The NBA appears to be sticking with its standard conference seeding for the 2020 playoffs, a likely harbinger for the next decade despite the league’s consideration of an altered playoff format. And frankly, the decision not to shift the playoff format is a true shame.

We could have seen Boston and Philadelphia duel in the first round of the 2020 playoffs, while Miami could have faced Oklahoma City. A semifinal matchup between the Bucks and Clippers loomed, potentially setting the stage for the Battle of Los Angeles in the Finals. It’s surprising that Adam Silver and the league office would pass on such an opportunity, though there is likely a large contingent of owners east of the Mississippi against the idea.

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