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Current NBA Playoff logo.
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The NBA Playoffs is a four-round best-of-seven elimination tournament between sixteen teams in the Eastern Conference and Western Conference (called Divisions, pre-1970) of the National Basketball Association (NBA), ultimately determining the league champion. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other uses, see Logo (disambiguation). ... There are several different playoff formats used in various levels of competition in sports and games. ... A tournament is a competition involving a relatively large number of competitors, all participating in a single sport or game. ... The Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... The Western Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... NBA redirects here. ...

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Format

Following the NBA regular season, eight teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs and are seeded one to eight.


The team that has the best record in each of the three divisions in each conference is declared division champion. The three champions, and the one other team in the conference with the best record are seeded one through four by their records. This guarantees that the division champions will be no lower than fourth seed, and also ensures that a conference's two best teams (by record) are ranked as the top two. Of the remaining 12 conference teams, the four with the best records are seeded fifth through eighth based on their records.


In the event that two teams end up tied for the same seed, the following tiebreakers are employed[1]:

  1. Head-to-head
  2. Division record (if the teams are in the same division)
  3. Conference record
  4. Record vs. Playoff teams, own conference
  5. Record vs. Playoff teams, other conference
  6. Net points, all games

These seedings are used to create a bracket that determines the match-ups throughout the playoffs (unlike other leagues, such as the NHL, in which each round's match-ups are based on the seeds of the remaining teams). The first round of the playoffs, or Conference Quarterfinals, consists of four match-ups in each conference based on the seedings (1-8, 2-7, 3-6, and 4-5). The four winners advance to the second round, or Conference Semifinals, with a match-up between the 1-8 and 4-5 winners and a match-up between the 2-7 and 3-6 winners. The winners of these series advance to the Conference Finals, and the winners of the Conference Finals advance to the NBA Finals. The winner of the Finals is declared the NBA champion. In tournaments, bracket is commonly used to refer to the diagrammatic representation of the series of games played during the tournament. ... NHL redirects here. ... The National Basketball Association Conference Finals occur at the conclusion of the NBA Playoffs when the final four teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences face off. ... Logo of the NBA Finals. ...


Each round is a best-of-seven series. All series except the NBA Finals are played in a 2-2-1-1-1 format, meaning the team with home-court advantage hosts games 1, 2, 5 and 7, while their opponent hosts games 3, 4, and 6, with games 5-7 being played if needed. The NBA Finals are played in a 2-3-2 format, meaning the team with home-court advantage hosts games 1, 2, 6 and 7, and their opponent hosts games 3, 4 and 5. The home-court advantage is determined in all four rounds by record, regardless of seed. A best-of-seven playoff, also known by the name seven-game series is a method of determining a victor between two contenders. ...

  First Round
Best-of-7
Conference Semifinals
Best-of-7
Conference Finals
Best-of-7
NBA Finals
Best-of-7
                                     
E1       
E8       
          
 
          
E4     
E5       
          
Eastern Conference
          
E3       
E6       
        
 
          
E2     
E7       
        
        
W1       
W8       
        
 
          
W4     
W5       
        
Western Conference
          
W3       
W6       
        
 
          
W2     
W7       

Criticism

On August 3, 2006, the NBA announced the current revised playoff seeding system. Some consider the current system to be flawed: If two teams who are not division winners have identical records, one can gain an inflated seeding by moving into the top four seeding based solely on tiebreakers. is the 215th day of the year (216th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


An example of this criticism arose in the very first season with the new system. As of April 17, 2007 with one regular season game remaining, the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers possessed identical 49-32 records, better than both the Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat who had already clinched their respective divisions. Due to favorable tie-breakers, Chicago would have been seeded second, while Cleveland would have been seeded no higher than fifth. is the 107th day of the year (108th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ...


Under the previous seeding system, the division winners (Detroit, Toronto and Miami) would have earned the top three seeds, while Chicago and Cleveland would have earned the fourth and fifth seeds respectively.


