Jun 1, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers point guard George Hill (bottom) battles for a loose ball with Miami Heat power forward Udonis Haslem during the second half in game six of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs: Changing the format


 

The 2014 NBA playoffs begin tomorrow afternoon, and I for one am excited to get them started! I always am disappointed to not see the Jazz in the playoffs, but as I said yesterday, I understand our season was necessary to take a step towards rebuilding the franchise.

I also couldn’t help but feel bad earlier this week. I felt bad that the Phoenix Suns had such an amazing season, winning almost 50 games this season, and will have to sit at home and watch the playoffs. Then after I felt bad, the season came to a close and I seen a picture somewhere on Twitter that was showing the “True Playoff Seeding”. It got me thinking, why should we care about Eastern Conference and Western Conference? Why shouldn’t we just reward teams that win games to make the playoffs, and the teams that are under .500 have to sit at home? I personally like seeing it, but I don’t know if I’m alone or not. Check out below what the first round match ups would have been in this format.

(16) Charlotte Bobcats @ (1) San Antonio Spurs

(15) Brooklyn Nets @ (2) Oklahoma City Thunder

(14) Washington Wizards @ (3) Los Angeles Clippers 

(13) Phoenix Suns @ (4) Indiana Pacers 

(12) Chicago Bulls @ (5) Miami Heat

(11) Toronto Raptors @ (6) Houston Rockets 

(10) Dallas Mavericks @ (7) Portland Trail Blazers 

(9) Memphis Grizzlies @ (8) Golden State Warriors

As you can see, the Suns were one of the 16 best teams in the league, and being left out of the playoffs hurts more when you see something like this if you’re a Suns fan. I think the reason I feel as bad as I do that they didn’t make it, is because Jeff Hornacek deserved to get it. He did a tremendous job in his first season as head coach.

Also what this playoff format does, is it shows that Miami would have to work a lot harder to win the Finals than if they came through the East. My thoughts on the Heat have been that they can somewhat coast through most of the season because the competition is weak in their division and conference in general. Then, when they get to the playoffs, the competition turns up a bit, but still not as tough as the west. If Miami had to face a couple teams from the other conference in the playoffs, I don’t see them making the Finals, but that’s just me.

We will have a preview of the NBA playoffs come out tomorrow morning before the first game tips. Be sure to check with us and keep up to date on everything Jazz, and the NBA playoffs!

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