Time beyond regulation within the G League this season shall be a race to seven points.
The schedule for the G League’s twenty second yr was released Thursday, with the 50-game slate—an 18-game Showcase Cup to begin the yr, then a 32-game regular season—scheduled for Nov. 4 to March 25. The playoffs begin on March 28.
And the league is making some changes, with a switch to a “goal rating” ending for its additional time games amongst probably the most significant. The primary team to attain seven points within the OT period wins, and that extra session shall be untimed.
The G League set seven points because the additional time goal since it wanted to make sure the additional period lasts longer than two possessions.
The move mirrors what the NBA has done at its last three All-Star Games, when a goal rating—whichever team was leading after three quarters, plus 24 points, in a nod to one among Kobe Bryant’s jersey numbers—was set for an untimed fourth quarter.
A variation of the goal rating also shall be in use for all games on the G League’s Winter Showcase at Las Vegas in December. There shall be no clock within the fourth quarter of those games; the leading rating after three quarters could have 25 points added to it, and the primary team to that number wins. For instance, if Team A leads Team B 75-74 after three quarters, the primary team to 100 points can be the winner.
The goal rating concept is something that the NBA began seriously considering for some events in 2019, when then-National Basketball Players Association president Chris Paul—an enormous fan of The Basketball Tournament, a winner-take-all summer event composed mostly of school alumni teams—reached out to say the league should explore the concept.
The Basketball Tournament, commonly called TBT, uses what is named the Elam Ending; in those games, the clock is turned off at the primary stoppage with 4:00 or less within the fourth quarter, and the goal rating there may be eight points greater than the leading rating on the time.
One other latest twist for the G League this season is that the league-sponsored Ignite team shall be a full-fledged member, with a 50-game schedule and eligible for the league championship for the primary time.
The G League Ignite, which can play this season out of a latest home in Henderson, Nevada, exists to develop young prospects in preparation for the NBA draft. It featured three eventual top-10 draft picks—Jalen Green and Jonathan Kuminga last yr, Dyson Daniels this yr—in its first two seasons.
Also playing a full schedule this season: the Mexico City Capitanes. They’ll host the primary G League regular-season game played in Mexico on Nov. 6, once they face the defending champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
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