NBA fans will be treated to what should be an exciting series of games this week as the league heads into the tournament play-in phase. It turns out that the NBA is very likely to embrace this format on a more permanent basis, with the possibility of a mid-season play-in tournament also a possibility.
This report comes directly from ESPN’s NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski:
âI think the play-in tournament will be there in the future. And I think you’re going to hear more conversations about a mid-season tournament, âWoj mentionned, Going through Nico Martinez from Fadeaway World. âBut I think that’s once we get out of this shortened season and get back to a regular 82-game schedule that is on a regular NBA schedule.
As it stands, the play-in tournament has already received a ton of criticism, mostly from players and coaches. Some have been in favor of the league’s unconventional format, but for the most part it has been received quite negatively.
Woj did not provide details on how the mid-season tournament works and its purpose. What we’re sure is that it will spark even more controversy if and when the NBA makes the announcement.
As for this week’s play-in festivities, it’s the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors who will be battling for seventh place. The loser of this game will face the winner of the battle between the Memphis Grizzlies and the San Antonio Spurs, who in turn will secure the eighth seed.