On April 18, Cleveland won and Chicago lost their final regular season games. As a result, Cleveland finished with one more win earning them the second seed, while Chicago only managed the fifth seed despite finishing with the third-best record in the Eastern Conference. is the 108th day of the year (109th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


The contrasting argument to this critique is that the second seeding does not afford a team home-court advantage in all of the four playoff rounds. Additionally, the fifth seed would play the weakest division winner in Miami, while the second seed would play a weak seventh seed. Were the teams seeded fourth and fifth, they would have played each other - meaning a stronger opponent for both teams than the one faced under the new system, allowing the two stronger teams to both advance (which they both did) to the second round. The criticism raised in 2006 (see below) was successfully addressed by the new system, as top-seeded Detroit ultimately faced and were defeated by second seeded (with the second-best record in the East) Cleveland in the Conference Finals.


History

  • 1947: The playoffs were instituted with a three-stage tournament; the two best teams met in the best-of-3 semifinals while the teams ranked 2nd-3rd in their division met in the best-of-3 quarterfinals, meeting a team with the same rank from the other division, the winners in the quarterfinals play each other in the semifinals. The winners play in the Basketball Association of America (BAA) best of seven Finals series.
  Quarterfinals
Best-of-3
Semifinals
Best-of-3
BAA Finals
Best-of-7
                           
  E3  New York 2  
W3  Cleveland 1  
  E3  New York 0  
Eastern Division
    E2  Philadelphia 2  
W2  St. Louis 1
  E2  Philadelphia 2  
    E2  Philadelphia 4
  W1  Chicago 1
          
        
W1  Chicago 4
Western Division
    E1  Washington 2  
      
  • 1949: The quarterfinals and the semifinals were renamed into Division Semifinals and Division Finals, respectively; the Division Semifinals now consist of the top 4 teams from each division and still played on a best-of-3 format.
  Division Semifinals
Best-of-3
Division Finals
Best-of-3
BAA Finals
Best-of-7
                           
  E1     
E4     
          
Eastern Division
            
E2   
  E3     
          
        
  W1     
W4     
      
Western Division
            
W2   
  W3     
  • 1950: The BAA was renamed as the National Basketball Association (NBA). With a three-division setup; the top 4 teams from each division met in the best-of 3 Division Semifinals, then the winners meet in the best-of-3 Division Finals; the surviving team with the regular season record after the Division Finals go directly to the Finals while the two other teams met in a best-of-3 NBA Semifinals.
  • 1951: With the NBA reverting to a two-division setup; the Division Semifinals reverted to its original 1949 format. The Division Finals was extended to a best-of-5 format.
  Division Semifinals
Best-of-3
Division Finals
Best-of-5
NBA Finals
Best-of-7
                           
  E1     
E4     
          
Eastern Division
            
E2   
  E3     
          
        
  W1     
W4     
      
Western Division
            
W2   
  W3     
  • 1954: The Division Semifinals was changed to a double round-robin format, with the top 3 teams from each division qualifying.
  • 1955: The Division Semifinals was changed into a best-of-3 series between the #2 and #3 seeds in each conference; the winner meets the #1 seed in the shortened best-of-5 Division Finals.
  Division Semifinals
Best-of-3
Division Finals
Best-of-5
NBA Finals
Best-of-7
                           
        
  E1  Syracuse 3  
Eastern Division
    E3  Boston 1  
E2  New York 1
  E3  Boston 2  
          
        
          
        
W1  Fort Wayne 3
Western Division
    W2  Minneapolis 1  
W2  Minneapolis 2
  W3  Rochester 1  
  • 1958: The Division Finals was extended to a best-of-seven format.
  Division Semifinals
Best-of-3
Division Finals
Best-of-7
NBA Finals
Best-of-7
                           
        
  E1    
Eastern Division
       
E2   
  E3     
          
        
          
        
W1  
Western Division
       
W2   
  W3     
  • 1967: The Division Semifinals now includes the fourth best team in each conference; now the #1 and #4 teams play in the best-of 5 Division Semifinals.
  Division Semifinals
Best-of-5
Division Finals
Best-of-7
NBA Finals
Best-of-7
                           
  E1     
E4     
          
Eastern Division
            
E2   
  E3     
          
        
  W1     
W4     
      
Western Division
            
W2   
  W3     
  • 1968: The Division Semifinals was extended to a best-of-seven format.
  Division Semifinals
Best-of-7
Division Finals
Best-of-7
NBA Finals
Best-of-7
                           
