There will be a West play-in

False positives in the bubble, mask shenanigans, bigs vs. small Rockets, Carmelo

BY HENRY ABBOTT

The NBA drew a little COVID-risk scorn by inviting five West teams—the Blazers, Spurs, Pelicans, Kings, and Suns—into the bubble even though none were in line to make the playoffs. Was that really necessary?

A few days into the restart, the answer appears to be yes. Interestingly, the Grizzlies—current holders of the eighth and final playo…

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