Final week, ESPN reported that the NBA would contemplate altering the present playoff format by re-seeding the groups 1-sixteen (nonetheless the eight from every convention). Now, Zach Lowe is reporting there could also be one other change on the arisen.
Whereas there isn’t a fast plan to make this variation – in the event that they ever do – there have been actual discussions about making a play-in event for the ultimate playoff spots. The potential change would create the next in accordance with Lowe:
[T]wo 4-staff tournaments that includes the seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth seeds in every convention. The seventh seed would host the eighth seed, with the winner of that single recreation nabbing the seventh spot, sources say. In the meantime, the ninth seed would host the tenth seed, with the winner of that recreation dealing with the loser of the 7-versus-eight matchup for the ultimate playoff spot.
Which might be superior! And is but one more reason the NBA is probably the most progressive league going and is gaining floor on the NFL by the minute.
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This concept can be an entertaining spectacle that may lead into the playoffs. One of many few points the NBA has is that late within the season the groups preventing for the ultimate seeds are dealing with groups which have both checked out, or will not be prepared to place their prime stars on the courtroom with their playoff seeds already wrapped up.
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If this rule was hypothetically in place this yr – utilizing the present standings – we might be in for an actual deal with:
Within the East, it will be the should-see 76ers with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons internet hosting the Warmth, and the West would show Damian Lillard welcoming Anthony Davis to Rip Metropolis to safe a play spot.
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Then for dessert, it might be the brand new-look Pistons led by Blake Griffin taking over Kemba Walker’s squad to face the loser of the 76ers and Warmth matchup to lock up the ultimate playoff spot. Likewise for a gathering between Rookie of the Yr main Donovan Mitchell taking over probably the most underrated group within the NBA, the Clippers.
Whereas this can be years away from turning into a actuality, if/when it occurs, the NBA ought to be saying …