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  1. Scalma

    Scalma Well-Known Member

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    Which idea do you like best? Do you have your own?

    Personally, I like the idea of having all 30 teams finish a shortened season (72 or 76 games) followed by some sort of play in tournament. Seems like the most fair idea that’s been thrown out there. Jumping straight into the playoffs or a play in tournament seems like a bad idea. Guys can only get in game shape by playing actual games. Having them get into shape in a playoff atmosphere just seems like injuries and bad basketball waiting to happen. A shortened end of the season can act as a sort of preseason.
     
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    Either play out the full regular season schedule or go to a four team play-in for the eighth spot. Given the 3 1/2 game lead that Memphis has, coupled with them having a very difficult remaining schedule, anything else would do a disservice to the teams still in contention. The Grizzlies shouldn’t get rewarded for having one of the easiest schedules through the first 3/4 of the season. My preference would be the play-in tournament. Do that in Vegas the week before the playoffs start for the West and Orlando for the East. The shortened format you suggested would allow the Grizzlies to avoid one head-2-head game against the Blazers and magnifies the advantage of their 3 1/2 game lead.
     
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    Don't even finish the season. Just go straight to the tournament and do best of 5.
     
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    SportsAndWhine Dumbass For Hire

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    Don’t finish the 2019-20 season. Take the asterisk for the season and respect the importance of the pandemic. I don’t want any of these athletes to risk exposure just to give billionaires revenue.
     
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    There is plenty of time to finish season and playoffs with a delayed 20/21 season to start Dec/Jan
     
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    I'm not taking about any playoffs though. I'm talking about a 30 team tournament. If you want to go ahead and just do things the same ol fashioned way might as well just jump to the WCF & ECF. Lakers vs Clippers/ Bucks vs 76ers.
     
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    The decision has been made to finish the season, absent changes in the course of the pandemic. The question is how best to play it.
     
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    The way I see it, 16 games of regular season could be played in 4 weeks, which would take to the end of August. The playoffs can be done in 6 weeks. That takes til mid-Oct. A month off and start training camp the first of Dec., with opening night of the 2020-21 season on Christmas.
     
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    If that's the case I hope they can at least go back to a best of 5 first round. Probably not going to happen though.
     
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    Christmas opening night is probably for sure definitely happening and it’s going to be amazing. Only a month off is gonna suck for whoever wins the championship, but I think that’s a trade off anyone would take.
     
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    It’s such a mistake. The only bet I’d take on this is the over on How Many Players End Up Infected
     
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    Why does Philly get an automatic ECF? Raptors should get it before they. I say finish the complete season and do full playoffs.
     
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    Maybe, but it’s their risk to take. Their careers are short so giving up a season can be a big chunk of a career. The league is doing everything it can to keep risk as minimal as possible, and it’s not as though it’s zero if they stay home and don’t play. The players are young so their risk of serious illness is low. I think the league should look at keeping older coaches away if at all possible.
     
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    Think they are serious about a 30 team playoff? I guess they would look at it similar to March Madness Tourney, to generate the TV revenue?
     
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    I posted this another place, but here's my idea:
    In each conference...
    7 vs. 10
    8 vs. 9

    Highest winning seed gets seed #7
    Lowest winning seed gets seed #8
     
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    short of hiding under the covers and never going outside and coming into contact with other humans, there’s nowhere these players, coaches, etc will be safer than the environment the NBA will provide them. But this thread isn’t about that.
     
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    If we’re gonna do it, then go wild: no more regular season games, do top 16 records regardless of conference in a single big tourney, with a sixteen team single elimination tourney to determine 15th and 16th seed. Each round best of seven, every other day, two days off between rounds.
     
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    I think the NBA will have to try something different sooner or later and this night be the perfect time to try something new. March madness type tourney? Sounds good to me! Although I do prefer a best of 3 or 5 situation.
     
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    Asterisk the season like the lockdown and just prep for next season. Too many people will be focused on other things this summer i think anyhow.
     
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    Best of three, with a bottom 15 and top 15 tourney, the winner of the bottom 15 getting the #1 pick and The chance to play a single game “cage match” to win the championship trophy off the winner of the top 15 tournament.
     
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