It’s been a debate for awhile now in NBA land – should the Finals format be changed? Every other playoff series follows the 2-2-1-1-1 format, but the Finals had remained with the old school 2-3-2 format. Now, league owners have unanimously voted to change the Finals to reflect the standard 2-2-1-1-1.
This is undoubtedly the right call by the owners. The 2-3-2 format was in place because of the old travel schedule teams used to adhere to. Nowadays, there’s an off day between each game, so it makes much more sense to break up the final three games. On top of that, some people will argue that three consecutive home games gave an edge to the lower seeded team.
With the 2-3-2 format, if the lower seeded team could steal game one or two, then they had a great opportunity to gain an advantage at home and often times were left with only one game to win on the road in games six and seven. All of that’s now out the window and it’s the way it should be.
The 2-2-1-1-1 format is the correct model to follow in the modern day NBA. These players have plenty of time off between games during these series to recuperate. There was just no longer a reason for the Finals to be different. Just because something is a tradition, doesn’t mean it’s right. For once, the owners stepped up to the plate and got something right, which is certainly a refreshing change of pace in professional sports.