NBA Observations: Portland's Bad Luck, Oladipo in Houston, MVP Paul George and More

NBA Observations: Portland's Bad Luck, Oladipo in Houston, MVP Paul George and More

This article is part of our NBA Observations series.

Week 5 of the NBA season will officially bring us past the one-month mark of the 2020-21 season. Thus far, it's been a season marred by postponements, but the COVID-19 issues seem to have slowed down – at least to some degree – following last week's multi-team outbreaks.

While a few notable names, including Jayson Tatum and Karl-Anthony Towns, remain sidelined, the Washington Wizards are the only team – at least for now – faced with enough cases to threaten additional postponements. Hopefully, that means we can return to focusing on what's happening on the court in Week 5.

In this week's look around the league, we'll dive into some noteworthy debuts, injury concerns in Portland and Indiana, the return of Ja Morant, a resurgent Paul George, and much more:

COVID-19 updates

It's not the topic I'd prefer to start with, but the fact is COVID-19 continues to be the primary storyline of the 2020-21 fantasy basketball season. For the most part, last week's outbreaks appear to be under control, but with Wednesday's Wizards-Hornets matchup called off, Washington has now had five consecutive games postponed.

Seven Wizards players have contracted the virus, and it was reported Monday that one staff member also tested positive. The hope is that Washington can return to some form of practice Wednesday, but at this juncture it's very much unclear if playing Friday's game against Milwaukee is realistic. As of Tuesday morning, the Wizards only have six eligible players – two short

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