The NBA season has been put on hold due to the coronavirus crisis, meaning we may have to wait a while 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 FIVE SIMULATIONS
- vs. Washington Wizards
- vs. Memphis Grizzlies
- vs. Portland Trail Blazers
- vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
- vs. Miami Heat
The Celtics were supposed to be taking on the Orlando Magic on Friday night. Here's how our simulation of that matchup went:
Death, taxes, and Kemba Walker scoring more than 30 points in NBA 2K simulations. Walker was on fire yet again in this one, dropping a game-high 37 points on 13-for-24 shooting. If not for him, the mighty 2K Celtics' nine-game win streak would have been snapped.
Jaylen Brown did his thing as well, contributing 24 points while bringing down eight rebounds and six assists.
Off the bench, Enes Kanter played a key role with 11 boards.
Seven Magic players scored in double figures and yet it still wasn't enough to end the Celtics' hot streak. Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, and Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 15 points apiece, with Gordon and Vucevic both adding 12 rebounds to their stat lines.
Mo Bamba was a problem for Boston as well, contributing a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds).
The Magic actually led this game throughout the first half, and it looked like they may be the ones to finally put an end to Boston's nine-game win streak. Instead, the Celtics surged in the second half to extend that streak to double digits. The defense showed up for the 2K C's when it mattered most.
FINAL SCORE: Celtics 102, Magic 95
The 2K Celtics' biggest test yet will come Sunday when they face off against the first-place Milwaukee Bucks. In our last simulation vs. Milwaukee, the C's fell, 135-116.