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NBA To Vote on Changing Finals Format

The NBA will hold a vote to return to the 2-2-1-1-1 arrangement of games for the Finals, and it's about time.

Mike Ehrmann

The NBA's Competition Committee recently voted unanimously to reject the current 2-3-2 format of home/away games in the Finals and return to the older 2-2-1-1-1 system.

For once, this would be a rules change to the game I would welcome. The 2-3-2 format in my opinion reduces the importance of home court advantage which teams fight so hard for during the regular season (which is already virtually meaningless in terms of the number of teams that qualify for the playoffs).

It never made any sense that only the NBA Finals series should have a different format than the other playoff series, either.

Kudos to the league on recognizing a rules change that makes the Finals series more fair to both the teams that have worked so hard to get there, and in this fan's opinion more watchable as well. The 2-2-1-1-1 lends itself better to TV scheduling over a 5-10 day period than 2-3-2 ever did.

What are your thoughts about this change?