Is it time to blow up the NBA playoff system?
Old 03-04-2008, 03:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is it time to blow up the NBA playoff system?

No doubt the East is slowly getting stronger, but overall we're still behind the Western Conference with respect to strength of teams overall. So keeping that in mind, is it finally time to change up how playoffs are conducted?

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If the reason to have playoffs is to give the best teams during the regular season a chance to duke it out for the championship, the NBA is in big trouble. As it stands now, some of the best teams in the game will be sitting at home and teams that have won 15 fewer games will be pretending that they actually belong in the league’s showcase event.

Just look at the standings. If the playoffs started today, the New jersey Nets would be in the playoffs with a .441 winning percentage, and the Denver Nuggets would be out with a .593 winning percentage.
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Old 03-04-2008, 03:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There would be a lot more tasty match-ups in the end = more viewership.

I think it's a good idea. It would definitely keep things exciting and new.
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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No way, I love the two conference Idea. But what I would change is the fact that if you lead your division you are a top 4.
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Old 03-04-2008, 07:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The conference system is a-ok by me...

One thing though, I don't think the detraction of "Travel makes it impossible" is really all that true. If they do the 2-3-2 system for all rounds, is it really that big of a difference? It's not like they get jet lag by flying from LA to Toronto. If anything 2-2-1-1-1 is a tougher system for players.

HOWEVER, I do think it'd lead to some crappy early series. Would anyone really want to the Lakers dismantle well... us, the 1st round? I also think it leads to the problem of a harder conference skewing results. Ex. If the Sacramento Kings were in the East, they'd have as many wins as us probably, if not more. Then you get into what's the point of having conferences and divisions at all, if only for travel purposes?

At the end of the day, Denver might be a pretty good team who misses the playoffs, but let's face it, even if they did get in the playoffs, they'd be gone in the 1st round anyways. If you want in, beat your opponents, rise to the challenge. It's as simple as that.

I guess I'm the only one enjoying how competitive the West is. It's just FUN. This is the way it should be, whoever's the best gets in, not whoever's the least bad. And next year should be just as interesting - Lakers, Spurs, Utah, New Orleans, Houston, Dallas, Golden State aren't going anywhere, then you've got Portland beefing up with Oden and lots of capspace, and the Clippers jumping back in it(I predict... you never know with the Clippers, but if they roll out Thornton, Brand, Kaman, and someone good from this year's draft - Rose would be perfect, that's a scary team right there. It's time for their management to stop being so shitty and finally contend if they get that group, put in the right pieces). Phoenix and Denver will be worse but they might still be in contention, sort of.

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