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NBA to experiment with 44-minute preseason game

The NBA will look at speeding up at least one preseason game.

When the Brooklyn Nets host the Boston Celtics this Sunday at Barclays Center, the game will be played using 11-minute quarters instead of the usual 12-minute quarters.

“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,” said NBA President, Basketball Operations Rod Thorn 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 to further analyze game-time lengths.”

There will be two mandatory timeouts in the second and fourth quarters. There are three mandatory timeouts in 48-minute games.

The first timeout will be at the first dead ball under 6:59 of the period if neither team has taken a timeout prior,

The second mandatory timeout will be occur with the first dead ball under 2:59 if neither team has taken a timeout subsequent to the first mandatory timeout.

“When this idea came up at the coaches’ meeting, I thought it was a unique experiment that was worth participating in,” said Nets coach Lionel Hollins. “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.”

Added Boston coach Brad Stevens:

“I appreciate the NBA’s long history of forward thinking and willingness to try new ideas. 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 October 19.”

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