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New York tabloids had a fitting reaction to Kevin Durant's devastating injury

New York tabloids had a fitting reaction to Kevin Durant's devastating injury

So much for that master plan.

For much of 2019, Knicks fans have had grand visions of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving riding into Madison Square Garden on white horses and saving the franchise by signing with New York this summer.

But those visions were clouded Monday when Durant went down in Game 5 of the NBA Finals with what reportedly could be a torn Achilles.

If Durant is forced to miss significant time, it could alter the entire NBA offseason, most notably the Knicks' pursuit of the Golden State Warriors star and their chances of bringing Irving with KD.

And judging by the Tuesday morning tabloids, it appears the city of New York is well aware of this fact.

It's already been a rough spring for the Knicks, who missed out on Zion Williamson by finishing third in the NBA Draft Lottery and have watched the Brooklyn Nets eclipse them as the reported favorites to land Irving in free agency.

Now, it appears Durant's entire 2019-20 season could be in jeopardy, and if the Knicks are no longer willing or able to sign him in free agency, it could force them to explore a "Plan B" that may not include Irving, either.

At least the New York tabloids are getting creative in their misery.

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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.