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The NBA playoffs are a lot of fun, but they don't match the must-watch level of excitement and draw the interest of its college counterpart, March Madness.

That's not always the case, of course. Last year's Jazz-Clippers series, which was a blast from the beginning — the Joe Johnson beginning part, not the Rudy Gobert injury beginning part — was an exception.

Often, though, urgency, intensity and upsets are among the things that make the NCAA Tournament and its win-or-go-home format so enticing to sports fans. The NBA only gets that to the same extent when series go the full seven games, and then the ratings skyrocket.

That might change in the future. The NBA is contemplating beginning the postseason with a short play-in tournament to determine the final two seeds in each conference, according to ESPN's Zach Lowe.

That proposal looks like this:

• Seventh and eighth seeds play each other, with the winner advancing;

• Ninth and 10th seeds play each other, with the loser being eliminated;

• The loser of the 7-8 game and the winner of the 9-10 game play, with the winner advancing to the final spot and the loser being eliminated.

It'd be the NBA's version of the NCAA's Final Four, except for the part where fans will have heard of the teams involved.

There are valid arguments against it. Does the 10th seed from the Eastern Conference — that would've been a 37-45 Detroit team last year — deserve to be in the playoffs? That would be the NBA's version of the NCAA's bowl system, which sometimes allows teams with only five or six wins into its postseason. Some have brought up the inevitable delayed start to the first round, too. Travel is also a concern.

Aside from the added fun factor, this could help make the final months of the season more intriguing for more of the league. Instead of focusing on tanking for a better lottery pick, some teams would be in contention for a postseason spot for much longer than they currently are. It could be yet another source of revenue for owners and players, too.

The play-in possibility is not on the top of the NBA's priority list, though. Lowe reported that the one-and-done rule and playoff reseeding, regardless of conference affiliation, are atop the current pecking order.

"It is not coming next season, and it would be a shock if the NBA adopted it in time for 2020 or even 2021," Lowe wrote. "It may never happen. Any such change would need approval from the competition committee, and then from a supermajority of 23 NBA teams. That process has not even started."

Looking back over the years — beginning in 1983-84 when the NBA expanded playoffs from 12 total teams to 18 — the Jazz would have been involved in the play-in tournament eight times in 34 postseasons.

That includes in 2004 (42-40), '06 (41-41), '13 (43-39) and '16 (40-42) when the Jazz finished ninth in the Western Conference, just one spot out of the playoffs. No doubt those Utah teams would've enjoyed that.

But it also includes one year when the Jazz finished seventh (2003) and three in which they were eighth (2002, '09 and '12), so that wouldn't have been quite as exciting to have to fight for a spot in those situations. Utah lost all four of those first-round matchups, winning just three games total, so it wouldn't have really mattered in the grand scheme of things.

Fast forward to this year, and the Jazz are sitting pretty in the 10th spot with a 30-28 record and a 6.5-game lead over the 11th place Lakers. Under the current format, they find themselves 1.5 games out of the eighth spot despite an 11-game winning streak. Of course, they're also only 4.5 games out of the No. 3 spot in the West, so the final month and a half should be fun anyway.

What a finish!

Not only is the ending of this Olympic cross-country race amazing because of the strong finish by gold-medal-winner Jessie Diggins, but the gold-medal-deserving announcers added to an incredible moment. Who knew the announcers who famously called Scott Sterling's heroics also called cross-country races!?

Now watch and listen to this — for the umpteenth time. The resemblance is remarkable.

What a sweetheart!

The reason why former Jazz player C.J. Miles, now with the Raptors, stayed in Toronto during the All-Star break will melt your heart:

Weekend planner

Friday, Feb. 23

Olympics: Pyeongchang 2018

NBA: Jazz vs. Portland, 7 p.m.

ECHL: Grizzlies vs. Wichita, 7 p.m.

Gymnastics: Utah State vs. Bowling Green/Denver/Michigan, 5 p.m., at Toledo, Ohio (Elevate the Stage); BYU vs. Boise State, 7 p.m.; Gymnastics: SUU vs. Iowa, 7 p.m.

Prep sports: 2A, 3A boys basketball state tournaments; 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A girls basketball tournaments

Saturday, Feb. 24

Olympics: Pyeongchang 2018

NBA: Jazz vs. Dallas, 7 p.m.

G League: Stars at Texas, 6:30 p.m.

ECHL: Grizzlies vs. Wichita, 7 p.m.

Men’s basketball: Utah vs. USC, 12:30 p.m.; SUU vs. Sacramento State, 12:30 p.m.; Utah State at Air Force, 2 p.m.; SLCC vs. Colorado Northwestern, 5 p.m.; Snow vs. USU Eastern, 5 p.m.; BYU vs. Gonzaga, 6 p.m.; Utah Valley at Grand Canyon, 7 p.m.; Weber State vs. Idaho, 7 p.m.; Westminster at Fort Lewis, 7:30 p.m.; Dixie State at Point Loma, 8:30 p.m.

Women’s basketball: Utah State vs. Air Force, 2 p.m.; Utah at UCLA, 3 p.m.; SLCC vs. Colorado Northwestern, 3 p.m.; Snow vs. USU Eastern, 3 p.m.; BYU at Gonzaga, 3 p.m.; UVU vs. Grand Canyon, 3 p.m.; Weber State at Idaho, 3 p.m.; SUU at Sacramento State, 3 p.m.; Dixie State at Point Loma, 3 p.m.; Westminster at Fort Lewis, 5:30 p.m.

Men’s volleyball: BYU vs. Stanford, 8 p.m.

Prep sports: 1A/4A basketball play-in; 2A, 3A boys basketball tournaments; 1A girls basketball play-in; 2A girls basketball tournament; 3A girls basketball tournament; 5A/6A girls basketball tournament

Sunday, Feb. 25

Olympics: Pyeongchang 2018

Gymnastics: Utah at Cal, noon