Yesterday, during the ESPN broadcast of the Spurs at Celtics, there was talk about how if the Celtics and Hawks ended up with the same record, the Celtics would get the higher seed.
Even though they have lost every single time they have played the Hawks this season.
That's because the Celtics will win their division. You can see the NBA's tie-break rules here.
The reason the NBA made the rules this way is to give the divisions some meaning. To my mind, the NBA is right in assessing that divisions need all the help they can get in remaining relevant.
'Cause I'm not sure they matter at all.
Monday, March 29, 2010
TrueHoop: Abbott: Who Cares About Divisions?
Henry Abbott on the first tie-breaker should the Hawks and Celtics finish the season with the same record: