Now that the season will be underway soon, I was looking at how 82 games will play out versus the lockout short handed 66 games. I think the biggest thing you will see this season is a lack of urgency in some months of the season. That is what I enjoyed about the 66 game schedule is that most games felt like they counted at any point in the season.
If you look at how the Pacers did last season, it was so important to get off to a fast start and get some good wins since they weren’t sure where they might finish up in the Eastern Conference. There were lots of games in a row, and even the back to back to back scheduling. It was important to get momentum going.
You would also get a quicker chance to put away a losing streak if you were working with the compacted schedule. It felt like there were games being played each and every day for those four months of basketball.
I think the NBA needs to take a hard look at shortening the season, which I am sure they won’t actually do. Taking games away means taking money away and television time away. But it could mean more excitement to the regular season. Let’s face it, a game between the top team in the East and the bottom team in the West in the middle of January won’t mean anything even if that bottom team ends up winning.