The NBA playoffs 2021 do not begin for another couple of weeks, but Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he expects his team to play the upcoming games like the Playoffs.
Golden State suffered a major blow to their quest for the six seed in a rough133-103 loss to the Mavs Tuesday night.
The Warriors (31-31) are presently 3.5 games ahead of the New Orleans Pelicans for the No. 10 seed and final spot in the NBA’s play-in tournament. They are 3.5 games behind the Dallas Mavericks for the No. 6 seed, the final seed that avoids the play-in.
“It just stings getting blown out,” Stephen Curry told reporters. “Dropped the ball. Didn’t play well. Got blown out. Didn’t really have any life in the first quarter. It’s a tough one. We obviously want to play better, be in a situation where you’re competitive and rising to the level of competition. And we didn’t do it.“
Steve Kerr has run out of ways to describe Steph 🤣 pic.twitter.com/2XMxuBGr2m
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) April 26, 2021
NBA Play-In Tournament: How will the Play-In tournament function?
The teams with the seventh-highest and eighth-highest winning percentages in each conference will each have two opportunities to win one game to earn a playoff spot.
The teams with the ninth-highest and tenth-highest winning percentages in each conference will each have to win two consecutive games to earn a playoff spot.
At the conclusion of the regular season, the team with the seventh-highest winning percentage in each conference will host the team with the eighth-highest winning percentage in its conference in a Play-In Game (the “Seven-Eight Game”).
The winner of the Seven-Eight Game in each conference will be the seventh seed in the playoffs for its conference.
NBA Play-In Tournament: The team with the ninth-highest winning percentage in each conference will host the team with the tenth-highest winning percentage in its conference in a Play-In Game (the “Nine-Ten Game”).
The loser of the Seven-Eight Game will host the winner of the Nine-Ten Game in a Play-In Game, and the winner of that game will be the eighth seed in the playoffs for its conference.