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NBA Changes Finals Format

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After years of criticism, the NBA finally came to their senses and fixed the NBA finals format.

The 2-3-2 format was changed today to 2-2-1-1-1, after NBA owners voted unanimously for the change. To make up for the travel, an extra day will be spread out between a potential game 6 and 7.

The 2-2-1-1-1 format had already existed in all aspects of the NBA playoffs, with the exception of the Finals.

This change is long overdue. The old 2-3-2 format was implemented in 1985 to help with rigorous traveling. “Rigorous” traveling may have existed back in the ’80s, but with chartered flights and luxurious private planes, the traveling isn’t the issue it once was.

Adjusting the format also allows the higher seeded team more time at home. With the old format, the team with “home court advantage” would typically spend 8 days on the road for games 3,4, and 5.

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