The NBA and the Players Association officially agreed to a plan to restart the season today, ending weeks of negotiations about the details of the bubble set-up, and Adam Silver spoke with media for the first time since April to provide some clarity regarding the league’s ambitious undertaking.
With the restart confirmed, we know now who the Clippers will be playing in their eight “seeding games” before the start of the postseason.
- July 30: vs. LA Lakers (TNT, 6 pm PT)
- Aug. 1: vs. New Orleans Pelicans (ESPN, 3 pm PT)
- Aug. 4: vs. Phoenix Suns (NBATV, 1 pm PT)
- Aug 6: vs. Dallas Mavericks (TNT, 3:30 pm PT)
- Aug. 8 vs. Portland Trail Blazers (TNT, 10 am PT)
- Aug. 9 vs. Brooklyn Nets (NBATV, 6 pm PT)
- Aug. 12 vs. Denver Nuggets (ESPN, 6 pm PT)
- Aug 14. vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (TV, Time TBD)
The team is currently in the second seed, 5.5 games behind the Lakers and 1.5 games ahead of the Denver Nuggets, so there remains some possibility that the team could fall back into the third seed.
The headline, of course, is re-opening night against the Lakers. These teams are expected to meet again in the playoffs, but they’re going to match up on night one in Orlando, and that’s going to be a big game, rust or not.
What do you think about the schedule to wrap up the pre-playoffs slate? Let’s chat in the comments below.