Why Did NBA Cancel All The Matches?
NBA decided to call off all the games on March 11, 2020, without any guarantee that it will take place on future dates. They took this decision due to the coronavirus outbreak in America at that time. The decision was taken after Utah Jazz forward Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus. This was the time when the number of cases was not even in hundreds. It has been 84 days since then, and the US has become the country with the maximum number of COVID-19 cases. The decision was taken at the right time, or else it could have gone worse.
Source: The Guardian
NBA Planning For A Comeback
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski has said that the NBA is planning to resume the season on July 31. The board of governors of the league has approved the idea of returning to the court. The hiatus has cost the NBA a lot of money and has hot the economy of the tournament really hard. There are players whose livelihood depends on the games. All this can be looked at as a positive way of moving ahead with the idea that the virus will not leave any time soon.
Details Regarding NBA Comeback
NBA plans to resume the games with the 22 teams. The teams will travel to Disney World, Orlando, to play 8 regular-season games. Once every team finishes up with the games in Orlando, the No 8 seed will make the playoffs if they are more than four games ahead of the No 9 seed. If the margin is closer, there will be a play-in tournament to see who advances. It is expected that this season will not end before October 12.
Which Teams Are Out For This Season Of NBA
There were many teams that were having a very crappy season. Their chance of making it to the Finals was very low. The pandemic has ensured that these low chances go down to zero. Teams like Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and last season’s finalists, the Golden State Warriors are out of this race.
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