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Sunday, September 29th, 2013 at 6:25 pm  |  20 responses

NBA Finals to Reportedly Return to 2-2-1-1-1 Format


The Finals currently use a 2-3-2 home-away-home format, so the team with the better record gets to play in its home arena during Games 1, 2, 6 and 7. This means the underdog earns a huge advantage if they can steal either Games 1 or 2, something many folks have had a problem with in past years. But according to the Boston Herald‘s Steve Bulpett, we may be headed back to the way things used to be, with a 2-2-1-1-1 format:

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  • Saleem Rainman

    This is pretty significant

    3 straight home games for the team that doesnt have home court advantage always seemed silly to me.

  • Goattree

    YES! I’ve been pleading for this for years, to anyone who would listen. It made no sense to switch the playoff format for the Finals, after three rounds of 2-2-1-1-1

  • Dundler

    Think if this had changed a few years back, could easily have a couple of different champions

  • Max

    It’s about damn time!

  • Interdico Scriptor

    You know, I was a skeptic of the 2-3-2 but after seeing it work for the past couple of finals; now I’m not so sure. 2-2-1-1-1 is fairer, but may result in shorter series.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Yep…2-3-2 pretty much ensured a 6 game series. Or as close to ensured as possible I should say

  • AboveYou

    Which is exactly what the NBA and the networks wanted, because a longer series=more money. I am interested in how long they will keep the 2-2-1-1-1 if it keeps resulting in shorter series.

  • Evan Boland

    Which series do you have in mind?

  • letbail

    The Heat will win 4-0

    come on let’s debate. Are you from Phoenix Scottsdale where Jarryd Bayless is from

  • jone

    at last!

  • swag

    Heat 4-0 against warriors

  • idk

    OKC-Heat would have been a lot more interesting.

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  • Evan Boland

    Would not have changed outcome.

  • idk

    Speaking in hypotheticals is ridiculous. You’d never know unless it happened. Plenty of those games could have gone either way.

  • Dundler

    OKC-Heat is about the only one I didn’t have in mind. Could have had major influence on Lakers-Celts. May have on Mavs-Heat, and again major influence on Spurs-Heat

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  • Saleem Rainman

    Actually it would have been very significant for that series in particular. Cuz the Thunder lost one of their first 2 home games, having home court advantage and all, then the heat had 3 straight games at home to try and end the series with it tied up 1-1, and it was pretty much a death sentence for the Thunder.

  • Dundler

    Oh yeah, my bad, I automatically thought Heat had home court in that series but you’re right. I remember thinking that no-foul call was the death toll.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    I hate this….I loved the 2-3-2….

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