LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Welcome back, NBA. The games start Thursday night at Walt Disney World, and here's 10 things to know as the season enters its restart phase.
WHERE WE WERE
In case you forgot, and you likely did, the hottest team when the NBA shut down for the coronavirus pandemic was ... the Toronto Raptors.
The reigning NBA champions had won four consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NBA — one game ahead of the three in a row posted by Oklahoma City, Brooklyn and Orlando.
Detroit had lost five straight when play was suspended, and Minnesota had dropped three in a row. Neither of those clubs is at the restart. Of the 22 teams that are, the team on the longest winless drought when play was stopped was — surprisingly — the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks, who had dropped three in a row.
If all the seeding games get played, then this NBA season would include 1,059 games — a drop of 171 from what was planned when the season began.
That means 14% of the season will not be played.