According to sources, the NBA Board of Governors is planning on approving Commissioner Adam Silver’s plan to resume the NBA season tomorrow.
In the season’s resumption, 22 teams with playoff aspirations, including the Rockets, will return to action next month in Orlando.
The 22 teams will play eight games of regular season action before finalizing their seeding before the playoffs, which are expected to feature Best-of-7 series each round. The league is expected to finish no later than October 12.
Each of the 22 teams will play eight regular season games in Orlando for seeding purposes for the playoffs, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 3, 2020
There will also be a play-in series for those vying for the eighth playoff spot in each conference.
Play-in tournament in NBA's 22-team format would only be for 8th seed, per sources:— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 3, 2020
- If 9th seed is 4 or more games back, 8th seed earns spot
- If 9th seed is 4 or fewer games behind, play-in: Single-elimination for 9th seed, double-elimination for 8th.https://t.co/d7X3X6d1p8
The Rockets are 8.5 games ahead of the ninth seed, which effectively means the Rockets have qualified for this year’s playoffs.
It is unknown who the Rockets would face in the eight-game regular season that would shape up how the teams will be seeded in the Western Conference. The team currently sits in the sixth seed, but they could climb to as high as the #2 seed when the season resumes.
TDS will keep you updated as this story develops.