Teams would play eight seeding games, and if the ninth-place team was within four games of the eighth-place team when that portion of the schedule concluded, those teams would have a playoff for the final spot. The ninth-place team would be eliminated after one loss, but the eighth-place team would have to lose twice. This was done partly to give trailing teams a chance, since their number of remaining games had been sliced from about 20 to eight, and partly to maintain interest in the seeding g...
A team is going to reach the Western Conference playoffs with a losing record for the first time in 23 years, which ordinarily would not be exciting news. On Thursday, four teams - Portland, Memphis, Phoenix and San Antonio - will finally decide which two clubs get spots in the play-in series to determine the No. 8 seed in the West playoffs. Portland and Memphis control their fates, while Phoenix and San Antonio must win and get help.
Those words were posted on this blog almost a calendar year ago now as part of a preview of the NBA season we are still currently in - a reminder of the unprecedented times in which we live. The most important part of the piece is below... a reminder of where the team started last fall compared to where they are now.