The NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved a change on Wednesday that would return the NBA Finals series to a 2-2-1-1-1 format.
The adjustment, which will be made immediately for the 2013-14 season, creates a playoff system that is exactly like the NHL’s, where all four rounds use a 2-2-1-1-1 set up.
This format was used until the 1985 NBA Finals when a 2-3-2 format was implemented. The change to the 2-3-2 format was made primarily for travel reasons, both for the players and television networks. However, it did force the team with the home-court advantage to play three consecutive road games, which makes no sense.
NBA commissioner David Stern talked about the vote on Wednesday.
Stern says it was unfair for team with better record to be away three games & spend eight days on road. "Easy sell," Stern said.—
Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) October 23, 2013
In the 29 NBA Finals series using the 2-3-2 format, the team with home court had an overall series record of 21-8. The 2-2-1-1-1 format should create more compelling series because the chances of a deciding Game 7 being needed are greater based on the back-and-forth of home court over the final three games. In the 2-3-2 format, there were only four NBA Finals that went the full seven games, compared to 13 Game 7 series in the 38 years between 1946-47 and 1983-84 when the 2-2-1-1-1 set up was used.