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

The Houston Rockets are creating a new GreenHouse effect in the bubble — nyob.news

The superstars are stepping up as expected, but the Houston Rockets are establishing another force that could give them the edge needed to win it all.

The Houston Rockets are creating a new GreenHouse effect in the bubble — nyob.news

Raptors blog: VanVleet does it all; Lowry chasing greats; Powell finding way — Toronto Sun

Is Fred VanVleet even capable of surprising us anymore? After what he did against Milwaukee and Golden State last year the answer is probably not. However, VanVleet still turned some heads with an awesome outing in a close win over Miami on Monday.

Raptors blog: VanVleet does it all; Lowry chasing greats; Powell finding way — Toronto Sun

Anthony Davis, Lakers top Jazz to secure top seed in Western Conference — Daily Republic

ORLANDO, Fla. — It wasn’t easy and it wasn’t pretty, but the Los Angeles Lakers clinched the top seed in the Western Conference. They did it with a 116-108 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night, 4 1/2 months later than they expected to achieve the feat. As the Lakers await their first-round opponent, […]

Anthony Davis, Lakers top Jazz to secure top seed in Western Conference — Daily Republic

NBA News — INSANE SPORTS

Heats’ Jimmy Butler Out; Virus Hint – Jimmy Butler was not with the Miami Heat for practice Sunday, and one of his teammates suggested that he was quarantining away from the team. The Heat said only that Butler, who scored 22 points in Miami’s restart-opening win over Denver on Saturday, had “an excused absence.” But Heat teammate Jae […]

NBA News — INSANE SPORTSHeats’ Jimmy Butler Out; Virus Hint – Jimmy Butler was not with the Miami Heat for practice Sunday, and one of his teammates suggested that he was quarantining away from the team. The Heat said only that Butler, who scored 22 points in Miami’s restart-opening win over Denver on Saturday, had “an excused absence.” But Heat teammate Jae Crowder indicated that it wasn’t just a day off for Butler. “We want to talk to him as soon as he gets out of quarantine or whatever he’s in,” Crowder said. “It’s just a next-man-up mentality from a standpoint of staying locked in and engaged, because we know he’s locked in and engaged once he’s able to get back with us. “It’s definitely a curveball for all of us to hear stuff like what’s going on with him,” Crowder added. “You never know what to expect.” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he didn’t know whether Butler would be available to play Monday when Miami faces the Toronto Raptors. The Heat play the Boston Celtics on Tuesday. Crowder’s reference to “quarantine,” especially in these times, suggests that there is a concern about the coronavirus. Everyone inside the NBA’s so-called bubble, players included, is tested daily for the coronavirus. Those tests results are often back within 24 hours, sometimes much less. Read more at:  https://www.foxnews.com/sports/butler-misses-heat-practice-teammate-hints-hes-isolating  (Associated Press)

NBA Ref Addresses Controversial Backcourt Violation Call In Celtics-Blazers — NESN.com

The Celtics’ first win inside the NBA’s Orlando bubble didn’t come without a little controversy. Boston was tabbed with a questionable backcourt violation call late in its seeding game Sunday afternoon against the Portland Trail Blazers. Up three with less than 30 seconds to play, the Celtics were issued the infraction as Jayson Tatum tried…

NBA Ref Addresses Controversial Backcourt Violation Call In Celtics-Blazers — NESN.com