Boston Celtics: 3 players whose development will be most disrupted

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Through these troubling times across the globe, there are silver linings to be had. Unfortunately for the Boston Celtics, the development of these three players will be halted for the time being.

This isn’t going to be a feel-good story. Unfortunately, as the Boston Celtics–and the rest of the NBA (and the sports world)–traverse through these troubling times, we have to accept certain realities about our teams.

Simply put, things won’t be the same for anyone. Games are wiped off the calendar for a minimum of 30 days but it looks like play resuming in June seems like a far likelier option:

Against the backdrop of a global pandemic, NBA owners and executives are bracing for the possibility of mid-to-late June as a best-case scenario for the league’s return, sources told ESPN on Sunday.

The possibility of a cancelled season altogether exists as well, but with the league standing to lose millions of dollars, that is a nightmare scenario for the NBA. Even when games return, things won’t be the same.

Players like Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James may not return to MVP form right away. It’s unknown when that would even be and how many games would make up the remainder of the regular season.

Teams like the Brooklyn Nets may benefit if stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant return, but even then they will have to learn on the fly how to play together.

The Boston Celtics may be lucky because of the fact that their core has mostly been playing together for the better part of the last two years. Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Gordon Hayward are all familiar with one another and Kemba Walker has proven to be a seamless fit in green and white.

For other Celtics, they may not be so lucky. These 3 C’s are facing the biggest detriments to their development:

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