• The Portland Trailblazers Is the Scariest Team in the NBA Bubble
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    The Portland Trailblazers Is the Scariest Team in the NBA Bubble

    The Portland Trailblazers entered the NBA bubble with a lot of uncertainty. How will Jusef Nurkic play after coming back from a horrific injury? Will the smaller Carmelo Anthony be as effective scorer for them? Could they make a run at Memphis for that 8th seed in the West? They have responded by going 3-1 with wins over Memphis, Denver and the Houston Rockets. The only loss they’ve suffered is from Boston. In that game, they trailed by as much as 20-something points in the first half. In the second half, they actually took the lead but ran out of gas in the end. They trail Memphis by a half-game…

  • It’s been a rough few months but screw it; I’m going to Disney World! Not really … wouldn’t it be nice? There have been no sports for months. I guess that’s not entirely true. For some reason, WWE was deemed as ‘essential work’ so, those guys continued to televise matches – what a joke. And at least we’ve finally been getting some UFC events to watch. But there have been two main concerns as we donned our masks to leave the house all spring and on towards summer: Will there even be an MLB season and will the NBA season resume? It looks like we’ll get both! The NBA regular season will reboot on July 31st. So, sure, it’s still a couple of months of waiting but at least it isn’t going to jump right to the playoffs like most of us thought it initially would. As a Trail Blazers fan, I was so bummed to see them in 9th place and have their game canceled … then the season canceled. So, how will it work? We’ll get the 16 playoff teams; eight from each conference, then a total of 6 teams that are within 6 games of the 8th place relegation line. So not everyone team in the NBA is coming back. Once again the Eastern Conference was weaker as a whole, so most of these potential ‘play-in’ teams are coming out of the Western Conference. The Six Within Six: 1. Portland Trail Blazers 2. New Orleans Pelicans 3. Sacramento Kings 4. San Antonio Spurs 5. Phoenix Suns 6. Washington Wizards Top Eight Out East: 1. Milwaukee Bucks 2. Toronto Raptors 3. Boston Celtics 4. Miami Heat 5. Indiana Pacers 6. Philadelphia 76ers 7. Brooklyn Nets 8. Orlando Magic Top Eight Out West 1. Los Angeles Lakers 2. Los Angeles Clippers 3. Denver Nuggets 4. Utah Jazz 5. Oklahoma City Thunder 6. Houston Rockets 7. Dallas Mavericks 8. Memphis Grizzlies Teams from No. 1 to No. 6 in both conferences are locked in. This is because the ‘regular-season finale will only be eight games. So, any team that has an 8.5 game lead on the No. 9 team of its respective conference is mathematically in. So, we’ll have eight games to decide who’s in. It could potentially turn into 10 games if the No. 8 and No. 9 teams are within four of each other at the end. If this is the case, the higher-ranked team just has to win one game to move on. Whereas the lower-ranked team will have to win back-to-back and double-eliminate the No. 8 team to usurp them. Speaking of No. 9 teams. The Portland Trail Blazers might have a tough road ahead. Oddly enough, the Blazers were the only team to vote against a resumed season … strange considering they are the closest team out of 8th in the league. So, Melo … Carmelo Anthony has been a solid player for Rip City since signing in November. He’s snagged a little over 6 boards and dropped a little over 15 points per game. At just 3.5 games out of 8th, the Blazers have a legitimate shot of scratching their way into the playoffs for the 36th time in their 50 year existence. But Mello isn’t sure if he’ll be present at the Happiest Place on Earth – not sure if that only applies to Disney Land or of it bridges over to Disney World. According to Yahoo Sports, Carmelo isn’t alone. There is a group of 40-50 players who doubt the plan. That said, it’s already been officially stated that opting out of playing a resumed season amidst the chaos of coronavirus and social justice, will invoke no punishment. Players are free not to attend. It’s understandable given the current situation in America. There are concerns about leaving family, and parts of the contract that state they can’t leave Disney World campus grounds. And of course, some are probably afraid of exposure to COVID, especially since the second wave is coming. The only thing they’ll lose is equivalent pay and my respect – which they don’t care about anyhow.
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    It’s Official: The NBA is on its Way Back

    It’s been a rough few months but screw it; I’m going to Disney World! Not really … wouldn’t it be nice? There have been no sports for months. I guess that’s not entirely true. For some reason, WWE was deemed as ‘essential work’ so, those guys continued to televise matches – what a joke. And at least we’ve finally been getting some UFC events to watch. But there have been two main concerns as we donned our masks to leave the house all spring and on towards summer: Will there even be an MLB season and will the NBA season resume? It looks like we’ll get both! The NBA regular…

  • Should the Atlanta Hawks Sign John Collins to Extension?
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    Should the Atlanta Hawks Sign John Collins to Extension?

    There have been rumblings lately about the Atlanta Hawks and John Collins.  The Atlanta Hawks have reservations about signing John Collins to a significant long-term contract extension this offseason. During the trade deadline, teams were calling the Hawks asking about John Collins. With the Hawks hesitating about giving him an extension, teams thought they could pry him away. Collins’ range likely starts at the four-year, $77 million extension signed by Domantas Sabonis with the Indiana Pacers before the start of the season. Collins, for his part, believes he’s proved his value. “I mean, I feel like I am a priority to the Hawks in terms of my value in the…

  • Hawks Beat Blazers to Win Consecutive Games Behind Young Core
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    Hawks Beat Blazers to Win Consecutive Games Behind Young Core

    The Atlanta Hawks beat Blazers to win consecutive games behind young core. Coach Lloyd Pierce has always known that part of the Atlanta Hawks’ problem shooting 3-pointers is a lack of ball movement. Trae Young had 25 points and 15 assists, John Collins added 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the Hawks beat the Portland Trail Blazers 129-117 on Saturday night for their second straight victory. Atlanta, the NBA’s worst 3-point shooting team this season, dazzled beyond the arc for the second night in a row. The Hawks shot 42.9% on 42 attempts and have 37 treys in two games. De’Andre Hunter picked up where fellow rookie Cam Reddish left…

  • 5 Big Men Atlanta Hawks Trade Possibilities
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    5 Big Men Atlanta Hawks Trade Possibilities

    The Atlanta Hawks are probably not making the playoffs this season, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make moves. With the trade deadline coming up Thursday, it’s been rumored that the Hawks want a big man. A couple months ago, there were discussions about Andre Drummond. After those talks died, we didn’t hear much but now that’s changed. It’s been reported that the Houston Rockets want to deal Clint Capela to an Eastern Conference team. The Atlanta Hawks are one of the teams interested in the big man. Houston wants a wing to add to their lineup and a third team could be added in the trade. Steven Adams from…

  • Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash in California
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    Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash in California

    Kobe Bryant dies in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, there were no survivors of the crash. An investigation is ongoing. The crash happened a day after Lebron James passed him on the NBA all-time scoring list. Kobe Bryant even tweeted at Lebron congratulating him on the accomplishment. Lebron honored Kobe before the game with “Mamba 4 Life” and “8/24 KB” in gold marker before the game on his shoes. Lebron showed respect for Bryant, an 18-time All-Star with the Lakers who is eligible for the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2020. A 6-foot-6 small forward with the ability to swing up…