Clippers can’t catch Nets in loss — Whittier Daily News

The Clippers’ priorities entering their final three seeding games in the bubble are clear, Coach Doc Rivers said, first comes rhythm and rest, and then comes winning. The rhythm was furious to start Sunday, Kawhi Leonard didn’t get much rest and, in the end, Brooklyn fended off the Clippers and their star, 129-120. The Nets […]

Clippers can’t catch Nets in loss — Whittier Daily News

A month into the bubble, the Lakers are feeling the strain away from home — Press Telegram

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Before the Lakers played the Pacers on Saturday night, Frank Vogel looked back behind his bench to see his 14-year-old daughter Arianna in the crowd. The actual seat was some 2,500 miles away in Los Angeles, but her picture was on the digital screen, over the Lakers’ bench. The Lakers’…

A month into the bubble, the Lakers are feeling the strain away from home — Press Telegram

Is tanking playing a role in determining the Lakers’ playoff opponent? — Daily News

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — As a season winds down, not even the NBA bubble can keep out talk of tanking. It’s been the talk of the Disney campus as the race for the Western eight seed — also known as the Lakers’ first-round opponent — has been heating up. Their opponents, with playoffs already…

Is tanking playing a role in determining the Lakers’ playoff opponent? — Daily News

Jayson Tatum Believes Marcus Smart ‘Heart And Soul’ Of Celtics Team — NESN.com

Marcus Smart made an impact both on the court and on the bench in the Boston Celtics’ 122-100 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. Smart not only locked down defensively for the Celtics, who were in dire need of a good defense performance, but encouraged teammates to do the same. Celtics forward Jayson…

Jayson Tatum Believes Marcus Smart ‘Heart And Soul’ Of Celtics Team — NESN.com

Without LeBron James, Lakers fizzle against Rockets — Daily News

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — There might come a time when Rockets-Lakers is a playoff series, pitting some of the NBA’s most vibrant stars and two extremely divergent basketball philosophies at odds. Thursday’s game between those teams offered very little insight into what that matchup might look like. Without LeBron James or any discernible sense…

Without LeBron James, Lakers fizzle against Rockets — Daily News

Giannis Antetokounmpo Notes Bucks’ Biggest Threat In Eastern Conference — NESN.com

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks officially will enter the NBA Playoffs as the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed. And while the Bucks certainly will have a plethora of teams — Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers and Philadelphia 76ers — gunning for them, Antetokounmpo believes only one team could get in their…

Giannis Antetokounmpo Notes Bucks’ Biggest Threat In Eastern Conference — NESN.com

Raptors’ Gasol: ‘It doesn’t take a genius to know we have a lot of pieces’ — Toronto Sun

Friday’s game between Toronto Boston seemed like it would be a bit more meaningful when the NBA first announced its bubble restart schedule. Read More

Raptors’ Gasol: ‘It doesn’t take a genius to know we have a lot of pieces’ — Toronto Sun

The Raptors’ Title Defense starts on… Defense — The Playgrounder

By Andrew Lawlor After charming the hearts of NBA fans everywhere (except in the Bay Area) with their championship run, the Toronto Raptors lost Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green in the offseason. They were expected to take a step back. So far, they haven’t: after winning their first two games since the restart, the Raptors […]

The Raptors’ Title Defense starts on… Defense — The Playgrounder

Sixers: Ben Simmons’ injury obviously hurts the Sixers—but his timetable determines everything — Full Scale Philly

Yesterday, Sixers fans saw Ben Simmons leave the win over the Wizards early in the fourth quarter with a limp in his left leg. While early indications were encouraging, today’s MRI revealed a dislocated knee cap. Ben Simmons suffered a subluxation of the left knee cap, Sixers say. He’s considering treatment options and currently out. […]

Sixers: Ben Simmons’ injury obviously hurts the Sixers—but his timetable determines everything — Full Scale Philly

LeBron James says Lakers have off-court issues, out vs. Rockets (groin) — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

The Lakers’ offense has stumbled so far in the bubble.

LeBron James says Lakers have off-court issues, out vs. Rockets (groin) — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

The Lakers’ offense has stumbled so far in the bubble.

Joe Vardon of The Athletic:

LeBron gave a weird answer about this. He agreed that he and the Lakers were looking for a rhythm on offense. And then he said: “It’s just some things that you can’t control that’s here, that I really don’t want to talk about, that’s off the floor.”

Mike Trudell of the Lakers:

LeBron James (sore right groin) is out tonight against Houston. Alex Caruso (left neck muscle spasms) is questionable.

— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) August 6, 2020

Four Lakers are listed as probable tonight: Anthony Davis (sprained right ankle); Markieff Morris (left hip contusion); Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (right ribs contusion); Dwight Howard (sore right knee).

— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) August 6, 2020

Was LeBron referring to his groin injury? I wouldn’t call that an off-court issue, but maybe he would.

LeBron knows how to work the media. This subtle comment will draw attention and sets up LeBron to look better if he leads the Lakers through this mysterious issue.

Without more context, it’s easy for imaginations to wander – especially about a team with Dwight HowardDion Waiters and J.R. Smith. The Lakers could be facing a major hurdle. Or a minor nuisance. Who knows? But the unknown is scary.

It’ll be difficult to detect the Lakers’ progress during remaining seeding games. The Lakers have already clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, and without a home-court advantage in the NBA Finals, there’s no reason to chase the NBA’s best overall record. That’s why LeBron missing tonight’s game against the Rockets could be mostly precautionary.Tags: Dion WaitersDwight HowardJ.R. SmithLeave a comment

Kevin Durant Has Theory About Why Kyrie Irving Receives So Much Criticism — NESN.com

Kevin Durant believes Kyrie Irving’s sharp tongue sometimes puts him at odds with the masses. The Brooklyn Nets superstar claimed Wednesday during his appearance on the ELITE Media Group’s “Play For Keeps” podcast his teammate has become a lightning rod for criticism because he tells it like it is, regardless of the consequences. Fans and…

Kevin Durant Has Theory About Why Kyrie Irving Receives So Much Criticism — NESN.com

Clippers still adjusting to NBA bubble peculiarities — Press Telegram

Three seeding games in, Ivica Zubac said he’s getting used to living and competing within the bizarro world of the NBA bubble, where your access to loved ones is strictly virtual but you spend a game banging against a guy and then go home and get in the same elevator with him. The NBA’s alternate…

Clippers still adjusting to NBA bubble peculiarities — Press Telegram