Steve Clifford Discusses NBA’s Restart on NBA Radio and 96.9 The Game
ORLANDO – The Orlando Magic were playing their best basketball of the season during the few weeks before the NBA went on a hiatus due to the global pandemic. They had won eight of their last 12, ranking No. 1 in points and No. 2 in both assists and field goal percentage over that span.
With the NBA planning on restarting the season on July 31 in Orlando at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, the Magic will hope to pick up where they left off and clinch a second straight playoff berth. The work they have put in while away from the court gives head coach Steve Clifford and his players a ton of optimism as the resumption of the season draws closer.
At the time of the league’s stoppage, the Magic were sitting in eighth place in the East, just a half-game back of the seventh-placed Brooklyn Nets and 5 ½ games ahead of the ninth-placed Washington Wizards. All 22 teams invited to Disney will play eight “seeding” games prior to the start of the postseason. Wins and losses recorded during those pre-playoff contests will be added on to the current East and West standings.
If the team in eighth at the end of that pre-playoff window has more than a four-game lead on the team in ninth, the postseason field will be set. However, if the team in ninth is within four games of the team in eighth, a play-in tournament will be held between the No. 8 and 9 ...
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