With NBA Scrimmages continuing to take place each day, let's take a second to review some of the news/highlights around the league. If you paid close attention to our first article, you may have noticed we focused on the highlights from the games that took place. Since those games took place, there has been some notable news that has come to attention throughout the league so let's get to it.
WOJ RETURNS / SABONIS SUFFERS INJURY
NBA fans had been eagerly awaiting for Adrian Wojnarowski to return from his suspension by ESPN, and the basketball world received a sizeable "WojBomb" with his return. It appears that Indiana Pacers talented big man Domantas Sabonis has suffered a serious injury and will be out indefinitely.
Indiana's Domantas Sabonis has a signficant foot injury and will leave the Orlando bubble to seek treatment from a specialist, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 24, 2020
It's an absolutely monstorus loss for the Indiana Pacers moving forward. Indiana has already been dealing with the issue of whether or not Victor Oladipo would be confident enough to return for a playoff run, and now it looks as if the Pacers will be missing one of their most important pieces. Sabonis was fantastic for the Pacers this year, averaging 18.5 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 5.0 assists while making his first NBA All-Star team. Unfortunately for Pacers fans, it looks as if this team could be trending in the wrong direction at the worst time. Later, it was reported by SI's Chris Mannix that Sabonis will leave the bubble as he's dealing with plantar fasciitis. It doesn't look like Sabonis is expected to return to action in the bubble any time soon.
Domantas Sabonis will leave the NBA bubble to get medical treatment for plantar fasciitis in his left foot, Pacers say. Indiana does not give a timeline for when -- or if -- he will return.— Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) July 24, 2020
With the return of so many teams playing their first scrimmage games in the bubble this week, it also makes you realize some of the features that are going to be amazing about the new experience. One of those involved hearing Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony in an empty gym. As always, Melo has a fantastic soundbite on each defensive rebound.
GIANNIS IS STILL GOOD AT HIS JOB
While there's going to plenty of NBA players that are going to be rusty in the first couple of scrimmages, last year's (and potentially this years) MVP didn't seem to miss a step. Giannis was an absolute force at getting to the basket when he pleased. He also seemed to remind us of the amount of free throw visits he's going to receive once playoff time comes around. Giannis and the Bucks looked like they will be ready to roll again once the season resumes and they will be a force to reckon with.
One of the top storylines of the NBA Bubble was the expected return of Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic. The big man has missed the entire 2019-20 season rehabbing an injury and looked fantastic in his return to action. The Blazers also got Zach Collins back in the mix who showed some promising flashes playing alongside Nurkic in their first return to action. Hassan Whiteside sat out the Blazers first scrimmage.
ANDRE ROBERSON RETURNS
I mean if this story doesn't make you feel good then I'm not sure what will. So great to see Andre Roberson back on the court again and what a cool moment with the reception his teammates gave him.
BEN SIMMONS MADE A 3
It really happened and he took multiple threes. Prepare for anarchy folks.
Simmons did look fantastic in his first game back today, and did start at the 4 for the Philadelphia 76ers under the "new" line-up designed by head coach Brett Brown. In 22 minutes of action, Simmons finished with 9 points (4/9 FG), 7 rebounds, 9 assists, and 3 steals. The important standout, aside from Simmons performance, was the Sixers impressive play overall. It's easy to overreact after just one "scrimmage", but the Sixers were firing on all cylinders today against the Memphis Grizzlies. If Phildaelphia can start to get some confidence, they could be a dangerous team to deal with in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. That being said, let's wait a couple of games until we reach that verdict.