If the 2019-20 NBA season is resumed, Boston Celtics small forward Jayson Tatum thinks the idea of going straight to the playoffs isn’t a good one.
The Celtics All-Star believes that type of format would be unfair to the teams who were fighting for the 8th spot:
No one was playing at a higher level than Jayson Tatum at the time the NBA shut down. Tatum gives his take on what he thinks should happen if/when the league starts back up.
Full podcast with Tatum will be released this morning: pic.twitter.com/xIHWb21sBX
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 30, 2020
Tatum and the Celtics are headed to the postseason. There has been talk that the NBA could do a play-in tournament for the teams who are battling for the 8th spot if the coronavirus dies down and sports can be played again.
That idea would be a lot better than just going directly to the postseason, at least in Tatum’s eyes.
Before the 2019-20 season was suspended, the Celtics were in third place in the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 43-21. Tatum was averaging 23.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists for the Celtics in 59 games. The 22-year-old was shooting 44.8 percent from the field, 39.8 percent from beyond the arc and 80.6 percent from the free-throw line.
The Celtics lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the 2019 playoffs in five games. If the 2019-20 season resumes, Boston would be one of the front runners to contend with the Bucks for the Eastern Conference crown.
Just like last season, the Bucks had the best record in the NBA prior to play getting suspended due to COVID-19.
Jayson Tatum has appeared in 218 regular-season games for the Celtics. He’s averaging 17.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists with Boston.