The NBA season restart is back and the Disney bubble will be electrified with players’ energy and momentum. Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz who currently are ranked No.4 in the western conference will face off against the New Orleans Pelicans 6:30 p.m. EST. Williamson on Wednesday addressed the media giving his concerns about the risky chances of returning to play.
“If you know me, I wanna hoop. That’s just how I am; I’m never gonna change. I’m gonna want to hoop, simple as that.”
The status of Williamson is unclear since his departure on July 16 for a family medical emergency he refused to speak on during the interview.
MVP candidate and Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James will host Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers. The battle of Los Angeles is a highly anticipated matchup between two powerhouses expected to meet in the western conference finals. James is averaging 25.7 points per game, seven rebounds and 10 assists shooting 49 percent from the field. With those numbers at 35-years-old, James continues to prove why he’s the best player in the NBA as he chases his fourth NBA championship. Power forward Anthony Davis is expected to play after a minor eye injury in an NBA scrimmage exhibition.
During an NBA scrimmage, Davis was poked in the eye by Orlando Magic point guard Michael Carter Williams and didn’t play in Monday’s final scrimmage. According to Davis, he felt prepared and ready to get back on the hardwood Thursday night for the restart.
“That’s the plan. I get evaluated again tonight by one of the doctors there and just kind of get and update from them.”
Head coach Frank Vogel in a joking manner spoke highly of Davis’ condition during practice.
“Yeah he looked better than anybody that ever wears them,” said Vogel. “It was great to have him back out there and obviously it’s still going to be dependent on his evaluation tonight and how he feels.”
The Los Angeles Clippers are five games behind the Lakers who have the No.1 seed. Head coach Doc Rivers will likely make offense adjustments as their most poised scorer and reigning Sixth Man Lou Williams will be inactive. Williams will be on a 10-day quarantine after heading to Atlanta’s Magic City strip club on an excused absence for a funeral. Los Angeles Clippers big Montrezl Harell will also miss Thursday night’s action since leaving the bubble for a personal family matter. Both Williams and Harell are averaging 18 points per game off the bench and have the depth to challenge the Los Angeles Lakers to get out of the West. Leonard is expected to play with Los Angeles Clippers teammate Paul George who. Those two guys will be active on defensive as the pressure is on them to win without their best bench players on the floor. The Clippers enter the NBA restart with a 2-1 regular-season series lead. Leonard has averaged 30 points against the Lakers in two matchups. He is seeking his third NBA championship after defeating the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals with reigning and defending NBA champions Toronto Raptors. History is at stake and regardless who comes out the west, both James and Leonard will be one of the only players to win a title with three different teams joining a list of NBA Hall of Fame greats.