1. "It’s closer than it has been. " In response to Reply # 0
A healthy Boston is a 60+ win team. Toronto won 59 and slumped. Who cares what the bottom seeds are - the East has gotten better. Shit even a bad, half new Cabs team won 50. If you have Lebron you don’t need seeding
9. "actually no. The east has more balance 1-8" In response to Reply # 0
The West obviously has the two best teams in the league (HOU & GSW) but after that the east has more balance, top to bottom. I'd rate the Cavs, Sixers, Pacers, Bucks, Heat & Wizards as having more competitive balance over the (Kawhi-less) Spurs, T-Wolves, OKC, Jazz & Pelicans.
East is as balanced as it's been a long time. Not a lot of easy outs in the 1st round for anyone.
12. "Where they'd lose in the first round, how exciting!!!" In response to Reply # 0
This isn't exactly the toughest Western Conference we've ever seen fellas and if the NFL can get over an occasional shitty division winner sneaking in then the NBA can get over a 46-win team missing the playoffs. There have been far worse injustices. The evidence that the league NEEDS a playoff reformatting is very unconvincing.