The NBA is coming back July 30 and not a moment too soon for basketball fans who have been deprived a proper conclusion to the 2019-20 season since Rudy Gobert’s positive coronavirus test March 11 that set off the worldwide cascade of sports league cancellations. Now, the NBA will look to finish what it started with a 22-team “bubble” at the Disney Resorts in Orlando, an eight-game finish to the regular season and four best-of-7 playoff rounds to determine a champion. We take a look at each of the teams involved as we move closer to the official return and today we’ll look at the Memphis Grizzlies team in our Sports Intel preview:
Memphis Grizzlies Team Preview 2019-2020 Re-Boot
(32-33, 8th in West, 9 games behind No. 6)
Where we left off: The Grizzlies won four of their last six before the season stopped, often by margins of around 20 points. If they can continue that streak, they’re going to be in a great position to go all the way. The Grizzlies had just picked up Justise Winslow ahead of the NBA’s stoppage and, if he’s healthy for Orlando, should prove to be a huge part of the team’s success.
Remaining schedule: July 31, Portland Trail Blazers; Aug. 2, San Antonio Spurs; Aug. 4, New Orleans Pelicans; Aug. 5, Utah Jazz; Aug. 7, Oklahoma City Thunder; Aug. 9, Toronto Raptors; Aug. 12, Boston Celtics; Aug. 13, Milwaukee Bucks.
Projected starting lineup: G: Ja Morant; F: Justise Winslow (if healthy), SF: Kyle Anderson; C: Jonas Valanciunas; PG: De’Anthony Melton
Key injuries, absentees: SG Grayson Allen (hip), SF Brandon Clarke (quadriceps), tentative
Odds to Win Title: 1,000-1
Can they win it all? The Grizzlies were running strong before the season stopped because of the coronavirus, and the team is ready to make a return for the playoffs. Having started the season as virtual underdogs, they’ve come a long way since then and are capable of making an impact. They have no ticks in the win column for the division, conference or the league, but this could be the year all that changes.
That’s it for our preview of the Memphis Grizzlies team ahead of the NBA regular season re-boot, come back soon to see what we think of the rest of the teams involved in Orlando.