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Weekly NBA Game Thread: Week of Apr. 26th, 2021

The NBA remains sort of wacky, but that’s okay

NBA: Phoenix Suns at Brooklyn Nets Wendell Cruz-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.

Even amid a pandemic-laden season with a cramped schedule and almost no fans to speak of, some of the NBA’s recent trends kept on moving full-steam ahead. Case in point, the relative disregard you may need to treat ~84% of the games you participate in during the season so long as some dudes can show up at for the final 16%.

Because, much as I love the Bucks and have convinced myself that they have a shot, it is hard to discredit just how towering a force the trio of Durant/James/Irving will be in the playoffs. It’d be one thing if we all witnessed them demolishing teams as they romped to an insane winning percentage. At least we’d all be able to commiserate over the course of months while having our expectations shaped towards the inevitable while secretly hoping that the karmic justice of sport we all believe in would come through in the end. This time around, we won’t even get that since Brooklyn’s trio has played fewer than 10 games together.

Which is fine in its own way and simply the logical conclusion of the Rest & Prepare strategy that has blossomed over the preceding years. Hell, the Bucks do it too! But I think there would be some serious questions raised about the sport (or, at least, questions answered) as to whatever value the regular season may pretend to have. If you can’t even benefit from a “team building” or “chemistry” edge over an opponent who sort of existed as a specter until the final sprint was on, does that lessen the interest even more? And, more importantly, would it even matter?