The American Basketball League (NBA) 2020-21 season, which has changed its regular season format due to the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, will start on Wednesday, December 23.
On the opening day of the 75th season of the NBA, which started in 1946 under the name of the American Basketball Association (BAA), 2 matches will be played. The first game of the new season pits Stephen Curry with former Golden State Warriors teammates Kevin Durant, who were off the pitch last year due to injuries.
Durant’s team Brooklyn Nets, who have not played in any official match since the 5th match of the 2019 final series, where the Achilles tendon was broken, will host the Warriors, who played only 5 games last season due to a broken hand and wrist.
Durant, who was the top scorer 4 times in his career, once the most valuable player (MVP) of the regular season and 2 times of the final series, will wear the jersey of the Nets for the first time in the summer of 2019.
Former all-star basketball player Steve Nash, who took office at the Nets in September, will have his first experience as head coach.
– Teams will play 10 matches less in the regular season
The late ending of the last season due to the pandemic caused the new season to start in December instead of October.
In the 2020-21 regular season, where the NBA management has changed its format for this reason, 72 games will be played instead of 82. The last 4 teams to participate in the play-offs will be determined by the play-in tournament between the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th places in their conferences.
Accordingly, the winner of the match between the teams that finished the regular season between 7th and 8th in the East and West conferences will rise to the playoffs with the 7th place. The defeated team will face the winner of the fight between the 9th and 10th. Teams that win this match will also receive play-off tickets from the 8th place.
The post-break games given to the league last season were held at the ESPN Wide World Sports Complex in Orlando. But this season, the teams will play on their own fields. The teams will be able to receive a limited number of spectators in the hall in line with the Covid-19 protocols in their states.
Toronto Raptors, the only Canadian team in the NBA that reached the first championship in its history in 2019, will play its matches in Tampa, USA, due to the restrictions in the country.
– Uncertainty regarding the All-Star match continues
The NBA All-Star Weekend, which was planned to be held at the Indiana Pacers’ field on February 13-15, 2021, was delayed for 3 years due to Covid-19 concerns. It was decided that the city of Indianapolis will host the event on 17-19 February 2024.
The normal season will be suspended on March 6-11. The decision as to whether the 2021 NBA All-Star Weekend will be held in another city will be announced at a later date.
The regular season, which will continue on 12 March, will be completed on 17 May. The play-in tournament will be held on 19-22 May. The play-offs with 16 teams will begin on May 23, and the 2021 NBA final series will begin on July 9.
– Champion Lakers made their squad stronger
The salary cap, which reached a record high with the broadcast rights agreement before the 2016-17 season, remained unchanged this year and remained at $ 109.14 million.
Summer 2020 was also active for the Los Angeles Lakers, who won the championship last season with their deep roster, including star players LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
The Lakers, who renewed their contracts with roles such as James and Davis as well as Markieff Morris, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Quinn Cook, included Montrezl Harrell, all-star pivot Marc Gasol, Wesley Matthews and Dennis Schröder, who were named the 6th best man last year. also linked to their colors.
Milwaukee Bucks, who led the regular season last year but was eliminated in the Eastern Conference semi-finals, extended the contract of star player Giannis Antetokounmpo for 5 years for $ 228.2 million. The Greek basketball player, who has been selected as the MVP of the regular season for the last 2 years, has signed the highest paid contract in the history of the league.
Like Bucks, the disappointing Los Angeles Clippers, who were eliminated in the conference semifinals, signed a 4-year contract with all-star player Paul George for $ 190 million.
The most striking transfer move of the summer was the exchange where all-star playmakers Russell Westbrook and John Wall replaced. The Washington Wizards took Westbrook, the MVP of the regular season in 2017, from John Wall and Houston Rockets in exchange for a first round draft.
After being elected all-star 5 times in a row, Wall, who has not been on the field for 2 years due to injuries in his left foot Achilles tendon and heel, is a curiosity about his performance at Rockets.
All-star players DeMarcus Cousins (Rockets), Blake Griffin (Detroit Pistons) and Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers), who have suffered serious injuries in recent years, like Wall, also hope to return to the league in a healthy way.
Highlights from last season
Draft 1 number: Zion Williamson (New Orleans Pelicans)
Regular season leader: Milwaukee Bucks (56 wins, 17 losses)
Most valuable player of the regular season: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
Regular season’s top scoring: James Harden (Houston Rockets) – 34.3 points
Champion: Los Angeles Lakers (beat Miami Heat 4-2)
Most valuable player in the final series: LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)
Regular season team records
Most wins: Golden State Warriors (2015-16) – 73
Most defeats: Philadelphia 76ers (1972-73) – 73
Best wins percentage: Golden State Warriors (2015-16) 73-9 (89 percent)
Worst win percentage: Charlotte Bobcats (2011-12) 7-59 (10.6 percent)
Most points scored game: 370 points – Detroit Pistons: 186-Denver Nuggets: 184 (3 times overtime in 1983, also made in NBA history as the game with the most points (186) for a team)
Least point game: 119 points – Milwaukee Hawks: 57-Boston Celtics: 62 (1955)
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JJ Redick not yet in Dallas: “He should take his time”
The Dallas Mavericks grabbed a small deal with New Orleans JJ Redick. The sniper is injured, however, it remains unclear when the veteran can intervene.
