But the NBA hasn’t done what a couple WNBA teams are set to do on Tuesday. The Washington Mystics and Minnesota Lynx are scheduled to play what is being billed as an “analytic” scrimmage at 2 p.m. at Verizon Center after a “normal” scrimmage at 1 p.m. Owner Ted Leonsis, also owner of the Wizards, will be available to the media before the scrimmages to discuss the unique event.
The analytic session will consist of two 10-minute periods with different rules. The first period will be played with “modified location scoring” that will completely negate midrange field goals — the least efficient shot in basketball. Made midrange jumpers will not count. Instead, they will result in a loss of possession. The second period will feature “modified pacing rules,” notably a 20-second shot clock.
The scrimmage will be played after the two teams’ NBA counterparts — the Wizards and Timberwolves — finished third and fourth in total midrange jumpers attempted during the regular season. The Mystics open their season on the road onJune 5 against the Connecticut Sun.
Below are the unusual rules for the contest:
First Period: Modified Location Scoring
— Shots only count from three-point range, paint and extended low block.
— Midrange shots do not count (made shots from midrange will result in loss of possession).
Second Period: Modified Pacing Rules
— A 20-second shot clock.
— The shot clock resets to 14 seconds following offensive rebounds.
— One point automatically granted on all two-point free-throw situations, with one free throw taken for additional point.
— Two points automatically granted on all three-point free-throw situations, with 1 free throw taken for additional point.
— One free-throw is taken for an additional point if a player is fouled following a successful basket.
— One timeout per team.
— One ball advance per team (stop play and advance ball to the 28-foot mark in the front court).