The American Professional Basketball Championship 2020-2021 kicks off with a Brooklyn Nets victory over Golden State Warriors 125-99 on the evening of December 22.

Because of Covid-19, the new NBA season kicks in in December, about two months later than usual. The tournament will run until July 2021, just before the 2021 Tokyo Olympics opens. The organizers believe that this is the most appropriate time because there is no TV competition with the Olympics or the American Rugby League (NFL).

Kevin Durant scored 22 points against the old team.  Photo: AP.

Kevin Durant scored 22 points against the old team. Image: AP.

In the opening game of the NBA season, the Brooklyn Nets won the Golden State Warriors 125-99. The home team’s superstar Kevin Durant made his debut with 22 points, while Kyrie Irving contributed 26 points. On the away side, superstar Steph Curry scored 20 points but was disappointed when he missed eight out of thirteen.

This season, the Brooklyn Nets is considered a heavyweight champion candidate when Durant recovered from an Achilles heel injury, and Irving also reached a state of fullness. Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors have a hard time because Klay Thompson is out of action for the whole season, and the 2018 champions are expected to continue to the bottom of the West group as they did last season.

In the next match, defending champions Los Angeles Lakers lost to rivals Los Angeles Clippers 109-116. This season, the Lakers are even more appreciated than last season, with many new high-quality personnel alongside two superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis. If the NBA championship 2020-2021, the Lakers will be crowned 18th – the record of the tournament.

The 2020-2021 NBA season sees a lot of changes because of Covid-19. The home-away format is back, but the stadiums have not yet welcomed the audience. Teams played only 72 matches in the regular season instead of the traditional 82. This year’s All-Star event is also not held.

At the end of the season, only the top six teams from each region had tickets to go straight to the play-offs. Teams ranked seven through tenth will compete against each other to find the final tickets to the knockout stages.

The official team roster has been increased from 13 to 15 players, in case of nCoV positives. The organizers of the tournament have lifted many strict regulations with the cases of star players resting during important matches.

The NBA recruiting event was carried over from the event hall. to online form. The Toronto Raptors will move their home field to the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida because the Canadian government limits travel with the US.

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