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Could the New Era NBA Play-Off Be Right Around the Corner???

Adam Silver says NBA will consider taking the top 16 teams for the play-offs, no matter what conference they play in. 

Is this Good, Bad or Ugly?

I don't really care for this format because history repeats itself, just as it should do every so often.  The balance of a good teams to bad teams are still a little unbalanced at this time .

For example, the top 8 teams in the West are all above .500 and only the Denver Nuggets, who are currently the 8th seed, are below .500 with a record of 21-26; however they may not make the play-offs because they may be making quite a bit of moves before the trade deadline.

Chandler may be looking to land in a better position elsewhere even though he is having a career year in Denver
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Let's take a look at the East, it's a little different; you have 2  teams below .500, the Bulls are 24-25 and the Hornets are 23-26.  However, the teams are closer in the win/loss so they could still catch the middle of the pack (4th or 5th seed) before the play-offs start.

In both the Eastern and Western conference I see a battle coming down to the end of the season for both 8th seed spots, more so in the East.  I see the Bucks playing better basketball after the All-Star break and I think the Pistons may have a trade in the making coming up to push the Bulls and Hornets for 7th and 8th seed. Out West I think Portland may be making a hard push at the 8th seed. A young Timberwolves team still has a slim chance to catch the botton of the pack with a good run towards the end of the season.

With all that being said  there is still a better balance in this year's play-off race than in the past. The concern with Adam Silver is the quality of basketball in the playoffs. If you were to pair 1 vs 16;  2 vs 15, and so on, will you get better basketball ?  I guess you would never know until it happens, but one thing for sure you should get the 2 best teams barring any injuries regardless of what conference they came from . 

If this format happened, you could see upsets such as the Sixers defeating a higher seed like the Rockets, it's just a thought at this time though by the NBA commissioner
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I  believe it would make one heck of a play-off from every team and you truly will see the best basketball played as well. Teams wouldn't or shouldn't rest players because every game counts from game 1 to game  82. 

Let's  take a look right now into the NBA crystal ball. The final 4 teams would look something like Warriors vs Rockets and Spurs vs Cavs. Man, what a great final four that would be! Let's take one step further and you could see Warriors vs Spurs. How amazing would that be. You could further point out and say "#1 Offense against #1 Defense." 

Could  Adam Silver sell this to the owners and fans of the NBA?  I  would say yes he could because you play to win the game and your record truly would mean something . 

Sometimes change is better and in this instance I would enjoy the play-offs immensely. I guess I changed my own mind about the play-offs. I hope I changed  yours as well.  

Mr. Clutch 4th Quarter

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Celtics star point guard Isaiah Thomas is officially listed by the NBA as 5'9" tall. According to him, that’s a stretch with his sneakers on.  The amazing  part of this season is he is 3rd in scoring in the league where the average height is 6'6".  Isaiah Thomas, "Mr. 4th Quarter", is averaging 28.9 points a game. Some say he's a liability on the defensive end, but I say he's not because he's scoring so fast in the 4th quarter the defender is so spent on defense it takes away from their offense.  When was the last time you saw a guard his height, under 6'0", take over a  game in the 4th quarter like he does?  It's electrifying to see someone his size just take a 4th quarter.  What's amazing is in the 4th quarter Thomas is averaging 10.1 points. Thomas is currently on pace to score more 4th quarter points than any player in franchise history. He’s shooting 49 percent from the field in the final frame and a sensational 45 percent from 3-point range. Comparatively, Pierce shot 41 percent from the field and 29 percent from downtown in the 4th quarter during the 2002-03 season.  Thomas is averaging more points in the 4th quarter than any NBA player in at least 20 years.  The NBA database only goes back to the 1996-97 season on this front, but through 41 games, Thomas is on pace to top names like Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Durant and other top names of this generation.