  E1     
E4     
          
Eastern Division
            
E2   
  E3     
          
        
  W1     
W4     
      
Western Division
            
W2   
  W3     
  • 1970: With an increase in the number of teams, the divisions are now upgraded into conferences, which were then split into two divisions. The 2 division winners are guaranteed of at least a #2 seed. Hence, the Division Semifinals and Division Finals came to be known as Conference Semifinals and Conference Finals, respectively.
  Conference Semifinals
Best-of-7
Conference Finals
Best-of-7
NBA Finals
Best-of-7
                           
  E1*     
E4     
          
Eastern Conference
            
E2*   
  E3     
          
        
  W1*     
W4     
      
Western Conference
            
W2*   
  W3     
  • 1975: A first round was instituted to include the fifth best team in each conference; now the #4 and #5 teams play in the best-of 3 first round series.
  First Round
Best-of-3
Conference Semifinals
Best-of-7
Conference Finals
Best-of-7
NBA Finals
Best-of-7
                                     
        
  E2*  Boston 4  
    E4  Houston 1  
E4  Houston 2
E5  New York 1  
          
Eastern Conference
          
        
        
  E1*  Washington 4
    E3  Buffalo 3  
      
        
        
        
        
        
  W1*  Golden State 4
    W4  Seattle 2  
W4  Seattle 2
W5  Detroit 1  
        
Western Conference
          
        
        
  W2*  Chicago 4
    W3  KC-Omaha 2  
      
  • 1977: The first round was expanded to include the sixth best team in each conference; now the #3 team plays in the first round.
  First Round
Best-of-3
Conference Semifinals
Best-of-7
Conference Finals
Best-of-7
NBA Finals
Best-of-7
                                     
        
  E1*    
       
E4   
E5    
          
Eastern Conference
          
E3     
E6    
  E2*  
       
      
        
        
        
        
        
  W1*  
       
W4   
W5     
        
Western Conference
          
W3     
W6     
  W2*  
       
      
  • 1984: The top 2 seeds aren't given byes to the second anymore as a full 8-team tournament is instituted. The first round was extended to a best-of-five series.
  First Round
Best-of-5
Conference Semifinals
Best-of-7
Conference Finals
Best-of-7
NBA Finals
Best-of-7
                                     
E1*       
E8       
          
 
          
E4     
E5       
          
Eastern Conference
          
E2*       
E7       
        
 
          
E3     
E6       
        
        
W1*       
W8       
        
 
          
W4     
W5       
        
Western Conference
          
W2*       
W7       
        
 
          
W3     
W6       
  • 2003: The first round was extended to a best-of-seven series. This change arguably benefitted the higher seeds as it reduced the likelihood of an upset by a lower seed. It also meant that a team who swept their series 4-0 might have to wait up to 2 weeks to play their next series against a team who had won 4-3.
  First Round
Best-of-7
Conference Semifinals
Best-of-7
Conference Finals
Best-of-7
NBA Finals
Best-of-7
                                     
E1*       
E8       
          
 
          
E4     
E5       
          
Eastern Conference
          
E2*       
E7       
        
 
          
E3     
E6       
        
        
W1*       
W8       
        
 
          
W4     
W5       
        
Western Conference
          
W2*       
W7       
        
 
          
W3     
W6       
  • 2005: Each conference was realigned into 3 divisions; each division winner automatically gets a seeding no less than third, with all other teams ranked from 4th-8th.
  First Round
Best-of-7
Conference Semifinals
Best-of-7
Conference Finals
Best-of-7
NBA Finals
Best-of-7
                                     
E1*       
E8       
          
 
          
E4     
E5       
          
Eastern Conference
          
E2*       
E7       
        
 
          
E3*     
E6       
        
        
W1*       
W8       
        
 
          
W4     
W5       
        
Western Conference
          
W2*       
W7       
        
 
          
W3*     
W6       
  • 2007: To deal with the criticisms of having each division champion be in the top 3 seeds, now the division leaders are only guaranteed the top 4 seeds. One team with a higher record than a division leader now has a chance to be in the top 3 seeds.
    • Note: In the example below, the second-best teams are the East's #2 seed and the West's #4 seed.
  First Round
Best-of-7
Conference Semifinals
Best-of-7
Conference Finals
Best-of-7
NBA Finals
Best-of-7
                                     
E1*       
E8       
          
 
          
E5     
E4*       
          
Eastern Conference
          
E2       
E7       
        
 
          
E3*     
E6       
        
        
W1*       
W8       
        
 
          
