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ON BASKETBALL

Tanking for lottery won’t help the Celtics

There is a concern with some fans, a hope for others, that the Celtics would sacrifice this season and focus on development more than winning and possibly reap the benefit with a high pick in 2014.

The draft is already being touted as the best in a decade, with standouts including Andrew Wiggins, whose talent has drawn raves from Kevin Durant; Jabari Parker, perhaps the most fundamentally sound and skilled player to come out in five years; and Marcus Smart, the standout swingman from Oklahoma State who stunned NBA executives by returning for his sophomore year.

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