NBA bubble intel – Restart schedule, standings and latest news from Orlando – ESPN
Get the latest updates on the NBA’s restart in Orlando here.
The NBA is getting closer to restarting the 2019-20 season on July 30 inside the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. All 22 teams have arrived in Orlando, Florida, and started training camp ahead of seeding games to determine the final standings, a potential playoff play-in series and the standard four-round postseason. Teams also have continued to have regular testing for the coronavirus now that they have cleared the initial quarantine period, though some players have yet to arrive.
Stay up to date on the latest from ESPN’s insiders and analysts here.
MORE: Why negotiations for the next NBA season will be tricky
Each team will play eight seeding games to determine the playoff matchups and initiate a potential play-in series for the No. 8 seed in each conference.
If the No. 9 seed finishes within four games of the No. 8 seed, there will be a play-in tournament in which the No. 9 seed would need to beat the No. 8 seed twice to earn the playoff berth, while the No. 8 seed would need one win from the two potential games. Given the uneven number of games played, the NBA will use win percentage as an initial tiebreaker.
Here are the standings heading into the restart:
Eastern Conference1. Milwaukee Bucks | 53-122. Toronto Raptors | 46-183. Boston Celtics | 43-214. Miami Heat | 41-245. Indiana Pacers | 39-266. Philadelphia 76ers | 39-267. Brooklyn Nets | 30-348. Orlando Magic | 30-359. Washington Wizards | 24-40
Eastern Conference1. Los Angeles Lakers | 49-142. LA Clippers | 44-203. Denver Nuggets | 43-224. Utah Jazz | 41-235. Oklahoma City Thunder | 40-246. Houston Rockets | 40-247. Dallas Mavericks | 40-278. Memphis Grizzlies | 32-339. Portland Trail Blazers | 29-3710. New Orleans Pelicans | 28-3611. Sacramento Kings | 28-3612. San Antonio Spurs | 27-3613. Phoenix Suns | 26-39
To start off, the Wizards will be 5.5 games back of the Magic, giving Washington a chance to make up the 1.5-game difference and force a play-in for the East’s No. 8 seed. A play-in is likely in the West, with the Grizzlies holding a 3.5-game lead on multiple contenders.
For more on every team, check out the latest edition of ESPN’s NBA Power Rankings, with one big question for the 22 franchises involved in the restart.
NBA restart key dates: Playoffs, draft and free-agency schedule
From the seeding games through the end of free agency, here are the new dates to know.
MoreThe 12 most important seeding gamesExpert debate: Best games and title favorites
What NBA players and coaches are saying about the Florida campus
As teams meet with the media virtually, here are the early impressions of the NBA’s setup in central Florida.
MoreHow quickly can NBA players get into game shape?Inside the NBA’s 100-page safety planHow the NBA picked the barbers for the bubble
Potential surprise players for all 22 NBA teams
Which players could surprise during their time in the bubble and become household names?
MoreThree dark horse title contendersHow the substitute player rules work now
“I Grant Thee Permission!”- Jorge Masvidal Is Back At It After UFC 251 – Essentially Sports
BMF Champion Jorge Masvidal has not given up on his training regime and has granted permission to media organizations for using his latest videos on Instagram
Despite witnessing a one-sided loss against welterweight champion Kamaru Usman at the main-event if UFC 251, Gamebred Jorge Masvidal is yet to take a break from his training regime. After the headliner of UFC 251 went into jeopardy following Gilbert Burns being tested positive with COVID-19, Jorge Masvidal stepped in and saved the day for Dana White and UFC fans. Masvidal, 35 went all the five rounds against Kamaru Usman in the match up but seemingly got dominated for all the rounds, which subsequently snapped him away from the victory.
However, Jorge Masvidal has already garnered some notable appraisals from umpteen MMA veterans, including numerous MMA fans also. While a lot of fight fans have already voiced their approval over a rematch between Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal, the American seemingly thrilled a bunch of his fans by posting a video clip from his official social media handle.
Read More | UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs Ige Predictions: Calvin Kattar vs Dan Ige
No rest for the wicked- Jorge Masvidal is spotted cycling via social media
Jorge Masvidal recently took to Instagram and posted a video where he is seen enjoying cycle rides on the street. Although it is not verified whether the video footage is the latest one or not, fight fans have already dived in to express their opinion. In the cation, Masvidal wrote, No rest for the wicked #theresurrection.
