NBA Going With Shorter Quarters For Warm-Up Games

When the NBA tosses up the first jump ball for its first exhibition game of the restart, things will go a little more quickly than usual.

The league is going to experiment with a 10-minute quarter-time length as opposed to the usual 12-minute time.

All teams are scheduled to play in three total exhibition games, and the shorter quarter experiment will only apply to the first exhibition game for each team.

The change is for several reasons.

The league is concerned about the safety of players after such a long layoff.

While speaking to the media, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle expressed his feelings on the change.

“This is a different situation,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said Saturday.

“In all areas, really. … I do think that there’s some latitude to do some different things.

Exhibition play will begin Wednesday with four games, and the exhibition schedule will continue through July 28.

The regular season will resume July 30 with the Jazz vs. the New Orleans Pelicans and the Los Angeles Lakers vs. the Los Angeles Clippers.