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NBA News – May 2021
Whether looking at a Lakers vs Suns prediction or pondering the offseason’s NBA rumours, May is a busy time for NBA news. The Playoffs are underway. Every minor injury is potentially season-altering.
The first eight games of the postseason were awesome. Following the drama of the Play-In Tournament, the weekend’s first-round games lived up to expectation.
Trae Young lit up NBA news with a game-winner at Madison Square Garden. Khris Middleton came up clutch for the Bucks as they took an early advantage over the Miami Heat at Fiserv Forum.
All eyes are on the upcoming Lakers vs Suns prediction as the defending champions look to bounce back on Tuesday.
Lakers vs Suns Prediction
Bookies couldn’t split the Lakers and Suns ahead of Game 1. Phoenix, even with Chris Paul clearly restricted by a shoulder issue, ran out comfortable winners. Paul’s availability will be the centre of NBA news in the coming days. How he recovers from that shoulder contusion is a significant factor in any Lakers vs Suns prediction.
Phoenix was phenomenal even with Paul limited, though. Devin Booker was lethal from all over the court. Deandre Ayton did a superb job on Anthony Davis, and the defence of Mikal Bridges and Jae Crowder was exemplary.
Paul’s injury is a cloud over this series. While the Suns can be delighted with their Sunday win, they need the All-Star guard at his best if they are to make it past the reigning champions.
The Lakers are accustomed to this situation. They lost the series-opener twice in the bubble. Frank Vogel has shown an ability to make the appropriate adjustments, and it’s unlikely Davis struggles as much as he did in Game 1.
With LeBron James looking fresher than he did against the Warriors, the Lakers are only going to get stronger. They are still the team to back in this series.
Lakers vs Suns Prediction: Lakers in seven
Donovan Mitchell’s ankle is at the forefront of NBA news right now. The All-Star guard sat out the first game of Utah’s series with the Memphis Grizzlies, and he hasn’t played competitive basketball since suffering the injury on April 16th.
The Jazz offence lacks off-the-bounce shot creation without Mitchell. An inefficient Game 1 from Jordan Clarkson shined a light on this issue. Any NBA news of Mitchell’s return will be significant, but having missed so much time, it’s unclear what level he will be able to play at.
Having been knocked out by the Grizzlies, the Golden State Warriors’ season is over. They remain relevant in NBA news, however, with frequent updates on Klay Thompson’s recovery.
Any playoff disappointments will lead to an uptick in NBA rumours. At this stage, offseason news is relatively quiet, but that will change as soon as there’s a sign of a star player being unhappy.
The Blazers falling to the Nuggets in the first round will prompt debate about the team’s future. Failing to make the second round could mean the end for Terry Stotts. On the other hand, perhaps a CJ McCollum trade finally comes to fruition.
It’s not the bumper free-agent class many expected. Giannis Antetokounmpo and several other stars have re-signed long-term with their current teams. Kawhi Leonard can become a free agent this summer, though. While though expected, Leonard will remain with the Clippers, losing in the first round to the Dallas Mavericks would see the speculation skyrocket.
DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, Dennis Schroder and Mike Conley lead the upcoming unrestricted free agents. There are plenty of talented young players hitting restricted free agency, but the vast majority will re-sign for several more years with their teams.
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