Enes Kanter hopes season doesn’t get canceled since Celtics ‘have a really good chance to win a championship’
Boston Celtics big man Enes Kanter remains hopeful that the remainder of the season, or at least the 2020 playoffs, can be played.
Kanter, whose Celtics were in third place in the Eastern Conference before the 2019-20 season was suspended due to COVID-19, says being title contenders makes it tough to think about the season possibly being canceled altogether:
“We are competitors man, so we want to go out there and finish the season,” Enes Kanter told The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach. “Especially, like, it’s crazy — we actually have a really good chance to go out there and win a championship.”
The Celtics had a solid record of 43-21 prior to Utah Jazz All-Star center Rudy Gobert testing positive for COVID-19. Marcus Smart was the only Boston player who contracted the virus.
Kanter is in his first season with the Celtics after splitting time with the New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers in 2018-19. He appeared in 51 games for Boston prior to play being suspended, averaging 8.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 22.3 minutes per contest.
The Celtics fell to the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the 2019 playoffs in five games. With Kemba Walker leading the team this season, though, most pundits had Boston going on a deep postseason run this time around.
NBA owners want to play the postseason in full since the playoffs are where the league makes most of its revenue.