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NBA to Experiment with 44-Minute Game

The league's competition committee dabbles with the idea of shortening games by 4 minutes total.

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

An NBA press release reveals that the league will experiment with shortening certain preseason games from 48 minutes to 44.

"At our recent coaches' meeting, we had a discussion about the length of our games, and it was suggested that we consider experimenting with a shorter format," said NBA President, Basketball Operations Rod Thorn. "After consulting with our Competition Committee, we agreed to allow the Nets and Celtics to play a 44-minute preseason game in order to give us some preliminary data that will help us to further analyze game-time lengths."

Application of the experimental 44-minute game will involve quarters being reduced from their typical 12 minutes each to 11 and a reduction in mandatory timeouts in the second and fourth quarters. elaborates on the story.

No word yet whether the fine folks at Basketball Reference are scrambling to change their "per-36-minute" stats to "per-35.25".