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CornerThree
08-02-2006, 03:11 PM
Playoff Seeding:

- The first four seeds in each conference will continue to be given to the three division winners and the team with the next best regular season record, but these four teams will now be seeded in order of their regular season records. Among other things, this change will ensure that the two teams with the best records in the conference will not meet earlier than the Conference Finals.

If we don't win the Central this year, we can still avoid playing the Pistons until the conference finals if things shape up like last year.

TrueCavsFan23
08-02-2006, 03:13 PM
yea i expected this rule to come when dallas and SA met before the western conference finals.

RuanuLaw
08-02-2006, 03:30 PM
AWESOME!

I always hated how the NBA Playoff rankings worked. This new rule keeps the old but mixes in with the new.

starnz
08-02-2006, 04:11 PM
http://cbs.sportsline.com/nba/story/9582632

NEW YORK -- The NBA is changing the way teams are seeded in the postseason, looking to avoid the controversy that surrounded last season's playoffs.


Starting in the upcoming season, the top four seeds -- the three division winners and the second-place team with the best record -- will be seeded according to their win-loss total, guaranteeing that the top two teams in each conference can't meet until the conference finals, the league announced on Wednesday.

The NBA had given the top three seeds to division winners regardless of record, meaning a second-place team could not do better than the No. 4 seed, even if it had a better record than a division champion.

That rule came under fire last season when division rivals the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks were forced to meet in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs, even though the second-place Mavericks had a far better record than division champions Phoenix or Denver.

Dallas knocked off the first-place Spurs in a thrilling matchup of 60-game winners, capturing Game 7 on the road in overtime.

The league's board of governors also voted to expand the postseason rosters to 15, instead of 13, with 12 players active for each game. That duplicates the rule used in the regular season.

The NBA champion Miami Heat were among those that criticized the policy that forced teams to carry fewer players in the playoffs than during the season.

Also, if a team has two 60-second timeouts left in the final 2 minutes of regulation or in overtime, one will be reduced to a 20-second timeout. Teams will now have two 60-second timeouts and one lasting 20 seconds in overtime, instead of three 1-minute timeouts. Clubs will no longer be permitted to carry over a 20-second timeout from regulation into overtime.

"Our owners are intent on making the playoff seeding more fair for all teams going forward and in quickening the pace of the end of games," NBA executive vice president Stu Jackson said in a statement. "The board also thought it made sense to allow teams to utilize the same 15-man roster in the playoffs that they use during the regular season."




hope this can work IN the cavs favor instead of against us considering our conference will probably be the strongest in the east for a while now.

TrueCavsFan23
08-02-2006, 04:15 PM
It means good activity but i have seen people post the same threads a few times today.

Mac
08-02-2006, 04:21 PM
Glad this is happening, it presents a true playoff seeding instead of the uneven brackets before.

WitnessLBJ
08-02-2006, 05:43 PM
Very good especially with Chicago improving as well.

Glen Infante
08-02-2006, 07:44 PM
Here we go. The offical Rules from nba.com


NEW YORK, August 2, 2006 – The National Basketball Association has enacted several significant rules changes that will go into effect for the upcoming 2006-07 season:


Playoff Seeding:



The first four seeds in each conference will continue to be given to the three division winners and the team with the next best regular season record, but these four teams will now be seeded in order of their regular season records. Among other things, this change will ensure that the two teams with the best records in the conference will not meet earlier than the Conference Finals.



Shortening Timeouts:



If a team has two 60 second timeouts left in the last two minutes of regulation or in overtime, one of the two timeouts will be shortened to a 20 second timeout.




Instead of having three 60 second timeouts in overtime, teams will have two 60's and one 20 second timeout. Teams will no longer be permitted to carry over a 20 second timeout from regulation into overtime.



Increase in Playoff Roster Size:



Playoff roster size will be expanded from 13 to 15 players, with each team designating 12 active players and up to three inactive players prior to each game.



“Our owners are intent on making the playoff seeding more fair for all teams going forward and in quickening the pace of the end of games,” said Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. “The Board also thought it made sense to allow teams to utilize the same 15-man roster in the playoffs that they use during the regular season.”


The rules changes were recommended by the Rules and Competition Committee at its annual meeting in June, and approved this week by a vote of the Board of Governors.

http://www.nba.com/news/rulechanges_060802.html

crazedcav333
08-02-2006, 09:43 PM
Nice.

Karma
08-02-2006, 09:53 PM
Very logical moves by the NBA.

RuanuLaw
08-03-2006, 01:42 AM
Yes, great moves. They make a lot of sense.