The NBA expects entry tournaments to be adopted as a permanent change, according to a Sports Illustrated report on Monday. The league used a play-in tournament last year before the playoff bubble and got it back this season. In this year’s format, the top six teams from the regular season automatically qualify for the playoffs and engrave their names on the box. Teams No. 7-10 are relegated to the “play-in” round. The No. 7 and No. 8 play each other for the right to the seventh seed. The loser of that matchup would receive the winner of the No. 9 and No. 10 seeds for the right to finish as the eighth seed. According to the SI report, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and the rest of the league should have support to make it permanent. The 30 team governors, in addition to the players, approved the entry format for the 2021 season when the league asked about the tournament implementation. Having the game provides incentives for teams to remain competitive throughout the regular season, especially the final month, according to the report. However, the decision will likely not be made until after the 2021 season concludes. –Field-level media
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