Lhe Endesa League playoffs will undergo important changes, especially if Barcelona or Real Madrid reach the Euroleague Final Four on Tuesday. The ACB clubs, meeting in a general assembly, have approved to compress the qualifying rounds for the title to adapt to the international calendar, also tight by the Pre-Olympic.
The quarterfinals of the Endesa League will be played to the best of three games, as has happened in recent seasons, but the semifinals will also be three games away. The Euroleague Final Four, which for the first time is played in the middle of the ACB playoffs (May 28 and 30), will influence the agenda. If Barcelona or Madrid must play it, the best of three games will be played. If azulgranas and madridistas do not qualify for the Cologne event, it will be five games away, as usual.
The ACB also approved during its general assembly the delay of the end of the regular phase of the championship to Sunday, May 23, to allow time for the games postponed due to the coronavirus outbreaks to be played in various teams.
The need to have more dates for several teams to recover the games postponed due to coronavirus outbreaks, cases of teams with Retabet Bilbao, TD Systems Baskonia or Morabanc Andorra has caused the clubs to agree to delay the last days to allow the normal dispute of the qualification for the ‘playoff’ for the title and the fight to avoid relegation.
In this way, matchday 36 of the League will be played on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 May, and the subsequent nine days (from May 10 to 18) will be dedicated to recovering pending matches, with the exception of Morabanc Andorra-Urbas Fuenlabrada and Barça-Monbus Obradorio, which will be played before, on May 6.
On May 19, 20 and 21, the penultimate day of the regular phase will be played (37) and on Sunday, May 23, the last day of the championship will be played.
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