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Weekly NBA Game Thread: Week of Feb. 22nd, 2021

It is now site policy that we pretend the week of Feb. 15th, 2021 never happened

NBA: Washington Wizards at Portland Trail Blazers Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Every Monday at 5:00 PM Central this all-purpose thread goes up, and the comments section is where it’s going down. This is your place to discuss all the NBA’s action happening during the week when the Bucks are off-duty.

The thing about a strange pandemic-influenced season without many fans and replete with health & safety restrictions on the players/staff is that no team has really drastically pulled away from the pack. Utah has been flying high at 24-6, yet they only remain 2.5 games ahead of both LA teams. Over in the East, no fewer than six teams are within 2.5 games of the deeply-coveted eighth seed currently held by the Knicks.

All of which will conspire to make evaluating any given team’s chances in the playoffs something of a crapshoot, especially if the NBA opts to form another Bubble for the postseason. Some teams who struggled to put together a meaningful stretch of play during the weird regular season could once again bring it all together in the relative stability of a Bubble á la the Miami Heat of a year ago. Teams who have dominated even without fans will still lose the small comfort that is a home court that force opponents to at least suffer rudimentary travel pains.

That same dynamic could eventually play in Milwaukee’s favor as well. They’re a team who, excepting a revolution of sorts, will enter the playoffs without a rock-solid identity or system of play. If they can get to the Bubble in one piece, however, would that grant both the players and the coaching staff enough time together to iron out the wrinkles in their regular season play? Wouldn’t it be a beautiful thing if the Bucks were able to put the shoe on the other foot and catch very good competition off-guard as they make a deep run?

A man can dream, and when he dreams he does his level best to ensure his eyes helpfully glaze over whenever the Bucks fumble their way to another loss in a year with more than a handful of them.