The NBA G League unveiled its 2022-23 schedule on Thursday, and along with it an interesting novelty for the upcoming season: Every G League game t
The NBA G League unveiled its 2022-23 schedule on Thursday, and along with it an interesting novelty for the upcoming season: Every G League game that goes into overtime won’t end with a timed period, but with a Final. Elam.
Under the final Elam format, the game clock will be turned off during the overtime period and teams must reach a “Final Target Score” to win. The target score will be established by adding seven points to the game score at the end of regulation time. For example, if the game is tied at 100 after four quarters, the “Final Target Score” in overtime would be 107 points. The first team to score seven points in overtime wins.
The G League will also use the Elam Ending format during its annual showcase in Las Vegas in December, in which all 30 teams participate. The fourth quarter of each game will be played with a “Final Target Score” of 25 points added to the leading team. score after three quarters. For example, if the game score after three quarters is 90-85, the “Final Target Score” would be 115 points: the first team to 115 points wins the game.
The NBA adopted the Elam Ending format for its All-Star Game starting in 2020 in Chicago, after it became popular for its use in the Basketball Tournament in recent years.
While its use in the G League is far from a guarantee that it will ever be used in NBA regular season or playoff games in any way, the G League has been used as a testing ground for the potential changes the NBA has experimented with over the years. past several seasons.
Meanwhile, this season will also mark the first time that the G League Ignite, a team that includes several 2023 NBA draft prospects, and the Mexico City Capitanes will play a full 50-game schedule: 24 games at home, 24 games away from home and two at home. the annual showcase in Las Vegas.
The Ignites will play their home games in Las Vegas this season after relocating from California. The Capitanes will play their full schedule in Mexico City, with the first G League game played in Mexico City on November 6, when Mexico City hosts the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.