So you’re telling me that the fate of the NBA universe rests on the lowly Memphis Grizzlies’ shoulders? We will find out if the NBA gods have decided to bless us with a Blazers-Suns matchup in the play-in round of the 2020 Playoffs today. The showdown between these two bubble powerhouses would be so juicy that the late Walt Disney wouldn’t be able to script it any better.
With that said, the Grizzlies could ruin this storyline if they beat the Bucks today. The fact of the matter is, no sane human should want the Grizz to take hold of the 8th or 9th spot. Since arriving to the bubble, they have put up nothing but stinkers and uninspiring performances. They have won only one game, and have suffered through season-careening injuries in the process.
Unfortunately for us, it doesn’t look like the Bucks have anything to play for with the first-seed already locked in. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Bucks’ reserves play for a majority of the game. It also seems like the Grizzlies aren’t going to wave the white flag quite yet. When interviewed about this matchup, Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said. “We’ve got to lay it on the line.”
As fans of the NBA, we need to join forces and protest the Grizzlies last-ditch attempt to extend their season.
Can you imagine how amazing a Blazers-Suns duel for the 8th seed would be? Dame Lillard and Devin Booker — two unstoppable forces — would collide and, with the way both of them are playing right now, who knows how that could play out. In the bubble, Lillard has averaged 37 points to Booker’s 31. Dame Dolla has been single-handedly willing his way to wins. Just check out his back-to-back 51 and 61-point performances. Booker and NBA Twitter Legend Mikal Bridges have paced the Suns to an undefeated record in the bubble.
As you can see, a shootout between the Blazers and Suns would clearly help make 2020 less shitty. Pending another Suns’ win, the Grizzlies are the only thing standing between us and one of the most intense battles that we’ve seen so far this season.
If Adam Silver really cares about our well-being and truly is appreciative of our support, he will do what’s right, even If that means that Thanasis Antetokounmpo ends up shooting 80 free-throw shots on Thursday night. Don’t worry Adam, we won’t say anything.
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