NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Major League Baseball has started experimenting with the pace of its games.
It looks like the National Basketball Association wants in on the action, too.READ MORE: Some Parents Say NYC Department Of Education Still Doesn't Have Reliable School Bus Service
The NBA announced Tuesday that it would test a 44-minute game — shortening each quarter by one minute — during an Oct. 19 preseason matchup between the Nets and Boston Celtics in Brooklyn.
“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,” NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said in a statement.
Thorn said that with the blessing of the competition committee, the abbreviated game would give the league “some preliminary data that will help us to further analyze game-time lengths.”READ MORE: COVID-19 Latest: FDA Advisory Panel Endorses Pfizer Vaccine For Children Ages 5-11
Nets head coach Lionel Hollins and Brad Stevens of the Celtics said both teams were happy to deviate — for one night — from the standard 48-minute game.
In addition to 11-minute quarters, Sunday’s game will have only two mandatory timeouts in the second and fourth frames, down from three in a typical game.
“When this idea came up at the coaches’ meeting, I thought it was a unique experiment that was worth participating in,” Hollins said. “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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