N.B.A. 2020 Season Restart: Live Updates



The N.B.A. is finally back in action, with games featuring some of the stars fans have missed the most: LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers; Kawhi Leonard and Paul George of the Los Angeles Clippers; and Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans.

More than four months after the season was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, the N.B.A. is kicking off with a doubleheader. Each of the 22 teams participating in the restart will play in eight seeding games before the playoffs.

Game 1

What have players been up to during the hiatus?

When the severity of the coronavirus outbreak became clear, many N.B.A. players found themselves without the bare training necessities. They are accustomed to having every athletic resource — high-tech training software, training staff, expansive practice facilities — at their fingertips.

Restarting the season so quickly has raised injury concerns.

The standard N.B.A. off-season is filled with weeks of off-games. The forced break of play and practice has meant that this pandemic pause may have been the longest time many N.B.A. players have gone without playing and practicing at a high level.

That has some coaches worried about the quick ramp up in Florida. Players only had three weeks after they exited quarantine to reacclimate their bodies to the demands of the N.B.A. That may leave more players susceptible to injury.

“This is a different, unique ramp-up,” Washington Wizards General Manager Tommy Sheppard said. “The physical demand of playing basketball is different than running on a treadmill, doing Peloton, doing workouts in your garage on Zoom. We’ll have basically two weeks to really get to five-on-five.”

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