The Countdown to re-opening with Nellakir, Netball and Basketball.

With no clear pathway yet for local competitions either in Melbourne or in Regional Victoria, the Suncorp Super Netball is providing a level of entertainment and connection for netball aficionados and participants during the Lockdown here in Victoria.

It’s much the same with Basketball with no clear pathway yet announced for a return to local competition. All eyes here turn to the Orlando Florida Hub of the NBA. For many there, the LA Lakers are looking very promising.

Here’s an interview with LeBron James discussing his own all-time playoff record and his progress during the playoffs.

The Victorian State Government is offering significant grants to sporting organisations and clubs as well as loans at low interest of between $500K and $10M for infrastructure development for sporting clubs and organisations. For all sporting organisations it’s timely and appropriate to utilise these one-off grants to tide your competitions and facilities over during Lockdown and into the next phase as the community begins to open up and competitions resume.

Here is a link to the Victorian Government’s Sports and Recreation Grants

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The Playoffs Continue in the NBA, The Utah Jazz – OUT, by 2 to the Denver Nuggets

The hub continues in Orlando and some big scalps are being taken. The Utah Jazz were defeated in the last few seconds on the countdown clock. Read about it here…

Donovan Mitchell ‘in shock’ after Game 7 loss, but says ‘this is just the beginning’ for Jazz

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Only minutes after Donovan Mitchell was lying facedown on the court inside AdventHealth Arena, he plopped himself down in front of a video camera, his eyes still red from tears he shed after his Utah Jazz saw their season end Tuesday night with a heartbreaking 80-78 loss to the Denver Nuggets in Game 7 of their first-round NBA playoff series.

But while Mitchell said he was devastated about the way things slipped away from the Jazz, after they not only held a 3-1 lead in this series but led by 15 points in the second half of Game 5, he was proud that his team survived everything it has gone through over the past several months.

He also was ready to get back to work.

“We’re ready to fight through anything,” said Mitchell, who had 22 points in Game 7 but shot just 9-for-22 and also had nine turnovers, including one with less than 10 seconds remaining. “That’s always been the case. It’s a character thing to come back the way we did. We’re ready to compete through anything. For myself … I can’t lie to you, I was surprised by certain little things that I’ve done and accomplished. But it’s nothing I haven’t worked on. There were criticisms of what I could do on the offensive and defensive end, and I feel like I’ve taken a step in the right direction.

“This isn’t the last of it. This is me scratching the surface. I know what I can do, how hard I’ve worked, how hard this team has worked. This won’t be the end of it. That’s what’s fueling me. This ain’t the end. This is just the beginning. I’m ready to go hoop again right now. I think we all are. This is just the beginning.”

It was fitting that the Jazz’s season ended in a Game 7 that came down the absolute last second. The final sequence saw Nuggets guard Gary Harris poke the ball away from Mitchell with 8.4 seconds left, only for Denver’s Torrey Craig to miss a potential game-clinching layup at the other end, allowing Jazz guard Mike Conley one last shot to win the series — only for his 3-point attempt to go halfway down before rimming out.

As it did, Mitchell — who became one of four players to score at least 50 points twice in a playoff series, along with Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson and Denver’s Jamal Murray, who also did so in this series — collapsed in a heap on the court.

“To be honest, I [was] in shock,” Mitchell said with a shake of his head, describing what he was going through in that moment. “That was it. You work so hard to get to a point that we got to, and we were this close. We were down, we came back, and fought and clawed, and to be that close … that hurt.

“I didn’t know what else to do. I was exhausted. I just kinda laid there … that s— sucks. This will be on my mind for a long time.”

It has been an exhausting several months for Utah, going all the way back to that March night in Oklahoma City when the NBA universe came grinding to a halt after Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. Mitchell did too, a short time later, and by the end of the evening, the NBA season had been suspended.

Since then, so much has happened, including the NBA restarting its season inside the league’s bubble at the Walt Disney World Resort and that resumption almost coming to an end last week when the players chose not to compete in the wake of the police shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Mitchell said he was happy with how he has been able to use his platform to push for the change he wants to see in the world. He also said he hopes that as the playoffs continue, the NBA — and the players who are still playing inside the bubble — will continue to do the same.

“The biggest thing is continuing to push and use your voice,” he said. “At the end of the day, we came down here for a reason. Obviously, to win a championship, but also to continue the message. We stopped playing and continued to play because we wanted to continue to preach our message. I’m very happy with the way things went as far as being able to come back on the floor and us and the NBA and owners agreeing on certain things. I hope as these playoffs and everyone watches we continue to push for what is really needed in this world, man.

“I feel like I’ve used my voice in the best way possible, and I’m going to continue to use my voice back home. I implore everyone here — they’ve been doing a great job — to continue to push. The more these games escalate and get closer to the Finals, I hope guys continue to use their voice, because people are listening and things are starting to turn, and we have to keep going.”

The Jazz, though, had plenty of their own internal issues to deal with, including not only Gobert and Mitchell testing positive for the coronavirus but also second-leading scorer Bojan Bogdanovic missing the bubble entirely because of wrist surgery.

Still, Utah arguably should have won this series, having blown leads in both Games 1 and 5, and with Game 7 not being decided until the final buzzer sounded.

All of that, coupled with everything Utah went through to get to this point, made the loss all the more difficult for everyone involved to accept.

“This game tonight was one of the toughest losses that I’ve been involved with,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “We’ve gone many levels [with] what this team has been through since we were in Oklahoma City and the season was stopped. What we went through over a period of months, to have this group come back together here in Orlando, and just to see the competitiveness, the unselfishness, a team that really came together and grew, and I wish we would have had a chance to keep playing. I think that’s the thing that hurts the most right now.”

The hurt was etched all over Mitchell’s face postgame, after his late turnover helped cost Utah a chance to at least send the game to overtime, if not win it. It was an unfortunate ending to a wonderful series for him, personally, but it also just became one of many things for Mitchell to think about that could have gone differently and allowed the Jazz to move on to face the LA Clippers in the second round.

“We shouldn’t have even been in this situation,” Mitchell said. “That’s where a lot of the emotions come from. There are so many things we can go to as a unit. I think that’s what hurts the most. We can go to my 8-second violation in Game 1, we can go to blowing a 15-point lead in Game 5, we can go to not matching their level in Game 6 … but yeah. There’s so many things I feel like we could’ve did, and we didn’t. I think that’s where the hurt really comes.

“I just didn’t think we should be in Game 7. We had multiple opportunities to put them away, and they capitalized, and they are experienced, they have played in Game 7s and times like this, and I have to give them credit. But there’s certain things that you look back on and we could’ve definitely capitalized to not be in this position. But we’ll fix it.”

Still, Mitchell said the growth the team showed internally from where it was back in the spring was something to be proud of.

“We went from being an unsalvageable team about three months ago to this,” Mitchell said. “And I don’t think anybody outside of us expected that.”

Gobert, meanwhile, was immense for the Jazz in Game 7, finishing with 19 points, 18 rebounds and 2 blocked shots in 39 minutes. He said he was thankful that his teammates stood by him after all that’s happened over the past several months and declared that this is just one stop on Utah’s path to winning a championship.

“A lot of adversity, not just for me, but all of us,” Gobert said, when asked what the past six months have been like for him. “As a team, for the world too. It’s been an interesting few months. I’m proud of the way we handled it as a team, as human beings.

“A few months ago, I wasn’t in the right space mentally to go out and play with my team, but we found a way to make it happen. To have my teammates’ support through the last few months since the bubble and everything that happened really lifted me up.”

“I gave everything I could for this team,” Gobert explained. “We came up short, but I have no doubt we are going to win a championship.”

Source: https://www.espn.com.au/nba/story/_/id/29791228/donovan-mitchell-shock-game-7-loss-says-just-beginning-jazz

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NBA Playoffs come to a standstill. Both NBA Players and WNBA Players have refused to play after the Wisconsin shooting of Jacob Blake.

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As any casual observer of the game in the USA would observe, the NBA and WNBA feature some of the world’s premier black African American Athletes. It would appear that the latest shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin has galvanised the world of Basketball to protest in the strongest manner available to them. Commentators such as Kenny Smith joined them in the walkout and Strike action is the strongest signal yet that many consider enough is enough. Here is a full report from the Associated Press today, 27.08.2020.

