Pelicans, Grizzlies, Kings, and Spurs followers all undergo the identical course of each morning. First, they take a look on the standings. Then, they do some arithmetic to calculate what number of video games their groups have left earlier than going to their groups schedule web page. After that, they head over to the schedule web page of the workforce or groups that they really feel threaten them most.
“Memphis goes to lose at the very least 10 extra video games,” they are saying, “So, if we will go 12-6, we’ll make the playoffs.” They rely off the wins and losses, together with the perhaps’s and begin to get enthusiastic about their groups hopes. However I’m right here to let you know, that you simply and all the opposite followers could be doing it mistaken. As a result of, there’s a very excessive probability that the NBA received’t characteristic 82 video games this season, and if that’s the case, the window to make the highest eight is far smaller than all of us assume.
The best way that is all heading, this can be very doubtless that the league will ultimately determine to droop video games as a result of Coronavirus. Sure, they could attempt to play video games with out followers first, however as we’ve got seen all over the world, that’s solely a brief resolution. Finally, they may determine to close it down and droop the season. And as soon as that occurs, I can’t see a situation by which they return to play common season video games.
When Kobe Bryant handed, the league determined to not cancel video games on that Sunday, in small half due to the logistics of rescheduling all these video games. Just one sport was suspending – the Lakers vs Clippers matchup – and regardless of that being a sport involving two groups in the identical metropolis, it was nonetheless a nightmare to reschedule. Three video games needed to be moved round simply to accommodate that sport being positioned in the midst of a again to again to again for the Lakers.
Let’s say the NBA decides to droop video games ten days from now. Every workforce can have about 12 video games left, which means that 180 video games must be rescheduled. 180 area dates must be open. Almost 500 new flights must be booked, lots of of lodge dates and in metropolis bus transportation. And so forth and so forth.
The schedule takes weeks, generally months, to make within the offseason. Then, groups have months to e book their journeys, accommodations, and on floor transportation as soon as they’ve these schedules. In a situation by which the NBA suspends the season, how a lot discover would they be capable to give schedule makers to remake the remaining schedule? And as soon as that’s executed, how lengthy would groups have to rearrange all of the transportation and accommodations?
It will be a logistical nightmare. You realize what wouldn’t be — Resuming by going on to the playoffs, with the eight seeds being no matter they have been on the time of the suspension. Now, you might have solely 16 groups concerned and so they every are solely touring to 1 different metropolis. Increase, logistics nightmare solved. And that’s what I’d guess on taking place if, and when, the NBA decides to droop the common season.
And if that’s the case, the Pelicans are racing towards a clock that doesn’t embrace 18 video games. They could solely have every week or two to catch Memphis. Perhaps much less. Who is aware of, this race may already be over. As a result of, logic states that if the NBA decides to droop common season video games, the overwhelming chances are is, in impact, ending the common season.