NBA owners unanimously approve Finals format change to 2-2-1-1-1

Jun 11, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; General view of the Finals logo and basketballs prior to game three of the 2013 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs at the AT

I’ve never been a big fan of the 2-3-2 playoff format that has been used in the NBA Finals. Thankfully, the league has grown tired of it as well as they will move back to a more traditional 2-2-1-1-1 format, which they haven’t used since 1985.

The rule was passed during the NBA’s Board of Governors meetings in New York this afternoon.

Per Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

NBA owners unanimously approved Finals format change to 2-2-1-1-1. Had been 2-3-2 since 1985.

The 2-3-2 format, which is also used by Major League Baseball in the World Series puts a lot of added pressure on each team, especially the team who opens the series at home. Simply put, the ‘road’ team shouldn’t be given more ‘home games’ through the series’ first five games than the team who opened the series with ‘home field/court advantage’. Sure, you do get the final two games of the series at home in the 2-3-2 format but if you drop one of the series’ first two games, you may not make a return home.

With the 2-2-1-1-1 format, you’re assured, as the home team to be given at minimum three home games in the series’ first five games, as it should be.

The NBA will implement the rule for the coming season.

Topics: David Stern, NBA, NBA Finals

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  • michael passe

    Feels strange to agree with Stern, but this is a very good idea. Having seen plenty of both playoff formats, the 2-2-1-1-1 format absolutely makes for a better series.

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