Strike: NBA playoff games called off amid player protest

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Officials stand beside an empty court before the scheduled start of an NBA basketball first round playoff game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Making their strongest statement yet in the fight against racial injustice, players from six NBA teams decided not to play postseason games on Wednesday in a boycott that quickly reverberated across other professional leagues.

Also called off: Some games in Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer and the three WNBA contests, as players across four leagues decided the best way to use their platform and demand change was to literally step off the playing surface.

Players made the extraordinary decisions to protest the shooting by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday of Jacob Blake, a Black man, apparently in the back while three of his children looked on.

Kenosha is about 40 miles south of Milwaukee. That city’s NBA team, the Bucks, started the boycotts Wednesday by refusing to emerge from their locker room to play a playoff game against the Orlando Magic.

“There has been no action, so our focus today cannot be on basketball,” said Bucks guard Sterling Brown, who joined teammate George Hill in reading a statement on the team’s behalf. Brown has a federal lawsuit pending against the city of Milwaukee alleging he was targeted because he was Black and that his civil rights were violated in January 2018 when officers used a stun gun on him after a parking violation.

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Other games that were not played: NBA playoff games between Oklahoma City and Houston, and the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland along with three WNBA games, three MLB games and five MLS matches. Two members of the St. Louis Cardinals sat out their team’s game with the Kansas City Royals as well.

The NBA’s board of governors have called a meeting on Thursday to discuss the new developments, said a person with knowledge of the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the meeting plan was not revealed publicly.

“The baseless shootings of Jacob Blake and other black men and women by law enforcement underscores the need for action,” the NBA Coaches Association said in a statement. “Not after the playoffs, not in the future, but now.”

The statement by the Bucks also called for state lawmakers to reconvene and take immediate action “to address issues of police accountability, brutality, and criminal justice reform.”

“I couldn’t agree more. Thank you, Bucks,” Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers tweeted.

The NBA did not say when Wednesday’s games would be played or if Thursday’s schedule of three more games involving six other teams would be affected. NBA players and coaches met for nearly three hours Wednesday night to determine next steps, including whether the season should continue. They did not come to a consensus, a person with knowledge of the meeting told AP.

“We fully support our players and the decision they made,” Bucks owners Marc Lasry, Wes Edens and Jamie Dinan said in a joint statement after Milwaukee players decided to not take the floor. “Although we did not know beforehand, we would have wholeheartedly agreed with them. The only way to bring about change is to shine a light on the racial injustices that are happening in front of us.”

Added Jeanie Buss, the Governor of the Lakers, in a tweet: “I stand behind our players, today and always. After more than 400 years of cruelty, racism and injustice, we all need to work together to say enough is enough.”

Several NBA players, including the Lakers’ LeBron James, tweeted out messages demanding change. Some teams did the same.

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“We weren’t given advanced notice about the decision but we are happy to stand in solidarity with Milwaukee, Jacob, and the entire NBA community,” Orlando guard Michael Carter-Williams said. “Change is coming.”

Magic players and referees were on the court as if the game was happening, unaware that Milwaukee did not intend to take the floor. The National Basketball Referees Association said it “stands in solidarity” with the players.

“Players have, once again, made it clear — they will not be silent on this issue,” National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts said. The NBPA is expected to be part of Thursday’s meeting with the board of governors.

Demanding societal change and ending racial injustice has been a major part of the NBA’s restart at Walt Disney World. The phrase “Black Lives Matter” is painted on the arena courts, players are wearing messages urging change on their jerseys and coaches are donning pins demanding racial justice as well.

Many players wrestled for weeks about whether it was even right to play, fearing that a return to games would take attention off the deaths of, among others, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd in recent months.

Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was fatally shot when police officers burst into her Louisville, Kentucky apartment using a no-knock warrant during a narcotics investigation on March 13. The warrant was in connection with a suspect who did not live there and no drugs were found. Then on May 25, Floyd died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee into the Black man’s neck for nearly eight minutes — all captured on a cell phone video.

Hill said after Blake’s shooting that he felt players shouldn’t have come to Disney.

“We’re the ones getting killed,” Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who is Black, said in an emotional speech Tuesday night. “We’re the ones getting shot. We’re the ones that we’re denied to live in certain communities. We’ve been hung. We’ve been shot. And all you do is keep hearing about fear. It’s amazing why we keep loving this country and this country does not love us back. And it’s just, it’s really so sad.”

Players from Boston and Toronto met Tuesday to discuss boycotting Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, which had been scheduled for Thursday. NBPA officers were part of those meetings, and Miami forward Andre Iguodala — one of those officers— said around 2:15 p.m. that he did not believe a boycott plan had been finalized.

Things apparently moved quickly: Less than two hours later, the Bucks wouldn’t take the floor.

“When you talk about boycotting a game, everyone’s antenna goes up,” Iguodala said. “It’s sad you have to make threats like that — I wouldn’t say threats — but you have to be willing to sacrifice corporate money for people to realize there’s a big problem out there.”

Professional sports has seen both strikes and lockouts in the past, almost always over salary disputes. But this wouldn’t seem to classify as a strike, even though it was initiated by players, since their dispute is not with the NBA. Boycott, meanwhile, is defined as the act of refusing to engage in an action, usually to express disapproval with some condition.

Source: startribune.com

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NBA Playoffs well underway with a few surprises.

The Covid 19 Hub in Orlando Florida is throwing up a few surprises. Some of the big names are either not performing or are out injured (Simmons). We will provide a full update next week. Meanwhile what’s happening with the LA Lakers who definitely seem off-song… ?

It started with a Dame, but LeBron’s tormentors are far from a one-man team: US View

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The NBA playoffs are underway and there has already been a few upsets that have cast doubt over how two league heavyweights will move forward.

The Lakers seem to have carried their bubble form into the playoffs and Damian Lillard is still firing for the Blazers.

But he’s not the only one and the trust Portland have in each other could be just what Milwaukee are missing at the moment.

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LILLARD IS HEATING UP BUT TRUST IS KEY TO BLAZERS’ SUCCESS

While the Bucks are still trying to figure out how to free up Giannis, the Blazers are thriving off the back of always finding the open man.

That is the perspective of The Athletic’s Jason Quick, who says Portland’s greatest strength is not only superstar Damian Lillard but also their ability to trust anyone in the line-up to make the game-winning shot.

“While Damian Lillard (34 points) was again timely and impactful, and CJ McCollum (21 points) and Jusuf Nurkic (16 points, 15 rebounds) did their part, what tickled Stotts about the Game 1 upset was the details in how and why the Blazers won,” he wrote.

“The biggest shots of the game came from Carmelo Anthony and Gary Trent Jr. in the final minutes. Anthony had been off all game, missing eight of his 10 shots. And Trent had gone 1-for-7, twice hitting the side of the backboard on 3-point attempts.

“But with the game on the line, their teammates trusted them to take 3-pointers, and like they have all throughout the Orlando restart, Anthony and Trent Jr. trusted their preparation. Anthony’s 3 with 2:32 left pushed the Blazers lead to 95-89. Later, after the Lakers drew within 95-93, Trent Jr. hit a 3 with 1:15 left.”

The Oregon Live’s Aaron Fentress agreed that while Lillard is getting all the attention, the confidence in each other powered the Blazers to victory in the first game.

“Carmelo Anthony’s shooting touch was off. Gary Trent Jr. had been clanking shots all night,” he wrote.

“For the Blazers, it all comes down to trust and a belief in one another to make big plays when it matters most. On Tuesday, it was Anthony and Trent who got it done despite their struggles.”

“That trust is what makes the Blazers so dangerous. How does an opposing team defend Portland late in games when it often doesn’t care which player takes the biggest shots late in games?”

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IS IT PANIC STATIONS FOR THE LAKERS ALREADY?

“It’s one game”.

Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel declared it’s not panic stations at the number one seed in the West after Thursday’s 100-93 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

The problem is, this “one game” for the Lakers and LeBron James is symptomatic of their time in the NBA bubble, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Tania Ganguli wrote.