As the Mavs announced, JJ Redick is not yet with the team, but is doing his rehab individually after Redick received conservative treatment on the heel after the All-Star Break.
Dallas had acquired the 36-year-old as a package with ex-Bamberg’s Nicolo Melli from New Orleans, in return the forwards James Johnson and Wesley Iwundu as well as a second round pick and some cash in the Big Easy changed.
“We want to make sure the heel is at 100 percent,” said Mavs GM Donnie Nelson. “He should take his time and if he feels comfortable, he can come to Dallas and be integrated.” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said the heel was making progress but he didn’t know when Redick would join the team.
Dallas sees JJ Redick as an important piece of the puzzle for the playoffs. The Shooting Guard has played more playoff games (110) than the rest of the Mavs roster. Over the season, Redick posted an average of 8.7 points with a three-way quota of around 36 percent.
However, the trade came as a bit of a surprise, with many anticipating a buyout from Redick. The Brooklyn Nets would have been the favorite, also because the Shooting Guard lives with his family in Brooklyn.
“He would have liked to have chosen his team himself, but it didn’t turn out that way,” said Nelson. “He told me that Luka (Doncic, editor’s note) was one of his favorite players and Luka has already written with him. Dirk (Nowitzki, editor’s note) has already done that too. I think that JJ is happy to be in Dallas. “
LeBron James and Dennis Schröder spoil LaMelo Ball’s return to Los Angeles – Lakers drag Hornets away late
Against the Charlotte Hornets, LeBron James was clearly the best player on the field and, with the energetic support of Dennis Schröder, carried the Los Angeles Lakers to a 116-105 victory. LaMelo Ball impressed in his hometown.
Los Angeles Lakers (28-13) – Charlotte Hornets (20-20) 116: 105
James started with 13 points (6/7 FG) in the first quarter and always hit important throws when the Hornets threatened to equalize or to take the lead. The MVP candidate finished the game with 37 points (14/22 FG), 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Dennis Schröder fulfilled his role as a secondary playmaker well with 22 points (9/19 FG) and 7 assists. In addition, Kyle Kuzma and Talen Horton-Tucker each contributed 12 points from the bench.
LaMelo Ball held up well with 26 points (10/18 FG), 5 rebounds and 7 assists (but 6 turnovers), the Hornets lacked points, especially from Gordon Hayward (7), but the forward distributed 10 assists and collected 9 rebounds . Terry Rozier got 20 points and P.J. Washington impressed as a small ball center with 18, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Alex Caruso (5) was available to the Lakers again after his concussion, and Lakers coach Frank Vogel, without Anthony Davis and Marc Gasol, relied on Damian Jones as the center again. However, like Charlotte, L.A. later switched to smaller lineups, neither Jones nor Cody Zeller played more than 13 minutes.
With the victory and the simultaneous defeat of the Phoenix Suns, the Lakers are back in second place in the Western Conference. Charlotte ranks seventh in the east.
Bron’s got the spin and his teammates got his back 👏 pic.twitter.com/LuUUDaZME1— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 19, 2021
Both teams pushed the pace at the beginning of the game and scored again and again in the fast break, L.A. pulled away at 21:14. LeBron James (13) and Dennis Schröder (10) together scored 23 of the 31 Lakers points in the first quarter.
The high pace continued in the second quarter, but the Hornets lost control several times and allowed the Lakers with wild turnover (19:12 in total) a 14-2 run including a 51:33 lead in the middle of the section. Charlotte responded with seven unanswered points when James took a short break, but the King came back with five quick points before the break at halftime score of 60:45.
The Hornets came out of the cabin well and, with the help of a triplet from Rozier, were seven points behind. After a break, Charlotte extended his run with a triple from Ball to 16: 4 and leveled the game shortly afterwards. James Borrego waived starting center Cody Zeller and instead let P.J. Washington, Miles Bridges and Gordon Hayward play long distances in the front court, whereby the Hornets won the third section with 34:23 and went into the final section with only -4.
In the fourth quarter, the Lakers gained some distance with a 10-0 run and were able to hold this lead until the end, the Hornets did not get any closer than 7 points. Charlotte has three away games ahead of her with the Clippers, Spurs and Rockets. The Lakers receive the hot Hawks on Saturday afternoon, North American time.
Knicks legend Patrick Ewing has to identify himself: “Thought that was my hall”
“I thought that was my hall,” said the 58-year-old: “It’s terrible that I’m stopped, spoken to and asked for ID.”
Patrick Ewing was the coach of Georgetown Hoyas in New York, his college team beat the Villanova Wildcats 72:71. But after the game Ewing was occupied with something completely different. “Everyone in this arena has to fucking know who I am. But I’m being stopped, I can’t move freely. I just thought, ‘What the hell is going on? Is this really Madison Square Garden?'” Ewing said.
The former center played for the Knicks for 15 years and was elected all-star eleven times. He was twice in the finals with the franchise (1994, 1999), his jersey number 33 has not been awarded since 2003. So he wanted to get in touch with James Dolan, Knicks owner and manager of Madison Square Garden. “I guess I’ll have to call Mr. Dolan and ask, ‘Jesus, is my number under the roof or what?'”