Storyline: Trevor Ariza Suspension

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Rockets forward Trevor Ariza would not comment about the severity of the two-game suspension he received for entering the Clippers locker room on Monday. But he said he did takes issue with having to hear about it from media reports, rather than the NBA. “The only problem, the main problem I have about this situation is that (the media) knew about my suspension before me. That’s my problem. Other than that, it is what it is, just try to move on. I’m supporting my teammates from home tomorrow and get ready to play on Monday. I can’t wait.”

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February 23, 2018 | 9:34 am EST Update
Recent comments from NBA commissioner Adam Silver about tweaking the league’s playoff format drew intense media coverage, but sources say there is also some behind-the-scenes momentum for the idea of a play-in tournament determining the last two seeds in each conference — to the point that two specific proposals are circulating at the highest levels within teams and the league office. The play-in proposal that has generated the most discussion, according to several sources: two four-team tournaments featuring the seventh, eighth, ninth, and 10th seeds in each conference. The seventh seed would host the eighth seed, with the winner of that single game nabbing the seventh spot, sources say. Meanwhile, the ninth seed would host the 10th seed, with the winner of that game facing the loser of the 7-versus-8 matchup for the final playoff spot.
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A play-in would require collective bargaining with the players’ union. There is also debate within the league about whether a play-in would inspire as much fan interest and hype as supporters hope. After all, we are talking mostly about .500-ish teams battling for the right to get destroyed by top seeds. In theory, revenue from a play-in tournament — or a midseason tournament — could ease the league toward slashing a few games from the 82-game schedule, but it is unclear any such tournament would rake in sufficient cash.
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There is one really small thing that I think you do better than anyone in the NBA. Do you have any idea what that is? TJ McConnell: No. It’s when the Sixers score a basket and you either hang out behind the three-point line or even hide behind a player and then sneak in for a steal on the inbounds pass when the guy doesn’t realize you’re there. How long have you been perfecting that? TJ McConnell: It’s just kind of a feel thing, you know? You see a guy kind of not paying attention throwing the ball in and I just step in and jump in front of it and get a steal. And it’s big momentum for us, which is what I’m trying to do, just change the game when I do it. And I’m going to continue to do it as long as it’s working.