“The way the Lakers played fit perfectly with the way they played the seeding games in the bubble,”

“Their shooting struggled — they missed their first eight three-point attempts and ultimately finished making only five of 32 three-pointers.”

According to the NBA’s tracking data, 27 of the Lakers’ 35 threes on Thursday were classified as either open or wide open.

They were able to execute on just two of their 16 ‘wide open’ shots.

The Lakers have struggled to get their offence going at Disneyland and NBC Sports’ Dylan Mickanen said the trend will continue without better spacing.

“The Trail Blazers will pack the paint with rim protectors and send help at LeBron and Davis on the block, and force the Lakers subpar supporting cast make outside shots,” he wrote.

So yes, this is just one game for the Lakers, problem is we’ve seen this all before.

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BUCKS’ GIANNIS PROBLEM REARS ITS UGLY HEAD

If the Bucks keep pounding Giannis Antetokounmpo into the wall, they invariably should be expecting the same results, according to Bucks beat reporter Matt Velazquez.

“The Bucks know, basically all the time what teams are going to do,” he said on The Milwaukee Bucks podcast.

“They’re going to sink, they’re going to clog the paint, they’re going to be make it hard for Giannis to get to the hoop.

“But they couldn’t do anything about it.

“They couldn’t pass well enough, they didn’t shoot early enough in the shot clock at times, not finding the open man.

“That’s the head-scratching stuff.

“Why are they not sticking to the plan or working harder to try and get a better shot?”

Anteokounmpo’s All-Star partner Khris Middleton had just 14 points, while Brook Lopez’s five points and four rebounds looked embarrassing in comparison to opposing big man Nikola Vucevic’s 35 points and 14 rebounds.

Speaking of Vucevic it was clear that he would be Orlando’s man in offence but Velazquez said the Bucks failed to shut him down.

“You know what the Magic are going to do,” Velazquez said.

“You know they’re going to go to Nikola Vucevic. He’s an All-Star calibre player for a reason. He’s the best player they have.

“Of course they’re going to feed him, of course they’re going to play through him. The Bucks never had a way of figuring how to slow him down.”

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PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE (AEST)

EASTERN CONFERENCE

MILWAUKEE BUCKS (1) – (8) ORLANDO MAGIC

  • Game 2: 3am Friday, August 21
  • Game 3: 3am Sunday, August 23
  • Game 4: 3.30am Tuesday, August 25
  • Game 5: TBD, August 27
  • Game 6: TBD, August 29
  • Game 7: TBD, August 31

TORONTO RAPTORS (2) – (7) BROOKLYN NETS

  • Game 3: 3.30am Saturday, August 22
  • Game 4: 8.30am Monday, August 24
  • Game 5: TBD, August 26
  • Game 6: TBD, August 28
  • Game 7: TBD, August 30

BOSTON CELTICS (3) – (6) PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

  • Game 3: 8.30am Saturday, August 22
  • Game 4: 3am Monday, August 24
  • Game 5: TBD, August 26
  • Game 6: TBD, August 28
  • Game 7: TBD, August 30

INDIANA PACERS (4) – MIAMI HEAT (5)

  • Game 2: 3am Friday, August 21
  • Game 3: 5.30am Sunday, August 23
  • Game 4: 8.30am Monday, August 24
  • Game 5: TBD, August 26
  • Game 6: TBD, August 28
  • Game 7: TBD, August 30

WESTERN CONFERENCE (AEST)

LOS ANGELES LAKERS (1) – (8) PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS

  • Game 2: 11am Friday, August 21
  • Game 3: 10.30am Sunday, August 23
  • Game 4: 11am Tuesday, August 25
  • Game 5: TBD, August 27
  • Game 6: TBD, August 29
  • Game 7: TBD, August 31

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (2) – (7) DALLAS MAVERICKS

  • Game 2: 11am Thursday, August 20
  • Game 3: 11am Saturday, August 22
  • Game 4: 5am Monday, August 24
  • Game 5: TBD, August 26
  • Game 6: TBD, August 28
  • Game 7: TBD, August 30

DENVER NUGGETS (3) – (6) UTAH JAZZ

  • Game 3: 6am Saturday, August 22
  • Game 4: 11am Monday, August 24
  • Game 5: TBD, August 26
  • Game 6: TBD, August 28
  • Game 7: TBD, August 30

HOUSTON ROCKETS (4) – (5) OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER

  • Game 2: 5.30am Friday, August 21
  • Game 3: 8am Sunday, August 23
  • Game 4: 6am, Tuesday, August 25
  • Game 5: TBD, August 27
  • Game 6: TBD, August 29
  • Game 7: TBD, August 31

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Source: foxsports.com.au

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Nellakir continue on current projects. Meanwhile the NBA action sees trouble for Ben Simmons

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With the NBA underway in Orlando Florida, Australia’s Ben Simmons has suffered a setback – here are the details.

Ben Simmons suffers fresh injury blow as things get even worse for stuttering Sixers

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The Philadelphia 76ers needed everything to go right in the NBA’s Orlando bubble if they wanted to realistically challenge for the title.

But three games into the restart, things are looking far from ideal.

And it got even worse on Thursday (AEST), despite a 107-98 win over the Washington Wizards, as Ben Simmons went down the tunnel with a left knee injury in the third quarter after grabbing an offensive rebound.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the early indications are “encouraging”, with Simmons experiencing no swelling or pain after leaving the court.

He was pictured limping out of the locker room at the end of the game.

With only five games left for the Sixers before the playoffs begin, and team chemistry far from perfect, Simmons’ injury is just another obstacle to overcome.

“We don’t know,” Sixers head coach Brett Brown said post-game as he addressed the Simmons injury.

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Brown, who admitted he was “curious” to find out, said the team would make an announcement soon.

The Australian, who suffered a back injury earlier this season, finished with just eight points (2-10 FG), six rebounds, and four assists in his 22 minutes.

Philadelphia dropped their opening game in Orlando to the Indiana Pacers, before squeezing past the San Antonio Spurs in a game Simmons fouled out. Against Washington, the game was much closer than it should have been.

The Sixers trailed deep into the third quarter, before taking control, and hanging on to move to 2-1 in the bubble.

Joel Embiid scored 18 of his game-high 29 points in the second half as the sixth seed Sixers moved to 41-27 on the season.

Source: heraldsun.com.au

More NBA news next week.

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NBA Hub Schedule

meanwhile, the game is cooking in the NBA ESPN Hub in Orlando Florida. Here is the current schedule. Check your local guides for game information.

NBA schedule 2020: Dates, times, matchups for season restart in Orlando

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The NBA is leaning into its biggest stars for the season. And the NBA schedule for 2020 reflects that.

Opening night has two games. First, it’s Zion Williamson and the Pelicans against the Jazz; then it’s the matchup everyone wants in the West — Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers vs. LeBron James and the Lakers. The next day, July 31, we get a battle at the top of the East, the Celtics vs. the Bucks.

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Here are a few more notes on the NBA schedule release 2020:

  • These “seeding games” count toward the regular-season standings and the stats count toward regular-season statistics.
  • The Pelicans got their easy schedule back. New Orleans had the easiest schedule remaining in the NBA before the interruption, and it is the only team whose opponents have a cumulative win/loss of under .500.
  • The most difficult schedule (based on opponent winning percentage) belongs to the defending champion Toronto Raptors.
  • Each of the three courts used for games will be sanitized between games, meaning it is at least four hours between games on a court (once warmup time is factored in).
  • Games will start as early as 12:30 Eastern on weekdays, 1 p.m. Eastern on the weekends.
  • Games will start as late as 9 p.m. Eastern, and those will mostly involve West Coast teams.
  • Each team has one back-to-back.
  • The times and national broadcasts for games on Aug 12 and 13 are not set. They are flexible, allowing the most important games for seeding to be nationally televised.

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NBA schedule 2020 for Orlando restart. (All times ET)

July 30, Opening Night

Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans 6:30 p.m (TNT)
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers 9 p.m. (TNT)

July 31

Orlando Magic vs. Brooklyn Nets 2:30 p.m.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers 4 p.m. (NBA TV)
Phoenix Suns vs. Washington Wizards 4 p.m.
Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Sacramento Kings vs. San Antonio Spurs 8 p.m.
Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Aug. 1

Miami Heat vs. Denver Nuggets, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Indiana Pacers, 7 p.m.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Aug. 2

Washington Wizards vs. Brooklyn Nets, 2 p.m.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Boston Celtics, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 4 p.m.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns, 6 p.m.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Houston Rockets, 8 p.m. (ABC)
Sacramento Kings vs. Orlando Magic, 9 p.m.

