The NBA Competition Committee voted unanimously on Sunday for the NBA Finals to return to the 2-2-1-1-1format instead of the 2-3-2, which began in 1985, according to the Boston Herald.
“Proponents of the change have believed the current 2-3-2 format dulls some of the homecourt advantage to the higher seed. The Miami Heat won Games 6 and 7 at home to claim the Finals in June, but they were just the fourth team in 29 years to accomplish that feat.
Also, with the lower seed getting Game 6 on its home floor, it increases the likelihood that a series will go to seven games, which is traditionally in the business interests of the league and its television partners. The NBA Finals are televised by ABC.”
via the Boston Herald
I am a big fan of this. I aways feel that with the 2-3-2, somehow, some team ends up in a really tough disadvantage.
If you have homecourt advantage and lose one of the first two at home, suddenly you may not even get a chance to return home in the series.
If you don’t have homecourt advantage, the only way to protect homecourt is by also winning three games in a row, which is very tough even at home.
The 2-2-1-1-1 seems to result in more Game 7s and a fairer playing field in my opinion. Getting back home is always just a few days away. With 2-3-2, it can be a week away.
When the Thunder made the NBA Finals in 2012, they fell victim to this format. They lost Game 2 to Miami at home, and then the series never got back to OKC. Had Game 5 been in OKC, the entire momentum of the series could have come back in the favor of the Thunder, but they never got that chance.
I think that overall this will benefit younger, inexperienced teams. The 2-3-2 made it easier for the dominant team to win a series.