D-League Playoffs 101: Format And Current Bracket

2008 D-League Playoffs Presented By Delta

First Round Byes: Idaho Stampede (West Division winners, best overall record), Austin Toros (Southwest Division winners)

First Round Seeding: 1. Dakota Wizards (Central Division winners), 2. Los Angeles D-Fenders, 3. Colorado 14ers, 4. Sioux Falls Skyforce (clinched playoff spot)

First Round: Los Angeles defeated Los Angeles, Sioux Falls defeated Dakota

Second Round: Idaho defeated Los Angles, Sioux Falls at Austin

D-League Finals Presented By Delta: Idaho vs. Sioux Falls/Austin winner (best of three series)

The Opening Rounds

This year's D-League playoffs will consist of three rounds, with the first two rounds both consisting of two single-elimination games.

- The three division winners and three wild-card teams with the best remaining records (a total of six teams) will qualify for the playoffs.

- Tie breakers are in order, head-to-head record, winning percentage against teams with .500 or better record at end of season, and point differential.

- The two division winners with the best records will receive a bye from the first round

- The remaining four teams will play in the first round, with the winners advancing to meet the two teams that received byes. The division-winning team that did not get a bye will be the top seed, and face the team with the lowest winning-percentage that qualified for the playoffs.

- The winners of the second round games will play a best-of-three game series in the D-League Finals.

D-League Finals

This year's D-League finals will consist of a best-of-three series. The team with the better record will host the second and third game, if necessary. This differs from the past three seasons, where the Championship Game was single-elimination. Last season the Dakota Wizards defeated the Colorado 14ers, 129-121 in overtime to win the 2006-07 D-League title.