There is a lot to unpack every day in the NBA – especially with games spreading every day in the bubble – so every week during the NBA restart we are here to help you break it down. Here are three things you need to know from tomorrow in the NBA.
1) Is it time to worry about the lacquer crime?
Los Angeles is the worst offense in the Lakers bubble.
We’re not talking about 86 points on 35.2% shooting losses to Chris Paul and the Thunder on Wednesday, although that was a low point.
Four games in the NBA restart, the Lakers are scoring less than a point, shooting 39.4% overall and 25.2% from three. Their crime has been worse than wizards in Orlando – and how many magicians can you name right now? The Lakers have a terrific 74.4 offensive rating with four points (and a -30.1 net rating) from their starting five – LeBron James, Danny Green, Kentavius Caldwell-Pope, Anthony Davis, and Jewell McGee.
Or, since a picture is worth 1,000 words, take a look at the Lakers Shot Chart in the resume.
He is very red.
Should Lakers fans be worried?
Probably right there. It is a small sample-sized theater with just four games. With coach Frank Vogel playing with the lineup rotation, things have not been tight playoffs. Also, the Lakers gave him the top seed after beating the Clippers on the night, but Cena was up, with LA not getting the real motivation to play their best.
Lakers players feel they are just missing shots they usually hit.
“I think it’s just as easy as making shots. We’re looking good. Not everyone is shooting the ball very well, especially from three…” Anthony Davis Zoom Call with Journalists After Thunder Loss Said on
I think we’re fine. I don’t think it’s anything eye-opening or something that we need to fear. If our defense was bad, I think we would be a little more shocked about our team and where we are but I think our defense is where it wants to be. I mean, we did the clinic first. We are all right. ”
The Lakers have a big reason to recover: LeBron James. The Lakers have a highly motivated Lebron (although they have shot 42% overall and 27.3% of the three in the last four games). He still has Davis, who has been one of Bubbles’ MVPs so far. They make the best pick-and-roll combo in the two leagues, and by the time they’re on the roster, the Lakers have a chance to win it all.
Shooting is a concern – and not a new problem. The Lakers were an above-average shooting team in the season before the shutdown (21st in the league at open look three-point percentage). We saw LeBron’s game covering a team’s flaws and took them to the finals for years, and it could certainly happen again, but the shooting of the Lakers – and their entire offense right now – is a concern. .
2) Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons leaves the game with a knee issue
Non-contact injuries sustained fans and coaches at night, which is why Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons walked off the court with a nappy and went straight to the locker room on Wednesday with a knee issue.
Simmons did not return to the game after that.
The good news is that there is reportedly no inflammation and the MRI came back clean, Shams Charania reports of Athletic. Officially, Simmons is day to day.
Simmons had eight points on 2–10 shooting when he left the court. Through three games of restarts – where he is playing the ball more as a power forward – he averages 11.7 points and seven rebounds a game.
3) Memphis lost again, now 0-4 and may be out of eighth seed
The Grizzlies came to Orlando with a 3.5 game cushion for the eighth seed in the NBA restart, only to hold them through eight games. Now, and after a 0-4 start, this edge is down to just one game over Portland.
On Wednesday, Memphis could not slow down what was an already struggling Utah offense and lost 124–115.
Grizzlies in next four games? Thunder, Raptor, Celtic and Bucks. Memphis has to find a couple of wins there without Jaren Jackson Jr. out for the rest of this season with a torn meniscus in his left knee.
Before the game began in the bubble, the idea of two teams passing Memphis – meaning the Grizzlies would pull out of a play-in series for the eighth seed – seemed impossible. Right now, both the Pelicans and Spurs are back two games, and both have soft schedules.
Memphis wanted to get some playoff experience for their talented young roster during the restart. Well, here’s the thing – every game has to win for the Grizzlies now. They need to be a focused team who find another gear. It would require one-two wins in their final four for them to hold on to the play-in series.
The race for eighth in the West is the best thing in an NBA restart. Portland faces Denver on Thursday, while New Orleans faces Winner Sacramento.