Even though playoff talk legitimately exists in these parts for the first time since 2008, nobody is thinking the Wizards will make a run all the way to the NBA finals. Regardless, whichever teams are the last standing should expect a new finals schedule.
After years of 2-3-2 schedule for the best-of-seven series, the league is on the verge of returning to a 2-2-1-1-1 setup after the NBA's competition committee voted unanimously for the change, Steve Bulpett with the Boston Herald reported.
Due in part to a constant finals matchup pitting the Boston Celtics against the Los Angeles Lakers, the league previously switched to the 2-3-2 scenario in 1985. Rather than have all involved - media horde, league officials, the actual teams - continually shuttle back and forth, the league (and its partners) opted for lengthier pit stops.
That's fine from a traveling standpoint, but in terms of the competition itself, not so much. Teams with the three straight home games were tasked with claiming all of them - in a row, obviously - or win two on the road. On the flip side, teams with a home court advantage would play three of the first five games on the road.
The NBA owners must approve the committee's recommendation. As someone more interested in the competition than the travel (until CSN starts having me cover the finals), here's hoping they do just that.
More on the expected change from ProBasketballTalk.com.