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...among other things that the competition committee decided on. The jist of the new rules:

-Seeds 1 through 4 in each conference will be seeded by record (the 3 division winners and the best 2nd-place team), still guaranteeing a home series for a division win, but keeping the two best records in the conference apart until the conference finals. And this is in no way a reactionary response to Dallas and San Antonio playing in the 2nd round last year and not the conference finals. Nosiree, Bob.

-Playoff rosters will be expanded from 13 to 15, with what amounts to 12 actives and 3 scratches for each game.

-And what is sure to be the personal favorite of our pro-USE YOUR DAMN TIMEOUTS dictator, if a team has two full timeouts in the last two minutes of the 4th quarter/overtime, one of those will be magically condensed into a 20 second timeout, and there will also be no more carrying over 20sTOs from the 2nd half to overtime, as the new overtime allotment will be 2 full TOs and a 20.

The seeding makes some assemblance of sense, since usually the #4 seed has been a better team than some of the recent #3 seeds and sometimes #2 seeds and it's screwed a few teams up accordingly...oh hell, they might as well just call it the Dallas Rule and be done with it. The 15-man rule is perfectly fine, but man oh man, good luck to the broadcasters in explaining that last one every 4th quarter of a game.



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    Originally posted by JoshMann
    -And what is sure to be the personal favorite of our pro-USE YOUR DAMN TIMEOUTS dictator, if a team has two full timeouts in the last two minutes of the 4th quarter/overtime, one of those will be magically condensed into a 20 second timeout, and there will also be no more carrying over 20sTOs from the 2nd half to overtime, as the new overtime allotment will be 2 full TOs and a 20.

    ... man oh man, good luck to the broadcasters in explaining that last one every 4th quarter of a game.


If people watching the game on TV can figure out how a team goes from 4 fouls to give to 1 foul to give, they can probably digest this rule just fine. I give this rule thumbs up because oftentimes teams are just using the timeout to advance the ball anyway, so no bother dragging things out the length of a full when a 20 will do. (I'm actually surprised they'd pass such an unfriendly-to-TV rule!)



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(I'm actually surprised they'd pass such an unfriendly-to-TV rule!)

This will open the door to all sorts of premium in-game / end of game add placement, I'm guessing. "This 20 is Brought to YOU by COLT 45! Why settle for a 20, when you can have a 40! COLT 45 - It works EVERY TIME!"

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    Originally posted by JoshMann
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14154476/

    ...among other things that the competition committee decided on. The jist of the new rules:

    -Seeds 1 through 4 in each conference will be seeded by record (the 3 division winners and the best 2nd-place team), still guaranteeing a home series for a division win, but keeping the two best records in the conference apart until the conference finals. And this is in no way a reactionary response to Dallas and San Antonio playing in the 2nd round last year and not the conference finals. Nosiree, Bob.







Dallas/San Antonio might have played a major part in it, as a Conference Final between 60+ win teams will generally draw more viewers than a Conference Semifinal based upon the build of the playoffs. However, the Clippers/Memphis scenario where a team tanks to grab the 6 spot and home court against a weak 3 seed rather than winning to get the 5 spot and annihilation against a strong 4 seed has to factor into this as well. Clippers finally find a way where losing benefited them and they close the loophole. They wouldn't have done this if it had been the Lakers who had benefited from the flaw in the system.

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Good and much needed rule...I just wonder how the Dallas/San Antonio series woulda turned out had it been the Western Conference Final instead of a 2nd round matchup.

The timeout and roster rules though...eh. Most teams barely dip in the bench during the playoffs, 3 inactives plus the 2-3 that will actually suit up just seems excessive.



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    Originally posted by Packman V2
    Good and much needed rule...I just wonder how the Dallas/San Antonio series woulda turned out had it been the Western Conference Final instead of a 2nd round matchup.


Personally, I don't think either one of them would have beaten Pheonix in the second round. Those back-to-back seven-game series against the Lakers and Clippers wore the Suns out. The Suns were on fire in those playoffs.

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