The National Basketball Association has decided to lower the playing time to 44 minute game for the Brooklyn Nets vs Boston Celtics at Barclays Center on Oct. 19 (3 p.m. ET, NBA TV). Shortening the time 4 minutes from the normally 48 minute game.
“At our recent coaches’ meeting, we had a discussion about the length of our games, and it was suggested that we consider experimenting with a shorter format,” said NBA President, Basketball Operations Rod Thorn. “After consulting with our Competition Committee, we agreed to allow the Nets and Celtics to play a 44-minute preseason game in order to give us some preliminary data that will help us to further analyze game-time lengths.”
This is just a test according to the NBA. During the Nets vs Celtics game, the quarters will be shortened from 12 minute quarters to 11 minute quarters with 2 mandatory time-outs per quarter instead of 3 in the second and fourth quarter.
Nets Head Coach Lionel Hollins. “I’m looking forward to gauging its impact on the flow of the game. Since there is a shorter clock, it affects playing time, so it’ll be interesting to see how it plays into substitution patterns.”
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