NBA Finals change format

NBA Finals change format
October 23, 2013, 3:30 pm
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(Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

The NBA Finals is returning to its roots with the 2-2-1-1-1 format, beginning with the 2013-14 season.

The Board of Governors unanimously approved the switch from 2-3-2 which had been in effect since 1985.

Instead of the team with home-court advantage having games 1, 2, 6 and 7 in the seven-game format it'll have 1, 2, 5 and 7. Every other playoff series uses this format. 

An extra day will be given between Games 6 and 7 of the Finals.

Going back to the original format that was used since 1957-84 -- except in 1978, when the Bullets overcame the Seattle SuperSonics' home court for the franchise's only championship, it was 1-2-2-1-1 -- was recommended by the competition committee last month.

"The Competition Committee felt strongly that a consistent format should be used for each round of our playoffs,” said Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations in a statement. "With improvements in team air travel and technology, the reasons the 2-3-2 format made sense for us in the past largely do not exist anymore, so creating consistency became the priority.