Thursday afternoon, the NBA released its full slate of games to be played in Orlando beginning on July 31 with a 22-team return to play format.
With only one back-to-back, and a handful of matinee games locally, here's how Portland’s regular season schedule shakes out:
- Friday, July 31 vs. Memphis Grizzlies (1:00pm Pacific Time)
- Sunday, Aug. 2 vs. Boston Celtics (12:30pm Pacific Time)
- Tuesday, Aug. 4 vs. Houston Rockets (6:00pm Pacific Time)
- Thursday, Aug. 6 vs. Denver Nuggets (5:00pm Pacific Time)
- Saturday, Aug. 8 vs. LA Clippers (10:00am Pacific Time)
- Sunday, Aug. 9 vs. Philadelphia 76ers (3:30pm Pacific Time)
- Tuesday, Aug. 11 vs. Dallas Mavericks (2:00pm Pacific Time)
- Thursday, Aug. 13 vs. Brooklyn Nets (TBD)
The Trail Blazers currently sit in 9th place in the Western Conference standings, 3.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies. Sacramento and New Orleans are also 3.5 games behind Memphis, but Portland holds the tiebreaker.
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The NBA and the NBPA have worked closely with infectious disease specialists, public health experts and government officials to establish a rigorous program to prevent and mitigate the risk related to COVID-19, including a regular testing protocol and stringent safety practices. The season restart was also contingent on an agreement with The Walt Disney Company to use Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida, as a single site for a campus for all games, as well as practices and housing for the remainder of the season.
In addition to regular testing, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported on June 3 that various other medical protocols will be put in place, including no guests permitted until the postseason, players not being allowed to shower in the arena and bench players sitting in spread-out rows. Still, the league and those who travel to Orlando would clearly be taking on health and safety risks by deciding to continue the season.
The games in Orlando will be played without fans. They will be televised with specific broadcast information yet to be announced.
Here are a few key dates to keep in mind:
- Training camp: June 30
- Travel to Orlando: July 7-9
- Start date: July 30
It’s been over three months since the 2019-20 NBA season was suspended back on March 11, following Jazz center Rudy Gobert testing positive for the coronavirus.
Now we are just over a month away from live NBA games!