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NBA Announces Changes to Playoff Format Moving Forward

The NBA has announced that they have changed the way that teams will be seeded when it comes to the postseason.

Instead of teams being seeded with the every division winner getting a top four seed, now a team that doesn’t win their division but may have a better record than a team that does win their division can be seeded higher than that division winner.

Here’s the official press release from the NBA on the playoff changes for the upcoming season and beyond.


The Eastern Conference in the last playoffs would have stayed as is under the new system, but in the West it would have been a little different.

For example, Memphis would have jumped to the four-seed over Portland, and San Antonio would have been the fifth seed. The Trail Blazers would have dropped from the 4th to the 7th seed if the new system would have been in place last season.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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