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Top NBA second-half storylines: Lakers drama, Ben Simmons trade, Kyrie Irving’s vaccination status and more

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With the number of players in protocols and omicron infections *knock on wood* hopefully decreasing, perhaps the second half of the season can focus more on basketball and less on who’s available from night to night.

In case you haven’t been following the league as closely as you’d like, or you just want a quick refresher, here are seven storylines to watch in the second half of the NBA season. As the Lakers turn

This season’s Lakers would be perfect for one of those old Stefon skits on SNL. “This team has everything: A coach who may or may not be fired after every game, a $44 million player getting benched in crunch time, an aging superstar desperately trying to hold it all together … MTV’s Dan Cortese.”

Well, maybe not that last one, but the Lakers have served up a heaping spoonful of drama heading into the second half of the season.

6. Watch out for the Bucks’ stampede

The Milwaukee Bucks had a relatively disappointing record in the first half of the season, but it’s a bit deceiving because of the players who have not been on the court.

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