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Silver Says NBA Will Reevaluate Playoff Qualification Format

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on Friday said that the league "needs to consider changes to the format that puts the top eight teams in each conference in the playoffs." Under the current system, one Eastern Conference team with a losing record this season "will make the playoffs while one Western team with at least 47 wins will be left out." Silver, interviewed during a Spurs TV broadcast, said, "My initial thought is we will take a fresh look at it. When these conferences were designed it was in the day of commercial (air) travel. It was very different moving teams around the country" (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 4/12).
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