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The NBA is officially back!

The NBA is officially back this evening! Just two games on the slate tonight, but the bubble is about to spoil us with games every day that 100% matter to all teams involved. It should make for some interesting viewing.

The action tips off at 3:30 PM PT with Jazz vs Pelicans, and the second game tips off at 7:00 PM PT with Clippers vs Lakers.

For our rooting interests, we want the Jazz to beat the Pelicans. The battle of Los Angeles doesn't impact the Kings playoff chase.

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Klam
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3 months ago

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Aykis16
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3 months ago
Reply to  Klam

Oh man I loved this movie as a kid.

Klam
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3 months ago
Reply to  Aykis16

I still have the VHS of this at my parents’ house.

Kosta
3 months ago
Reply to  Klam

Luke Walton has not watched this tape.

Aykis16
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3 months ago

Let’s go Jazz!

Kingsguru21
3 months ago

I’m quite happy at the moment. Basketball AND baseball? YESSIR!!!!

BuffaloDiaspora
3 months ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

Might want to enjoy the baseball while it lasts.

NBA/NHL/MLS had the right idea with the bubbles. MLB and, unless things change soon, NFL, made really bad gambles.

Kingsguru21
3 months ago

It seems like most of the issue’s are on the Marlins and nowhere else. I don’t think MLB could have existed in the bubble the way the NBA/NHL/MLS are. Especially in regards to stadiums.
 
It’s just the Marlins testing positive almost team wide made that look like a horrible decision.

BestHyperboleEver
3 months ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

Yep, soak it up. Because the MLB season probably won’t last long. They just had to postpone a Phillies series too.

Kingsguru21
3 months ago

I know that. But that was out of caution, not anything else. It’s not a season killer as it stands.

Carl
3 months ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

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Kingsguru21
3 months ago
Reply to  Carl

Well played Spackler.

Jman1949
3 months ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

A couple of Phillies staff members have tested positive.

Kingsguru21
3 months ago
Reply to  Jman1949

Staffers, while certainly important, aren’t players.

CoreyBrewersD
3 months ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

As Baseball goes I love it, but then there is this …..What the WHAT??
 
 
https://sports.yahoo.com/report-mlb-considering-making-doubleheaders-7-innings-long-225554194.html
What the WHATS next? 4 outfielders? Pitch to your own team?

Last edited 3 months ago by CoreyBrewersD
richie88
3 months ago
Reply to  CoreyBrewersD

I think that 7 inning doubleheaders & starting extra innings w/a runner on 2nd is ridiculous.

Kingsguru21
3 months ago
Reply to  CoreyBrewersD

To get this season in, you’re gonna do what you gotta do. Lotsa folks want baseball back. They aren’t going to shut it all down because there are challenges.

If multiple Phillies players test positive, then the season is done IMO. Until then, these oddities will be part of what’s necessary to get things done.

Let me also point out that there will be still rainouts which cause their own set of issues. So that’s the real impetus behind the 7 inning doubleheader IMO.

Last edited 3 months ago by Kingsguru21
RobHessing
3 months ago

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BuffaloDiaspora
3 months ago

Last season when people were throwing around Bogi for Brandon Ingram trade scenarios I thought they were off their rocker. Now, I’m not so sure…

Kingsguru21
3 months ago

New Orleans doesn’t even consider that trade.

BestHyperboleEver
3 months ago

I don’t understand. You were against it before but aren’t now? Or you didn’t think it was possible before but it is now? Which rocker were they off?

BuffaloDiaspora
3 months ago

To be clear, the Lakers version of Brandon Ingram was not Bogi-trade-worthy – he had tantalizing potential, but he sucked. The Pelicans version, well like KIngsGuru21 says, NO doesn’t even consider it.

Adamsite
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3 months ago

Yeah, he is fringe All-Star right now. That Pels team is going to be really good in a year or two. Same with Memphis, and the Mavs, and the Suns….. sigh….

Timmy_13
3 months ago
Reply to  Adamsite

The Mavs…
 
Breaks my heart. Then I think of Vlade and now I’m mad.

Kingsguru21
3 months ago
Reply to  Adamsite

You consider Ingram to be a fringe All Star given he was actually in the game this year?
 
Hmm. Interesting.

Adamsite
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3 months ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

Ha! I didn’t realize he was an all-star this year!