W5     
W4       
        
Western Conference
          
W2*       
W7       
        
 
          
W3*     
W6       

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History

From the first season, 1947, of the NBA (called the BAA until the merger with the NBL in 1949) the top three teams from the Eastern and Western divisions were invited to the playoffs. The two division champions played a Semifinal best-of-seven series for entry into the finals. The other four teams played two rounds of best-of-three playoffs to face the winner of the Semifinal match. That year, the Philadelphia Warriors defeated the Chicago Stags four games to one in the first ever BAA Championship. Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... NBA official website NBA News from Pro Sports Daily Dougs NBA Statistics NBA Statistics from 82games. ... The National Basketball League was a professional basketball league in the United States from 1937 to 1949. ... Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A best-of-seven playoff, also known by the name seven-game series is a method of determining a victor between two contenders. ... Best-of-three playoff is a sport event, encountered in some American team sports, which consists of a head-to-head competition between two teams in which one team must win two games to win the series. ... The Golden State Warriors are a National Basketball Association team based in Oakland, California. ... The Chicago Stags were the first NBA team in Chicago. ... Logo of the NBA Finals. ...


In the 1949 playoffs, an additional team from each Division was added, eliminating the byes, and two rounds of best-of-three series were played, followed by a best-of-seven championship. In 1950 the Minneapolis Lakers became the first champions of the newly named NBA, knocking off the Syracuse Nationals in six games. Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Philadelphia 76ers are a National Basketball Association team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ...


The 1951 through 1953 playoffs changed the Division Finals into a best-of-five playoff. In 1954, the year the Indianapolis Olympians folded, the NBA Playoffs used a Round Robin for the only time in its history. Then, from 1955 to 1966 year, the league returned to the original six-team format, expanding the Division Finals to a best-of-seven in 1958 and the Semifinals to a best-of-five in 1961. Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Best-of-five playoff is a sport event which consists of a competition between two teams head-to-head which must win three games to win the series. ... The Indianapolis Olympians were a National Basketball Association team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. ... Round Robin = A sexual act between two partners. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Jan. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1967 the field was again expanded to eight teams, filling out the three-round bracket. A year later, the Division Semifinals were changed to best-of-seven playoff. Then, in 1975 and 1977, respectively, a fifth and sixth team were added to each Division, necessitating an additional First Round of best-of-three series. Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ...


Finally in 1984, the tournament expanded to its present 16-team format and the now-complete First Round was changed to a best-of-five playoff. In 2003 the first round was changed to also be best-of-seven. This article is about the year. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Beginning with the 2004 season, with the addition of the thirtieth NBA franchise, the Charlotte Bobcats, the NBA realigned its divisions. The result was that each conference would have three divisions of five teams each, and the winner of each division was guaranteed a top-three playoff seed. This would change slightly after the 2005-06 season; while division winners still receive automatic playoff berths, they are guaranteed a top-four seed, as described above. The Charlotte Bobcats are a professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. ...


2006 NBA Playoffs controversy

The previous playoff format, in place for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 NBA Playoffs, after the NBA was re-aligned into six divisions, created controversy during the 2005-06 season and playoffs, and would be changed prior to the 2006-07 NBA season.[2]


As in other major American professional sports leagues, NBA division winners were seeded higher than any other playoff participants, regardless of their record. Prior to 2004, when NBA was aligned into two conferences with two divisions each, the top two seeds in each conference were reserved for the division winners. This meant that top two teams in a conference (by record) would be seeded either first and second (if they were in opposite divisions) or first and third (if they were in the same division). Because of the NBA playoffs' preset matchups in the second round, this meant that the top two teams in a conference could never meet until the Conference Finals, assuming they both made it to that round.


After the NBA realigned its two conferences into three divisions each, the seeding rules remained largely unchanged. The top three seeds would now be reserved for division winners. This meant that if the top two teams (by record) in a conference were in the same division, they would be ranked first and fourth, and would face each other in the Conference Semifinals, instead of the Conference Finals, if both teams won their first round series.


In the second year of this format, the 2005-06 NBA season, the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks of the Southwest Division did just that. This turn of events led to the playoff format being criticized by many, who claimed that the matchup was not only unfair to the team that would lose earlier in the playoffs than it deserved, but also created an unfair advantage for teams in the 2-7/3-6 half of the Western Conference playoff bracket, which could advance to the conference finals without playing either of the two best teams in the conference.[3] The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are a professional basketball team of the National Basketball Association based in Dallas, Texas. ... The Southwest Division is a division in the Western Conference of the NBA. The Mavericks, Rockets, Grizzlies, Spurs all came from the now defunct Midwest Division and the Hornets came from the Central Division in the Eastern Conference. ...


