Big J wrote:Antinomy wrote:The play-in tournament made sense last season but should’ve been scrapped this year with every team slated to play the same number of games.
The idea is dumb as hell over a 70-82 game season.
Dragging in the #7 & #10 teams is even dumber.
You play hard, endure injuries, hardships, etc just to potentially get knocked out of playoff spot by a hot shooting team on the last day.
And even if you win, your reward is losing a lottery pick & getting your ass kicked by the #1 & #2 seeds.
The idea is to get more teams trying to make the play in and less teams resting guys and tanking. It’s working.
Teams have been resting guys & tanking all season. It hasn’t solved anything. If anything, teams are tanking harder now.
OKC, Toronto, Detroit, Houston & Cleveland have all been blatantly tanking since January. There are a few other teams fighting for the last spot, just like ANY other season.
The teams that rest players the last few weeks are always top teams. They tried to fix a problem by giving a non-useful solution.
All they’ve done is devalue the regular season even more by letting 4 additional teams have the opportunity to get in when they have no business being there.
Tanking will always be problem but before, all you had to do was dodge the 8th seed. Now you gotta dodge 8, 9 & 10.
Why fight to be 1st round fodder when you could get a lottery pick instead?