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NBA Restart in Orlando: Night One Preview

Rejoice NBA fans as the restart to the season begins Thursday night in Orlando. The NBA has reopened the restart season in Orlando after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 in March. An announcement by the league said that zero positive tests have occurred in the last round of testing. https://twitter.com/TheNBPA/status/1288506023549054976 This is good news for the league after MLB found themselves an outbreak with the Miami Marlins involving 17 players and two coaches testing positive. The Marlins are currently not playing games through Sunday due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Night one of the Orlando tournament will begin Thursday night...

Four NBA Teams That Must Win the Title This Season

The NBA is officially returning this month which means the heat has been turned up. Each NBA team will be playing eight games in Orlando to finish up the season to finalize seedings. Some of the best teams in the league like the Bucks, Lakers, Raptors, and Clippers have already clinched top spots. Among those top NBA teams, there are at least four of them that are feeling the pressure of bringing home the title. Check out the list of teams that can't come back from Orlando empty-handed. Top NBA Team Feeling the Heat: Los Angeles Lakers Every season that the Los...

J.R. Smith Signing with Lakers Adds Dynamic Shooter

J.R. Smith finally lands a new home as he prepares for Orlando. Sources tell ESPN that Smith and the Los Angeles Lakers are finalizing a deal to bring the guard to the team. https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1277649301850722310 Lakers guard Avery Bradley opted out of playing in the restart season last week because of his son's health. Smith has not played in an NBA game since November of 2018 with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He's entering his 17th season in the league with stops including New Orleans, Denver, New York, and Cleveland. He averages around 12.6 points per game and has hit around 37 percent of his three...

Winners & Losers of the NBA Return

Last week, the NBA Board of Governors approved a return-to-play plan that included 22 teams entering a bubble in Orlando, FL. These teams will compete in an 8-game regular season seeding series, with the potential for a play-in tournament for the 8-seed. While excitement in running high in NBA circles, there are some winners and losers to this NBA return.  The NBA has been actively working on a return-to-play plan for weeks. The league has been in active discussions with players, personnel and owners preparing to resume the 2019-2020. The league shuttered on March 11th in the wake of Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert...

NBA Season Potentially On The Brink

At first, it seemed like nothing, but then the NBA season was suddenly on the brink. The NBA announced on March 11, 2020 that they would be suspending their current season indefinitely. This came amid confirmation that Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the novel Coronavirus. Fans, players and executives were all anxious for this crisis to blow over not only in hopes of avoiding a national catastrophe, but to get their normal lives back in order. Now, those hopes seem slim, at best. NBA Season on the Brink ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported that the league is "angling" to cancel the...

5 Things to Watch For in the NBA’s Second Half

The NBA wrapped up it's All-Star festivities last weekend, and all eyes have shifted to the league's home stretch. With less than 30 games remaining, teams are looking toward the postseason or the offseason.  About 20 of the league's 30 teams are either in or aiming for the playoffs. That leaves 10 teams thinking about the draft, free agency and next season.  Over the last several seasons, NBA Finals matchups felt inevitable thanks to the Golden State Warriors and LeBron James. But player movement last offseason largely reshaped the league. Couple that with injuries, and the 2020 NBA Finals are very...

10 Teams Vying for Title: NBA Championship Contender or Pretender?

NBA teams are vying for a spot in the NBA Finals for a chance to play for the 2020 NBA Championship. While there are a number of teams who envision themselves hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy, it's time to decide whether those teams are either an NBA Championship Contender or Pretender.  Here's a look at the NBA Championship Contender or Pretender list, with five contenders and five pretenders.  NBA Championship Contenders Boston Celtics The Celtics were the third team this season to win in Miami and they’re currently the East’s No. 3 seed. At 33-15, Boston posts the NBA’s third-best Net Rating at...

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