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Could Sunday’s game be a preview of the NBA’s first-ever “Play-In Series” when the Nets face the Wizards in Disney World?

The way the makeshift Nets stunk up the Orlando bubble in their restart opener Friday, anything is possible now — even an 0-10 crash.

The Nets, who fell behind by 30 points in the second half and lost to Orlando, 128-118, have their work cut out for them against the ninth-place Wizards.

The Nets, after a garbage-time surge, fell to eighth place and lead Washington by 5½ games. If the Wizards close within four games of the Nets after this eight-game regular season, the two teams will battle in a quasi best-of-3 series for the right to make the playoffs. The Nets, if they are still in eighth place, would have to win just one game to advance.

The Wizards, who also lost their opener, to Phoenix, 125-112, would need to beat the Nets twice.

“Overall the group realizes the importance of the game,’’ Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said. “It doesn’t change our approach. Hopefully we were as locked in as we need to be every single game.’’

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Without any of their stars in Orlando (Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Spencer Dinwiddie, DeAndre Jordan), the Nets may be better served in tanking their way out the playoffs. If the Nets miss the 16-team tournament, the NBA ruled they would be in the lottery.

And hence the Nets would regain their lottery-protected pick from Minnesota. If that happens, still a long shot, the Nets would give Minnesota their pick, in 2021 which likely will be late in the first round if the superstar tandem of KD/Kyrie works as well as GM Sean Marks envisions it will.

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It is also unclear how badly the Wizards care about making the playoffs and falling out of the lottery draw, which will be held on Aug. 20. Washington is without backcourt stars Bradley Beal (shoulder) and John Wall, who missed the entire season.

In addition, Wizards 3-point sharpshooter Davis Bertans decided to skip the restart so he can protect his health entering free agency — a real team player that one.

Vaughn admits it’s tough to judge Washington’s team just as the Nets are impossible to scout with their expansion-like roster. (They may or may not get the infusion of Jamal Crawford making his Nets debut). On paper, the Nets and Wizards are by far the two least-talented teams in Disney.

“You get the [Washington] analytics report and might as well tear it up,’’ said Vaughn, who didn’t help his case to return next season.

The Nets’ defense was atrocious against the Magic, who shot 53 percent and scored 41 points in the third quarter.

Vaughn also said he didn’t like that the Nets allowed 13 points off the Magic’s offensive rebounds.

“Because we aren’t as big as usual, the smalls have to come back and rebound,’’ Vaughn said. “When that doesn’t happen, we give up paint points. We have to be more pinpoint on the little things defensively.”

Nets forward Timothè Luwawu-Cabarrot sparked an 18-0 run to close the game versus the Magic, heating up from 3 (5-of-8). But because their D was so poor in the first three quarters, it didn’t matter.

“Commmunication is key and is part of our defense,’’ Luwawu-Caborrot said. “We’re not good enough to be out there and not talk to each other. We need to be a team that’s gritty and wants it all. We didn’t do it [Friday].’’

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Kim Zolciak-Biermann Shares Dont Be Tardy Season 8 Video Preview And Premiere Date

Kim Zolciak-Biermann and her family are returning to Bravo for the eighth season of their reality show, Don’t Be Tardy. On Thursday, the 42-year-old Atlanta mother of six shared the big news with her Instagram followers, along with a video preview of the show.

Kim, who has been married to former NFL player Kroy Biermann since 2011, told her followers that the new season is set to premiere on October 6 on Bravo. She thanked producers for making it “hilarious” and “super fun.” Judging from the trailer, another season of laughs with a side of drama is in store.

What’s a family vacation without a little craziness? Viewers will get their fill, along with kids screaming, Kim crying, and her husband trying to deal with a broken-down RV.

The most recent episode of the show aired back in April 2019, so it’s been a while since fans of the Real Housewives of Atlanta spinoff have watched the Biermann crew’s antics. The one-minute preview shows Kim, Kroy, and all six kids road-tripping across the country in an RV. According to Bravo, Chef Tracey Bloom will also make an appearance.

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DONT BE TARDY for SEASON 8! PREMIERES OCTOBER 6 at 10 pm EST❤️ THANK YOU to our amazing crew, producers & behind the scenes crew who made this HILARIOUS & super fun season happen!!! We could have never made it without you @fatstache although if you didn’t come I would still be in VEGAS BABY!! @tvguyrick thank you for keeping me stocked up on all my cream and for keeping me sane and ALWAYS going above and beyond I LOVE YOU ALL #DontBeTardy

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In the teaser video, Kim’s hubby mentioned that he wanted “the kids to see something together” that they’ll never forget. Kim was hoping for a tropical beach destination, but she appeared to have a great time during their stop in Las Vegas.

It didn’t take long for fans to start commenting on the Instagram post. Kim, who has 3.1 million followers, racked up almost 1800 comments and 43,000 likes on the Don’t Be Tardy announcement.

Responses to Kim’s social media posts aren’t always nice, but she does have some very loyal fans who frequently show their support for the reality TV star.

“Yayyy excited! That’s so great that you guys got such an amazing vaca before the world went crazy!” one Instagram user said, with what seemed to be a reference to the coronavirus pandemic.

“This is the best news I’ve received all 2020,” another commented.

“Can’t wait! Let there be wine and lots of laughs,” one person wrote.

Kim started out as an original cast member of The Real Housewives of Atlanta in 2008. After four seasons on the reality series, she was cast for her spinoff, Don’t Be Tardy, along with her husband and children.

She has two daughters from previous relationships, Brielle (23) and Ariana (18). Kim’s husband adopted both girls in 2013, and the couple went on to have four more children — Kroy (9), Kash (8), and twins Kaia and Kane (6).

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