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Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines weird as “of strange or extraordinary character.”

Things are definitely already weird during these unprecedented times — seeding games, neutral courts, Joel Embiid’s hazmat suit — but there are some scenarios that could make things really weird inside the NBA’s Orlando Bubble.

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Dallas Mavericks Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

GRIZZLIES SNAG THE SEVEN SEED

The chances of this happening are astronomically low, but hey it would be weird right? The narrative is that the NBA strongly desires Zion Williamson to be in the playoffs, which would mean the Memphis Grizzlies would be exiting Orlando in exchange.

In this unlikely scenario, the young Grizz would have to go 8-0, while superstar Luka Doncic somehow managed to lead the Dallas Mavericks to an 0-8 record. It would be the ultimate “stick it to the man” scenario for the NBA — something truly satisfying for the Grizzlies and their fans.

Let’s face it, Luka is not going to allow his team to drop 8 straight in the bubble, it would go beyond weird.

THE GRIZZLIES AGAINST GASOL

Marc Gasol finally faces off against the franchise he helped put on the map, well over a year after his departure via trade. The weird part is that it will not be in front of a standing crowd in a packed FedExForum. Will there be a tribute video for him on a neutral floor? That would be quite a weird experience.

Even weirder would be the scenario in which the man who helped lead this franchise into the playoffs for seven straight seasons could be the man who helped keep the next generation of Grizzlies from making the playoffs this season. With an easy schedule for New Orleans, the final three games for Memphis could prove crucial. Any loss down the stretch would be detrimental to their cause.

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Brooklyn Nets Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

BROOKLYN NETS ADVANCE PAST FIRST ROUND

The Nets are down Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie, Wilson Chandler and Taurean Prince. It’s safe to say they can be excluded from the contender conversation, but can they be written off all together? In an unusual setting, anything is possible —including the Brooklyn Nets winning their first round match up as an underdog.

The Bubble Nets consists of a roster full of players seeking to prove they belong (or still belong) in the NBA:

  • Chris Chiozza
  • Jeremiah Martin
  • Jamal Crawford
  • Michael Beasley
  • Justin Anderson
  • Tyler Johnson

Young players such as Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen and Rodion Kurucs will be leading the way for this depleted roster, meaning a chance for further development that will only be beneficial for a fully healthy Nets squad in 2021. Brooklyn would need to somehow stay in the seventh spot in the standings to avoid Milwaukee in the first round for this weirdness to ensue.

DILLON BROOKS SUSPENDED

Hear me out, this is purely hypothetical, but I would immediately become a fan of DB for this.

The Memphis Grizzlies are scheduled to play the Miami Heat in a scrimmage before the Seeding Games begin — PLEASE televise this, someone. Most probably remember the narrative around the trade deadline and the zero craps the Grizzlies, and more particularly Dillon Brooks, gave about Andre Iguodala and his reasons for sitting at home receiving a check while still complaining.

It would be weird, but completely awesome, if Dillon just went after Andre in this scrimmage, giving him a little taste of the Grit he didn't want to be a part of.

ZION WILLIAMSON WINS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

I can see it now. Ja Morant gets stuck on Space Mountain (we know it isn’t open right now, relax) and there is no way to get to him. He misses all eight seeding games and the Grizzlies do not even make the play-in game. The New Orleans Pelicans beat the Sacramento Kings behind Zion’s record breaking 101 point game because the entire Kings roster stayed up too late playing Warzone on Twitch.

Weird, right? Exactly. That would be the level of absurdity needed for Ja to lose the Rookie of the Year award. Zion is a phenomenal athlete that can dunk hard, jump high, and dominate games. The fact remains that Ja has done significantly more to win this honor and anything other than that would be flat out weird.

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