A few days ago, LUKADONČIĆ raised a question, which has become a hot topic in the NBA. Some people agree with him that the new season concept is neither fair nor unnecessary, while others again accuse him of constant complaints, which makes him increasingly notorious.
This problem is related to the knockout games. Due to the sharp decline in the number of games, the NBA implemented a new phase of the game last season, which gave each of the 22 invited teams a chance to enter the playoffs.
This year, the format of the intermediate stage has been expanded and the stakes have been higher, but there is no such reason for this play-off. The biggest victims may be Dončić and his Dallas Mavericks.
That is, after 72 games in the regular season this season, the teams from 7th to 10th will enter the last two seats in the playoffs of each conference. The seventh place will play a match with the eighth place, and the winner will get the seventh place. The ninth place will play against the tenth place, and the loser will end the season. The remaining two teams will enter the playoff finals and get eighth place.
“I don’t understand the idea of the game. You play 72 games to make the playoffs. Then you may lose two games in a row and be eliminated. I don’t know what this means, Tang Xiqi said when asked to comment.
His Mavericks are currently ranked seventh in the West, and this season will usually be more comfortable. In this way, they not only have to beware of those looking backwards, but also do their best to chase sixth place to avoid one or two bad shooting nights, some false landings or vague PCR test results for five months. Happening. work.
Therefore, it is not surprising that some fans and the media criticized him, believing that he was complaining only because he was in a disadvantaged position, rather than staying silent and doing his best to rise to the sixth or higher position. Especially because he excessively protested against the judge’s decision and started to cause anxiety among many people.
Tang Qiqi said: “Of course, our goal is to reach sixth place, maybe even higher.” In every game, his motivation is unquestionable, and he has become accustomed to the pressure of participating in the knockout rounds in Europe, whether it is The pursuit of the club title with Real Madrid is still in the sensational gold medal with Slovenia.
But when he questioned the meaning of the game from a competitive point of view, he was right, because 72 games were enough to determine the standings before the playoffs without unnecessary games.
Last year’s play-offs were meaningful. It was a very fair way to keep as many clubs as possible in the playoffs during the season when the pandemic was interrupted. All 22 teams have a chance to win a place in the 16 games in the “qualifying round”, although the number of matches they can catch up has been greatly reduced.
The epidemic interrupted the season, when NBA clubs participated in about 65 of the planned 82 games, and the continued isolation of Disney World allowed them to participate in only eight more games. This is why the NBA has decided that if the ninth-placed club is within four games behind the eighth-placed club, the game will be played in the middle. Moreover, Portland skipped Memphis in those eight games, so as the eighth player only need one victory, and the Grizzlies need two wins, but the Blazers have resolved from the first attempt. All the problems.
This time, the reasons for participating in the competition are of a completely different nature. From Dončić’s point of view, a player who must exert all his strength every day is absolutely unreasonable and may eventually lead to unfair results. But a broader perspective reveals two clear reasons, that is, the NBA is willing to put four of the 30 teams in an awkward position.
Of course, the first reason is money. The NBA has lost too much due to the epidemic, mainly because of the lack of lobby, so as not to do everything possible to make up for the lost profits. The other six games that play an important role in independent terms on national television will definitely help, especially if at the same time increase the number of viewers allowed.
The second reason is to try to solve the long-standing problems, that is, the competitiveness of the regular season finals this season and the tendency of weaker teams to cheer, so as to have the opportunity to make the highest possible selection in the draft. Under normal circumstances, young teams such as New Orleans, Sacramento, Chicago or Cleveland can usually be reconciled within the first 20 games. They have no chance to enter the playoffs and look forward to the future. Young players are tested to evaluate this. Whether it makes sense to invest in them, has no interest in instant success. Ultimately, this will result in a decline in product quality, a lack of audience interest, and a decline in profits, and if a quarter of the league is more profitable to lose than to win, it will shake the regularity of the game.
She tried to reform the NBA draft system to reduce the number of goals for the clubs with the worst ratios, while most people get equal opportunities from the rear. Therefore, she intends to avoid new programs like Philadelphia, which has been practicing for many years. When she voluntarily got rid of everything of value and started from scratch, she didn’t even reach 20 victories in three consecutive years.