NBA Releases Plan for Restart
It seems that the NBA will finally make its return in a format that looks like the same way with the NHL’s Return to Play Plan. The league is aiming for a restart starting July 31 with a plan for playoff seeding after a long pause that saw the league out of action for merely three months.
The NBA is set to put 13 teams from the Western Conference and nine from the East heading to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on the Disney Campus near Orlando, Florida. They are set to play eight games to come up with a proper playoff seeding for the teams that are aiming to make the playoffs.
Only teams six games within a playoff spot are given a chance to compete for one at this point. That means that the other teams that are well ahead of the last spot are automatically considered to be safe, and the only concern would be the seeding.
Playoffs are set to start by August, and that means that the NBA Finals will likely head on to stretch into October.
Four teams have already clinched a playoff spot this season, namely the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors, and the Boston Celtics. They will just have to play to maintain their spots or get themselves in a better playoff position.
With eight games left, that also means that the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Houston Rockets are automatically clinched for the said playoffs.
The Western Conference will see a battle between the Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, and the Phoenix Suns just for the eighth seed. The Dallas Mavericks are considered safe thanks to a seven-game lead.
That also puts the Washington Wizards and the Brooklyn Nets within range to steal a playoff spot from the Orlando Magic. It would be an exciting finish if this would be approved and done later on.
Those plans are still subject to change, but having this kind of news is a relief to many basketball fans all over the world who are missing the game.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores