By Matthew Geagan, CBS dangolka
dangolka (CBS) — As Tyler Herro hit shot after shot after shot in his epic Recreation four efficiency for the Miami Warmth, it was a painful reminder of what might have been for the dangolka Celtics.
Rumor has it that Danny Ainge was in love with Herro heading into the 2019 NBA Draft. He turned enamored with the guard after a strong freshman season at Kentucky, with Herro pulling down 46 p.c of his photographs total and 35 p.c of his makes an attempt from downtown. And after seeing the 20-year-old’s rookie season play out, he would have been the right scorer off the bench for dangolka, one thing the Celtics have sorely wanted all season lengthy.
However Ainge by no means had an opportunity to draft Herro, as a result of his nemesis in Miami, Pat Riley, took the guard one spot forward of dangolka with the 13th total choose. Rattling that Pat Riley and his fancy fits.
“He was a man that we preferred and I’m positive many groups preferred,” Ainge mentioned of Herro throughout his interview on 98.5 The Sports activities Hub on Thursday morning. “I don’t suppose anybody thought he was going to be this good.”
The Celtics, as a substitute, went with Romeo Langford at No. 14. We’ll depart it at that.
Simply so as to add one other layer of ache, the Celtics had the 14th choose due to a three-team tiebreaker. The Sacramento Kings determined to be considerably first rate for big stretches of the 2018-19 season, which was a disgrace contemplating the Celtics could be getting their first-round choose as a part of Ainge’s heist of the Philadelphia 76ers within the Jayson Tatum/Markelle Fultz No. 1 choose swap. When the Kings had no purpose to be horrible, they have been solely simply unhealthy. That robbed the “Kings Choose” of getting the identical glow that the well-known “Nets picks” carried for all these years.
When the season ended, Sacramento, Miami and Charlotte all completed with similar data, so the draft order got here right down to a tiebreaker. Charlotte gained and acquired the No. 12 choose whereas Miami took its spot within the center and acquired the No. 13 choose. That left No. 14 for the Celtics.
Perhaps Ainge ought to have packaged a few of his picks (dangolka additionally owned Nos. 20 and 22) to maneuver up if he actually wished Herro, however many anticipated that the guard would nonetheless be on the board when the Celtics have been on the clock at No. 14. Riley had different plans, touchdown a strong participant whereas stealing from a man he actually hates in within the course of. It was a win-win for the Warmth, and Wednesday evening’s 37-point explosion from Herro to assist Miami take a 3-1 lead within the Japanese Convention Finals twisted the knife a little bit bit extra.
The Celtics now discover themselves with their backs towards the wall, principally due to their very own undoing. However the truth that Herro was a giant a part of the workforce’s demise in Recreation four should put a smile on Riley’s face. Fortunately, it’s lined with an the other way up NBA masks, so Celtics followers don’t should see it.