NBA Adds More Days Between Finals Games

by September 24, 2015

The NBA has revised the schedule for the Finals, adding even more time in-between games during the championship round in June.

The idea is to build in additional rest time for the players by easing travel demands.

In 2014, the League did away with the 2-3-2 format that had been in place for three decades.


The league introduced a revised template for its Finals schedule Wednesday, scrapping its long-standing Tuesday-Thursday-Sunday model with a pledge to ensure two days between games any time teams are required to change cities.


The schedule for the 2016 NBA Finals if the series goes the full seven games:
Game 1 – Thursday, June 2
Game 2 – Sunday, June 5
Game 3 – Wednesday, June 8
Game 4 – Friday,‎ June 10
Game 5 – Monday, June 13
Game 6 – Thursday, June 16
Game 7 – Sunday,‎ June 19


“Our focus was really on players’ rest and recuperation,” NBA vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe said in August when the 2015-16 schedule was released. “We’ve worked hard with the teams, the broadcast partners and the venues to get the overall travel down and more time between games.”‎