnicksToronto: Could tip scale to full scale tank and ship RudyCeltics: Are not good but have pieces someone could want for salary cap reasonsNets: Can't really change roster, just hurt, no chemistry, and old. I think they will pull it togetherKnicks: Hurt but the team is just ok, will move Shumpert the question is whenSixers: Management is tanking players are competing just not enough overall talent to beat most teams.

I agree. Both the Nets and Knicks are all in and have no reason to "tank" since they have no 1st round pick anyways. And they are vet teams built to compete now. So both will be looking to add a vet buyout or make a trade for a complementary piece that gives them a spark. They have no other choice. Toronto is interesting because they actually have the makings of a playoff team but how hard do they want to fight for 6-8 seed in the East? If they are playing well towards the deadline then I could see them be buyers rather than sellers. The Celtics and Sixers, despite what spin their front offices say, are going to play their rookies, knowing they will play hard but lose more than they win and hope they improve as the year progresses

November 20, 2013  11:02 AM ET
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so it must be fixed??? and just what do you make of Cleveland winning the lottery as many times as they have over the last few years?? that aint fixed ?? maybe a little help to wipe away the "Chosen One" leaving their team?? oh wait...that's not possible.. the league only wants the Lakers and Celtics to succeed and nobody else?

Or NY and Ewing? The league gives the Cavs the high picks in weak drafts.

 
November 20, 2013  11:24 AM ET
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I agree. Both the Nets and Knicks are all in and have no reason to "tank" since they have no 1st round pick anyways. And they are vet teams built to compete now. ....

Sixers managment setup the tank. The players are playing hard though and are not giving up. Some will get traded if the right draft pick or cheap salary comes along. This season is about letting MCW play to learn on the job and let Noel (redshirt) develop. The Sixers are setting themselves up to get two top picks next year. One NEEDS to be a franchise player for this to work. The best players at the 2-4 spot. Center and PG are setup

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