The NBA Finals are going old school again.
After 28 years of a 2-3-2 Finals format — where the team with the worse record hosted the three games in the middle of the series — the NBA is returning to the 2-2-1-1-1 format used prior to that, as well as the format used in every other playoff round. David Stern confirmed the change at a press conference Wednesday following the NBA Board of Governors meeting where the owners approved the switch.
This was the expected outcome after the league’s Competition Committee unanimously recommended it as Stern said it was unfair for the team with the better record to have to play three games in a row on the road, including a potentially crucial Game 5.
It makes you wonder if last year’s series between San Antonio and Miami, or even the year before with Oklahoma City and Miami, might have been different with this format.