It didn’t take long before the thrill of the NBA playoffs gave way to a giant waiting game. Seven of eight initial playoff matchups were either officially over or effectively decided after the first week of the first round. Now, as everyone passes the time while the rest of this round runs its course, I’ve seen a few different people float familiar ideas to change the playoff format. Some of these reform ideas are good (return to a best-of-5 format in the first round), while others, as ever, are incredibly stupid. 

No matter how boring or predictable this year’s first round becomes, never let anyone tell you the NBA needs to abandon the conference format and re-seed the NBA playoffs. Every year these people come out of the woodwork to tell us that there’s a better way to decide an NBA champion. “The West is vastly superior,” they tell you. “It’s been that way for 20 years. The people deserve a meritocracy–a bracket that will put the best teams on the biggest stages. It’s time to stop kicking the can down the road and pretending the Nets are good. We need to fix the system by lighting a match and building a better world.”

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