New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The NBA may return to the 2-2-1-1-1 game rotation for the Finals series, discarding the 2-3-2 format.
The league’s competition committee will recommend the change to the league’s board of directors, which must next be approved by league owners.
If agreed upon, it could be implemented in the 2014 Finals.
“The idea was raised at the competition committee and was well-received and the committee ultimately unanimously voted to recommend the change in format,” NBA spokesman Tim Frank said Sunday.
The league has used the 2-3-2 format in the Finals since 1985 when teams have to take commercial flights. All teams now fly their own charters, and the travel is easier.
Proponents of the change noted that the current 2-3-2 format dulls some of the homecourt advantage to the higher seed. The underdog team could steal one of the first two and they get three home games in a row, putting team with a better record on a tough spot.
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 partner, ABC.