Basketball is coming back soon. Taking a quick look at the schedule, it feels like the Boston Celtics should at least go 5-3 in the first eight games of the restart. After reading some of the NBA protocols for this whole “bubble” setup, I actually feel confidant the Celtics can be really successful in this setup.
The Celtics have a really good amount of scoring depth, with four players who could put up 20+ points on any given night. That depth could be essential depending on what happens in the future. NBA protocol says that if a player gets the corona virus, they are required to quarantine for 14 days, which would pretty much amount to a full playoff series. It could be anyone, so say Giannis Antetokounmpo gets corona, what would happen to the Milwaukee Bucks? This is all hypothetical, but the fact that any player could get sidelined for two weeks out of nowhere could throw a huge wrench into a teams playoff run, and this causes massive unpredictability among these games.
As good as some teams look, it may inevitably come down to which team can avoid contracting the virus, which is an interesting way to look at the situation. When looking at the Celtics situation, they could absorb a loss of that nature and still be able to move forward because of how many prolific options they have. The same can’t be said for other teams.
(Originally posted on June 27, 2020)