NBA stars relatively healthy heading into postseason

People from the National Basketball Players Association have “Mission Accomplished” banners and balloons on the ice with order balloons. We’re about a week and a half away from the end of the regular season, and the only star players in danger of missing playoff games due to injury could return in or during Round 1.

big names on reform Paul George, Zion WilliamsonAnd Julius Randle, George said there is no timetable for his sprained knee, but a report on Tuesday said at least two to three weeks, it’s not ideal if you’re a clippers fans, but such is life for Clippers fans. Williamson set to be assessed next week, more likely play in the Pelicans’ regular season finale, randall bus twisted my ankle Wednesday night. Thank You for knicksThey shouldn’t need him to lock down the fifth seed, and will be able to heal from that injury by the time the postseason officially begins on April 15.

Unless I fix this and half the All-NBA first team tears their ACLs in the next five games, get ready for a barrage of “Load Management Won” material.

So, load management wins?

The only way I’ll accept that load management has won is if these playoffs are the basketball version of pure, uncut heroin being fed to me through an IV drip. I am serious This regular season has been remarkably disappointing for a year in which six players averaged 30 points per game or more.

This is the most polarizing MVP race/rivalry the NBA has seen in a long time, and Joel Embiid has his last heavyweight battle with Nikola Jokic, which could cost him the award. We wrote about, I didn’t because I was off, but I don’t know how literate my post must have been because it’s hard to type when your keyboard is in pieces.

It’s hard to put your finger on what’s been so disappointing because there’s just so much. From stars sitting out national TV broadcasts to massive blowouts to coaches essentially abandoning the game with G League lineups, you really have to love the NBA to enjoy the product.

I do for the most part because I have League Pass and am selective about what I watch. However, I’m not everyone, and it seems like I’m in the minority.

I’m not here to reduce anything Caitlin Clarke Did or women’s basketball. I would not be surprised if world baseball classic Receives better than ESPN ratings mlb 2023 broadcast. If a sporting event is compelling enough, fans will listen to it. There has been a women’s tournament and of course there was the WBC.

The NBA hasn’t had a consistently compelling product this year.

Scoring only sells for so long

The rule change opened up the pace of the game and half the league An average of 14 or more fast break points a night, In years past, we were lucky enough to get 10 teams with that kind of production on the open court. Still the needle does not move.

The team’s average scoring output of 114.6 points would likely be its best season since 1969–70, when the team was putting almost 117 points per game, While we’ve had some great games, there have been 10 times as many explosions. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen “146-121” in the ticker, and usually the winning team was up for at least half, if not more, by 20.

I can’t tell if the insane offensive production has numbed fans to all individual greatness, or if fans are convinced that individual greatness is at least a product of defense, but 40- 50-, 60-, 70- The -point performance didn’t resonate as much as you might imagine. I think Donovan Mitchell and Damian Lillard scored 71 in one game Very believable if PJ Washington can go for the 43.

This brings me back to the upcoming postseason. The 2022 playoffs were filled with unbalanced competitions, and if we get to it again, despite a largely healthy roster of stars, I have no clue where the NBA goes from here other than shortening the schedule.

The league has never been deep, the level of shotmaking incredible, and yet the product seems to be lukewarm. The stars have been on a fire extinguisher case all season long, and we’re told they’re only breaking out in emergencies.

Well, there’s nothing more pressing than the playoffs, so this load management better pay off.

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