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Gregg Popovich says it would be ‘beneficial’ if NBA reduced length of season from 82 games to 78

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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich says it would be “beneficial” if the NBA reduced the length of the season from 82 games to 78.

The NBA is engaged in serious discussions with the National Basketball Players Association and broadcast partners on sweeping and dramatic changes to the league calendar. Potential scenarios include a reseeding of the four conference finalists, a 30-team in-season tournament and a postseason play-in.

These scenarios would include shortening the regular season to no less than 78 games.

The Spurs are just 5-11 on the season. They have lost a whopping eight straight games and are in danger of missing the playoffs. San Antonio needs to get its act together sooner rather than later.

When Tim Duncan was still playing with San Antonio, Popovich would often rest Duncan on back-to-backs. Eliminating four games in the season would help with the load management issue. Teams don’t like playing their star players in back-to-backs because there’s a bigger risk for injury.

We’ll see if this new rule gets in action. The Spurs are more focused on turning their season around. It would be so strange not to see Popovich in the playoffs. He’s been to the postseason a league-record 22 consecutive years.