Help!! Is there an Admin out there who can change the name of this article to "NBA Playoffs" (with the "p" capitalized). Wiccan Quagga 03:02, 3 May 2005 (UTC)
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The criticism section does not make sense. If cavs and bulls have same records on the 17th and then bulls lose on the 18th while the cavs win, the cavs will have a better record. So what is the problem. Maybe it should be clarified. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 22:45, 27 April 2008 (UTC)
I changed it to say that eight teams are selected from each conference rather than sixteen from each conference because, well, that's what happens. There are eight from each conference, totaling sixteen from both. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 20:10, 2 January 2010 (UTC)
this are? Really? 03:54, 8 July 2008 (UTC)
Home Court Advantage in NBA Finals
What are the criteria for awarding home-court advantage in the NBA finals if the two teams have the same record and split the season series 1-1? Juve2000 (talk) 17:31, 6 February 2009 (UTC) Eliminate East West and Just Bracket records !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! —Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 13:44, 9 June 2009 (UTC)
- Point differential between the two games of the finalists. –Howard the Duck 15:09, 16 June 2009 (UTC)
Additional criticism to current playoff format: conference disparity
One criticism I have heard and read about was the fact that if a significant disparity exists between conferences, there can exist teams missing the playoffs in the stronger conference while teams with weaker records in the other conference still advance to the playoffs. This is especially egregious if the qualifying teams in the weaker conference have sub-.500 records while the non-qualifying teams in the stronger conference have records at or above .500. At one point in the middle of this season alone, there existed as many as three such teams in each conference.
After the 2007-08 season, for example, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Atlanta Hawks finished with sub-.500 records yet were seeded 7th and 8th, respectively, in the Eastern Conference, while the Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers each finished with better records, both above .500 (Golden State at 48-34, or .585), yet failed to qualify for the playoffs in the deep Western Conference.  The next season (2008-09), the Phoenix Suns finished at 46-36, or .561 yet missed the playoffs in the West, while the Detroit Pistons finished at 39-43 yet earned the 8th seed.  While the '08 Hawks at least managed to force seven games against the eventual 2007-08 NBA Champion Boston Celtics, and the 76ers lasted for six games against the Eastern Conference finalist Detroit Pistons, the '09 Pistons were swept in four games against the top-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers.  
J.A. Adande once purposed selecting the top sixteen teams regardless of conference on Around the Horn, but I remember this was before the 2007 format change. This idea and its variations, such as a system similar to that of the MLS Cup Playoffs, are still floated around today. Other ideas include reseeding, like for the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Seeding and home court: terminology.
"team with the better record, not the better seeding, division winners are guaranteed no better than a de-facto five seed"
This is not true. The editor is confusing seeding with home-court advantage. The seeding determines the placement in the single-elimination bracket. Home-court advantage is determined slightly differently from seeding. It seems that the editor is using the term "de facto" incorrectly. De-facto seeding is seeding. Home court is home court. "De facto seeding" means seeding. Not home court. This is not complicated. Seeding and home court are not determined by the same criteria in the NBA. Let's not mix the terminology; this is an encyclopedia, we don't have to introduce claims that what it is is what it isn't. There is no reference to support the editor's use of "de facto seeding".
"No better" is also used incorrectly.
"Division winners are guaranteed no worse than a fourth seed." That's the simple statement of the facts, as supported by the official playoff seeding rules of the NBA.
The NBA no longer guarantees slots to teams based on division championships, if a division were to prove incapable of producing a top 8 record in the conference rankings there would be no representative from said division. Wrestlings Savior (talk) 15:01, 4 March 2014 (UTC)