Good news for Celtics fans: Kevin Durant won't be part of upcoming postseason

Rob Bradford
June 06, 2020 - 10:43 am
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The thought of Kevin Durant playing in this 2019-20 NBA season seemed implausible. But then the league's COVID-19-induced restart time kept being pushed back further and further, ultimately landing at the end of July.

The mid-summer run of games -- which will be taking place more than a year since Durant ruptured his Achilles tendon -- allowed for whispers that the forward might be part of the Brooklyn Nets' postseason run. Such a notion offered some uneasiness for Celtics fans considering their team could line up against a Nets team that not only had Durant but also Kyrie Irving, who wouldn't be distracted by the inevitable venomous Boston crowd.

But Friday Durant put an end to that conversation.

Appearing on ESPN's "The Undefeated" Friday Durant said he will not be playing in the 2019-20 season, admitting he wouldn't physically be up to the task despite his current training in Los Angeles.

"It's just best for me to wait," Durant said. "I don't think I'm ready to play that type of intensity right now in the next month. It gives me more time to get ready for next season and the rest of my career.

"My season is over. I don't plan on playing at all. We decided last summer when it first happened that I was just going to wait until the following season. I had no plans of playing at all this season."

The NBA will restart its season with 22 teams, playing eight final regular-season games to determine the final group of 16 postseason clubs. 

The following are the teams who will be participating in the revamped season at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Milwaukee Bucks: 53-12

Toronto Raptors: 46-18, 6.5 GB

Boston Celtics: 43-21, 9.5 GB

Miami Heat: 41-24, 12.0 GB

Indiana Pacers: 39-26, 14.0 GB

Philadelphia 76ers: 39-26, 14.0 GB

Brooklyn Nets: 30-34, 22.5 GB

Orlando Magic: 30-35, 23.0 GB

Washington Wizards: 24-40, 28.5 GB

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Los Angeles Lakers: 49-14

Los Angeles Clippers: 44-20, 5.5 GB

Denver Nuggets: 43-22, 7.0 GB

Utah Jazz: 41-23, 8.5 GB

Oklahoma City Thunder: 40-24, 9.5 GB

Houston Rockets: 40-24, 9.5 GB

Dallas Mavericks: 40-27, 11.0 GB

Memphis Grizzlies: 32-33, 18.0 GB

Portland Trail Blazers: 29-37, 21.5 GB

New Orleans Pelicans: 28-36, 21.5 GB

Sacramento Kings: 28-36, 21.5 GB

San Antonio Spurs: 27-36, 22 GB

Phoenix Suns: 26-39, 24 GB