However, Jorge Masvidal raised a lot of eyebrows by indulging in a conversation with Sports Centre in the comments. The renowned sports media outlet (Sports Centre) asked Jorge Masvidal to allow ESPN fir using the video clip with proper courtesy in their posts.
To which, Jorge Masvidal wrote, I grant thee permission. Since Gamebred has already delivered his permission, his latest Instagram video is assumed to be recycled by a lot of spots media pages.
UFC 251: Jorge Masvidal fight purse from his latest face-off against Kamaru Usman
Although Jorge Masvidal could not claim the UFC welterweight gold at the latest UFC 251, the BMF has bagged a lucrative fight purse already. According to official reports, Jorge Masvidal has received a whopping amount of $500,000 to appear for the event and an additional $30,000 s his fight incentive. Apart from that Jorge Masvidal has also bagged a healthy amount from his sponsorship deals.
Read More |This Loss Will Only Make You Hungrier Dwayne The Rock Johnson Sends a Message to Jorge Masvidal After UFC 251 Loss
Continue the conversation on the app, join other MMA fans on MMA Fans App
President Donald Trump erroneously refers to Alabama coach Nick Saban as Lou Saban – USA TODAY
President Donald Trump erroneously referred to Alabama coach Nick Saban as “Lou Saban” while endorsing ex-Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville for Senate.
SportsPulse: As Christine Brennan points out, the Ivy League’s decisions have often been a tell tale sign for all college sports and it’s time to prepare for a fall without college football.
President Donald Trump might not have endeared himself to Alabama Crimson Tide fans while endorsing former college football coach and current U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville.
And it’s not because Tuberville was once the head football coach for Alabama’s biggest rival.
On an election eve conference call with Tuberville — who was endorsed by Trump for Tuesday’s runoff against Jeff Sessions for the Republican nomination for the Senate — Trump mixed politics with sports and the results were hilarious.
The football portion of the conference call went sideways when Trump talked up Tuberville’s record at Auburn against rival Alabama.
“Really successful coach,” Trump said of Tuberville, according to AL.com. “Beat Alabama, like six in a row, but we won’t even mention that.”
Then, Trump possibly meant to reference Alabama’s current iconic coach, except …
“As he said … because of that, maybe we got ‘em Lou Saban,” Trump said. “… And he’s great, Lou Saban, what a great job he’s done.”
Lou Saban, who enjoyed a vagabond half-century existence as a football coach, passed away in 2009. He was 0-1 as a college head coach in games against Alabama, with his Miami Hurricanes on the wrong end of a 36-0 defeat to Bear Bryant’s Tide team in 1977.
Nick Saban, Alabama’s actual coach, has led the Crimson Tide to five national championships. Saban split his two meetings against Tuberville-coached Auburn in 2007-08. From 1999-2008, Tuberville went 7-3 against Alabama, including a six-game win streak in the Iron Bowl from 2002-07.
Lou Saban was the first head coach in Patriots history, and went on to lead the Buffalo Bills to consecutive American Football League championships in 1964-65. He also coached at multiple levels of college football, in the Arena Football League, as well as at the high school level.
Lou Saban also delivered one of the most famous lines ever captured by the cameras of NFL Films: “They’re killing me, Whitey. They’re killing me!”
Last SlideNext Slide
Health3 weeks ago
Jump in number of new COVID-19 cases in Pierce County stirs concern – KOMO News
Health3 weeks ago
Coronavirus In Minnesota: 461 New COVID-19 Cases And 8 Deaths; Over 500,000 Tests Completed In State So Far – CBS Minnesota
Health3 weeks ago
Two doses of Oxford University Covid-19 vaccine produces stronger immune response than one – Daily Mail
Business3 weeks ago
One Weird Trick Could Transform Entire Global Offshore Wind Industry – CleanTechnica
Health3 weeks ago
Dane County health officials report highest number of COVID-19 cases ever – Channel3000.com – WISC-TV3
Entertainment3 weeks ago
Castle employees play house — and clean toilets — in grand estate closed to visitors – CNN
Business3 weeks ago
Olympus throws in the towel and exits the camera business – The Next Web
Health3 weeks ago
Indiana coronavirus: Why some counties are and are not requiring masks – Journal & Courier