The NBA season has been put on hold 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 FIVE SIMULATIONS
- vs. Toronto Raptors
- vs. Brooklyn Nets
- vs. Washington Wizards
- vs. Memphis Grizzlies
- vs. Portland Trail Blazers
The Celtics were supposed to be taking on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday at TD Garden. Here's how our simulation of the matchup went:
It's no surprise to see Kemba Walker as the Celtics' leading scorer yet again. He's by far been Boston's best offensive player since we've started these simulations. This time, he led the way with 39 points.
But the hero in this game was Jaylen Brown. Late in the fourth quarter, Brown nailed a clutch shot to tie the game at 106. With two seconds remaining, Brown put Minnesota away with the game-winner. He finished with 26 points on 10-for-16 shooting.
Jayson Tatum had a nice performance of his own with 20 points and nine rebounds.
Karl-Anthony Towns gave the C's plenty of trouble in this one. The Timberwolves big man led his team in scoring with 30 points and was a force on the glass with 16 rebounds. He also tied the game at 110 with only five seconds left on the clock.
James Johnson, D'Angelo Russell, Jarrett Culver and ex-Celtic Evan Turner each did their part by scoring in double figures, but it wasn't enough to finish the job.
Minnesota actually had the edge in most categories, but their 3-point woes proved costly. They shot a putrid 19 percent from beyond the arc while the Celtics shot 41 percent. That's why Boston was able to storm back from an 11-point deficit and earn the W.
FINAL SCORE: Celtics 112, Timberwolves 110
The NBA 2K Celtics are on fire as that's now eight straight wins. Tune in Tuesday for their next matchup vs. the Miami Heat.