Report: NBA wants play-in games in the future

Via bostonglobe.com

After a successful NBA restart that included a new play-in game for the last spot in the Western Conference playoffs, the league wants to keep that format going forward.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver reportedly wants to make the play-in a permanent part of the NBA schedule, even in the possible condensed upcoming season.

Per Shams Charania:

The NBA wants to continue to incorporate the play-in tournament that was utilized in the Orlando restart to determine the eighth seed in the Eastern and Western Conference playoffs, according to sources.

The NBA is targeting Dec. 22 for the start of the 2020-2021 season and a possible 72-game schedule that would allow the season to finish before the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

The league is also considering a two-week break at the halfway point of the proposed 72-game schedule, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.