Teams and coaches (Pop) have also realized that the regular season barely means anything, so why push your guys for most of the year when you can keep them rested for the playoffs? Either that or you’re out of contention so same thing. The problem is the format of the NBA season, too long and too many teams make the playoffs. The league isn’t sacrificing money by cutting the number of games, so there needs to be a more creative solution. There was talk of a mid season FA Cup type tournament but I’m not sure I see it catching on.