How has recent NBA news affected our projections for the restart of the NBA season at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex?
Since I originally ran projections for the eight seeding games and neutral-site playoffs using the multiyear version of ESPN's real plus-minus (RPM), a few teams have had key losses.
All-Star guards Bradley Beal and Victor Oladipo decided against playing -- though Oladipo's decision might not be final. The Brooklyn Nets saw three starters (Spencer Dinwiddie, DeAndre Jordan and Taurean Prince) withdraw after testing positive for COVID-19, and the Los Angeles Lakers lost Rajon Rondo to a thumb fracture after resuming practice.
I've again simulated the remainder of the season 1,000 times based on current rosters and projections. Let's break down the results.