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Celtics-Bucks simulation: Kemba Walker bounces back, but Giannis dominates

Celtics-Bucks simulation: Kemba Walker bounces back, but Giannis dominates

The NBA season has been put on hold for at least 30 days due to the coronavirus crisis, meaning we may have to wait until mid-April at the earliest to watch the Boston Celtics again.

As a way to make up for the loss of Celtics action, we'll be using the NBA 2K20 video game to simulate each game on Boston's schedule until they finally return to action. And what better way to start out our simulation series than a matchup between two Eastern Conference juggernauts.

The Celtics were supposed to take on the first-place Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday before the NBA opted to suspend the season. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait a while to see how the real thing pans out, but here are the results of the NBA 2K version.

CELTICS STATS

It was Kemba Walker carrying the load offensively for the C's as he bounced back from his recent slump with 32 points on 14-of-29 shooting.

The rest of Boston's lineup struggled to find any sort of rhythm, as it was an off night for both Gordon Hayward (12 points) and budding superstar Jayson Tatum (14 points). Jaylen Brown was rock-solid in his return from injury as he contributed 19 points while shooting 50 percent from the field.

BUCKS STATS

Boston simply had no answer for the Greek Freak. Giannis dominated in every facet of the game, tallying 45 points (21-for-34 shooting) and 11 rebounds. His sidekicks Khris Middleton (27 points) and Eric Bledsoe (25 points) did their jobs as well.

Those three carried the bulk of the offensive load for Milwaukee as no other Bucks player scored in double figures.

TEAM COMPARISON

As you can see, not a whole lot went right for the Celtics here. But hey, look at those bench points! Never thought you'd see that, did you C's fans?

FINAL SCORE: Bucks 135, Celtics 116.

Next up, the NBA 2K version of the 2019-20 Boston Celtics will host the Washington Wizards. Stay tuned.

Celtics record including NBA 2K sims: 43-22.

NBA Rumors: GMs in favor of play-in tournament when season resumes

NBA Rumors: GMs in favor of play-in tournament when season resumes

On Thursday, the NBA took another step toward figuring out the best way to return to action.

Commissioner Adam Silver held a conference call with the league's general managers to review a survey that was delivered to teams last week. In the survey, GMs voted on potential formats to resume play.

Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer reports about 75 percent of GMs were in favor of a play-in tournament between bubble teams rather than a World Cup-style group stage. Front-running teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks favored the play-in tourney as it would give them a far easier path to the NBA Finals.

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More from O'Connor:

General managers were surveyed about a 'playoffs-plus' format—either a play-in tournament between the bubble teams to determine the final seeds in the playoffs, or a World Cup–style group stage, which would replace the end of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs with a round-robin format. About 75 percent of teams voted in favor of a play-in tournament, sources said, while 25 percent of teams voted in favor of the group stage.

Although many GMs are in favor of the play-in tournament, that doesn't mean the league will go in that direction.

“Adam [Silver] isn’t taking the results seriously,” a team executive told O'Connor. “Every team is obviously gonna vote for what’s best for them.”

Still, it's a noteworthy development and one that could not only impact how the NBA proceeds with its 2019-20 campaign, but also how it approaches future playoff formats.

For more details from O'Connor, check out his full article here.

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Celtics At Home: Daniel Theis recalls experience playing games without fans

Celtics At Home: Daniel Theis recalls experience playing games without fans

The Boston Celtics hosting a playoff game in an empty arena would be a bizarre experience.

Take it from the guy who's played in front of empty arenas.

Celtics big man Daniel Theis played several years of professional basketball in his native Germany before joining the C's in 2017. On the latest episode of NBC Sports Boston's "Celtics At Home," Theis explained that preseason games often didn't have fans, which created an atmosphere he didn't exactly enjoy.

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"It's definitely weird just thinking about it," Theis told host Brian Scalabrine. "Thinking back for me, playing in Germany in preseason games when you have scrimmages and no fans in there. You hear every voice, every word, every step. It's annoying."

Games without fans could be the NBA's new reality as it aims to safely resume play amid the coronavirus pandemic. Germany's top soccer league, the Bundesliga -- which Theis has been following intently -- is already playing games in empty arenas.

But while Theis wants to get back on the court, he doesn't sound thrilled about playing games without fans again -- especially if that means losing the home-crowd advantage that Boston provides.

"When I watched the soccer games this weekend, it was just -- it didn't feel right," Theis said. "Especially in Boston, when it comes to the playoffs and the fans at TD Garden are so important and so loud ... Then I can imagine now just playing a playoff game with nobody in there, it feels probably like a practice game or scrimmage."

Theis also discussed some of the Celtics' best Zoom guest speakers during Episode Three of "Celtics At Home," which includes guest appearances from C's legends Tommy Heinsohn and Bill Walton.

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