The CDC recommends now that there should no large gatherings of 50 to more people for the next eight weeks. With this in mind, the NBA is looking to return to game action potentially in mid-June at the earliest. They are looking to see if stadiums and arenas will be available all the way into August.
The NBA has until May 15 in deciding whether or not they want to cancel the rest of the NBA season. Eight weeks from now, it will be May 10. If the NBA decides to keep some regular-season games and then go to the playoffs it could be very interesting to see none the less.
What will happen if they don’t return? The season will then will be canceled and there will be no champion for the 2019-2020 season.
But what if the NBA season does return, but what if it just for the playoffs? As of right now, in the Western Conference, the matchups would be the Memphis Grizzles (32-33) and the Los Angeles Lakers (49-14), the Dallas Mavericks (40-27) and the Los Angeles Clippers (44-20), the Houston Rockets (40-24) and the Denver Nuggets (43-22), and lastly but not least, the Oklahoma City Thunder (40-24) and the Utah Jazz (41-23) would be playing each other in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
In the Eastern Conference, the matchups will be between the Orlando Magic (30-35) and the Milwaukee Bucks (53-12), the Brooklyn Nets (30-34) and the Toronto Raptors (46-18), the Philadelphia 76ers (39-26) and the Boston Celtics (43-21), and lastly but not least, the Indiana Pacers (39-26) and the Miami Heat (41-24).
With those matchups in mind, will it stay that way? The answer is I am sure that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver would want to have a couple of more regular-season games but starting the playoffs right away wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world either. The NBA has to decide when to cancel the season.
If it doesn’t cancel the season and the G-League already plans on doing so, which players from injury can be back in the NBA and affect the playoff picture?
Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons for Philadelphia have been hurt as of late and they would both be back for the postseason. The 76ers also took down the Celtics 3-1 during the regular season and that would not be a good thing for Boston.
Victor Oladipo was also dealing with a knee cap injury as well. Oladipo hasn’t played much this season for Indiana and him also one of the better players in the NBA when he is healthy. Victor Oladipo is one of the best players when it comes to shooting the basketball none the less.
Other than that, there have been no other major injuries except for a couple of tweaks and nicks on Toronto, Boston, and Denver.
We will see if this passes through eventually, but if it doesn’t pass through eventually, then we could see the sad reality of cancellation for the 2019-2020 season and I don’t think anyone wants to see that.
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