Boston Celtics

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 17: The 2017 NBA All-Star logo is seen on a net prior to the 2017 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge at Smoothie King Center on February 17, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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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