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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.

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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Jessa Duggar Shares Sweet Video Of Her Kids On Instagram, Reveals How Much Ivy Jane Is Talking

Jessa Duggar shared some cuteness overload on Instagram.

Jessa Duggar loves showing off her three kids, Spurgeon, 4, Henry, 3, and Ivy Jane, 14 months. Her Instagram is filled with photos and videos of them and their cuteness. On Sunday, the Counting On star shared yet another sweet clip with her 2.2 million followers of her little girl joining her older brothers for some quiet time.

The famous conservative mom decided to grab her camera to capture her children spending some time together on what appeared to be a lazy Sunday afternoon in the Seewald house. All three of them were sitting on Ben and Jessa’s bed with a couple of picture books that they were looking at. Spurgeon had one in his lap and Henry held onto the second book. They were both full of family photos. The eldest Seewald boy sat next to his younger brother helping him identify things in the pictures.

Ivy Jane was just happy entertaining herself on the bed by saying a few words and looking to her mom for approval. The Duggar granddaughter said the words “mommy” and “cheese” and tried to say “uncle Jase” as well. In the video, she was smiling, giggling and filled with excitement as she watched her siblings looking at the snapshots. There were pics of Jessa’s siblings, as well as her kids. The TLC star was behind the camera as she was talking to her little girl as she was filming.

Jessa said in the post that her daughter is learning new words or phrases pretty much every day. She indicated how much she loves watching her trio growing and learning new things.

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Ivy loves to talk! “Mommy!” “See that?” “Cheese.” “It’s Uncle Jase. It’s Uncle Jase!” This girl is 14 months old, and she surprises us with new words and phrases almost every day. ???? It’s so sweet to watch these kids grow and learn!

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Ivy Jane wore a cute pink printed top with white shorts. She was barefoot just like her brothers. Henry had on a purple t-shirt and sported his brand new haircut. Spurgeon wore a dark red shirt with his mop of curls front and center. The boys seemed glued to the books.

Jessa’s followers couldn’t get enough of Ivy Jane’s huge eyes and giggles. There were plenty of heart and hug emojis, as well as comments.

“Ivy is the cutest and smartest baby I think I’ve ever seen,” said one Duggar fan.

“I love Ivy’s chunky legs so adorable,” someone else remarked.

“Like a living doll that talks! I can’t take it!!!,” gushed a third admirer.

The Seewald family seems to love going back through those snaps often. Just last week, Ben had shared an Instagram post showing him with Ivy Jane in his lap and they were both looking at what appeared to be the same one that Spurgeon was gazing at. He mentioned that this is one of their favorite things to do.

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