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The Seven Most Important Takeaways From the NBA’s Return Plan

The NBA is coming back. According to reports by ESPN and The Athletic, the league plans to send 22 teams to Orlando—the top 13 from the Western Conference and top nine from the Eastern Conference—for an eight-game regular season beginning on July 31, followed by a postseason. The playoffs will follow the traditional format (four rounds, the top eight teams from each conference, etc. ), except a play-in tournament will be held between the ninth- and eighth-place teams if the two are within four games or fewer in the standings by the end of the regular season. If all goes well—including a board of governors call on Thursday to make the plan official—the last possible date of a Finals Game 7 is October 12. Here are the major takeaways as we wait for the decision to be approved and the games to restart: Related The NBA Has a Plan to Return.

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