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2020 NBA Playoffs: What would NBA GMs 'wish list' mean for Celtics?

2020 NBA Playoffs: What would NBA GMs 'wish list' mean for Celtics?

If the majority of NBA general managers have their way, the league will resume with teams playing a handful of regular season games before entering an expanded postseason. 

According to Shams Charania, 60 percent of the NBA GMs surveyed by the league were in favor of a 72-game season. 

Also, 83 percent supported a “playoffs plus” format that would allow teams beyond the top 16 to partake in postseason play.

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An expanded regular season would afford the Celtics a chance to improve their current playoff position (No. 3 in the East) and in doing so, open the postseason with a more favorable first-round matchup. 

If the playoffs started today, Boston would open up against Philadelphia, which defeated the Celtics in three of their four regular season matchups. 

The Celtics' chances of first-round success would be enhanced if they faced a Brooklyn team minus Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant (both unlikely to play in the postseason) or possibly Orlando, rather than a Sixers team that would be led by a well-rested Joel Embiid and a healthy Ben Simmons. 

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Having a few games under their belt before the playoffs would also strengthen the Celtics’ chemistry, which will be different now than it was for most of the regular season. 

Kemba Walker arrived in town as an All-Star who would be the team’s go-to guy, the player that everyone leaned on in a pinch. 

And while Boston still leans on him down the stretch, this team belongs to Jayson Tatum who has blossomed into a player that many anticipate will be in the league MVP conversation for years to come. 

His evolution into the face of the franchise and how those around him adapt to this new normal for Celtics basketball, could benefit from a few tune-up games before jumping into the heart of playoff basketball. 

Also according to Charania, about half of the GMs surveyed (53 percent) wanted to go straight to the playoffs. A significantly smaller number (27 percent) wanted to resume an abbreviated season with a play-in format. And as for non-playoff teams, they were apparently split on resuming the season. 

2020 NBA restart: How Celtics will replace Kara Lawson on coaching staff

2020 NBA restart: How Celtics will replace Kara Lawson on coaching staff

Kara Lawson's exciting new gig means the Boston Celtics have a vacancy to fill in Orlando.

The Celtics assistant coach is leaving the team to become the Duke women's basketball head coach after accepting the job this weekend. It's a great opportunity for Lawson, who joined Boston last July as the first female assistant coach in franchise history and will become the Duke women's program's first Black head coach.

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The Celtics now can bring an extra assistant coach into the NBA "bubble" to replace Lawson, and they've tabbed Brandon Bailey, head coach Brad Stevens told reporters Monday in a video conference.

Lawson will stay with the team for a few more days before Bailey replaces her at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex, per Stevens.

Bailey also is in his first season as a Celtics assistant coach after spending the previous two seasons as head coach of the G-League affiliate Maine Red Claws. He initially didn't travel with the C's to Orlando, as the NBA is limiting the number of staffers each team can have on-site under its season restart plan.

Stevens said the Celtics won't seek Lawson's replacement until the offseason but will give a promotion to video coordinator Tony Dobbins, who will move into a coaching role next season and join the Celtics on the bench for games.

An assistant coach leaving the team during the season is nothing new for the Celtics: Micah Shrewsberry departed Boston last May to take an assistant coach job at Purdue, while Walter McCarty left for Evansville two seasons ago in March 2018.

Lawson appeared to be a favorite among the C's players, though, so her presence in Orlando will be missed.

WATCH: Jayson Tatum shows off impressive golf swing (to Kemba Walker's delight)

WATCH: Jayson Tatum shows off impressive golf swing (to Kemba Walker's delight)

What do NBA players do in the Orlando bubble when they're not on the basketball court?

They find other ways to show off their athletic prowess.

Boston Celtics teammates Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker blew off steam over the weekend by heading to a golf course near Walt Disney World, as golf is one of the recreational activities allowed under the NBA's 2020 restart plan.

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And according to his Snapchat, Tatum can hit a golf ball pretty darn far. Check out the video the Celtics forward posted Sunday night:

We're not sure what's better: Tatum's (alleged) 320-yard drive or Walker serving as his wholesome hype man.

"This view is fire, too, you've got to smoke this (drive)," Walker says in the video before shouting "Yessir!" after Tatum tees off.

If Tatum keeps improving his game, maybe he can take on C's president of basketball operations and avid golfer Danny Ainge.

In the meantime, Tatum, Walker and the Celtics appear to be finding a good work/life balance as they gear up for their restarted season, which kicks off with three scrimmages later this month before their first "seeding round" game July 31 against the Milwaukee Bucks.