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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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Kevin Lam
13 days ago

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Akis Yerocostas
Admin
13 days ago
Reply to  Klam

Oh man I loved this movie as a kid.

Kevin Lam
13 days ago
Reply to  Aykis16

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

Ican Hascheezburger
13 days ago
Reply to  Klam

Luke Walton has not watched this tape.

Akis Yerocostas
Admin
13 days ago

Let’s go Jazz!

Kings Guru21
13 days ago

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

Timothy Bornemisza
13 days 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.

Kings Guru21
13 days 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.

Eric W
13 days 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.

Kings Guru21
13 days ago

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

Carl Spackler
13 days ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

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Last edited 13 days ago by Carl
Kings Guru21
13 days ago
Reply to  Carl

Well played Spackler.

J Man
13 days ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

A couple of Phillies staff members have tested positive.

Kings Guru21
13 days ago
Reply to  Jman1949

Staffers, while certainly important, aren’t players.

John Navickas
13 days 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 13 days ago by CoreyBrewersD
Richie J
12 days ago
Reply to  CoreyBrewersD

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

Kings Guru21
12 days 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 12 days ago by Kingsguru21
Rob Hessing
13 days ago

I am saddened and frightened, yet amused. comment image

Timothy Bornemisza
13 days 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…

Kings Guru21
13 days ago

New Orleans doesn’t even consider that trade.

Eric W
13 days 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?

Timothy Bornemisza
13 days 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.

Adam Dieter
13 days 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….

Tim Go
13 days ago
Reply to  Adamsite

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

Kings Guru21
13 days ago
Reply to  Adamsite

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

Adam Dieter
12 days ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

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

Kings Guru21
12 days ago
Reply to  Adamsite

Bad Adam!!!

Eric W
13 days ago

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

Kings Guru21
13 days ago

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

Eric W
13 days ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

Agreed.

Kings Guru21
13 days 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 13 days ago by Kingsguru21
Eric W
13 days 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.

Kings Guru21
13 days ago

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

Rory Cornell
12 days ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

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

Timothy Bornemisza
13 days ago

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

Kings Guru21
13 days ago

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

Eric W
13 days ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

Check out Bruce Bowen’s 2002-2003 season.

Ican Hascheezburger
13 days ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

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

Eric W
13 days 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.

Kings Guru21
13 days 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.

Neil V
13 days 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.

Eric W
13 days ago
Reply to  beephop

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

Neil V
13 days 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.

Kings Guru21
13 days 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 13 days ago by Kingsguru21
Tony Xypteras
Admin
13 days ago

The Jazz do not look good.

Neil V
13 days ago
Reply to  TonyXypteras

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

Kings Guru21
13 days ago
Reply to  TonyXypteras

You spoke too soon Tony.

Neil V
13 days 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.

Kings Guru21
13 days ago
Reply to  beephop

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

Neil V
13 days ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

Good sleep for me

Kings Guru21
13 days ago

Jazz won. Time for a walk!

Eric W
13 days ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

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

Kings Guru21
13 days 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.

Timothy Bornemisza
13 days ago

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

Alek Bohigian
13 days 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.

Rik Smits
12 days 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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