After a successful official first year, the NBA’s play-in tournament will be sticking around. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the league and NBPA have agreed to keep the tournament for the upcoming 2021-2022 season.
The league first used a play-in format during the 2020 bubble, due to the season being shortened by the COVID-19 Pandemic. It was then implemented in a more official way last season, with the seventh and eighth seeds in each conference having to play their way in against the ninth and 10th in a double-elimination format.
Back in May, the Celtics advanced to the NBA Playoffs through the play-in tournament, beating the Washington Wizards in the first round. Jayson Tatum scored 50 points in that game, which is the single-game record in the tournament’s short history.
Friday’s decision was one of many votes by the league’s Board of Governors. Other measures expected to pass include keeping the two-way player rules that were in place last season.
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