Celtics, Nets To Experiment With Shortened, 44-Minute Preseason Game

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October 14, 2014

Chris Johnson, Jeff GreenWALTHAM, Mass. — Baseball isn’t the only sport experimenting with new ways of shortening games.

The NBA announced Monday that the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets will play a 44-minute preseason game this Sunday at the Barclays Center — four minutes shorter than a standard 48-minute contest. The game will feature 11-minute quarters and an altered mandatory timeout schedule.

Both teams volunteered to participate in the one-game experiment, according to the league.

“At our recent coaches’ meeting, we had a discussion about the length of our games, and it was suggested that we consider experimenting with a shorter format,” NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said in a statement. “After consulting with our Competition Committee, we agreed to allow the Nets and Celtics to play a 44-minute preseason game in order to give us some preliminary data that will help us further analyze game-time lengths.”

The shortened game will eliminate two mandatory timeouts — one in the second quarter and another in the fourth. The clock will stop at the first dead ball with less than 6:59 remaining in each quarter and again at the first dead ball under 2:59.

“I appreciate the NBA’s long history of forward thinking and willingness to try new ideas,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said in a statement. “We told the NBA that we’d be happy to participate in this trial during a preseason game. I look forward to experiencing it and continuing the dialogue after Oct. 19.”

“When this idea came up at the coaches’ meeting, I thought it was a unique experiment that was worth participating in,” first-year Nets coach Lionel Hollins added. “I’m looking forward to gauging its impact on the flow of the game. Since there is a shorter clock, it affects playing time, so it’ll be interesting to see how it plays into substitution patterns.”

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