With the Golden State Warriors defeating the Sacramento Kings in Game 7, we now know the full line-up for the NBA playoffs’ conference semi-finals and there is a neat numerical quirk.
The eight remaining seeds have the seed numbers of one, two, three, four, five, six, seven and eight, something that had never happened before.
The current 16-team playoff format dates back to the 1983/84 season, so we’ve had 39 years of the post-season as we know it now, and this is the first time that one team from each position in their respective conferences makes it this far.
The remaining NBA playoff teams
The four remaining Western Conference teams are the Denver Nuggets (1st seed in their conference), Phoenix Suns (4th seed), Golden State Warriors (6th seed) and LA Lakers (7th seed).
As for the Eastern Conference teams, we still have the Boston Celtics (2nd seed in their conference), Philadelphia 76ers (3rd seed), New York Knicks (5th seed) and Miami Heat (8th seed).
The fact that so many lower seeds have made it this far speaks to how competitive this NBA season has been.
This is the reason why we haven’t usually seen something like this before, as it’s rare for seventh and eighth seeds to advance past the first round.
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