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Tilman Fertitta isn't buying any asterisk talk for 2020 NBA champ AP

Tilman Fertitta isn't buying any asterisk talk for 2020 NBA champ AP

Should all go as planned, the season would resume on July 31. In any other situation, I'd expect complaints thrown the NBA's way, but with almost three months at home due to such unforeseen circumstances, I think we'll probably just see most players roll with it. That's five teams from the West and one from the East - based on the formula of teams having to be within six games of a playoff spot.

The top seven teams in each conference following the seeding games automatically qualify for the playoffs which will all be seven games series and follow the traditional National Basketball Association playoff format of first round, conference semifinals, conference finals and then the Finals itself.

All games are expected to be within the confines of Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida, with all teams remaining on site for the campaign to minimise the risk of catching the coronavirus.

"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 being finalised with public health officials and medical experts", Silver added.

The NBA Finals could conclude as late as October 12, with training camp for next season not commencing until November 10, according to the league.

However, the format only includes teams with a chance to compete for a postseason berth.

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Portland is among a trio of teams that trail the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies by 3 1/2 games. After that, the typical 16-team playoff format would commence, with the possibility for a "play-in round" to confirm which teams advance. Portland, New Orleans, Sacramento, San Antonio and Phoenix made the cut for an opportunity to climb into playoff contention.

Turns out, their final game was a 108-103 loss to the Chicago Bulls on March 10, one day before Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, freezing the season indefinitely.

Click continue to view 22 returning teams for the season restart.

The playoffs will hold the same format as normal. As a result, the league has been extremely cautious with its players.

December 1: The regular 2020-2021 season begins. The teams who didn't qualify for the restart will see their seasons end after having played somewhere between 64 and 67 games. The league will then move quickly into post-season play.

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