Heat Check: Bryant leads Wizards to lone win; Lillard makes case for bubble MVP

Clockwise: NBA commissioner Adam Silver. (Photo: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports),Lonzo Ball. (Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports), Carmelo Anthony. (Photo: Ashley Landis/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports), Phoenix Suns Head Coach Monty Williams (Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via USA TODAY), Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0). (Photo: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports) and Giannis Antetokounmpo. (Photo: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports).


Heat Check is a weekly recap of the best basketball writing and analysis the internet has to offer.

  • The New Orleans Pelicans have been the most disappointing team in the bubble. They had one of the easiest schedules and only mustered up two wins in eight games. One player who didn’t play up to his potential was Lonzo Ball (by Steven Kubitza).
  • The Phoenix Suns had zero expectations entering the bubble. They were added in to balance out the amount of teams invited to Orlando. Nobody expected them to win all eight seeding games and come a Caris LeVert jumpshot away from making the postseason for the first time since the Steve Nash era. Here’s a review of their bubble performance by Bourguet, who is also a Suns beat reporter.
  • League commissioner Adam Silver put in a lot of time and effort to make the Orlando bubble a reality. His plan has finally started to see its full effects as not only have most of the games been competitive, but no player has tested positive for the coronavirus since early August (by Kubitza). Because of this, Silver revised the guidelines regarding the guest policy (by FanSided writer Emily Adams).
  • The Houston Rockets took a major blow to their playoff hopes with the news that Russell Westbrook will miss part of their first round series with a strained quad (via FanSided writer Mike Luciano).

You can also find John at fansided.com/nba.

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