NBA's Board Of Governors To Approve 22-Team Return-To-Play


If, after those eight games, the ninth seed is within four games of the eighth seed, a play-in tournament will occur between the two teams in which the No. 9 seed will need to beat the No. 8 seed twice before the No. 8 seed wins once.

The NBA was the first North American sports league to suspend its season due to the COVID-19 pandemic after one of its players tested positive for the new coronavirus in mid-March. There will then be a play-in tournament for the eighth seeds.

The 22-team cut-off allows teams on the postseason bubble to finish the 2019-20 campaign with a legitimate shot at making the postseason.

Those teams include New Orleans, Portland, Australian guard Patty Mills' San Antonio, Sacramento and Boomers' centre Aron Baynes' improved Phoenix in the Western Conference and Washington in the East.

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The Suns, too, will be included although have a bigger hole to dig out of.

Further details of a potential play-in tournament following the regular season also came to light Wednesday.

The NBA's Board of Governors requires a three-fourths passage of the 30 teams on a plan, but there is an expectation among owners that they will fall into line and overwhelmingly approve the commissioner's recommendation, sources said.

It is unlikely, although not mathematically impossible, for the Hornets to claw back from seven games behind the Magic while simultaneously leap-frogging the Wizards in between. Some of those include: players showering at their hotels if they can't at the arena, players on the bench sitting on spread out rows, inactive players sitting in the stands, limiting guests until the playoffs. Regular season games would begin July 31, with the end of the Finals stretching as late as mid-October.