Aug. 3

Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat, 1:30 p.m.
Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 4 p.m.
Indiana Pacers vs. Washington Wizards, 4 p.m.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)
San Antonio Spurs vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Aug. 4

Brooklyn Nets vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 1:30 p.m.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Sacramento Kings, 2:30 p.m.
Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 4 p.m.
Orlando Magic vs. Indiana Pacers, 6 p.m.
Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat, 6:30 p.m. (TNT)
Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 9 p.m. (TNT)

Aug. 5

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz, 2:30 p.m.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Washington Wizards, 4 p.m
Denver Nuggets vs. San Antonio Spurs, 4 p.m.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Toronto Raptors vs. Orlando Magic, 8 p.m.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Aug. 6

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Sacramento Kings, 1:30 p.m.
Indiana Pacers vs. Phoenix Suns, 4 p.m.
Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 4 p.m. (TNT)
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks, 6:30 p.m. (TNT)
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets, 9 p.m. (TNT)

Aug. 7

Utah Jazz vs. San Antonio Spurs, 1 p.m.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 4 p.m.
Sacramento Kings vs. Brooklyn Nets, 5 p.m.
Orlando Magic vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 6:30 p.m. (TNT)
Washington Wizards vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 8 p.m.
Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors, 9 p.m. (TNT)

Aug. 8

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 1 p.m. (TNT)
Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets, 3:30 p.m. (TNT)
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Indiana Pacers, 6 p.m. (TNT)
Phoenix Suns vs. Miami Heat, 7:30 p.m.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Dallas Mavericks, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Aug. 9

Washington Wizards vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 12:30 p.m.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Toronto Raptors, 2 p.m.
San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 3 p.m. (ABC)
Orlando Magic vs. Boston Celtics, 5 p.m.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 6:30 p.m.
Houston Rockets vs. Sacramento Kings, 8 p.m.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 9 p.m.

Aug. 10

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Phoenix Suns, 2:30 p.m.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz, 3 p.m.
Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat, 8 p.m.
Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 9 p.m. (TNT)

Aug. 11

Brooklyn Nets vs. Orlando Magic, 1 p.m.
Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs, 2 p.m.
Phoenix Suns vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 4:30 p.m.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Dallas Mavericks, 5 p.m.
Boston Celtics vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 6:30 p.m. (TNT)
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Sacramento Kings, 9 p.m. (TNT)
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Washington Wizards, 9 p.m.

Aug. 12

Indiana Pacers vs. Houston Rockets, 4 p.m.
Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Denver Nuggets, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Aug. 13

Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Orlando Magic
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Memphis Grizzlies
Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns
San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah Jazz
Sacramento Kings vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Brooklyn Nets

Aug. 14

Denver Nuggets vs. Toronto Raptors
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston Rockets
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers

Schedule by team for Orlando

Boston Celtics

vs. Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, July 31 (6:30 p.m., ESPN)
vs. Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, August 2 (3:30 p.m., ABC)
vs. Miami Heat on Tuesday, August 4 (6:30 p.m. ET, TNT)
vs. Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, August 5 (9 p.m., ESPN)
vs. Toronto Raptors on Friday, August 7 (9 p.m. ET, TNT)
vs. Orlando Magic on Sunday, August 9 (5 p.m.)
vs. Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday, August 11 (6:30 p.m., TNT)
vs. Washington Wizards on Thursday, August 13 (TBD)

Brooklyn Nets

vs. Orlando Magic on Friday, July 31 (2:30 p.m.)
vs. Washington Wizards on Sunday, August 2 (2 p.m.)
vs. Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday, August 4 (1:30 p.m., NBA TV)
vs. Boston Celtics on Wednesday, August 5 (9 p.m., ESPN)
vs. Sacramento Kings on Friday, August 7 (5 p.m.)
vs. LA Clippers on Sunday, August 9 (9 p.m., NBA TV)
vs. Orlando Magic on Tuesday, August 11 (1 p.m.)
vs. Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday, August 13 (TBD)

Dallas Mavericks

vs. Houston Rockets on Friday, July 31 (9 p.m., ESPN)
vs. Phoenix Suns on Sunday, August 2 (9 p.m.)
vs. Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, August 4 (2:30 p.m.)
vs. LA Clippers on Thursday, August 6 (6:30 p.m, TNT)
vs. Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, August 8 (8:30 p.m., ESPN)
vs. Utah Jazz on Monday, August 10 (3 p.m., NBA TV)
vs. Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, August 11 (5 p.m.)
vs. Phoenix Suns on Thursday, August 13 (TBD)

Denver Nuggets

vs. Miami Heat on Saturday, August 1 (1 p.m, ESPN)
vs. Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday, August 3 (4 p.m., NBA TV)
vs. San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, August 5 (4 p.m.)
vs. Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday, August 6 (8 p.m.)
vs. Utah Jazz on Saturday, August 8 (3:30 p.m., TNT)
vs. Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, August 10 (9 p.m, TNT)
vs. LA Clippers on Wednesday, August 12 (9 p.m, ESPN)
vs. Toronto Raptors on Friday, August 14 (TBD)

Houston Rockets

vs. Dallas Mavericks on Friday, July 31 (9 p.m., ESPN)
vs. Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday, August 2 (8:30 p.m., ABC)
vs. Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, August 4 (9 p.m., TNT)
vs. Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, August 6 (9 p.m., TNT)
vs. Sacramento Kings on Sunday, August 9 (8 p.m.)
vs. San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday, August 11 (2 p.m., NBA TV)
vs. Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, August 12 (4 p.m., NBA TV)
vs. Philadelphia 76ers on Friday, August 14 (TBD)

Indiana Pacers

vs. Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, August 1 (7 p.m.)
vs. Washington Wizards on Monday, August 3 (4 p.m.)
vs. Orlando Magic on Tuesday, August 4 (6 p.m.)
vs. Phoenix Suns on Thursday, August 6 (4 p.m.)
vs. Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, August 8 (6 p.m., TNT)
vs. Miami Heat on Monday, August 10 (8 p.m.)
vs. Houston Rockets on Wednesday, August 12 (4 p.m, NBA TV)
vs. Miami Heat on Friday, August 14 (TBD)

LA Clippers

vs. Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, July 30 (9 p.m, TNT)
vs. New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday, August 1 (6 p.m, ESPN)
vs. Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, August 4 (4 p.m, NBA TV)
vs. Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, August 6 (6:30 pm, TNT)
vs. Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, August 8 (1 p.m. ET, TNT)
vs. Brooklyn Nets on Sunday, August 9 (9 p.m. ET, NBA TV)
vs. Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, August 12 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)
vs. Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday, August 14 (TBD)

Los Angeles Lakers

vs. LA Clippers on Thursday, July 30 (9 p.m, TNT)
vs. Toronto Raptors on Saturday, August 1 (8:30 p.m, ESPN)
vs. Utah Jazz on Monday, August 3 (9:00 p.m, ESPN)
vs. Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday, August 5 (6:30 p.m, ESPN)
vs. Houston Rockets on Thursday, August 6 (9 p.m, TNT)
vs. Indiana Pacers on Saturday, August 8 (6 p.m, TNT)
vs. Denver Nuggets on Monday, August 10 (9 p.m, TNT)
vs. Sacramento Kings on Thursday, August 13 (TBD)

Memphis Grizzlies

vs. Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, July 31 (4 p.m, NBA TV)
vs. San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, August 2 (4 p.m.)
vs. New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, August 3 (6:30 p.m, ESPN)
vs. Utah Jazz on Wednesday, August 5 (2:30 p.m.)
vs. Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday, August 7 (4 p.m, NBA TV)
vs. Toronto Raptors on Sunday, August 9 (2 p.m.)
vs. Boston Celtics on Tuesday, August 11 (6:30 p.m, TNT)
vs. Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, August 13 (TBD)

