The long-awaited NBA season restart is here, and after four months of inactivity, the teams have started playing scrimmages down in Orlando, as they get ready for the ‘seedings games’, which are set to begin July 30th.
Four interesting games of 10 minutes per quarter got the NBA off to a good start, and despite some players being rusty, which is completely normal, the excitement of the association is back.
Magic 90-99 Clippers
Despite not having Patrick Beverley, Montrezl Harrell and Ivica Zubac, the Los Angeles Clippers put on a fight in the first scrimmage game of the restart, as they went on and defeat the Orlando Magic 99-90.
Led by 22 points from Lou Williams, Doc Rivers' squad cruised to a victory through 40 minutes of action.
Aside from 'Sweet Lou's' great performance, Paul George was on a mission and showed no signs of rustiness. 'PG13' scored 18 points in 19 minutes, shooting 6 from 13 from the field and 50% from three.
Wizards 82-89 Nuggets
Shocking everyone, Denver came out with an unusual ‘big’ line-up with the average height being 6’10. Featuring Nikola Jokic at the point guard position and 7’2 rookie, Bol Bol as the power forward, the Nuggets beat the Wizards in their scrimmage debut 89-82.
The 2019 second round pick, Bol proved to be a 'future-stud' as he stacked the state sheet recording 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks in 32 minutes of action.
Without Jamal Murray as the guard, 'The Joker' ran the show, but he still has some work to do, as he scored 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists but had 8 turnovers.
Pelicans 99-68 Nets
Twelve different Pelicans players scored, including five in double digits, as the team managed to beat the Nets by 31 points.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker and E'Twaun Moore ran the show, and combined for 28 points on 23 attempts. Despite not having Zion Williamson, Alvin Gentry's team looked sharp as they get ready to make a playoff push in the West.
Brooklyn looked like we expected and playing a total of 9 guys, they were outscored in three out of the four quarters of play.
Kings 98-104 Heat
In probably the most entertaining game out of the four, Miami defeated Sacramento in a thriller, where Duncan Robinson exploded with 18 points on 5 for 8 from the field. Along with the second year player from Michigan, the Heat had five players in double digits, while Sacramento had four.
The Kings will really be hurt by Marvin Bagley not playing in the restart, and Harry Giles and Jabari Parker will have to score more than 13 points combined if they want to have a shot at squeezing into the eight seed.
The game came down to the wire, but a couple of plays by the reserves secured the win for Miami in their scrimmage debut.