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Celtics-Knicks simulation: Kemba Walker takes over in blowout win

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Celtics-Knicks simulation: Kemba Walker takes over in blowout win

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 the schedule until they finally return.

PREVIOUS SIMULATIONS:

The Celtics were supposed to take on the New York Knicks on Wednesday, March 18. Here's how our simulation of that game went:

CELTICS STATS

Kemba Walker was the star, tallying a game-high 35 points on 13-of-24 shooting (7-of-11 from 3-pt. range). The Knicks simply had no answer for the Celtics guard, and that's becoming a theme in these simulations. NBA 2K loves them some Kemba.

Just like in Sunday's Chicago Bulls simulation, the C's reserves got plenty of action as they were up by at least 20 for most of the contest. Brad Wanamaker was the leading scorer off the bench with 11 points.

KNICKS STATS

Not a whole lot to write home about here. R.J. Barrett and Elfrid Payton had 14 and 13 points respectively, both bringing down six boards. New York's offense struggled mightily throughout.

TEAM COMPARISON

Yeah, this one wasn't remotely close from the second quarter on. Just look at the differences in field goal percentages and rebounds, and that'll tell you all you need to know.

FINAL SCORE: Celtics 122, Knicks 87

That's two consecutive wins for the NBA 2K Celtics as they blew out the Bulls in our last sim. Stay tuned for Friday's simulation vs. the Toronto Raptors.

NBA Rumors: Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant won't play for Nets when season resumes

NBA Rumors: Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant won't play for Nets when season resumes

Since the NBA's suspended season has given Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant months to recover from their respective injuries, some believed they could return and make the Brooklyn Nets title contenders.

That theory was put to rest on Friday.

Durant confirmed to ESPN's Marc J. Spears he will not be returning to play when the NBA season resumes in Orlando, Fla. next month. As for Irving, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski says the former Boston Celtics guard suggested on Friday's NBPA conference call it's possible he could join the team... as an inactive player.


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Durant missed the entire 2019-20 campaign after rupturing his Achilles tendon in last year's NBA Finals. Irving underwent surgery in March to repair an impingement in his right shoulder that ended his first season with the Nets after only 20 games.

Brooklyn currently holds the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 30-34 record on the season.

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck offers thoughts on NBA's 22-team return plan

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck offers thoughts on NBA's 22-team return plan

On Thursday, the NBA announced a 22-team plan to resume the 2019-20 season in Orlando, Fla.

The plan passed by an overwhelming 29-1 vote among teams, with the Portland Trail Blazers as the only organization to vote against it. Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck, obviously, was one of the many in favor of the plan and discussed why Friday on Felger & Mazz.

"The point that seemed the most fair is not to give a team that was lagging farther behind in the East, and that was for example [the Charlotte Hornets] who are seven games back," Grousbeck said. "In the history of the NBA, no one has ever come from seven games back at this point in the season. And so, it's more fair to say no, we can only take so many teams because of safety.

"We don't want to have 500 more people with all 30 teams. We'd just have more of a chance of getting shut down because of the virus. So there was a line to be drawn, and we all decided 29-1 that this was the most fair line."

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With safety as the No. 1 concern going forward, it's a no-brainer to limit the teams heading down to Walt Disney World to only the ones that can fight for a playoff spot.

Grousbeck also suggested that the Eastern Conference No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks could be the C's first opponent when the league returns to action. The Celtics were preparing for a matchup in Milwaukee when the season was suspended in mid-March.

"I think our first game is going to be Milwaukee, which that would be interesting," Grousbeck said. "Because that's what the schedule looks like just from the current schedule. We don't have the new schedule yet. But we'll probably start right off with Milwaukee."

The C's currently have the No. 3 seed in the East as they prepare to return to the court.

You can hear the rest of what Grousbeck had to say in the video above.