Miami Heat

vs. Denver Nuggets on Saturday, August 1 (1 p.m, ESPN)
vs. Toronto Raptors on Monday, August 3 (1:30 p.m, NBA TV)
vs. Boston Celtics on Tuesday, August 4 (6:30 p.m, TNT)
vs. Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, August 6 (4 p.m, TNT)
vs. Phoenix Suns on Saturday, August 8 (7:30 p.m)
vs. Indiana Pacers on Monday, August 10 (8 p.m.)
vs. Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday, August 12 (8 p.m.)
vs. Indiana Pacers on Friday, August 14 (TBD)

Milwaukee Bucks

vs. Boston Celtics on Friday, July 31 (6:30 p.m, ESPN)
vs. Houston Rockets on Sunday, August 2 (8:30 p.m, ABC)
vs. Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, August 4 (1:30 p.m, NBA TV)
vs. Miami Heat on Thursday, August 6 (4 p.m, TNT)
vs. Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, August 8 (8:30 p.m, ESPN)
vs. Toronto Raptors on Monday, August 10 (6:30 p.m, ESPN)
vs. Washington Wizards on Tuesday, August 11 (9 p.m)
vs. Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday, August 13 (TBD)

New Orleans Pelicans

vs. Utah Jazz on Thursday, July 30 (6:30 p.m, TNT)
vs. LA Clippers on Saturday, August 1 (6 p.m, ESPN)
vs. Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, August 3 (6:30 p.m, ESPN)
vs. Sacramento Kings on Thursday, August 6 (1:30 p.m, NBA TV)
vs. Washington Wizards on Friday, August 7 (8 p.m.)
vs. San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, August 9 (3 p.m, ABC)
vs. Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, August 11 (9 p.m, TNT)
vs. Orlando Magic on Thursday, August 13 (TBD)

Oklahoma City Thunder

vs. Utah Jazz on Saturday, August 1 (3:30 p.m, ESPN)
vs. Denver Nuggets on Monday, August 3 (4 p.m, NBA TV)
vs. Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, August 5 (6:30 p.m, ESPN)
vs. Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, August 7 (4 p.m, NBA TV)
vs. Washington Wizards on Sunday, August 9 (12:30 p.m.)
vs. Phoenix Suns on Monday, August 10 (2:30 p.m.)
vs. Miami Heat on Wednesday, August 12 (8 p.m.)
vs. LA Clippers on Friday, August 14 (TBD)

Orlando Magic

vs. Brooklyn Nets on Friday, July 31 (2:30 p.m.)
vs. Sacramento Kings on Sunday, August 2 (6 p.m.)
vs. Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, August 4 (6 p.m.)
vs. Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, August 5 (8 p.m.)
vs. Philadelphia 76ers on Friday, August 7 (6:30 p.m, TNT)
vs. Boston Celtics on Sunday, August 9 (5 p.m.)
vs. Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, August 11 (1 p.m.)
vs. New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday, August 13 (TBD)

Philadelphia 76ers

vs. Indiana Pacers on Saturday, August 1 (7 p.m.)
vs. San Antonio Spurs on Monday, August 3 (8 p.m.)
vs. Washington Wizards on Wednesday, August 5 (4 p.m, NBA TV)
vs. Orlando Magic on Friday, August 7 (6:30 p.m, TNT)
vs. Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, August 9 (6:30 p.m, NBA TV)
vs. Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, August 11 (4:30 p.m.)
vs. Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, August 12 (6:30 p.m, ESPN)
vs. Houston Rockets on Friday, August 14 (TBD)

Phoenix Suns

vs. Washington Wizards on Friday, July 31 (4 p.m.)
vs. Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, August 2 (9 p.m.)
vs. LA Clippers on Tuesday, August 4 (4 p.m, NBA TV)
vs. Indiana Pacers on Thursday, August 6 (4 p.m.)
vs. Miami Heat on Saturday, August 8 (7:30 p.m.)
vs. Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday, August 10 (2:30 p.m.)
vs. Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, August 11 (4:30 p.m.)
vs. Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, August 13 (TBD)

Portland Trail Blazers

vs. Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, July 31 (4 p.m, NBA TV)
vs. Boston Celtics on Sunday, August 2 (3:30 p.m, ABC)
vs. Houston Rockets on Tuesday, August 4 (9 p.m, TNT)
vs. Denver Nuggets on Thursday, August 6 (8 p.m.)
vs. LA Clippers on Saturday, August 8 (1 p.m, TNT)
vs. Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, August 9 (6:30 p.m, NBA TV)
vs. Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, August 11 (5 p.m.)
vs. Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, August 13 (TBD)

Sacramento Kings

vs. San Antonio Spurs on Friday, July 31 (8 p.m.)
vs. Orlando Magic on Sunday, August 2 (6 p.m.)
vs. Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, August 4 (2:30 p.m.)
vs. New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday, August 6 (1:30 p.m, NBA TV)
vs. Brooklyn Nets on Friday, August 7 (5 p.m.)
vs. Houston Rockets on Sunday, August 9 (8 p.m.)
vs. New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday, August 11 (9 p.m., TNT)
vs. Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, August 13 (TBD)

San Antonio Spurs

vs. Sacramento Kings on Friday, July 31 (8 p.m.)
vs. Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, August 2 (4 p.m.)
vs. Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, August 3 (8 p.m.)
vs. Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, August 5 (4 p.m.)
vs. Utah Jazz on Friday, August 7 (1 p.m.)
vs. New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday, August 9 (3 p.m, ABC)
vs. Houston Rockets on Tuesday, August 11 (2 p.m, NBA TV)
vs. Utah Jazz on Thursday, August 13 (TBD)

Toronto Raptors

vs. Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, August 1 (8 p.m, ESPN)
vs. Miami Heat on Monday, August 3 (1:30 p.m, NBA TV)
vs. Orlando Magic on Wednesday, August 5 (8 p.m.)
vs. Boston Celtics on Friday, August 7 (9 p.m, TNT)
vs. Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, August 9 (2 p.m.)
vs. Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, August 10 (6:30 p.m, ESPN)
vs. Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, August 12 (6:30 p.m, ESPN)
vs. Denver Nuggets on Friday, August 14 (TBD)

Utah Jazz

vs. New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday, July 30 (6:30, TNT)
vs. Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, August 1 (3:30, ESPN)
vs. Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, August 3 (9 p.m., ESPN)
vs. Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, August 5 (2:30 p.m.)
vs. San Antonio Spurs on Friday, August 7 (1 p.m.)
vs. Denver Nuggets on Saturday, August 8 (3:30 p.m, TNT)
vs. Dallas Mavericks on Monday, August 10 (3 p.m., NBA TV)
vs. San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, August 13 (TBD)

Washington Wizards

vs. Phoenix Suns on Friday, July 31 (4 p.m.)
vs. Brooklyn Nets on Sunday, August 2 (2 p.m.)
vs. Indiana Pacers on Monday, August 3 (4 p.m.)
vs. Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, August 5 (4 p.m, NBA TV)
vs. New Orleans Pelicans on Friday, August 7 (8 p.m.)
vs. Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, August 9 (12:30 p.m.)
vs. Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday, August 11 (9 p.m.)
vs. Boston Celtics on Thursday, August 13 (TBD)

Source: nba.nbcsports.com

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The NBA Hub in Orlando Kicks off with Exhibition Games

In one of the longest waits in Basketball history, it looks like the EPSN Hub at Disneyworld is about to be kickstarted with a series of exhibition games.

Here’s the full story from Forbes Correspondent Alex Kay

2020 NBA Season: Exhibition Games Schedule, Restart Dates, Odds And Latest News From Orlando Bubble

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Luka Doncic defending LeBron James. Both players are currently in Orlando preparing for the 2019-20

The 2020 NBA season is scheduled to officially resume on July 30, when the 22 teams that traveled to the league’s bubble at the ESPN World of Sports in Walt Disney World, Florida will begin playing in their first of eight “seeding” games that will ultimately crystallize the 2020 NBA Playoffs picture. The NBA’s 2019-20 Restart plan has been criticized by some— including a number of players employed by organizations getting set to return to play—for not doing enough to protect participants from potential coronavirus-related issues, but the league believes it will be able to resume the campaign on time and get through a full postseason without any major issues.

