The NBA and the Players Association agree to extend the play-in-tournament format through the 2021-2022 season. The NBA incorporated this format to determine the final two seeds in each conference. So now it's looking like something that will be a part of the NBA's future moving forward.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the league's Board of Governors will make it official in a formal vote soon. The NBA play-in-tournament first began last season with four teams in each conference battling it out for the last two playoff spots.
The seventh and eighth seeds only need to win one game, while the bottom two seeds need to win two games to get into the playoffs.
The Lakers and Grizzlies represented the Western Conference while the Celtics and Wizards locked up the final two spots in the East.
Players and fans were skeptical of the play-in-tournament idea when it was first announced. However, the overall format was a success and will be around for another season.
The NBA added this format because of the shortened season in 2021. It's also a way to give more teams a chance to make the postseason. For example, a seven seed could miss the playoffs, and a nine seed could sneak their way in.
The NBA play-in-tournament showed a lot of playoff intensity before the playoffs even started. It also produced some of the more iconic moments of the entire season. In this year's play-in tournament, Jason Tatum had a 50-point game, Lebron James hit a game-winner, and Ja Morant silenced the entire Warrior crowd.
This will be the first play-in-tournament following a full NBA season. This will be the biggest test to determine if the format will continue after 2022. However, it's on for this season, and more teams will get the opportunity to clinch a spot in the playoffs.