NBA committee reportedly votes to return NBA Finals to 2-2-1-1-1 format
The NBA Finals appears on its way to returning to its former 2-2-1-1-1 home-court advantage format.
The NBA Competition Committee — comprised of two team owners, four general managers, three head coaches and a player — voted unanimously for the change, The Boston Herald‘s Steve Bulpett is reporting. The decision is now awaiting owners approval.
The league’s current 2-3-2 championship format allows the team with home-court advantage to host the first and last two games, with the lower-seeded team hosting the middle three.
It adopted the format in 1985 to reduce the amount of cross-country travel that was occurring when the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics met in the Finals.
Sources: Competition Committee votes unanimously to return NBA Finals to 2-2-1-1-1 format. Owners' approval to come.—
Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) September 29, 2013
In 2013, the Miami Heat became the fourth team to win both Game 6 and Game 7 at home. The team with home-court advantage is 21-8 in NBA Finals under the 2-3-2 format.