NBA to Revert Back to Old Finals Format
Sources familiar with the situation have confirmed that the NBA competition committee has voted to turn the Finals back to the 2-2-1-1-1 format that was used until 1984.
The move still requires final owners’ approval, however, it is expected to pass and then replace the 2-3-2 format that has been used in recent years. So far no date has been set for the vote, but it should be taking place in the not too distant future.
The 2-3-2 format has been in use since 1985 when it was decided that traveling from east to west coast was too far for just one game with a day off in between.
One argument for going back is that the lower seed has a disadvantage, however, this doesn’t appear to be the case in reality.
This year Miami Heat was the higher seed, however, Oklahoma City was the higher seed last year when the Heat won and Miami was the year before that when Dallas won. Roughly 70% of the time the home team has won the finals.