After a four month shutdown without basketball, the NBA has returned with hopes to salvage the remainder of the 2019-20 basketball season. While the MLB continues to work through difficulties of playing through the coronavirus, the NBA has went to the bubble model (a la TBT). Of the 30 teams in the NBA, 22 have gathered in Orlando at the Disney resort to finish out the season.
For the past week, teams have been scrimmaging inside the bubble without fans. For the next two weeks, teams will play in earnest to finish the regular season and to determine seeding in the NBA Playoffs, which is set to begin on Aug. 17.
For the sake of SU fans here, Syracuse has four former Orange stars in the league that will be playing at least over the next two weeks. More on that below.
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Carmelo Anthony, Portland Trail Blazers
Skinny Melo is back in new form, shedding some weight during the NBA hiatus. Portland has moved Melo to the three and he’s put up 14 and 9 points in his last two outings in just 14 and 16 minutes, respectively.
The Trail Blazers have just a 12 percent chance of making the playoffs, per FiveThirtyEight. The remaining regular season schedule for the Trail Blazers is listed below. Times are listed in Eastern and television network is listed where applicable.
Fri, July 31 vs. Memphis: 4 p.m. on NBATV
Sun, Aug. 2 vs. Boston: 3:30 p.m. on ABC
Tues, Aug. 4 vs. Houston: 9 p.m. on TNT
Thurs, Aug. 6 vs. Denver at 8 p.m.
Sat, Aug. 8 vs. Clippers: 1 p.m. on TNT
Sun, Aug. 9 vs. 76ers: 6:30 p.m. on NBATV
Tue, Aug. 11 vs. Dallas at 5 p.m.
Thurs, Aug. 13 vs. Brooklyn: TBD
Dion Waiters, Los Angeles Lakers
Dion was picked up by the Lakers just prior to the shutdown. He’s played well during scrimmages, putting up 18 points and 6 assists in his last outing. Waiters Island is also back in full effect.
Gonna have to fly down and open up the house on Waiters Island pic.twitter.com/KOcwwEbCU1— CJ Fogler #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) July 27, 2020
Waiters has the best chance to win a ring out of all the former Syracuse players in the league this year. According to FiveThirtyEight, the Lakers have a 31 percent chance of winning the Finals.
The remaining Lakers schedule is below.
Thurs, July 30 vs. Clippers: 9 p.m. on TNT
Sat, Aug. 1 vs. Toronto: 8:30 p.m. on ESPN
Mon, Aug. 3 vs. Utah: 9 p.m. on ESPN
Wed, Aug. 5 vs. Oklahoma City: 6:30 p.m. on ESPN
Thurs, Aug. 6 vs. Houston: 9 p.m. on TNT
Sat, Aug. 8 vs. Indiana: 6 p.m. on TNT
Mon, Aug. 10 vs. Denver: 9 p.m. on TNT
Thurs, Aug. 13 vs. Sacramento: TBD
Jerami Grant, Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant has carved out a nice NBA career to this point. He put up 10 points in his last outing. The Nuggets have already clinched a playoff berth, but have just a 1 percent chance of winning the Finals, per FiveThiryEight. The remainder of the Nuggets schedule is below.
Sat, Aug. 1 vs. Miami: 1 p.m. on ESPN
Mon, Aug. 3 vs. Oklahoma City: 4 p.m. on NBATV
Wed, Aug. 5 vs. San Antonio at 4 p.m.
Thurs, Aug. 6 vs. Portland at 8 p.m.
Sat, Aug. 8 vs. Utah: 3:30 p.m. on TNT
Mon, Aug. 10 vs. Lakers: 9 p.m. on TNT
Wed, Aug. 12 vs. Clippers: 9 p.m. on ESPN
Fri, Aug. 14 vs. Toronto: TBD
Michael Carter-Williams, Orlando Magic
MCW has revitalized his NBA career in Orlando. He also recently opened up about his battle with depression with Jeff Goodman. He put up 6 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in just 12 minutes against Jerami Grant’s Denver Nuggets. Orlando has a 99 percent chance of making the playoffs, but just a 1 percent chance of winning the Finals.
Orlando’s remaining schedule is below.
Fri, July 31 vs. Brooklyn at 2:30 p.m.
Sun, Aug. 2 vs. Sacramento: 6 p.m. on NBATV
Tues, Aug. 4 vs. Indiana at 6 p.m.
Wed, Aug. 5 vs. Toronto at 8 p.m.
Fri, Aug. 7 vs. 76ers: 6:30 p.m. on TNT
Sun, Aug. 9 vs. Boston at 5 p.m.
Tues, Aug. 11 vs. Brooklyn at 1 p.m.
Thurs, Aug. 13 vs. New Orleans: TBD
Oshae Brissett, Toronto Raptors
Given the amount of injuries the Raptors have dealt with this season, Brissett has gotten some opportunities to suit up for Toronto. He’s averaged just 1.9 points and 1.4 rebounds per game in limited minutes, but playoff experience will still be valuable for him — even if just from the bench. He’s with Toronto inside the bubble, and could get called upon here and there before the postseason begins, depending on how secure the Raptors’ seeding is. He played just four minutes in the first exhibition game, missing a three.
Toronto’s remaining schedule is below.
Sat, Aug. 1 vs. L.A. Lakers: 8:30 p.m. on ESPN
Mon, Aug. 3 vs. Miami: 1:30 p.m. on NBATV
Wed, Aug. 5 vs. Orlando: 8 p.m.
Fri, Aug. 7 vs. Boston: 9 p.m. on TNT
Sun, Aug. 9 vs. Memphis: 2 p.m.
Mon, Aug 10 vs. Milwaukee: 6:30 p.m. on ESPN
Wed, Aug 12 vs. Philadelphia: 6:30 p.m. on ESPN
Fri, Aug 14 vs. Denver: TBD