Whether that happens or not remains to be seen, but fans are eager for the return of professional basketball and are looking forward to play resuming this week when teams begin participating in a series of exhibition scrimmages. Sportsbooks are also anticipating the season restart, as it will mark the first time in four months that they will be able to offer odds on NBA action. While nearly every book will be offering the standard betting lines for each contest and futures bets on the winner of the 2020 NBA Finals and other outcomes, some have gone a step further and released a handful of props related to the bubble, a successful start and finish to 2020 NBA season restart and more.

You can find more about these intriguing odds at the end of this article, but first check out the latest news from the Orlando bubble and the complete NBA exhibition schedule for the upcoming week below. You can also find key dates for the 2019-20 NBA Restart, including information on when the 2020 NBA Playoffs will begin, when the 2020 NBA Draft will be held and much more.

2020 NBA Season Restart – Exhibition Schedule

The new landscape will get a test run when exhibition play begins on Wednesday, with the first of 32 total scrimmages on the schedule taking place. These inter-squad matchups will run until Tuesday, July 28 and take place at three separate venues, giving organizers a chance to fine tune the process before meaningful contests resume at the end of the month. One notable change to some of these exhibition contests is that they will utilize shortened quarters, clocking in at 10 minutes each instead of the traditional 12. Each team is slated to participate in three scrimmages, with the first of these using the abbreviated format before moving back to standard 12-minute quarters for the final two games. The league believes that shortened quarters will help players ease back into full speed contests after going over four months without them due to the NBA shutdown.

Having a 40-minute game to start the exhibition schedule is something Denver head coach Mike Malone supports, noting that his top priority is having a healthy, fresh roster in time for the seeding games. The coach told ESPN the following:

“The No. 1 thing for me is can we get through these three scrimmages healthy and not getting guys put in a position where they’re overworked, playing too many minutes and getting hurt. I think the vast majority of the 22 teams will approach it the same way.”

Here’s the full exhibition schedule for all 22 teams ahead of the 2020 NBA season restart:

Wednesday, July 22

  • Orlando vs. L.A. Clippers, 3 p.m.
  • Washington vs. Denver, 3:30.m.
  • New Orleans vs. Brooklyn, 7 p.m.
  • Sacramento vs. Miami, 8 p.m.

Thursday, July 23

  • San Antonio vs. Milwaukee, 3 p.m.
  • Portland vs. Indiana, 3:30 p.m.
  • Dallas vs. L.A. Lakers, 7 p.m.
  • Phoenix vs. Utah, 8 p.m.

Friday, July 24

  • Memphis vs. Philadelphia, 3:30 p.m.
  • Oklahoma City vs. Boston, 5 p.m.
  • Houston vs. Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 25

  • L.A. Lakers vs. Orlando, noon
  • Milwaukee vs. Sacramento, 12:30 p.m.
  • Miami vs. Utah, 4 p.m.
  • Brooklyn vs. San Antonio, 4:30 p.m.
  • L.A. Clippers vs. Washington, 8 p.m.
  • Denver vs. New Orleans, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 26

  • Philadelphia vs. Oklahoma City, noon.
  • Phoenix vs. Boston, 1:30 p.m.
  • Indiana vs. Dallas, 4 p.m.
  • Portland vs. Toronto, 6 p.m.
  • Houston vs. Memphis, 8 p.m.

Monday, July 27

  • Washington vs. L.A. Lakers, 3 p.m.
  • Sacramento vs. L.A. Clippers, 4 p.m.
  • Utah vs. Brooklyn, 5:30 p.m.
  • Orlando vs. Denver, 7 p.m.
  • New Orleans vs. Milwaukee, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 28

  • Memphis vs. Miami, 2 p.m.
  • Toronto vs. Phoenix, 3 p.m.
  • San Antonio vs. Indiana, 4 p.m.
  • Oklahoma City vs. Portland, 6 p.m.
  • Boston vs. Houston, 8 p.m.
  • Dallas vs. Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m.

Key Dates For 2020 NBA Return To Play Plan

Once exhibition play is finished, teams will have just a couple days before the seeding games begin. Each squad will participate in a total of eight contests that will finalize the 2020 NBA Playoff bracket, with a chance of a small play-in tournament to determine the No. 8 seed in each conference. This will only be triggered if the team with the eighth-best record finishes within four games of the No. 9 team. If that scenario occurs, those two clubs will compete in a best-of-two battle in which the No. 8 team would need to win just once to earn the final spot on the bracket in its conference, while the No. 9 team would have a chance to usurp by winning both matchups.

Here is a look at when the seeding games will take place, when the play-in tournaments would occur if triggered, the 2020 NBA Playoff dates and more:

  • July 30-Aug. 14 — 2019-20 season resumes with seeding games
  • Aug. 15-16 — Play-in tournaments take place
  • Aug. 17 — Playoffs begin
  • Aug. 25 — NBA Draft Lottery
  • Aug. 31-Sept. 13 — Conference semifinals
  • Sept. 15-Sept. 28 —Conference Finals
  • Sept. 30 — NBA Finals begin
  • Oct. 13 — Last possible date for Game 7 of NBA Finals
  • Oct. 16 — 2020 NBA draft
  • Oct. 18 — Free agency begins at 6 p.m. ET
  • Dec. 1 — Opening night for 2020-21 season

2020 NBA Season Restart Odds And Prop Bets

While there is a chance that the regular season restart is further delayed, oddsmakers believe that things will go off without a hitch. Offshore bookmakers are now offering lines on several occurrences related to the 2020 NBA season restart, including if it will start on time. The “Yes” side of the prop is a heavy favorite at -400, meaning one would have to risk $4 to return $1 on the campaign officially tipping off on July 30 as scheduled, while “No” is going off at +250, returning $2.50 for each $1 risked on a delay. The odds on a successful, on-time start have improved over the last week, moving from -350 for “Yes” and +225 for “No”. Bookmakers are also indicating the season will reach a conclusion, although that is not as sure of an outcome in their eyes. Bettors would have to put up $2.50 to win $1 on the 2020 NBA season finishing using the new format, while the “No” side of the prop is +170 at this juncture, odds that have remained unchanged despite the improved probability of the season starting promptly.

Should the restarted NBA season be delayed or cancelled, it is almost certainly going to due to COVID-19-related issues. The league has long had plan in place to handle positive tests from players—who will be subjected to tests every other day while they are in Orlando, with an estimated 17,000 tests to take place on the players alone by October 13—and has reportedly already quarantined two that contracted the coronavirus in the bubble. Bookmakers believe it is almost inevitable that more players will test positive during the 2020 NBA season, setting the line on any player doing so at -500. It’s not outside the realm of possibility that an entire team may need to be removed from the bubble due to COVID-19 concerns, but the chances of that are much slimmer based on the +900 betting odds on such an occurrence.

With so many players converging—teams are allowed to bring up to 17 players into the bubble at the start, with rosters shrinking to 15 for the postseason—on such a small area to play out the remainder of the season and subsequent 2020 NBA Playoffs, apprehensions have been voiced over all of them adhering to the strict guidelines the league has put in place to keep personnel safe. Bookmakers feel these are valid concerns, setting a line on bubble guidelines being breached by at least one player at -500, which implies an 83.3% probability of a violation. Some believe the NBA may also crack down on social media usage within the bubble, but the odds of that aren’t likely, with a line set on a player being banned from it at an improbable +800.

Shams Charania reported that the NBA recently sent a memo out notifying clubs that they must use a portion of their next team meeting to discuss bubble protocols:

Check out the complete list of prop bets for the 2020 NBA Restart below, courtesy of BetOnline.ag. You can also find the updated 2020 NBA Finals championship odds for all 22 teams that have a chance to compete in the 2020 NBA Playoffs:

Will the 2020 NBA Regular Season Restart on time?

  • Yes -400 (1/4)
  • No +250 (5/2)

Will the 2020 NBA Season finish with the new format?

  • Yes -250 (2/5)
  • No +170 (17/10)

Will an NBA Player test positive for COVID after July 15?

  • Yes -500 (1/5)
  • No +300 (3/1)

Will an NBA Team be removed from bubble due to COVID concerns?

  • Yes +900 (9/1)
  • No -3000 (1/3)

Will the NBA ban players from social media inside bubble?

