【Guide】News on April 20, The first round of the playoffs has fully started, compared to the various suspense in the West
, the East’s counterpoint seems to be somewhat insufficient.
Aiming at the reality of “the west is strong and the east is weak”, the public opinion of fans has been calling for “the first round of cross-alignment between the east and the west”.
Then it appeared: How many teams in the East can get past the first round?
east-west cross alignment
In the regular season this season, there are 3 teams in the East that have won 50 or more games, while 7 teams in the West; in the East, the Nets can qualify for the playoffs after winning 38 games, while the Thunder in the West have 45 wins.
Therefore, at the end of the regular season, the formulations such as “the west is strong and the east is weak” and “the playoffs should be reformed” have sparked heated discussions. The attitude given by the league president Adam Silver is this-the playoffs reform is indeed necessary.
Necessary, the alliance also has ideas and corresponding plans, but the time for specific implementation is not yet ripe.
The public opinion of fans has been calling for “reform” for many years, and has also given various suggestions.
Among them, the one that is relatively fair to the league as a whole and relatively most operable is the “cross-match between East and West in the first round of the playoffs.”
As shown in the figure, the 1st place in the Western regular season is against the 8th place in the East (East 1 against West 8), the 2nd place in the West is against the 7th place in the East (East 2 against West 7), the 3rd place in the West is against the 6th place in the East (East 3 against West
6), 4th in the West vs. 5th in the East (4th in the East vs. 5th in the West)
If the first round is arranged according to the above-mentioned matchups, the situation of “strong teams getting together and meeting too early” formed by multiple groups of strong dialogues in the West will obviously change, and the popular teams concentrated in the West will also be able to fully spread to the West.
In the first round of the entire league, it is also more conducive to theoretical needs such as “strong teams go further” and “continue to deepen dialogue and upgrade with the playoffs”.
But another sensitive situation has also emerged. Such a matchup arrangement is a bit cruel to the east, or the pattern of “the west is strong and the east is weak” is likely to be more profound in the first round.
Under the above arrangement, the Warriors will face the Nets in the first round, the Rockets will face the Celtics, the Clippers will face the Bucks, the Trail Blazers will face the Wizards, the Grizzlies will face the Raptors, the Spurs will face the Bulls, and the Mavericks will face the Mavericks.
It’s against the Cavaliers, and the Pelicans are against the Eagles.
This kind of matchup arrangement is obviously very innovative, such as the matchup between the Mavericks and the Cavaliers is also very interesting; but the bigger feeling is that it is difficult for the Eastern team to break through!
In response to such a matchup situation, the unanimous feeling of public opinion among American fans is that “basically only the Cavaliers and Eagles can pass the first round in the Eastern Conference.”