Basketball in the Bubble

Nuggets Scouting:

Michael Porter Jr. has entered the chat. MPJ has been killing it in the bubble! His last three games have yielded 27, 30, and 37 points and no less than 12 rebounds. The rest of the league should really take a close look at the Nuggets’ scouting department. Experts once thought MPJ would warrant the top pick in the draft but after an injury kept him off the floor in college, he fell in the draft. Teams were nervous to “waste” a lottery pick on a player who may suffer from injury woes throughout his career. His career has only just begun but the chance the Nuggets took by drafting him with the 14th pick in the 2018 Draft seems to have paid off.

The Nuggets also struck gold in the 2019 Draft. Bol Bol, the son of NBA Legend Manute Bol, slid all the way to the 44th pick due to concerns over injuries and his body dimensions. At 7’7 and just 208 pounds, the concern was that injury was inevitable. It might still be a concern, but Bol has dazzled in bubble scrimmages. I’m not sure what the scouting department is doing differently in Denver, but it’d be best for them if they kept it to themselves.

Battle for the 9th Seed:

I made jokes when I heard the Suns were invited to the NBA Bubble. Well, I’m not laughing now. The Suns have won all 7 games they’ve had thus far in the bubble and have a serious chance at making the playoffs. They have the same record as the 9th-place Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies hold the tiebreaker so the Suns would need to win their last game and the Grizzlies lose theirs in order to secure the 9th spot. The Suns and Grizzlies will both finish up their regular seasons on Thursday afternoon. The Suns play the Mavericks and the Grizzlies face the Bucks. It’s going to be an exciting finish.

Never-ending Story:

Ben Simmons is out for the year. The Sixers are cursed. It’s something I’ve known, but have been in denial about for some time. Where does Philly go from here? Obviously, Al Horford has to go but that won’t fix the root of their problems. It pains me to say this but Brett Brown has to go. The team cannot continue to make the same mistakes year after year. You can’t fault management for taking a big swing last year. It would have resulted in a title had Kawhi’s four-bouncer (which I have not been able to rewatch yet) not gone in. Please, do not hire Mark Jackson. Give me one of the Van Gundy brothers, but for the love of God do not replace Brett with Mark Jackson.

 

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