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aero
08-02-2006, 03:01 PM
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NBA is changing the way teams are seeded in the postseason, looking to avoid the controversy that surrounded last season's playoffs.

Starting in the upcoming season, the top four seeds -- the three division winners and the second-place team with the best record -- will be seeded according to their win-loss total, guaranteeing that the top two teams in each conference can't meet until the conference finals, the league announced Wednesday.

The NBA had given the top three seeds to division winners regardless of record, meaning a second-place team could not do better than the No. 4 seed, even if it had a better record than a division champion.

That rule came under fire last season when division rivals San Antonio and Dallas were forced to meet in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs, even though the second-place Mavericks had a far better record than division champions Phoenix or Denver.

Dallas knocked off the first-place Spurs in a thrilling matchup of 60-game winners, capturing Game 7 on the road in overtime.

The league's board of governors also voted to expand the postseason rosters to 15, instead of 13, with 12 players active for each game. That duplicates the rule used in the regular season.

The NBA champion Miami Heat were among those that criticized the policy that forced teams to carry fewer players in the playoffs than during the season.

Also, if a team has two 60-second timeouts left in the final 2 minutes of regulation or in overtime, one will be reduced to a 20-second timeout. Teams will now have two 60-second timeouts and one lasting 20 seconds in overtime, instead of three 1-minute timeouts. Clubs will no longer be permitted to carry over a 20-second timeout from regulation into overtime.

"Our owners are intent on making the playoff seeding more fair for all teams going forward and in quickening the pace of the end of games," NBA executive vice president Stu Jackson said in a statement. "The board also thought it made sense to allow teams to utilize the same 15-man roster in the playoffs that they use during the regular season."

[Credit: SI.Com (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/basketball/nba/08/02/rules.changes.ap/index.html)]

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I like that format the best, Last years was a messup in the West because the Spurs and Mavs should have played in the western finals...this should fix everything i think, but I still dont like the 2-3-2 setup for the games

Putnam
08-02-2006, 03:08 PM
It's a good change.

And I like the change that lets the whole team come to the playoffs. I never understood the point of that rule.

Mac_Daddy
08-02-2006, 03:13 PM
Good to see this happen.


Also, if a team has two 60-second timeouts left in the final 2 minutes of regulation or in overtime, one will be reduced to a 20-second timeout.

This I don't really care for. I think it kind of takes away some time to set up a good play and a little bit of rest. I know its just to speed up the game a little more, but why punish a team that doesn't need the timeouts until late in the game. Its strategy.

JayRedd
08-02-2006, 03:25 PM
This should work well until the three best teams in one conference come out of the same division.

What happens when Detroit, Chicago, Miami and Cleveland have four best records in the East and the Cavs end up having to go play in New Jersey in the first round?

More whining.

Mac_Daddy
08-02-2006, 03:27 PM
This should work well until the three best teams in one conference come out of the same division.

What happens when Detroit, Chicago, Miami and Cleveland have four best records in the East and the Cavs end up having to go play in New Jersey in the first round?

More whining.

Quite true. Has that ever happened? It would be cool to see.

Destined4Greatness
08-02-2006, 03:29 PM
Now they just need to change the finals seeding from 2-3-2 to the setup the other playoffs share.

Its total crap. Dallas hadn't lost a game at home and yet they faced elimination. How the heck is that home court advantage

Fireball Kid
08-02-2006, 03:32 PM
Now they just need to change the finals seeding from 2-3-2 to the setup the other playoffs share.

Its total crap. Dallas hadn't lost a game at home and yet they faced elimination. How the heck is that home court advantage

Home court is overrated. Besides, the best team in Miami won that series. As for the playoff seeding change, I'm happy with it. Easier road to face the Spurs.

Anthem
08-02-2006, 03:34 PM
This should work well until the three best teams in one conference come out of the same division.

What happens when Detroit, Chicago, Miami and Cleveland have four best records in the East and the Cavs end up having to go play in New Jersey in the first round?

More whining.
Whining from who? New Jersey?

Unclebuck
08-02-2006, 03:57 PM
On the timeout thing, I wish in the last 20 or 30 seconds that you could move the ball to halfcourt even if you don't use a timeout. Cut the number of timeouts a team has, bust allow them to move the ball to halfcourt at the end of the game as many times as they want. That would keep the game moving and yet still give a team a chance to score in 1.8 seconds.

redwillow
08-02-2006, 04:21 PM
Hooray! The playoff seeds were driving me crazy. I see the point about 3 teams in one division having the best records. I guess thats the prize for winning that division. But I would be open further tweeking in the name of whatever is the fairest. Anyone have a problem with them reseeding in the second round? So that the team with the remaining best record plays the team with the remaining worst record. I also agree 2-3-2 doesn't seem fair. The pivotal game 5 should be at the higher seeds areana.

JayRedd
08-02-2006, 04:27 PM
I also agree 2-3-2 doesn't seem fair. The pivotal game 5 should be at the higher seeds areana.

From what I understand, the 2-3-2 format is mainly used for the Finals due to marketing reasons. The amount of international media at the Finals FAAAAR outweighs that in the earlier rounds and the League tries to reduce the traveling these people have to do. It also allows the host cities to have 3-5 days of NBA related festivities going on continuously rather than a broken schedule where everyone is getting on and off of planes every other day.

After all, this is a business. It does really suck when it hinders competitiveness though. But I'm pretty sure Stern won't ever change it since his main concern right now seems to be "globalizing" the League. I don't think he'll be happy until Yao sells 100 million jerseys in China.

redwillow
08-02-2006, 04:45 PM
From what I understand, the 2-3-2 format is mainly used for the Finals due to marketing reasons. The ammount of international media at the Finals FAAAAR outweighs that in the earlier rounds and the League tries to reduce the traveling these people have to do. It also allows the host cities to have 3-5 days of NBA related festivities going on continuously rather than a broken schedule where everyone is getting on and off of planes every other day.

After all, this is a business. It does really suck when it hinders competitiveness though. But I'm pretty sure Stern won't ever change it since his main concern right now seems to be "globalizing" the League. I don't think he'll be happy until Yao sells 100 million jerseys in China.

When you explain it in that light it doesn't seem likely it will be changed any time soon. :cry:

Destined4Greatness
08-02-2006, 05:06 PM
Once again the league prefers to make money than to play the game the right way.

And to Fireball, wth are you talking about Homecourt is not overrated. Its very important. The only time a team should be able to win one game on the road and close out a series should be a game 7.