Finals back to 2-2-1-1-1 ?

Finals back to 2-2-1-1-1 ?

Postby V.V.V.V.V. on Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:00 am

Report: NBA likely returns to 2-2-1-1-1 format for Finals

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Sep 29, 2013, 4:59 PM EDT
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If you’ve never been around an NBA Finals series, know that it is a traveling circus, a logistical nightmare. The number of media runs well into triple digits at every game, there are television cameras everywhere you turn, there are fan events all over town and the demands on players’ time can get oppressive. It’s hard for the league even to get enough wifi for all the demands in the building.

Which is one reason the league went to the 2-3-2 NBA Finals format in 1985, when moving the logistical circus cross-country from Boston to Los Angeles every year seemed daunting. But it also never seemed fair — it dilutes the home court advantage and was an odd change after every series to get to the Finals was 2-2-1-1-1.

Now we could be headed back to the old system: The NBA’s Competition Committee — made up of a group of owners, general managers, coaches and one player — voted unanimously to return the Finals to 2-2-1-1-1 format, reports Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.

This still would have to be approved by the owners, but likely will be.

It is not known if this would begin this season or next one, although there really is no reason not to start it this year.

The Finals run on a Sunday-Tuesday-Thursday schedule (the first game is usually a Thursday night) and that means a week in the middle city (last season San Antonio). Winning three games in a row against high level competition is hard to do even at home, but that was often the spot the team in that middle city was faced with if they couldn’t win one of the first two. They couldn’t just go home and even the series, they needed Game 5.

This new/old format is going to mean more flights for the media (the players fly charter, they’ll somehow survive) but it creates a more fair competition, especially a close series. Would Game 6 of the Finals last year turned out differently if it were in San Antonio rather than Miami? Maybe this year we’ll find out.


This would really balance the HCA in the Finals. More likely to have seven-game series IMO. And the teams will be exhausted and jet-lagged. :man11:
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Re: Finals back to 2-2-1-1-1 ?

Postby V.V.V.V.V. on Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:03 am

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Re: Finals back to 2-2-1-1-1 ?

Postby LakerFan1235 on Mon Sep 30, 2013 1:30 am

Took them long enough.
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Re: Finals back to 2-2-1-1-1 ?

Postby nameant on Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:14 am

V.V.V.V.V. wrote:And the teams will be exhausted and jet-lagged. :man11:


Oh these poor millionaire athletes and their private planes. :man6:
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Re: Finals back to 2-2-1-1-1 ?

Postby Weezy on Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:52 pm

Good, the 2-3-2 format is stupid. The finals should be the same format as every other series so it's just as fair to both teams, and no team gets 3 freakin home games in a row.
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Re: Finals back to 2-2-1-1-1 ?

Postby CGrand81 on Tue Oct 01, 2013 12:31 am

I actually liked the 2-3-2 format, less traveling, less days off between games. My problem was if the NBA likes the 2-3-2 format, they need to use said format for all the rounds. So it's a good move for that reason for me, all the rounds follow the 2-2-1-1-1 now.

On another note, I'd wish the first round went back to the best of 5. The NBA playoffs IMO is dragged out for far too long, but I get the reasoning, more money it's that simple.
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Re: Finals back to 2-2-1-1-1 ?

Postby revgen on Tue Oct 01, 2013 5:06 am

I honestly don't think it matters what format they use. In a seven game series, the best team should come out on top.
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Re: Finals back to 2-2-1-1-1 ?

Postby John3:16 on Tue Oct 01, 2013 5:28 am

The 2-3-2 format wasn't about the teams. The media goes up tenfold during the Finals. Very difficult to move media around the country and set up hotels in the 2-2-1-1-1 format, especially when it gets to the point of "are we going or is the series ending tonight?"
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Re: Finals back to 2-2-1-1-1 ?

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Wed Oct 02, 2013 12:29 pm

I like. I have always hated that 2-3-2 format.
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Re: Finals back to 2-2-1-1-1 ?

Postby S.R.05 on Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:58 pm

puffyusaf#2 wrote:I like. I have always hated that 2-3-2 format.


yup i agree. it's really not much of a homecourt advantage for the team with the better record
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Re: Finals back to 2-2-1-1-1 ?

Postby Lakerjones on Sat Oct 05, 2013 3:21 pm

LakerFan1235 wrote:Took them long enough.


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Re: Finals back to 2-2-1-1-1 ?

Postby pound4pound1 on Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:29 am

*sigh*


i wish this was relevant to us this year
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Re: Finals back to 2-2-1-1-1 ?

Postby dj vitus on Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:49 am

How about a 2-2-2-2-1 series for 9 games. :man10: More balance, more revenue... everyone is happy. :jam2:
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Re: Finals back to 2-2-1-1-1 ?

Postby Basketball Fan on Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:00 pm

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/98676 ... als-format

Vote unanimous to change Finals

NEW YORK -- NBA owners voted unanimously Wednesday to change the Finals format to 2-2-1-1-1 after nearly 30 years of a 2-3-2 format. The change is effective for the 2014 Finals.

Commissioner David Stern called it an "easy sell" to owners to help add competitive balance and align the Finals format with the rest of the playoffs. To ease the transition, an extra day off will be added to the schedule between Games 6 and 7.

"There's been a sense among our teams that in a 2-2 series, it's not fair for a team with the better record to be away [for Game 5]," Stern said. "It's not fair for the better team in terms of record to spend as many as eight days away from home."

The league started its 2-3-2 format in 1985 following several hard travel Finals between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers when the teams flew commercial airlines. In that format, the home team won the middle three games only three times.
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Re: Finals back to 2-2-1-1-1 ?

Postby V.V.V.V.V. on Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:40 pm

How about the most overhyped team gets to bring their own refs?

Wait...they already do that.
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Re: Finals back to 2-2-1-1-1 ?

Postby dj vitus on Sun Oct 27, 2013 2:24 pm

Strange move. If 2-3-2 gives the lesser team a little more advantage, wouldn't it make the series more competitive, and thus more exciting?
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Re: Finals back to 2-2-1-1-1 ?

Postby V.V.V.V.V. on Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:02 am

I think it's more balanced. The lower seeded team doesn't have to worry about winning all three home games in a row, and the better seeded team doesn't have to worry about coming back home down 2-3.

If anything, it helps the higher seeded team, since they can defend home court and never trail in the series. Teams that aren't that good on the road in the playoffs, *cough* Heat *cough*, can safely win out at home.
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