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Celtics-Raptors simulation: C's stun Toronto with offensive explosion

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Celtics-Raptors simulation: C's stun Toronto with offensive explosion

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 Toronto Raptors on Friday, March 20. Here's how our simulation of that game went:

CELTICS STATS

Kemba Walker continues to be the MVP of these simulations, as he put up yet another 30-plus performance in this one vs. the Raptors. Not only that, but he also contributed 11 assists to help the rest of the Celtics offense get in on the action.

Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum were the benefactors of most of those dishes as they contributed 27 points apiece. It was a nice game for Gordon Hayward (19 points) as well.

Unlike our past simulations, this one was pretty realistic when it comes to the Celtics' bench scoring. Boston's second unit scored only 14 points, with Marcus Smart tallying 12 of them.

RAPTORS STATS

The Raptors had five players in double figures, but the C's really were able to limit the defending NBA champs throughout the second half. Pascal Siakam paced Raptors scorers with 22, and was followed by Marc Gasol (20). Kyle Lowry, of course, was a factor as he contributed 18 points and seven assists.

TEAM COMPARISON

The Celtics, namely Walker, Tatum, and Brown, were just deadly from the field in this sim shooting a ridiculous 60 percent from the field (55 percent from 3).

FINAL SCORE: Celtics 128, Raptors 104

That's three wins in a row for the NBA 2K Celtics as they dominated both the Bulls and Knicks in our last couple of sims.

Celtics' Jaylen Brown organizes peaceful protest in wake of George Floyd's death

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Celtics' Jaylen Brown organizes peaceful protest in wake of George Floyd's death

Jaylen Brown is one of the many Americans speaking out against the death of George Floyd and the racial injustices that remain prevalent in this country.

The Boston Celtics star has been outspoken about the issues over the last several days, and on Saturday he took to social media to organize a peaceful protest in Atlanta.


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Brown also posted an important video message urging those who witness acts of racism to speak up or act on it.

“Being a bystander is no longer acceptable," Brown said. "If you and your friends are around or are witnesses to cultural biases, micro-aggressions, subtle acts of racism, actual racism etc. and you don’t speak up on it or do something about it, you are part of the problem. We’re past the point where if it’s not in your governance space so you have nothing to do with it. If you don’t speak up on these issues, you just as bad.”

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In addition, the 23-year-old posted an Instagram photo of himself holding a sign that reads, "I can't breathe," referencing the words said by Floyd before he was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Along with Brown, several athletes including Tom Brady and members of the New England Patriots have used their platforms to speak up about George Floyd's death.

Another Larry Bird milestone to assert his place among the all-time greats

Another Larry Bird milestone to assert his place among the all-time greats

BOSTON -- The 1986 Boston Celtics are considered one of the greatest teams of all time, having run through the regular season with ease towards a dominant postseason that ended with the team hanging Banner 16.

But weeks before the franchise’s triumphant conclusion to the season, there was another historic milestone.

Larry Bird was named the league’s MVP 34 years ago this week for the third straight season, a feat that only two others - Bill Russell (1961-1963) and Wilt Chamberlain (1966-1968) - had ever done.

It’s significant because it serves as yet another reminder of how historically great Bird was; not only for the Boston Celtics but for the entire league.

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To carve out a spot in history with such an elusive group speaks to Bird’s greatness as a player who at the very least should be in the conversation as one of the greatest power forwards in NBA history. 

And what made that season even more special was that during the playoffs, the elite level at which Bird played during the regular season did not waiver or lessen up in the games that mattered the most. 

In the playoffs that year, he averaged 25.9 points (0.1 points less than his season average) while increasing his field goal shooting (51.7 percent in the playoffs, 49.6 in the regular season), assists (9.8, from 8.2) and steals (2.1, from 2.0).

And when the game was on the line, the only thing larger than Bird’s ability to come through in the clutch, was his confidence.

“There’s no doubt I’m in control of what I do out there,” Bird said in an interview in 1986. “I can score any number of points my team wants me to if they give me the ball in the right situations.”

And he did, over and over and over again before finally calling it quits on his Hall of Fame career in 1992. 

Throughout his time in Boston, Bird had a number of stretches of brilliance as a basketball player. 

But the three-year run in which he was the league’s best player, resulting in three consecutive league MVP awards, stands out in a career that was filled with standout moments.