The Phoenix Suns, winners of the Pacific Division and possessors of the third best record, were seeded second, and the Denver Nuggets, winners of the Northwest Division and tied for only the seventh-best record in the conference, were seeded third. The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... The Pacific Division is a division in the Western Conference of the NBA. All five Pacific teams were in the division before the Blazers and Sonics went to the new Northwest Division. ... For the original defunct Denver Nuggets, see Denver Nuggets (original). ... The Northwest Division is a division in the Western Conference of the NBA. The division was created at the start of the 04-05 season. ...


The Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers met in the second-to-last game of the regular season, after the top four seeds had been clinched. The two teams were already determined to be the fifth and sixth seeds, and had only to determine which rank higher. The fifth seed would likely need to defeat the best two teams in the conference without home-court advantage to advance to the conference finals, as it would face fourth seeded Dallas, and likely face first-seeded San Antonio if it managed to defeat Dallas. The sixth seed would play Denver in the first round and would have home-court advantage, and only have to play, at most, one of Dallas or San Antonio - in the conference finals. This is an article about the National Basketball Association team; for the defunct World Football League team, see Memphis Southmen. ... Clippers redirects here. ...


This led to speculation about whether the Grizzlies or the Clippers would have much commitment to winning their match-up in the second-to-last game of the season, since it was clearly most advantageous to lose the game in order to obtain the 6th seed. The Clippers eventually lost to Memphis without much evidence to refute the speculation that the Clippers had lost intentionally [4]. In the first round of the playoffs, the Clippers defeated the Nuggets in five games, and Memphis was swept by Dallas. Ultimately, Dallas and San Antonio did meet in the second round, with Dallas winning in seven games, and advancing all the way to the NBA Finals.


Trivia

  • Only three 8th seeded teams have managed to win a series versus the number 1 seeded team: The Denver Nuggets eliminated the Seattle SuperSonics 3-2 in 1994, the New York Knicks eliminated the Miami Heat 3-2 in 1999 (which was a lockout shortened season), and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Dallas Mavericks 4-2 in the 2007 Western Conference First Round, becoming the first 8 seed to beat a 1 seed in the best of 7 format. The 1999 Knicks are currently the only 8th seeded team ever to reach the NBA Finals. In the Nuggets' and Warriors' cases, they both lost to the Utah Jazz in the second round.
  • The 1994-95 Houston Rockets were the lowest seeded team to win the NBA Finals. The defending champs were the sixth seed in a strong Western Conference that season. The Rockets beat the Utah Jazz (60-22 WL record) three games to two in the first round; the Phoenix Suns (59-23 WL record) in seven games in the conference semifinals; then beat the league's 1995 MVP David Robinson led San Antonio Spurs (62-20 WL record) in six games in the conference finals to reach the NBA Finals, becoming the first NBA team in history to beat four teams with 50 or more wins in the playoffs. In the NBA Finals, the Rockets swept the Orlando Magic (57-25 WL record) in four games. That season the Rockets were 5-0 in games when they faced playoff elimination, living up to their nickname "Clutch City." The 2001 Los Angeles Lakers, who had the best playoff winning percentage of 15-1 (.938) also accomplished the feat by sweeping Portland, (50-32), 3-0, Sacramento (55-27),4-0, and San Antonio (58-24)4-0 , while defeating Philadelphia (56-26) 4-1, in the NBA Finals in 5 games. In the 2008 Playoffs, if a Western Conference team wins the NBA Finals over a team that is not that Cleveland Cavaliers, they will be added to this list.
  • The Boston Celtics possess the most overall NBA Finals series wins with an overall record of 16-3. The Los Angeles Lakers have played in the most NBA Finals series (28) with an overall record of 14-14.

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See also

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References

  1. ^ NBA.com: Playoff Seeding Primer
  2. ^ ESPN - NBA announces postseason seeding format change - NBA
  3. ^ What Bonanza!: No payoff in NBA playoffs
  4. ^ April 18, 2006 Memphis-LA Clippers game recap

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