Celtics beat Nets 95-90 in game which lasted 15-30 minutes shorter than standard 48-minute game…
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The Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics took part in an experimental 44-minute game in pre-season on Sunday afternoon at the Barclays Center.
The Celtics won the game 95-90 which lasted 1 hour and 58 minutes, which was roughly around 15-30 minutes shorter than a standard 48-minute game.
As set out by the NBA prior to the game, the two teams played four 11-minute quarters as opposed to the usual 12 minutes, while two timeouts were eliminated from the game.
Both parties generally agreed that they couldn’t really tell the difference and the fact that the game was four minutes shorter didn’t have much of an impact on things from a playing or coaching point of view.
“I looked up there and we were already to the first timeout [with 6:41 left in the first quarter],” Hollins said. “That was kinda surprising. That was the only time it seemed like it was quicker, but other than that, I didn’t really notice.”
“I didn’t notice a difference at all,” shooting guard Joe Johnson said. “I think it’s pretty much the same. If you’re playing the same amount of minutes, it doesn’t really matter.”
A league spokesman revealed that there had been no additional discussions over trying the experiment out again, which was aimed at making the game flow better in order to make it better suited to television windows and reduce the minutes for the players.
However, the general consensus has been that players are happy with the existing format, but they would prefer to see the 82-game regular season shortened in terms of the number of total games.