What Dallas Mavericks fans learned about NBA restart on May 29
The Dallas Mavericks currently sit seventh in the Western Conference. They are just four games back of third, though. That is potentially where one sticky issue lies as the NBA plans its restart. Fans know the season was suspended because of the novel coronavirus on March 11. The league is trying to determine how to finish out the campaign.
The Mavs played a league-high 67 games before the hiatus. Talks of a play-in for their spot are not quite fair. Dallas is seven games clear of the eighth-seeded Grizzlies. The first team not in the traditional playoffs is the Blazers which are 10.5 games behind the Mavericks. Luka Doncic and his teammates earned that playoff spot. Read more about Doncic’s incredible second season here.
If the NBA jumps directly into the postseason, the Mavs will face the LA Clippers in the opening round. That is not their ideal matchup. Dallas is hoping for a few more regular season games to not only tune-up but improve their standing. The Clippers are perhaps the worst matchup for the Mavericks in the entire NBA.
What Dallas Mavericks fans need to know about NBA restart
The league held a Board of Governors call on May 29 and more information about a potential restart was released. Here is a look at the latest.
Focus is on 20-22 teams
The NBA does not want to bring back all 30 teams. They do want to give a chance to the teams that still had time to qualify for the postseason, though. Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted the following on Friday.
There are two important bits there. The owners are going to go with commissioner Adam Silver’s plan. That means the NBA will be back at some point this summer. Also, the focus is on 20 to 22 teams in Orlando. The Mavericks would be one of them.
The players want regular season games according to Ramona Shelburne. Which looks likely to happen. Kevin O’Connor keyed fans in on this information.
That would be a massive boost for the Mavericks. Eight regular season games would virtually lock in their playoff position. It would also give them time to move up and avoid the Clippers in round one.
Nothing is for certain at this point. Silver is still formulating the optimal plan with the NBAPA. Having the backing of the owners means basketball will be back. The Dallas Mavericks are going to make the playoffs. That should have supporters feeling ecstatic. Stay tuned for more as it comes out.