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Why these five NBA playoff contenders could be in better shape when the season resumes

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On Thursday, news broke that seven more NBA members have tested positive for COVID-19, including two unnamed Lakers players, three unnamed members of the 76ers, one member of the Denver Nuggets organization and Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics, and every week the virus isn’t contained puts us closer to the unfortunate reality of calling the whole season off.

Had the season not been suspended, and had Simmons actually returned at the earliest possible date after that three-week timeline, he would’ve had just seven regular-season games to get back in rhythm before the playoffs. Last season the Raptors did everything they could to keep him fresh throughout the regular season, and it worked. Paul George, who has been dinged up off and on all season, is in his 10th season.

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