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Thunder: Billy Donovan addresses potential NBA schedule changes

Changes could be coming to the NBA calendar as soon as the 2021-22 season, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe reported Saturday

Among them, a reseeding of the four conference finalists, a 30-team in-season tournament and a postseason play-in. With the changes, the regular season would be shortened from 82 games to a minimum of 78 games, ESPN reported. 

Thunder coach Billy Donovan was asked about the proposals after practice Sunday, specifically about a shortened regular season, or at least one with more days off in between games. 

"Because of the number of games that we’re playing and obviously injuries and things that are happening, I think they’re taking a deeper dive into that, and I also think players are becoming smarter too with all the load management," Donovan said. 

"And then you have the other factor of people wanting to go to games to watch guys play, and sometimes they’re not playing. And it’s hard because you’ve got to take care of the health of your players, and I think maybe what they’re finding out, is 82 games too many games? I don’t know, but I think that’s probably what some of this is coming down to." 

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Thunder coach Billy Donovan yells at officials before receiving a technical foul in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

Thunder coach Billy Donovan yells at officials before receiving a technical foul in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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