Posted September 29, 2013

NBA committee reportedly votes to return NBA Finals to 2-2-1-1-1 format

The Miami Heat took advantage of the current 2-3-2 format by winning the final two games at home

The Heat took advantage of the current 2-3-2 NBA Finals format by winning the final two games at home in June. (AP)

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.

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.

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who cares. the nba is a horrible product. any idiot can tell it's rigged. the points spreads are always way too close, players like lebron and durrant have free reign with no consequences, and when finally a coach gets upset and complains about the horrible officiating they get fined an exorbitant amount and told to keep their mouths shut. 


Awesome! Bout time they changed this, with the money these leagues make, travel isn't an issue. The NHL has a 2-2-1-1-1 format, the NBA can. I always thought it was a disadvantage to the team without home court, unless they win the series in five games, they are then forced to close it out on the road in game six or seven. 


Never did like that 2-3-2 format. Always thought it robbed the 'underdog' of a shot at winning game 6 at home while knocking off the 'favorite' for the title. Now it will get interesting again, because a home team losing any of the first two games could doom them. No more getting comfortable just because you won game 5. Thanks league, it's been a long time returning.