The hottest NBA team has done it again.
Although there was no midfielder Deandre Ayton to start the match, the Phoenix Suns improved to 6-0 in the NBA reboot, moving in the Memphis Grizzlies game for No. 8 seed at the Western Conference.
Unbelievable as the Suns ever happened, they still have no control over their own destiny. They could finish 8-0 in the bubble and still miss the play-in, depending on what Memphis and Portland do for the rest of the week. No matter what happens, the Sun remains the most miraculous team on Earth in the past 12 days.
Here’s the latest on standings, Monday and Tuesday matches to see, along with everything else you need to know. Check back here for the day̵7;s highlights and updates.
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The West is still wild and wild
After Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz dueled in their respective matches on Monday afternoon, the playoff picture – as well as Oklahoma City’s quest to keep the first round draft option – remained as messy as it was at catch. the beginning of the day.
Thunder has started a number of people, including Steven Adams and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, for their game with the Phoenix Suns. Jazz took the place of Donovan Mitchell and then dragged the rest of the game into the halftime break against the Dallas Mavericks. Both teams lost, keeping OKC more than half a match on the standings.
Oklahoma City won the season series between teams 2-1 and would be fifth at the Western Conference if Utah lost Thursday’s final to San Antonio Spurs, and the Dallas Mavericks lost either final match (before Portland Wednesday and Phoenix Thursday).
Jazz could still go fifth, but that would require them to beat Spurs and let Thunder lose. Utah could also fall to Saturday if Dallas beat Portland Wednesday and Phoenix Thursday and Utah lost to Spurs.
Even with Jazz finishing sixth, they have not been guaranteed to avoid the Houston Rockets, which have knocked Utah out of the knockout stages for the past two seasons. Houston could go up to 3 by winning (against Spurs, Indiana Pacers and Philadelphia 76ers) and letting Denver lose the last 2/3 games (against the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Clippers and the Toronto Raptors). Denver can still outrank the Clippers for a 2nd seed, so the Nuggets have a lot to play with.
Oklahoma City, meanwhile, still has a chance of keeping the top 20 protected option for which it traded with the Philadelphia 76ers on November 1, 2016 for striker Jerami Grant. Thunder, after Monday’s loss, is in 21st place in the NBA’s draft rankings with the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers – who played together on Monday night.
To reach the top 20, Thunder will need to have two of the four behind them – Jazz, 76ers, Mavericks and the losing team Heat / Pacers – either draw or beat them over the weekend to secure themselves. At least one hit kept their selection in this year’s NBA draft.
Oklahoma City has at least some of that destiny in control, as they play with Miami on Wednesday before ending with the Friday Clippers. So if Indiana wins Monday, and Thunder loses the rest, then they are guaranteed to at least flip with Jazz to take 20th place in the tournament’s draft order. – Tim Bontemps
Devin Booker shows love for Diana Taurasi
Phoenix Suns guardian Devin Booker made a costume statement coming on Friday, claiming Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi is the greatest of all time (aka GOAT).
– Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) August 10, 2020
The back of the shirt lists many of Taurasi’s accomplishments, including the top 10 All-WNBA championships, the WNBA MVPs, two WNBA finals MVP and three WNBA championships.
Deandre Ayton is not starting for the Suns today
Suns center Deandre Ayton had averaged 18.2 points and 9.8 rebounds as Phoenix started 5-0 in seed matches in Orlando, but he was not in the starting lineup. on Monday against Oklahoma City Thunder, after he missed Sunday’s coronavirus test. . Ayton had to be retested and cleared after the test was negative, and was on his way to join the team when the game was over.
Warren posed a challenge to Butler
The last time TJ Warren and Jimmy Butler met on the field, both had bumps, speech and gestures, resulting in striker Pacers being eliminated and a total fine of $ 60,000. However, Warren did not foresee the fireworks when they both appeared in court tonight.
TJ Warren and Jimmy Butler both have problems tomorrow with leg pain. Warren, the NBA’s top scorer, considers their past differences to be “part of the game.” “When you play at such a high level, you’re going to run into other players,” Warren told ESPN. pic.twitter.com/gZnctTqHgu
– Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) August 9, 2020
Giannis (teeth) went out tonight for the bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo will be out for the match against the Toronto Raptors tonight with a tooth / oral pain surgery, the team said.
– Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) August 10, 2020
Will the Bucks and the Raptors meet in September?
Pascal Siakam led the Raptors to win 108-99 over Memphis with 26 points.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors were the top two seeds in the Eastern Conference knockout stages last year and met in an epic six-game series in the conference final.
