NBA expected to change finals format

 

Jun 24, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Workers on a boom are in preparation for a parade after the Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 during the NBA finals at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

 

The Boston Herald has reported that the NBA competition committee has voted to recommend to the board of directors that the NBA change their existing finals format from 2-3-2 to 2-2-1-1-1. The NBA board of directors are expected to approve the recommendation and the change will be implemented in 2014.

This will give more of an advantage to the home team considering if they lose one of the first two games then they are still guaranteed at least one more home game in game 5. As it stood before, if the home team lost one of those early games, than they had to play 3 straight on the road.

Another repercussion of the decision will be reflected in the length of the playoffs. This will double the existing travel days of the finals and make them last longer. A potential win/win for the league and media since they will get more time to break down the games and talk about them.

It will be interesting to see how this decision will play out and what the players will say about it. I think they will like the extra travel days since it will allow them an extra day to rest and recover from injuries that may have occurred.

Topics: NBA, NBA Finals

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