HeatFanLifer wrote:oreon wrote:HeatFanLifer wrote:NBA should do a world cup style of bracketing to finish the season. 6 groups of 5 teams. Two teams advance from each group. Group placement is based on regular season record. 1 game against each team in group.
Milwaukee, Philly, Dallas, Chicago, New York
Lakers, indy, Memphis, Charlotte, Detroit
Toronto, Houston, Brooklyn, Washington, Atl
Clippers, OKC, Orlando, Phoenix, Minny
Celtics, Heat, Portland, San Antonio, Cleveland
Nuggets, Jazz, New Orleans, Sacramento, Warriors
12 teams advance. Teams with top 4 regular season records get a bye. 3 game playoff for 8 remaining teams in first round. Brackets are re-seeded each round depending on record.
That is way too complicated. There are talks about doing 1 - 16 regardless of conference. The top 13 are pretty much set. You could have a play in tournament for 8 teams for the last 3 spots. Then the rest is the same, 7 game playoffs with reseeding each round. The matchups would be fun.The NBA is considering a group stage with the resumption of the season....
The 20 teams would be allocated into five tiers in descending order by record.
Tier 1: Bucks, Lakers, Raptors, Clippers
Tier 2: Celtics, Nuggets, Jazz, Heat
Tier 3: Thunder, Rockets, Pacers, Sixers
Tier 4: Mavericks, Grizzlies, Nets, Magic
Tier 5: Blazers, Pelicans, Kings, Spurs
Groups would then be randomly drawn with one team from each tier.
Ok. I read it and I don't like it. Just go with top 16 and start playoffs. Or go with the top 8 in each conference based on 63 games (minimum amt of games played by a team). Portland is 4 games away from 8th and Wizards 5 away. Tough luck for these teams but it wouldn't be a travesty if they missed out. We shouldn't dramatically alter the post season when there's no need to.
I am ok with a play in tournament to get the last 2 spots for the playoffs but not changing the playoff format from a best of 7 each round. It won't be the same competition