The NBA postponed their season after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the Corona Virus. Since March, NBA fans have waited anxiously for the league to resume games. There are 5 major questions that will be answered over the next few months.
5) Do the New Orleans Pelicans have enough?
The NBA made it abundantly clear, they want New Orleans and Zion Williamson in the post-season. Since mid-January, the Pelicans have outscored their opponents by over 120 points. That is ranked No.1 in the entire NBA. Can they leapfrog Portland and Memphis in 8 games?
- Memphis, 32-33.
- Portland, 29-37.
- New Orleans, 28-36.
4) What do we make of the Houston Rockets?
Mike D’Antoni finally has a team that fits his image. They are terrible defensively and they don’t start anyone over 6’8. He is playing “small ball” from start to finish. Russell Westbrook and James Harden are two offensive juggernauts but who is going to play defense in the 4th quarter? If Houston does not get to the Western Conference Finals, D’Antoni will be fired.
3) Will injures and Covid-19 be a huge factor?
The NBA bubble looks like it is still intact with the league reporting zero positive test results in its latest round of tests.
In a joint statement, the NBA and union announced that 344 players on the NBA campus have been tested since July 20, with none of the players coming back with a positive test. Conventional wisdom would dictate that a few players may test positive for the Corona Virus. How will that affect the league and their players? Also, look for players to come up with groin pulls and hamstring injuries. How does that affect teams that do not have deep rosters?
2) Who makes it out of the Eastern Conference?
There will be 8 teams representing the Eastern Conference in the Playoffs but only 5 have a legitimate chance to get to the Finals
- Milwaukee, 53-12.
- Toronto, 46-18.
- Boston, 43-21.
- Miami, 41-21.
- Philadelphia, 39-26.
The Heat and 76ers could surprise a lot of teams. If Milwaukee does not advance to the the NBA Championship will Giannis Antetokounmpo be back next season? I say no, he leaves Milwaukee. The Raptors haven’t missed a beat since Kahwi Leonard left and the Celtics could have the best player in the east, Jayson Tatum.
Take the Celtics and Bucks in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.
1) Which Team in LA is the best?
The Lakers losing Avery Bradley and Rajon Rondo is a tremendous loss for their team. Can the Dallas Mavericks upset a team or two with Luka Doncic and Kristapas Porzingis? Tim Hardaway Jr. and Seth Curry have been playing excellent basketball for Dallas. Does anyone believe in Utah or Denver? They both have depth but neither have a legitimate No.2 consistent scoring option? Billy Donovan has done a tremendous job in Oklahoma. The team was considered by most to be in the lottery and they are 40-24.
The Lakers and Clippers should meet in the Western Conference Finals. The Clippers have the deepest team in the West but, they have no answers for Anthony Davis. If Davis is the best player in that series, not LeBron, the Lakers win.
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