National Basketball Association to vote Thursday on final plan to continue season

Tanya Simon
June 3, 2020

The report, which was based on unnamed sources, said a timeline shared with teams showed October 12 as the latest the best-of-seven NBA Finals could finish and a proposal would go to a vote of the league's board of governors on Thursday.

The plan includes 22 teams, which gives the league a chance to recoup some of the money it will lose from cutting games in regional TV markets.

If the No. 9 seed is more than four games behind, the No. 8 seed will make the playoffs. Those six teams are: the Wizards from the Eastern Conference and the Pelicans, Spurs, Kings, Trail Blazers and Suns from the Western Conference.

The proposal reportedly includes the 16 teams now slotted for playoffs seeds and six additional teams.

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With its season derailed by the coronavirus pandemic, the National Basketball Association is finalising a proposal to resume the season - which was paused on March 11 - in Orlando on July 31, according to ESPN. There will then be a play-in tournament for the eighth seeds. The East's Charlotte Hornets and Chicago Bulls are the only teams now within eight games of a playoff spot that will not be invited.

Charania's report also states that, after the completion of the eight-game schedule, any teams that are within four games of the eighth seed would compete in what is believed to be a round-robin play-in tournament to determine the right to advance to the playoffs.

As per Wojnarowski, the Board of Governors intends to approve the format on a call Thursday afternoon.

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