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A post-coronavirus hiatus 2020 NBA Playoffs to remain with 16 teams, according to report

If the season resumes, a 16-team playoff field will eliminate the Wizards from playoff contention.

Washington Wizards v Charlotte Hornets
Scott Brooks and Bradley Beal can expect a very short post coronavirus hiatus schedule if the 2019-20 NBA season resumes.
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The NBA is looking into any and every possible way for the 2019-20 season to continue despite the COVID-19 pandemic. However it appears that the 2020 NBA playoff field will remain at 16 teams with games in front of no fans.

According to Marc Berman of The New York Post, the NBA is looking at possible venues to hold a playoff series and a five-to-seven game finale to the regular season, likely in late June. Playoff series would be capped to best-of-three series, with a single elimination tournament as a last resort.

From there, the 2020-21 NBA season would theoretically begin around Christmas time.

If all of these things happen, the Washington Wizards would almost definitely be eliminated from the NBA Playoffs if they play seven games after the hiatus. They are 5.5 games behind the Orlando Magic for eighth place. If Washington only plays five games, then they are already eliminated.

How would you feel if the NBA season continues with some regular season games, but you also knew that Washington had nothing to play for? Let us know in the comments below.