NBA bubble: Could play-in games become permanent?

Every weekend, SI’s Chris Mannix will check in with his Bubble Bits, a quick hit on something remarkable from the NBA campus

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla – By any measure, the NBA’s decision to make a play-in series has been a resounding success. On Thursday, the penultimate day of the league’s renewed season, three teams played in significant, win-as-go games at home level. The Suns beat Dallas, Memphis edged the Giannis Antetokounmpo-less Bucks and Portland won a nail-biting bitter against the Nets. It was close to midnight when the two teams that will play for the final playoff spot of the Western Conference were announced.