Patrick Beverley using Steph Curry-Kevin Durant Warriors as motivation

Patrick Beverley using Steph Curry-Kevin Durant Warriors as motivation

The Clippers are one of the favorites to win the championship when the 2019-20 NBA season resumes later this month.

Their quest begins July 30 when they face off against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first of eight "seeding games" on the schedule before the playoffs begin.

How is Clippers guard Patrick Beverley approaching the "bubble" in Orlando? Is he focused on any specific opponent?

"I'm treating everybody the same. Every team I play, I'm playing it like we are playing Golden State when they had Kevin Durant," he recently told Dragonfly Jonez of Whistle. "Every point guard I play, I'm playing Steph Curry."

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So Beverley -- a two-time All-Defensive selection -- is adopting the mindset that every team the Clippers face arguably is the greatest of all time, and that his one-on-one matchup is against the player many consider the second best point guard ever.

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It's smart to think this way because the circumstances when it comes to actually playing games will be unprecedented. Taking the court in small gyms without any fans is going to be downright strange, and some motivation will need to be manufactured.

While plenty of Warriors fans view Beverley as an antagonist who they love to root against, they should remember the respect he bestowed upon Steph, KD and the Dubs with this comment.

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How Kings' scrimmages with Bucks, NBA's best could boost playoff hopes

How Kings' scrimmages with Bucks, NBA's best could boost playoff hopes

You can say this much about the Kings: They'll be very prepared for their eight seeding games during the restarted NBA season.

Sacramento will scrimmage against the Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers before the Kings' real games begin on July 31 at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida.

For those counting at home, the Kings will play the NBA's eighth-best (Miami), fourth-best (LA) and best (Milwaukee) teams by record. The three teams have a combined five All-Stars among them, while the Bucks and Clippers are first (plus-10.7) and third (plus-6.4) in net rating.

The Kings will need to be tested, of course, considering the uphill climb required to make the playoffs.

Sacramento currently is the 11th seed in the Western Conference, 3.5 games back of the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies. The Kings, as the ninth seed, would need to be within 4.0 games of the eighth seed in order to force a play-in series to grab the West's final playoff spot.

Two games against the Zion Williamson-led New Orleans Pelicans loom large in that regard, as does the Kings' lone matchup with the 12th-seeded San Antonio Spurs. Warming up against the Heat, Clippers and Bucks should help them prepare for key games against other contenders, including the West-leading Los Angeles Lakers.

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Win all eight games, and the Kings likely would make the play-in round at the very least. Harrison Barnes would also finally be able to shave, and earning the eighth seed would end a 14-year postseason drought.

Those are tall tasks, but each might feel slightly less so if Sacramento is able to hang with some of the NBA's best before the restarted season officially tips off.

Warriors' Draymond Green reveals his 2020 NBA championship favorite

Warriors' Draymond Green reveals his 2020 NBA championship favorite

For the first time in his career, Draymond Green won't be participating in the NBA playoffs.

Green and the Warriors will watch 16 teams compete for a chance to hoist the 2020 Larry O'Brien trophy when the postseason tournament is scheduled to begin on Aug. 17.

There are a handful of teams headed to Orlando that have a really good shot of winning the NBA title, but Green has his eyes on two teams during the NBA restart.

"I think going into the season and all season long, the [Los Angeles] Clippers were the favorite," Green said Tuesday on the "Jalen and Jacoby" show on ESPN. "When you look at their team, I think they have someone that checks every box, from a defender, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Patrick Beverly.

"When you're talking great size with Kawhi, Paul George, Marcus Morris, they check all the boxes. They can match up with any team well. And they have shooting. They have Montrezl [Harrell] down low. They have everything that you need to win a championship."

But while Green likes what the Clippers have, he's picking the Los Angeles Lakers to win it all.

"However, I think going into this bubble, the Lakers got to be the favorite because they got LeBron [James] and he can kind of adjust anything," Green said. "And I think he's probably the most disciplined player we've ever seen in the NBA, and that's going to matter going into this bubble. Having LeBron on your team going into this bubble gives you a slight advantage."

It has to be tough for Green to pick Leonard and James as the favorites to win the NBA title considering his past battles with the two NBA superstars.

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Green and James weren't exactly best friends during the four straight Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Finals. But their relationship has gotten better recently. They've gotten together for shows on "The Uninterrupted," and over the weekend, James showed his support for Green's push for NCAA reforms.

Green won't be in Orlando, but he's sure to be watching and reacting as games take place at the Disney World complex. We'll soon find out if Green's analysis is correct.

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