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The Brooklyn Nets were dealt a big blow when both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant confirmed they will not be playing at Orlando. The responsibility then fell on Spencer Dinwiddie and DeAndre Jordan to lead the team. To make matters worse, last night Jordan announced he has contracted the coronavirus and will be forced out of the NBA return.

Dinwiddie has also tested positive and looks unlikely to participate.

Brooklyn Nets players who won’t be in the Orlando bubble:

• Kevin Durant
• Kyrie Irving
• DeAndre Jordan
• Wilson Chandler
• Nicolas Claxton

Still waiting for confirmation from Spencer Dinwiddie, but very unlikely he plays. #Nets

— Anthony Puccio (@APOOCH) June 30, 2020

This leaves the Nets team with just Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen as the only starters available. They have also lost veteran Wilson Chandler and rookie Nicolas Claxton. This leaves them with a very inexperienced team as they look to seal their playoff spot. They are currently the seventh seed and are .5 games ahead of the Magic who are eighth. Although they are 6 games ahead of the ninth seed Wizards, they may let it slip.

Will the depleted Brooklyn Nets survive in Orlando?

The Wizards might have a slightly tougher schedule but they will have almost everyone from their team except Davis Bertans. With him entering free agency this year, not only would he want to avoid injuries but also stay safe from potentially contracting the virus. The Wizards have a crucial second match against the Nets and that will spice up the playoff race.

It looks unlikely that the Nets will be able to put up a fight. LeVert is in his fourth season but still hasn’t even started over 26 games in any of those seasons. Allen is just 21 is also inexperienced. Both are incapable of leading the team. There is no doubt they will give their best but a lack of leadership, along with the comparatively weaker team, will hurt their chances.

All the Wizards need to do is be within four games of the Nets at the end of the eight games. This will give them a play-in tournament against the Nets (or the Magic whoever is the eighth seed). They will then have to win two head-to-head matchups with the eighth seed in order to proceed. The Nets need to be at their best to stop Bradley Beal’s Wizards from entering their first playoffs since 2018.


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Premier League could play behind closed doors for ‘SEVERAL MONTHS’, with football set for huge £100m-a-month losses

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Premier League release scathing statement after Boris Johnson’s ban on fans with clubs losing £100m a month due to Covid

PREMIER LEAGUE chiefs have voiced their frustration at the Government’s push-back that will mean fans cannot return to grounds next month.

The 20 clubs are losing up to £25m in collective income from every round of games without supporters, with a total of £700m going absent last season alone.

4Premier League chiefs have reacted angrily to the Government's decision on fan trialsCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4Boris Johnson has confirmed a delay in letting supporters return to stadiumsCredit: Getty Images - Getty

League bosses calculated the local and national economy is missing out on £200m in spending each Prem match round that fans remain locked out, with clubs losing £100m a month.

And while the League conceded that “the health of the nation must remain everyone’s priority”, there is a growing sense of unhappiness with the Government’s stance.

A Prem spokesperson said: “We are disappointed that the safe return of supporters to matches has been postponed.

“The Premier League is certain that, through League-wide guidelines and a code of conduct developed with scientific experts and agreed by the Government’s Sports Ground Safety Authority, fans in stadiums will be as safe or even safer than at any other public activity currently permitted.

“This is already evident in other European leagues.”

The statement also warned the consequences of the continued lock-out could be huge.


It continued: “Football is not the same without attending fans and the football economy is unsustainable without them.

“Last season, Premier League clubs suffered £700m in losses and at present, our national game is losing more than £100m per month.

“This is starting to have a devastating impact on clubs and their communities.”

Prem chief executive Richard Masters has pushed the Government to listen to the league and its willingness to act as a “guinea pig” for technological tests that will facilitate fans returning swiftly.

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So far those approaches appear to have been rebuffed, adding to the Prem annoyance.

The spokesperson pointed out: “We are confident that Premier League clubs, using innovative ways to get supporters safely back into grounds, will enable revenues to return to all levels of the game, as well as maintain solidarity arrangements, current tax contributions and financial support for local and national economies.

“While there is a current pause in a date for fans returning to sports venues, the Premier League and our clubs will not slow down in our preparations for providing safe, bio-secure environments.

“We will continue to work with Government to bring supporters safely back into grounds as soon as possible.”

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