After Toronto’s victory on Sunday over the Memphis Grizzlies, the Bucks and the Raptors will, once again, advance into the Eastern Conference knockout stages with the top two seeds. Second, they will meet in the only match in the seed eight matches.
But will it be another Eastern Conference final preview? Based on the gameplay of both teams so far inside the bubble, that is still to be seen.
The Bucks have had a flourishing performance to date, with a score of 2-3 in their first five games – after losing just 12 of their 65 first appearances this season. Some of that could be explained to the fact that Milwaukee has nothing left to play in these matches – the Bucks need only a few wins to take the top seed in the East – but not all.
Yes, the tournament’s most valuable player, Giannis Antetokounmpo, has been excellent. But a few key swing players have struggled – including bodyguards George Hill and Donte DiVincenzo, who combined 7 to 30 from 3 points – and Milwaukee ranked 13th in terms of attack efficiency and 11th on defense effectiveness in those 5 points. hang out.
Toronto has a few similar questions. Unlike the Bucks, the Raptors showed up and looked locked, winning their first four games here – including a win over the Los Angeles Lakers on August 1, in which they dominated the fourth half.
But then came Friday night against the Boston Celtics, the team beat Toronto in the match in which Boston led with 34 points after three-quarters. The Raptors were then heavily hit in the first and fourth quarter of Sunday against Memphis, only able to beat the Grizzlies thanks to a couple of late Pascal Siakam’s three-point throws and another stubborn defensive display.
The Raptors are the tournament’s best defensive team to date. They are also the second worst team in terms of attack – just ahead of the Lakers – thanks to many misses from 3-point range and a series of insignificant returns.
During their time here so far, both teams have shown what the critics point to are potentially troubling spots in the knockout rounds.
As for Milwaukee, there are still plenty of questions about Antetokounmpo’s ability to control the game in late and close situations – especially as he gets into trouble in every game here – as well as the fact that Milwaukee has a penny. direction giving up a lot of 3 points in defense.
As for Toronto, the biggest question mark is that the offense tends to bog down when they get stuck in half-court situations, as well as the lack of a true superstar in the roster where so many contenders are not. Enemies have (and the Raptors certainly did that year at Kawhi Leonard).
The Monday night game likely didn’t give too many answers. With Toronto playing on Sunday, and no team with so much to play, it’s hard to see both teams sell their best to try to win. Instead, we’ll have to wait and see if history repeats itself and both teams are still playing at the end of September. – Tim Bontemps
Games must see on Monday
Toronto Raptors vs Milwaukee Bucks | 6:30 pm ET on ESPN
The two top seeds in the East, the rematch of the 2019 East Conference finals, and two excellent teams, are well trained. Of course, both the Raptors and the Bucks are locked in their place and give best priority to health and recovery as they have won their last seed matches.
But assuming they chase it, this is a tasty match and sure to gather some points to note. – Royce Young
Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat | 8 p.m. ET
Bubble Cow! TJ Warren and Jimmy Butler scrambled back in January, leading to Butler saying Warren was “trash”, Warren being ejected and Butler then kissing him a goodbye kiss. Now, Pacers are one of the hottest teams, and Warren is the bubble’s top scorer.
And to make it even better, Heat and Pacers have identical profiles. And while it’s not important seeding in 4/5 matches, you never know – having those virtual fans with you in Game 7 could be the difference. — Young
Full transcript for Monday
And then there are four.
The final week of seed matches began with New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings being knocked out of the knockout rounds. There will also be a game play on Saturday (2:30 pm ET on ABC,), and perhaps another on Sunday (4:30 pm ET on ESPN, if needed).
The only bubble team to play Monday was the Phoenix Suns unbeaten restart, the team that beat Oklahoma City Thunder to improve to 6-0 in the bubble. Suns will be back in action on Tuesday, when the Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs will also return to service.
8. Memphis Grizzlies | 33-38 (.465) | –
9. Portland Trail Blazers | 33-39 (.458) | 0.5 GB
ten. Phoenix Suns | 32-39 (.450) | 1.0 GB
11. San Antonio Spurs | 31-38 (.449) | 1.0 GB
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Games must watch on Tuesday
Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs | 2 p.m. ET
After Sunday’s win over the Pelicans, Spurs are hoping to stay alive in the race for a place in the tournament by beating their state rivals. Houston also has something to play: The Rockets are trying to make themselves fourth seed at the Western Conference. – Heart bontemps
Boston Celtics vs Memphis Grizzlies | 5 p.m. ET
Memphis still has everything to play and needs to win in either of its last two games against Boston or Milwaukee to secure a place in the play-in round next weekend. The Grizzlies could be out of play against the Celtics, the team placed in the top three seed pool and have nothing to play with. – Bontemps
Full transcript for Tuesday
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