Many NBA fans and other onlookers were curious how The Bubble was going to work. With the United States still in an emergency situation due to the coronavirus, how the NBA ultimately handled getting as close to normal basketball as they could was a major question. As of now, things seem to be working.
A team is going to reach the Western Conference playoffs with a losing record for the first time in 23 years, which ordinarily would not be exciting news. On Thursday, four teams - Portland, Memphis, Phoenix and San Antonio - will finally decide which two clubs get spots in the play-in series to determine the No. 8 seed in the West playoffs. Portland and Memphis control their fates, while Phoenix and San Antonio must win and get help.
And when Mike Conley and Gobert miss Thursday’s final seeding game due to what the Jazz say is some soreness, Ingles will play. Of course, he will. The Jazz forward is the NBA's active leader in consecutive games played (a streak that now stands at 375 regular-season games) and not even Utah’s great tank job of 2020 has been able to stop that.