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Previewing the final day of scrimmages in Orlando

The final day of scrimmages is here - Day 7.

12 teams take the floor for the final day of scrimmages in Orlando. So, here's a quick preview for the six games with the biggest storylines for each of these teams:

All times IST

Heat vs. Grizzlies - 11:30 PM (Tuesday, Jul. 28)

Miami Heat: Coach Erik Spoelstra confirmed that Bam Adebayo, who hasn't suited up for any games yet, will play in their final scrimmage game. No word on the rest of the key players like Jimmy Butler, Andre Iguodala, and co. That would be the theme for most of these teams for these final scrimmage games - do they play their rotation players regular minutes or will they opt for rest ahead of the seeding games?

Memphis Grizzlies: Meanwhile, the Grizzlies have been able to play most of their regular rotation players together for the first two scrimmages. This would have been Justise Winslow's first game against his former team, but he's sidelined until next season with a hip injury.

Raptors vs. Suns - 12:30 AM

Toronto Raptors: Fred VanVleet left the team's previous scrimmage game with a banged left knee but after that game, coach Nick Nurse said that the injury didn't seem too bad. Following this one, the defending champions have nearly three days to prepare for their first seeding game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Phoenix Suns: The Suns have a shorter turnaround, just a couple of days till their first seeding game - a very winnable one against the Washington Wizards. Do Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, and other rotation players get a final tune-up?

Spurs vs. Pacers - 1:30 AM

San Antonio Spurs: The Spurs are looking for their first win in the scrimmages and will no doubt use their final game to keep feeding minutes to their young brigade in Derrick White, Dejounte Murray, and Lonnie Walker IV, who have made a strong showing so far in Orlando.

Indiana Pacers: Victor Oladipo impressed in their previous outing, however, the All-Star guard is yet to commit to playing in the seeding games for the Pacers. The team can also use this final game to continue to get accustomed to life without key forward Domantas Sabonis, who's sidelined with a foot injury, with no clear timetable for his return.

Thunder vs. Trail Blazers - 3:30 AM

Oklahoma City Thunder: The OKC Thunder have gone 2-0 so far, with their starters looking great against the Celtics, while they trailed by as many as 24 points against the 76ers, before pulling out the W. It's hard to read too much into scrimmage games, but the Thunder look ready to make some noise in the West!

Portland Trail Blazers: The availability of Damian Lillard, who missed their second scrimmage with inflammation in his left foot, is yet to be decided. However, coach Terry Stotts says the injury shouldn't impact his availability for the seeding games.

Celtics vs. Rockets - 5:30 AM

Boston Celtics: So far, Kemba Walker has only seen the court for eight minutes while the rest of the team's rotation has played and fared well through the two scrimmages.

Houston Rockets: In terms of availability, Austin Rivers and Luc Mbah A Moute will be out for this game as they are still completing their quarantine. So, expect the regular rotation guys to take the court for the Rockets.

Mavericks vs. 76ers - 6 AM

Dallas Mavericks: After missing the game against the Pacers due to a missed COVID-19 test, Kristaps Porizingis will be back in the starting line-up. If both teams line up healthy, it will be a battle of two of the league's best young duos in Doncic-Porzingis vs. Simmons-Embiid.

Philadelphia 76ers: Joel Embiid missed the team's second scrimmage against the Oklahoma City Thunder due to calf tightness. There's no word yet on his availability for this game.

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