Kingsguru21
3 months ago
Reply to  Adamsite

Bad Adam!!!

BestHyperboleEver
3 months ago

Personally, I was in on buying low on Ingram before this year. And yeah, I know he isn’t going anywhere now.

Kingsguru21
3 months ago

It would have cost you a hefty price, though. The Lakers weren’t just giving Ingram away. Nor should they have.

BestHyperboleEver
3 months ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

Agreed.

Kingsguru21
3 months ago

Gentry, Ingram and the staff in New Orleans deserve a ton of credit though. Ingram just looks more comfortable than he ever did in LA (although I didn’t watch the Lakers a ton admittedly) IMO.
 

Last edited 3 months ago by Kingsguru21
BestHyperboleEver
3 months ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

He does. Though he was looking a lot better last season in LA before getting hurt as well. He’s definitely taken leap this year, but he took the hop and step in LA.

Kingsguru21
3 months ago

That’s a good point. He did improve significantly his last year in LA with LeBron.

RORDOG
3 months ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

The Lakers refused to include Ingram in a Cousins trade over 3 years ago:

BuffaloDiaspora
3 months ago

How is any NBA guard as bad at free-throw shooting as Lonzo Ball?

Kingsguru21
3 months ago

Especially one that shoots the 3 as well as he does….it’s very confusing.

BestHyperboleEver
3 months ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

Check out Bruce Bowen’s 2002-2003 season.

Kosta
3 months ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

Maybe some people just need that jump to get into their shooting rhythm. I don’t know, I got nothing.

BestHyperboleEver
3 months ago
Reply to  Kosta

We’ll see if more time with his new form will help. He did jump from 42% to 57% this season. I doubt he’ll ever hit 70%, but maybe he won’t be historically bad.

Kingsguru21
3 months ago

Isiah Thomas was in the high 60’s for his career. Which surprised me the first time I saw that, but alas there ya go.

beephop
3 months ago

Just stopping in to say that the Pels came to the bubble to play. It’s obvious they are on a mission to get to the playoffs and it hurts to say that I don’t see the Kings getting past them.

BestHyperboleEver
3 months ago
Reply to  beephop

The truth is the Pelicans have been playing like a top 10 NBA team since mid-December.

beephop
3 months ago

I knew that they were a good team but I didn’t know they were playing like a top 10 NBA team. Even JJ Redick looks tiptop.

Kingsguru21
3 months ago
Reply to  beephop

Yes, but the Jazz are still hanging in there….The Jazz are down 4 with 10:45 minutes to go in the game.
 
Of course Reddick hits a mid range J as I type that… LOL

Last edited 3 months ago by Kingsguru21
TonyXypteras
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3 months ago

The Jazz do not look good.

beephop
3 months ago
Reply to  TonyXypteras

nope but let’s see what they can do to finish it out

Kingsguru21
3 months ago
Reply to  TonyXypteras

You spoke too soon Tony.

beephop
3 months ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

Ill sleep so much better with a Pels loss. I’m not writing off the Spurs. I think we’re in for a ball game tomorrow.

Kingsguru21
3 months ago
Reply to  beephop

I wouldn’t write any team off at this point.

beephop
3 months ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

Good sleep for me

Kingsguru21
3 months ago

Jazz won. Time for a walk!

BestHyperboleEver
3 months ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

Nice. Any Pels loss is big for the Kings chances.

Kingsguru21
3 months ago

Way I look at it is the Kings open the bubble 5-0 their chances of making the playin game is 90%. Give or take a percentage spot or two. But that requires beating San Antonio, Orlando, Dallas, New Orleans and Brooklyn (on a b2b). If they can, I don’t think anybody else other than Memphis is in that game New Orleans included. And it will make that 2nd New Orleans matchup crucial and may decide the playin game.

BuffaloDiaspora
3 months ago

Joakim Noah is still in the NBA?!?!?!

ForKingsandCountry
3 months ago

I’d love to thank the Pelicans for completely blowing that game. Every loss by the Pelicans is huge if the Kings are to have any chance of making the playoffs.

RikSmits
3 months ago

It will be so much “fun” to see a completely healthy Marvin Bagley go up against a completely healthy Zion next season.
 
Of course, I know that people will point out that he played so little it is hard to give a ballpark estimate on how his career trajectory will be. But I still think, when healthy, he has a chance to be a a multiple times All Star. Zion, I mean.

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