The "Seven-Eight Game" will be between the teams ranked seventh and eighth, while the "Nine-Ten Game" will feature the teams ranked ninth and 10th. The winner of the Seven-Eight Game will advance to the playoffs as the No. 7 seed. The loser will host the winner of the Nine-Ten Game, and then the winner of that contest will get the eighth seed in the playoffs.
They also needed to address the fact that they were the lowest-scoring team in the league, averaging just 102.9 points per game. Despite all of these weaknesses the Hornets still managed to finish ninth in the East last season. Let’s now grade these picks."
Charlotte Hornets Face Masks
It's the same awkward dance that is going on throughout the NBA this season pertaining to injury updates and players' privacy. Kerr knows that the uncertain nature of the virus makes it something that will hover over the league all season.
Phoenix Suns Face Masks
“It gave me the push, the motivation to go. I found strength in myself to do something for others even when,” said Towns, 25. “I told D’Lo [Russell] when he asked me, ‘It’s always easy to do the right thing when it’s easy for you. But it’s very hard to do the right thing when it’s very inconvenient for you.’ And that is why I went. I knew it was the right thing to stand up for racial injustice and to find ways to help the youth and spread the message that this police brutality and racial injustice has to stop. Especially in a community that has given me the opportunity to live the life I live. …
Minnesota Timberwolves Face Masks
In his first game with the Wizards, Westbrook logged only 17 first-half minutes in Washington's 99-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons. But his impact was felt with his energy, pace and ability to get the ball moving and draw the defense's attention.
While Beal missed all seven of his 3-point attempts, he scored 15 points and hit seven field goals. Beal averaged 30.5 points last season but drew the majority of the opposing defense's attention as the Wizards' lone star.
"Our job is to make the game easier for him," Westbrook said. "Find a way to constantly feed him the ball so he can score at a high rate. He has shown he is able to do that. He is going to be great. I am not worried about Brad one bit."
Now Lue, who has replaced Rivers, will try to enhance Leonard's midrange game by putting him in the Jordan and Bryant role in triangle sets. Leonard often attacks on offense by getting to his preferred midrange spots despite the NBA trend to shoot more 3s. Leonard also studied with Bryant before the former Lakers star died in a helicopter crash this year.
New Orleans Pelicans Face Masks
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