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Countdown to 50 wins. March 26: 43-28, 4th seed. We getting there and where we landing?
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Alpha1971
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4/14/2024  11:57 AM
KnickDanger wrote:Shouldn’t Philly and the Heat want to avoid the Knicks in the first round?

Indeed let them lose to avoid us

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franco12
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4/14/2024  3:59 PM
did not think we would get here. Thibs, Brunson and some duct tape, spit, prayer and an unreal level of will to win!
SergioNYK
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4/14/2024  4:00 PM
It is what it is. Bring on Philly or Miami.
Alpha1971
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4/14/2024  4:47 PM
SergioNYK wrote:It is what it is. Bring on Philly or Miami.

That's the spirit. Look who says Miami and Philly will be good ? Or better the Orlando or Indiana ? New playoff tournament. If Miami was better they would have had a better record. Philly we had more injuries then they did and still missing our all NBA big. They could have had a better record also. Bring on the challenge. You know who is down for the challenge ? The Knicks and they went to OT and won and did not duck the smoke.

VDesai
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4/14/2024  4:56 PM
Indy scored 157 and we have had difficulty against them this year.

We beat Philly by 30 in Philly when they were at full strength.

You never know - at least we have home court and if you are to win a title you need to knock off 4 good teams.

martin
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4/14/2024  5:35 PM
Interesting idea

The top playoff seeds should be rewarded with the ability to choose their 1st round opponent.

Intentional losing to drop a spot for a matchup isn’t as exciting as teams competing to win for homecourt AND their choice of an opponent.

It should matter the Knicks just beat the Bulls while the Bucks lost and the Cavs had no interest in winning to get the 2nd seed. Instead many Knicks fans are disappointed they will end up with the Heat or Sixers from the play-in.

This makes no sense. It doesn’t have to be this way. Winning should be all that matters.

The NBA used to allow G League teams to choose their playoff opponent. Clearly, there’s interest.

Here’s how this could work using the East as an example with the Sixers and Heat advancing from the play-in:

1. Celtics choose Magic
2. Knicks choose Pacers
3. Bucks choose Heat
4. Cavs end up with Sixers

The NBA could make an event out of this. Imagine the debates over who the Celtics should pick. There’d be surprise choices every year. Would the Bucks pick the team that beat them last year or Doc’s old team? It’d be incredible.

Same for the West. The race for the #1 seed would matter so much more with the bottom of the playoff bracket so loaded. But instead we’ll see teams intentionally losing those games again for seeding.

Because incentives matter. Homecourt has proven to be not enough for teams to value winning from October through April.

Under this proposed system:

- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd seeds get to choose their opponent in order, plus get homecourt for one or more rounds

- 4th seed gets homecourt in at least the first round

- 5th and 6th seeds get a guaranteed playoff spot

- 7th and 8th seeds have to win only one play-in game

- 9th and 10th seeds get a chance but must win two play-in games

This is a no-brainer. Rivalries would form because of teams choosing an opponent. The league could make an event of that process. It makes the regular season matter far more since seeding would have such significant implications compared to now. Fans are the big winners here with a more entertaining league to follow.

The NBA needs to make this change.

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4/14/2024  5:39 PM
It doesn't seem fair we have to play a team of that level in the first round after winning 50. Philly with Embiid and especially Miami, who let's be honest they coast through the regular season, are not the typical 7th or 8th seed level. Either team will be a tall task and both teams will probably be favorites over us.
martin
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4/14/2024  6:39 PM
Still Pareto mind boggling to me

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martin
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4/14/2024  8:49 PM
Wow

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5/3/2024  11:52 PM
We okay with the 2 seed now?
Countdown to 50 wins. March 26: 43-28, 4th seed. We getting there and where we landing?

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