The format is designed to give more teams a chance to make the playoffs, but to Mark Cuban, “this approach was an enormous mistake.”
It came following Mark Cuban’s criticism of the NBA’s play-in game format in which the Nos. 7-10 seeds compete for the final two playoff spots after the conclusion of the regular season. Cuban bemoaned the inability to rest key players during a demanding 72-game pandemic-induced schedule as the Mavericks fight not only for a playoff spot but to stay out of the play-in game scenario.
The format is designed for several purposes: to give more teams a chance to make the playoffs, to create excitement, to curtail tanking and to make more games meaningful.
For us, it’s awesome. For the league, it creates a lot of excitement and competition. I know they’re studying that and they’ll figure out how that makes sense moving forward.