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.
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.
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.
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.