The Celtics will open their slate of “regular-season” video games in Orlando with a recreation in opposition to the league-best Milwaukee Bucks.
More than 4 and a half months can have handed as soon as play resumes within the NBA, which suspended its season in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league formally accomplished talks Friday with the National Basketball Players Association on the phrases for restarting the season — and launched the 88-game slate of what are being known as seeding video games.
For the 22 groups going to Disney, the setup of the eight-game slates will probably be largely the identical — one back-to-back for every of the golf equipment, with all of the video games set to be performed in a 16-day span ending Aug. 14. The NBA will probably be utilizing three arenas at Disney, and aside from the two-game slate on the opening evening there will probably be someplace between 4 and 7 video games performed every day.
The Celtics, who held the third seed when play was suspended in March, will probably be seeking to catch the second-seeded Toronto Raptors, who’re three video games forward of them within the Eastern Conference standings.
Below is Boston’s schedule for the remainder of the “regular season” in Orlando:
Friday, July 31: Milwaukee, 6:30 p.m., HP Field House, ESPN/NBCSB
Sunday, August 2: Portland, 3:30 p.m., The Arena, ABC/NBCSB
Tuesday, August 4: Miami, 6:30 p.m., HP Field House, TNT/NBCSB
Wednesday, August 5: Brooklyn, 9 p.m., The Arena, ESPN/NBCSB
Friday, August 7: Toronto, 9 p.m., The Arena, TNT/NBCSB
Sunday, August 9: Orlando 5 p.m., The Arena, NBCSB
Tuesday, August 11: Memphis, 6:30 p.m., HP Field House, TNT/NBCSB
Thursday, August 13: Washington, TBD, TBD, TBD
Players will begin arriving on the Disney complicated on July 7, will probably be examined each day as soon as they get there, and could possibly be away from their households for greater than three months. Families aren’t anticipated to be permitted on-site at Disney till the beginning of the second spherical of the playoffs, set to start in late August or early September.
Most of the arenas on the ESPN Wide World of Sports campus will probably be used for a number of video games every day, with no tip-off scheduled for lower than 4 hours aside in every of these three buildings — with the league permitting time in between video games for sanitizing of every part that gamers, coaches or workers may come into contact with.
If a play-in match for the No. eight seed in both convention is required by the ninth-place staff ending inside 4 video games of the staff in eighth, these video games in a best-of-two sequence that the No. 9 staff would wish to comb will start on Aug. 15.
The NBA playoffs will start Aug. 17, and the NBA Finals are set to start Sept. 30 with a potential Game 7 on Oct. 13.