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Who should represent Celtics in NBA's H-O-R-S-E competition?

Who should represent Celtics in NBA's H-O-R-S-E competition?

The NBA is reportedly working on a televised H-O-R-S-E competition to keep us entertained while the season is suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Celtics have a rather obvious choice for an entrant into that competition: Marcus Smart.

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The sixth-year guard has made trick shots his trademark, ending each pregame warmup by launching a deep baseline 3-pointer over his head until he makes one (and it usually doesn’t take many attempts). It's far from the only trick in Smart's toolbox — just check out the video above of Smart showing Brian Scalabrine some of his favorite shots from earlier this season.

Heck, Smart might be a favorite to win the event if he entered. Still, rather than make the obvious choice, we huddled up to pick some other possible Celtics entrants.

BLAKELY’S PICK: JAYSON TATUM

Jayson Tatum isn’t just Boston’s best scorer. But he’s also one of the team’s most creative ones as well. We know about the step-back jumpers and drives to the basket, but the trickster in Tatum comes out every now and then. 

And one of the few times we’ve seen this was during a stop in play during February’s All-Star Game when Tatum drained this over-the-back, off-the-top of the backboard shot that was nothing but net.

It’s safe to say that Tatum has that shot and a few more in his back of basketball tricks. 

FORSBERG’S PICK: TACKO FALL

The 7-foot-5 Fall would make it seem like he’s playing on a mini hoop with his height advantage.

He could wear down opponents with an array of baby hook shots and flat-footed dunks that would be more challenging for his regular-sized competition. Plus, everything is undeniably more entertaining when Fall is involved.

And anyone that thinks they can just sneak out to the 3-point line to beat him should think again:

BLAKELY’S PICK: JAVONTE GREEN

Javonte Green is the most athletic player on the Celtics roster.

So when it comes to trick shots, you can count on Green providing some above-the-rim exploits that will surely wow fans and — maybe most important — be extremely difficult for anyone competing against him to replicate.

FORSBERG’S PICK: ENES KANTER

Finally, all those hours that Kanter spent on TikTok would pay dividends as he enters the competition with an encyclopedic knowledge of circus shots.

Sure, he’s in trouble if Steph Curry-types start bombing away with simple 25-footers but the scales tip in favor of Kanter if the competition turns into a series of shots that must bounce off three walls or be punted through the cylinder.

In the ultimate quest to become a social media legend, Kanter dominates the competition, posts each of his successful makes on available platforms, and rakes in the followers.

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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.