  • Yes +800 (8/1)
  • No -2500 (1/25)

Will an NBA player be removed from bubble due to violation?

  • Yes +300 (3/1)
  • No -500 (1/5)

Will any NBA player violate bubble guidelines?

  • Yes -500 (1/5)
  • No +300 (3/1)

2020 NBA Finals Championship Odds

  • Los Angeles Lakers +240
  • Milwaukee Bucks +260
  • Los Angeles Clippers +320
  • Houston Rockets +1600
  • Boston Celtics +1600
  • Toronto Raptors +2000
  • Philadelphia 76ers +2000
  • Denver Nuggets +2500
  • Dallas Mavericks +3500
  • Miami Heat +4000
  • Brooklyn Nets +4000
  • Utah Jazz +4000
  • Oklahoma City Thunder +8000
  • Indiana Pacers +8000
  • New Orleans Pelicans +10000
  • Portland Trail Blazers +10000
  • Memphis Grizzlies +25000
  • San Antonio Spurs +75000
  • Phoenix Suns +100000
  • Orlando Magic +100000
  • Sacramento Kings +100000
  • Washington Wizards +100000

Source: forbes.com

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NBA Update – The LA Lakers and Orlando.

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Basketball fans are keenly awaiting the resumption of the 2019-20 season at the ESPN complex at Disneyworld located in Orlando Florida.

Here’s a complete rundown from Head Coach Frank Vogel dated July 1st 2020…

Frank Vogel Addresses Lakers Roster Updates for Orlando

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When Frank Vogel became the head coach of the Lakers over a year ago, he knew there would be plenty of challenges, and plenty of pressure.

But there’s no way he could have predicted a truly unprecedented 2019-20 season including the events surrounding the team’s preseason trip to China, the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the racial and social justice movement that continues to evolve.

Amidst all of that, Vogel is trying to lead his players and staff through never-traveled terrain as the team’s first game in the Walt Disney World bubble is exactly one month away.

As players continue individual workouts at the UCLA Health Training Center, ramping up towards the planned departure of the team charter on July 9, Vogel acknowledged that JR Smith would replace Avery Bradley on the roster, though it would take a team effort to replace Bradley’s role.

The other question mark on the roster is about Dwight Howard, who’s dealing with a unique family situation that he described to us in May, in addition to his focus on social justice.

Vogel offered an update on Howard’s status.

“We’ve been in communication with Dwight the whole way,” he said. “We don’t know what the level of participation is yet. He wants to play. We’re hopeful he’s able to join us. We’re hopeful and optimistic that he’ll be able to join us in Orlando.”

Howard is one of 10 Lakers to average at least 16.8 minutes per game this season: LeBron James (34.9); Anthony Davis (34.3); Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (25.4); Danny Green (25.1); Kyle Kuzma (24.6); Bradley (24.2); Rajon Rondo (20.5); Howard (19.2), Alex Caruso (17.8); and JaVale McGee (16.8). Markieff Morris had also entered the rotation, earning 14.8 minutes in his eight appearances.

Meanwhile, Quinn Cook and Jared Dudley got spot minutes and filled in admirably when needed, and Vogel said repeatedly that he’d trust them in any game situation. One could surmise that both Smith and playoff-roster-deadline acquisition Dion Waiters would fit in with Cook and Dudley as veterans who could be called upon for specific reasons and matchups, i.e., the need for a guy who can get his own bucket off the bench (Waiters) or floor spacing (Smith, who’s a 37.3 percent 3-point shooter who ranks 9th all-time in postseason 3’s made, and 4th in the NBA Finals).

Vogel has yet to work with Smith on the court, but he did have a welcome-to-the-team chat with the 34-year-old veteran.

“The experience factor,” said Vogel about what Smith brings. “This guy’s a big-time player, he’s proven it over the course of his career. We know he can help us. We almost added him earlier in the year when we added Dion Waiters, and now we have the luxury of having both. We’re not going to ask him to come in and be Avery Bradley, he’s going to come in and be JR Smith.”

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And while Smith provides depth on the wing, the bulk of Bradley’s 24.2 minutes could be split amongst KCP, Caruso and Rondo, depending upon the game situation.

“Avery’s loss is obviously a huge loss for us, but we’re a next-man-up team,” Vogel continued. “Alex is an elite defender in his own right in a different way than Avery, as is KCP. Offensively, clearly we wouldn’t run plays that Avery uses for Alex, we’d run plays that put Alex in the best position to succeed.”

On his own Zoom call with reporters earlier on Wednesday, Caruso offered a similar sentiment.

“It might not be with one person (filling Bradley’s role), but this team has done a great job this year when guys have been out, of stepping up and filling a role or a need,” he said. “I don’t know if I’ll be the sole provider of everything that Avery did, that’s a lot to ask for because of how good he is at what he does, but I’m definitely going to be ready to fill part of that gap and that need.”

Caruso mentioned Bradley’s skills as a supplementary ballhandler and defender who took open threes as things he thinks he replicate. On the other hand, Caruso acknowledged Bradley’s strength with mid-range pullups and floaters out of the sets Vogel was asked about as things with which he is less comfortable. Fortunately, those are sets that KCP can replicate.

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In fact, KCP started all 18 games for Bradley from Nov. 15 – Dec. 22 after Bradley suffered a hairline fracture in November. The Lakers went 15-1 before back-to-back losses at Indiana and Milwaukee at the end of a difficult road stretch. LAL also won games at Chicago (Nov. 5) and at OKC (Jan. 11) with KCP starting for Bradley, bringing the total mark to 17-3.

One benefit to those KCP lineups is the increased floor spacing he provides. Caldwell-Pope has hit 87 3’s this season on an impressive 39.4 percent from the field, compared to Bradley’s 63 makes on 36.4 percent. With LeBron as the primary ballhandler with the starters, Rondo could remain in his playmaking role off the bench.

Fortunately for Vogel, his squad has a 5.5 game lead in the West, meaning he can use the eight seeding games to iron out such rotation questions ahead of the start of the playoffs. Vogel was asked how having that lead might impact his approach in Orlando.

“We do have a different type of perspective from some teams that are playing for their playoff lives, but it doesn’t mean we’re not going to go out and – like we always would if these were the last eight games of the regular season – we would compete to win,” said Vogel. “That’s how your habits are built the best … Does that mean we’re going to play certain guys 47 minutes? Obviously no.

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“We’ll be intelligent with the whole process of trying to find the right pace to bring our group along from a conditioning standpoint and evaluating on a daily basis what we feel they can handle and what they’re ready for without compromising their bodies and putting them at risk to injury. We will be cautious with those eight games, but we will compete to win.”

Then it’s time for the playoffs, a unique challenge given the circumstances, and one for which Caruso is ready.

“This is something personally that I relish,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge of lasting, of being the team that can be the mentally toughest, the mentally strongest and saying ‘Yeah, we may be on this isolated campus for three months, but we have a goal, we have a mission and it’s not going to affect us trying to get to that end goal and finish the job.’”

It’s that mental side of the game where Caruso thinks the Lakers will have an edge, with everybody dealing with a similar physical challenge.

“The hardest part for us is getting back to doing physically what we were able to do, as far as being early on assignments, being physically ready to box out, to play as physically as it takes to beat teams like the Clippers, Bucks, Rockets and Nuggets, all the good teams that are competing for championships and are going to be in the playoffs,” he explained. “Just getting back to that physical form of being able to do it night in, take a day off, night out, keep going and going and going for a month and a half. The mental part I feel like for our team is going to be easier just because we have such a heady and basketball-smart team, basketball-IQ led team and coaching staff.”

Source: nba.com

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The NBA – Will it resume as scheduled in Florida?

Just when it appeared there would be a return to something resembling normalcy in the world’s premiere basketball competition, the NBA, it appears the Covid-19 situation in Florida has arced up somewhat. Combine this with an almost certain number of positive cases amongst players now being tested and again there is some concern over this year’s series returning.

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We would stress the USA is in a very different situation to Australia with the number of positive identifications here being much lower. However, it points to the need for people to be vigilant and not squander the good work of the current lockdown in Australia. Local competitions here in both Basketball and Netball are looking to resume playing in late July.

Here’s a full report on the current NBA dilemma.

