- Phoenix Suns – The Phoenix Suns have been putting on a show in the bubble being the only remaining undefeated team in the NBA. For perspective, their star, Devin Booker, has been in the league since 2015 and this is his first-ever 5 game winning streak. The Suns are playing fantastic basketball and they have beaten some of the best teams in the league. Deandre Ayton and Devin Booker are looking like a formidable duo for years to come.
- Gary Trent Jr., Portland Trail Blazers – The Blazers found themselves an integral piece in Gary Trent Jr. The 6’6 guard is averaging 21 points over his 5 bubble games after averaging 9 points in 21 minutes in 59 games during the regular season off the bench. Trent has helped lead the Blazers to a 4-2 record in the bubble and a game for the final playoff spot in the west.
- TJ Warren, Indiana Pacers – This one had to be obvious. TJ Warren has been averaging an absurd 35 points per game on 61% from the field and 56% from three. He has been having his way with every defender that has been put on him and it does not seem like he will slow down. Warren averaged 19 points a game during the regular season so everyone was aware of his scoring ability but no one was expecting this. Warren has led the Pacers to a 4-1 record in the bubble and has a big rival in Jimmy Butler who he will be playing against on Monday.
Lionel Messi returned for Inter Miami’s Wednesday night match against Toronto, only to be substituted again, seemingly due to an old leg injury. Messi previously