The NBA officially returned after a more than four-month break. There have been four test matches. All games were held without spectators in the sports complex amusement Park Disney world in Orlando, Florida.
Security protocols the League’s strict, but the game is still resumed, despite receiving news about the new coronavirus infected players. For example, on 22 July it became known that the disease suffered point guard, “Phoenix suns” Ricky Rubio, and his teammate center Aron Baynes still suffers from complications of coronavirus.
“Los Angeles clippers” beat “Orlando magic” (99:90) in the first control meeting. The winners of the most efficient steel defender Lou Williams (22 points) and forward Paul George (18 points, 5 rebounds), the losers stood out who double-double with center Nikola Vucevic (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Michael Carter-Williams (16 points), Terrence Ross (14 points) and Aaron Gordon (13 points, 7 rebounds).
The star of “clippers” Kawai Leonard scored just 9 points in 20 minutes on the court. It should not be surprising. Kava is not one of those who will tear veins in a meaningless match. The head coach of the clippers Doc rivers also does not require Leonard to score superstatistical. Club of Los Angeles hopes to avoid injury of the stars before the start of official matches of the regular season. Test matches are a kind of warm-up before the fight. The first rehearsal was a success, given the fact that the clippers played without key players Patrick Beverley and Montrese of Harrell had gone away from campus for personal reasons.
“Denver nuggets” won “Washington wizards” (89:82) in the second match of the day. The winners were Troy Daniels (22 points, 6 rebounds), Nikola Jokic (16 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists) and Bol Bol (16 points, 10 rebounds, 6 block shots), the losers, the greatest effectiveness was noted Rui Hachimura (18 points, 9 rebounds), Troy brown Jr. (12 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists) and ish Smith (10 points).
The main event of the entire day’s play can be considered a performance a 20-year-old center “nuggets” bol bol. 218-centimeter giant Bol played the first game for the nuggets. Turned out more than fine.
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“Nuggets” in the starting five released center Nikola Jokic and forward Jeremy Grant, which was declared as defenders. Also went through representatives of the front line Bol Bol, Paul Millsap and Mason Plumley. Custom rotation “Denver” stems from the fact that the team spent most of the preparation for restart in a short composition. The team of Mike Malone practiced without Gary Harris, Michael porter Jr., tori Craig, Monte Morris, P. J. Dosiere, Vlatko has Cancara and Keita Bates-Diop. Bol Bol got a chance to Express themselves in many respects thanks to coincidence, but this is not so important. The chance he used.
In the offseason-2019 “Denver” signed Bol Bol bilateral contract for two years. In each season the player is guaranteed only a $ 50 thousand salary, which by the standards of modern NBA mere pennies. Many basketball players second round draft pick in 2019 was able to secure more favorable from a financial point of view agreement out of a couple million dollars, but now the money for the giant not the point. The main objective of bol to gain a foothold in the rotation, “nuggets” in the long term. The first test match was a very good application.
A couple of years ago Bol was one of the most promising young players in the world. In the summer of 2018, he moved to the University of Oregon. Scouts predicted he would have a choice under a lottery draft pick next peak. The son of the tallest player in the NBA history Manute bol (growth of 231 cm, shares the first place with Gheorghe Muresana) immediately began to justify potential. Bol Bol averaged, or 21.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 2.7 blocked shots in the first 9 matches for Oregon. Then intervened in the case of injury. Bolu was done surgery to repair a fracture of the left foot in January 2019.
Damage to permanently put him down. Bol Bol dramatically slipped in the draft and has depreciated in the eyes of scouts. Miami chose him under the 44th peak and immediately traded to Denver. Perhaps, Bolu lucky enough to be in, “nuggets”, the Club from Colorado is able to uncover undervalued talent. This was the case with Nikola Jokić, whom nobody believed after the mid-second round pick. Now Nicola is one of the best players in the world, the first representative team of the NBA season and owner of a max contract.
“Denver” has previously graftal Michael porter Jr., another “impaired” Avenue suffering from injuries. In General, Bol Bol came to the right place. While he flashed only in one control the game for a limited part of the “nuggets”, but still the guy deserved accolades. Bol showed a “stretching” ability and scored a three-pointer, and collected rebounds under the shield and over and over again to put the block shots the opponents.
After the match the Bol to take a drug test. This is a standard procedure for which several players of the NBA clubs choose randomly. However, the fans in social networks believe that bol checked because of unexpectedly successful performance.
Wait, that will show the guy further.
“I started playing after a long break. I worked hard and waited for this moment” — briefly commented Bol.
“It’s great that the Ball came onto the court and scored 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 block shots. He will play better. Bol did a lot of good things, I’m proud of him,” said the head coach of the nuggets, Mike Malone.
As for the remaining friendly fixtures “new Orleans Pelicans”” defeated “Brooklyn nets” (99:68). In the “Pelicans” 14 points scored Itwn Moore and Nickel Alexander Walker. The “Brooklyn” Janan Musa scored 11 points, Garett Allen scored double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds, Karis Levert and Rodion Kurucz recorded in the net 10 points. “New Orleans” played without a heavy striker of Zion Williamson, who is still outside of the location of the club due to urgent family matters. Date of return of Zion remains unknown.
Among all participants the restart of the season is one team with the highest number of personnel losses. This “Brooklyn Nets”. Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Spencer Dinwiddy, Deandre Jordan, Taron Prince, Wilson Chandler and Nicholas Claxton will not help “Brooklyn” during the restart of the NBA season in Orlando because of injuries, infection coronavirus or family circumstances. The nets had urgently to seek reinforcement on the market. The club has signed Justin Anderson, Jamal Crawford, lance Thomas, Tyler Johnson, Donte Hall and Michael Beasley, but the latter once infected with coronavirus will not return to Orlando. In any case the come players in no way makes “Brooklyn” a formidable opponent. First friendly game against the “Pelicans” confirmed this belief.
Anyway, wards Jacque Vaughn is a great chance to get into the playoffs with all the personnel problems. Occupying eighth place in the standings Eastern conference “Brooklyn” (30-34) ahead of that of “Washington wizards” (24-40), which has its own personnel problems in the form of refusing to play Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans, the injured John wall. “Brooklyn,” it can go in the playoffs, losing all 8 games of the regular season, as Washington is unlikely to win many victories in Orlando. The elimination in the first round of the playoffs was a very likely scenario, even if played Irving, Jordan, Dinwiddy, and all the rest. “Brooklyn” has nothing to lose. All thoughts of the team sent on to the next season when on the floor should appear healthy Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving who has the potential to transform the nets into a contender for the title.
In the last match of the day “Miami heat” beat the Sacramento kings” (104:98). The winners of the most efficient steel Duncan Robinson (18 points) and Tyler Herro (15). The “Sacramento” 19 points buddy heald, 13 — Nemanja of Belize. The kings played without infected with the coronavirus forward Harrison Barnes and also without center Alexei Lenya and Rishon Holmes that just came out of quarantine and has not typed the optimum form. The team of Luke Walton still has a reserve for improvement.
NBA resumed, and most importantly. July 30 will begin the official games of the regular season, but in the meantime you can enjoy the control games, which is also a lot of interesting events.