NBA Bubble Season Recap

The NBA season has concluded, and it sure was an interesting one. With the season coming to a temporary shutdown on March 11th, 2020, it managed to keep viewers across the world interested. It started with one of the most interesting offseasons of all time. Superstars across the league were forming teams, rookies are the most talented they’ve been in years and injuries have been occurring more than ever. 

The season began with 20-year old Luka Doncic backing up his rookie year performance by having a Most Valuable Player (MVP) caliber season. The only other players to join him in that category were 2019 MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and one of the greatest players of all time, LeBron James. 

“[Luka] is unbelievable. You can tell he is experienced in terms of playing high-level basketball,” Former MVP Stephen Curry said. ‘He’s made himself known, for sure, so it’s fun to watch just in terms of the future of the league.”

Closing in on the end of the year, people really gained a sense of who the best teams in the league will be. James and the Los Angeles Lakers were placed at number 2, only trailing Antetokounmpo and his Milwaukee Bucks. The Los Angeles Clippers and their superstar Kawhi Leanord were behind the two by just a couple of games.

Then came March 11th. The Utah Jazz was playing against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The game was seconds away from starting when team doctors came running onto the court, postponing the game. About an hour later, the sports world was shocked when we heard that a member of the Utah Jazz, who has been in the arena for hours, contracted COVID-19.

About 4 months later, the NBA restarted in the playoffs. They called this a ‘bubble’, 21 full teams and staff members were quarantined together at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Throughout the playoffs, there was not a single positive covid test within the NBA bubble. 

Everyone was excited for the playoffs to start, the LA Lakers were the top team in the Western Conference, followed closely by the LA Clippers and Denver Nuggets. The Eastern Conference had the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors at number one and two, followed closely by the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.

Games started and the Eastern Conference first-round went how everyone expected, with the best teams winning, along with the West. However, the second round of the East was a little bit different. The Miami Heat were the Underdogs against Antetokounmpo and the Bucks, however, Miami won the series in 5 games. In the West, The Clippers lost the 7 game series in 7 games to the Denver Nuggets. 

The Conference Finals began and the Miami heat managed another underdog win against the Boston Celtics in 6 games, while the Lakers had a relatively quick series against the Nuggets in just 5 games.

The NBA Finals arrived and the underdog Miami Heat was playing against undoubtedly the best team in the league, the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers looked very dominant until game 3 where Miami had an outstanding comeback win to take the series 2-1. The Lakers went on to win the next, followed by the Heat winning game 5. The Lakers won game 6 and took the series along with the title of NBA Champions of 2020.