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Not surprised that Logo Lillard took a game off the Lake Show. I *am* surprised the Magic took a game off the Bucks.

I am starting to think that the Bubble games being played all on the same courts is a factor in the Lakers' struggles and the seemingly neverending Dame Time. LA can't seem to get comfortable whereas Dame has a feel for the court and is comfortable launching from everywhere as if it's his home court.

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Aug 19, 2020Liked by punk basketball

Honestly, I think the Lakers could benefit a lot from playing Quinn Cook.

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yeah, the super big lineup just can't hang with the Blazers speed. Maybe it was just Anthony Davis having a bad night but if I'm the Lakers I would be having some real serious talks about lineup changes.

So many injuries, but they still have some options (like Quinn) that are at least worth a quick look

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Aug 18, 2020Liked by punk basketball

We've got two upsets today so far: Magic beat the Bucks, and Heat beat the Pacers. I wonder how Game 1 of the Rockets-Thunder and the Lakers-Blazers game will be like?

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I know! I need to write an addendum to the article or something. Crazy day so far.

And since I love Dame so much, and given the way my predictions are going - I'll say no way the Lakers lose.

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Oh no Bucks are blowing it!

Vucevic has made Jameer Nelson proud today for Orlando. I was so sure about the whole "no upsets" thing

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well, this is pretty sad

> @ShamsCharania

> Celtics’ Gordon Hayward has a Grade 3 right ankle sprain and will miss four weeks.

So, four weeks puts him available right around when the Eastern Conference Finals should be starting. I'm sure both he and the team are doing everything possible to (safely) bring him back ASAP, but this puts a TON of pressure on Boston to handle business without one of their best players.

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These playoffs will be the biggest war of attrition the league has seen. Injuries and illnesses (or opting out) are having a significant impact. It really is all hands on deck. The teams that can best adjust to roster fluctuations will be the most successful.

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Definitely, the teams with the most robust, deep rosters—teams like the Clips, Raps, and Celtics—are going to have a higher floor. But conversely, teams that are most dependent on one top-level player are positioned to overperform as long as that one star can stay healthy... precisely because the opposing teams are probably going to be missing some pieces too. If you figure unavailabilities are going to happen to players at random, you're less likely to lose a crucial player if you have fewer crucial players in the first place.

Like, the fully healthy Jazz are formidable, but subtract any one of Gobert, Mitchell, or Conley and they're distinctly less so. Even if *two* Bucks not named Giannis get injured, they're probably still a title contender.

Weirdly, the Lakers are kind of in the middle on that. Without Anthony Davis, they would drop off a *lot*, but Lebron could probably steer a motley crew of Kuzma, Danny Green, McGee, Howard, Waiters, etc. through a round or two of playoffs and buy time for Davis to come back. Similar if Lebron's the one missing.

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Aug 18, 2020Liked by punk basketball

I became acutely aware of this phenomenon from watching the Warriors dynasty seasons. If your entire rotation is made of all-star, hall-of-fame caliber players, then chances are high you'll have some kind of all-star player on the injured reserve list at any given time. Possibly several.

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yup, they were talking a ton about the risk of soft tissue injuries - will be interesting to see how it goes for the next few weeks

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