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The NBA Finals are set to kick off on Wednesday night and will feature at least one team expected to make it far: the Los Angeles Lakers.

LeBron James and Anthony Davis have been dominating since the playoff season began, and their supporting cast has delivered when called upon. Players like Alex Caruso, Dwight Howard, and Markieff Morris have all stepped into bigger roles at different points in the post season, and the return of Rajon Rondo has given the Lakers another ball handler, allowing Lebron to play off the ball more.

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With basketball set to return in what has become a unique season, the NBA has kicked things off with an enticing commercial featuring Issa Rae.

The NBA's slogan, "It's a Whole New Game" perfectly depicts the upcoming restart and postseason.

A four-month pause has given teams and players the chance to heal, recharge, and come back to what normally would be a new season–but it's not. Now more than ever, teams that may have not been expected to make the finals or even playoffs just might have a chance, if the stars align at the right time. If you're going against betting odds, here are two teams from each conference we believe have the possibility to make a surprise run in the playoffs this year.

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NBA teams were informed by the league last Friday that none of the seeding games slated to start on July 30th will be taken into consideration for the postseason player awards.

Included in the memo was the following: "The decision to exclude seeding games from awards voting ensures a fair process in which players and coaches from all 30 teams will have the same opportunity to be honored as top performers for the regular season."

This means that all individual awards will be based solely on the season up to the March 11th pause. However, statistical awards will remain up for grabs until the end of the seeding games sometime in mid-August.

Now that it is known that all player awards will be solely based on play before the March 11th pause, we can equitably assemble our picks to win the NBA's top awards.

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This past Monday, a panel of physicians for the WNBA denied Elena Delle Donne, of the Washington Mystics, her health exemption request to sit out this season inside the Florida bubble, despite her being at high risk for health complications due to her Lyme Disease.

Delle Donne published an emotional essay for The Players' Tribune in which she opens up about her battle with chronic Lyme disease and her feelings of betrayal by the league that she cares for tremendously.

Elena Delle Donne was diagnosed with Lyme Disease 12 years ago. Although Lyme is usually treated and cured within a few weeks, some people, like Elena, suffer from post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS). Although little is known about what causes PTLDS, it is known to trigger an auto-immune response. For someone like Delle Donne, even the common cold could turn into something far more lethal.

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