Florida’s Virus Spike Gives N.B.A. Players One More Reason to Hesitate

Concerns over dampening activism, injuries and now a drastic rise in coronavirus cases near Orlando could complicate the league’s plan to restart at Walt Disney World next month.

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[The entrance to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla., this month. The N.B.A. is set to restart its season at the campus in July.]

Robert A. Iger, the executive chairman of the Walt Disney Company, introduced the phrase into the N.B.A. lexicon. Adam Silver, the league’s commissioner, passed it on to the news media.

In a virtual meeting with N.B.A. team owners on April 17, Iger counseled his audience to make “data and not the date” the focus of the league’s comeback efforts.

Some two months later, as 22 teams ramp up activities in practice facilities and prepare to begin regular coronavirus testing for players and staff members on Tuesday, fretting about the data is suddenly one of the most popular pastimes in the N.B.A. universe.

The main reason: Since Tuesday night, when the league began distributing a 113-page guide of health and safety protocols to govern its planned restart of the 2019-20 season at Walt Disney World next month, the rate of confirmed coronavirus cases in Orange County, Fla., has risen dramatically.

Last Tuesday through Saturday, according to state data, 17 percent of coronavirus tests in the county returned positive results. That was a significant jump from the 10-day period before that, from June 6 to 15, when the positive rate was 5 percent.

The spike is yet another source of apprehension to manage for league and union officials, who just emerged from weeks of complicated discussions to come to terms on all the health and safety restrictions for its restart beginning July 7.

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As a Wednesday deadline approaches for players to notify their teams whether they wish to withdraw from participation, for whatever reason, there are three main sources of anxiety among the players and executives in the league:

– The location of the contained campus for the restart is a fresh source of unease. The N.B.A. chose Disney World for its single-site resumption of play for many reasons — business reasons among them given Disney’s status as the league’s top media partner. But Orange County’s increase in positive tests over the past two weeks has made it an “infection hotbed,” as described by Perry Halkitis, dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health.

– As Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers said last week in a video chat with fans, some players are wrestling with fears that returning to full-time basketball may divert momentum from the Black Lives Matter movement, which has surged worldwide since the May 25 death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.

– “In six weeks, the world may need some healing, they may need us to be on the floor,” Williams said. “But if more black kids or more black adults or any adults dealing with police brutality are getting killed and we’re still outraged, I don’t know if it’s in our best interests to suit up, because it looks like we don’t care.”

– A third prime worry that has been routinely overlooked with so much else happening is the injury risk players will face after what has been, for many, the longest layoff of their career from full-speed, five-on-five play.

– There are certainly several players who have been participating for weeks in unauthorized workouts and pickup games — a photo of LeBron James and Ben Simmons training together was posted on Instagram last week by the Klutch Sports Group, the agency that represents both players — but there are likewise many players who struggled in the initial stages of the pandemic to find places to get shots up.

– Through June 29, there will be a maximum of four players allowed in team practice facilities. The next week, until teams begin arriving at Disney World on July 7, up to eight players will be allowed. Players can thus only count on roughly 20 days of full practices and scrimmages with five-on-five work in Florida before the season resumes — considerably less than the norm. A month’s worth of pickup games in team practice facilities every September typically precede the start of N.B.A. training camps.

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[Bradley Beal of the Wizards at a rally in Washington to mark Juneteenth on Friday.]

Regarding the first (and perhaps foremost) concern, Halkitis, like many in his field, has praised the scope of the N.B.A.’s plans to combat the coronavirus at the Disney campus near Orlando.

“It is very, very, very well structured,” Halkitis said of the 113-page document in a telephone interview. “My reaction is that it makes the best use of the science we have to date, knowing perfectly well that things can change tomorrow.”

The main weakness in the N.B.A.’s approach, Halkitis said, is the prospect of players or team staff members leaving the campus without authorization and exposing themselves to the coronavirus — or “workers who are not staying on the grounds” bringing it in.

“Do I 100 percent believe that people aren’t going to leave?” Halkitis said. “I mean, these are adults, right? Human behavior is really hard to control.”

Yet he also acknowledged that the worrying trajectory of the testing data, at the very least, is bound to prompt questions about whether even the N.B.A.’s strict protocols will be sufficient. The Florida Department of Health has seemed to acknowledge the shifting situation, issuing a lengthy health advisory on Saturday that included a reminder to “wear masks in any setting where social distancing is not possible,” and a recommendation that “all individuals should refrain from participation in social or recreational gatherings of more than 50 people.”

Another concerning development in the state from the weekend: Major League Baseball, while still searching for the labor agreement it needs to salvage some semblance of a 2020 season, ordered all team facilities in Florida and Arizona to shut down after players in both locations tested positive for the coronavirus.

“If the numbers were staying stable or they were going down, I’d have lots of confidence in the plan,” Halkitis said of the N.B.A.’s restart. “The numbers going up mean you have a different circumstance now, which increases the probability of transmission and makes the plan — which is excellent but not foolproof — more susceptible to infiltration by the virus.

“I keep using the flood and the dam example: A dam holds water, but if there’s a lot of pressure on the dam, like lots of infections, it’s more likely to crack. And that’s the problem here. They have to keep an eye on what’s going on.”

As players and coaches begin to reunite in earnest, with only two weeks to go before charter planes are revved up to take them straight to Disney World, one suspects that no one on the N.B.A. map will have to hear that advice twice.

Source: nytimes.com

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The NBA – It’s ON – Season to be completed by Mid October.

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Last week, the NBA officially announced that the season was to be completed by mid October at a hub established at Disney World in orlando Florida.

Here’s the full report…

NBA to restart season in Disney World hub as top 22 teams aim to complete season by mid-October

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The NBA is aiming to resume in less than two months at a Disney World hub

The NBA has approved a plan to restart the suspended 2019-20 season at a designated hub at Disney World in Florida, with a tentative start date of July 31.

Key points:

  • NBA franchises voted near-unanimously to restart the season at Disney World in Florida
  • The 16 teams currently in playoff positions and the six teams closest to breaking in will see out the season
  • The league is hoping to be able to start the 2020-21 season on December 1

The plan would see 22 of the NBA’s 30 teams play eight seeding games to determine a 16-team playoff field that would follow the traditional post-season format, with four best-of-seven series that would crown a champion no later than October 12.

“While the COVID-19 pandemic presents formidable challenges, we are hopeful of finishing the season in a safe and responsible manner based on strict protocols now being finalised with public health officials and medical experts,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said.

The league said approval from its board of governors, which came on the day originally scheduled for the start of the NBA Finals, is the first formal step among the many required to resume the season.

According to ESPN, the vote on the format was 29-1, with the Portland Trail Blazers voting against the proposal.

All games, practices and housing would be at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which is inside Disney’s Orlando resort and has multiple hotels and arenas and would allow the league to limit outside exposure.

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 with five weeks remaining in the 82-game regular season.

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Twenty-two of the league’s 30 teams will compete to finish the season.

The 22 returning teams would be comprised of the eight teams from each of the two conferences currently in playoff positions plus the six clubs that are six games or fewer behind the eighth seed in their respective conferences.

At the conclusion of the seeding games, the seven teams in each conference with the best combined records across regular-season games and seeding games would qualify for the playoffs.

A play-in tournament would be used to determine the final playoff seed in each conference if the team with the eighth-best combined record is four games or fewer ahead of the team with the ninth-best combined record in the same conference.

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The NBA season was suspended in March after Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive to COVID-19.

The Minnesota Timberwolves, one of the teams excluded from the NBA’s return-to-play plan because of their record, expressed disappointment at not being able to play more games but said they understood and accepted the decision.

“It is important that we be a good teammate not only to the NBA, but to the other 29 teams to support the efforts to complete this season and prepare for next season in a healthy and safe manner,” the Timberwolves said in a statement.

If everything goes according to plan, the NBA said the 2020-21 season would begin on December 1.

The league also said it planned to hold its 2020 NBA Draft Lottery to determine the order of the first 14 selections on August 25. Lottery teams would be comprised of the eight clubs that do not participate in the restart and the six that go to Florida but do not qualify for the playoffs.

The actual NBA Draft, typically held in June, is now scheduled for October 15.

Source: abc.net.au

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