Eight games gives Portland plenty of chances in NBA’s new playoff format

On Thursday, the NBA Board of Governors voted to approve the NBA's 22-team postseason format.24 hours later, the players had the last say in voting yes or no to this proposal.And now, basketball and the NBA is officially back."The Board of Player Representatives of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) has approved further negotiations with…


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On Thursday, the NBA Board of Governors voted to approve the NBA’s 22-team postseason format.

24 hours later, the players had the last say in voting yes or no to this proposal.

And now, basketball and the NBA is officially back.



“The Board of Player Representatives of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) has approved further negotiations with the NBA on a 22-team return to play scenario to restart the 2019-20 NBA season,” the NBAPA announced in a statement. “Various details remain to be negotiated and the acceptance of the scenario would still require that all parties reach agreement on all issues relevant to resuming play.”

Trail Blazers, Suns, Kings, Spurs and Wizards. If the ninth seed is within four games of the eight seed at the end of the regular season, there would be a play-in tournament to determine the final playoff spot. ” data-reactid=”20″ type=”text”>Each team would play eight additional regular-season games, and the six teams involved that are not currently in a playoff position would be the Pelicans, Trail Blazers, Suns, Kings, Spurs and Wizards. If the ninth seed is within four games of the eight seed at the end of the regular season, there would be a play-in tournament to determine the final playoff spot. 

What does this mean for the Portland Trail Blazers? A tough, but doable road.

If I’m Portland, you’re given an opportunity. I think 8 games gives them plenty of chances… I don’t think the Lakers, Clippers… want to see the Blazers especially not in the first round. – Channing Frye

Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference as the postseason will resume play at the end of July. To make the playoffs, there are eight games in front of Portland.” data-reactid=”24″ type=”text”>The Trail Blazers are sitting 3.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference as the postseason will resume play at the end of July. To make the playoffs, there are eight games in front of Portland.

League sources tell NBCSNW that the schedule may not be released until later this month or perhaps in early July. 

Should the Blazers get through to the playoffs, they would likely run into the Los Angeles Lakers.

LeBron James nervous.” data-reactid=”27″ type=”text”>Before the COVID-19 pandemic struck the world, the Blazers despite behind behind the Grizzlies in the standings, were looking like they were going to make one final push for the eighth seed, and that was making LeBron James nervous.

[RELATED]: LeBron James thinks the Portland Trail Blazers would be a tough 8th seed to beat” data-reactid=”28″ type=”text”>[RELATED]: LeBron James thinks the Portland Trail Blazers would be a tough 8th seed to beat

Only time will tell if the Blazers and Lakers are primed for a showdown in the new playoff format.

Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with hosts NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon.” data-reactid=”30″ type=”text”>Be sure to check out the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with hosts NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon.

Eight games gives Portland plenty of chances in NBA’s new playoff format originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest” data-reactid=”31″ type=”text”>Eight games gives Portland plenty of chances in NBA’s new playoff format originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

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