DALLAS -– The NBA Board of Governors voted Wednesday to return the NBA Finals to the 2-2-1-1-1 format, effectively immediately.
That means the team which has homecourt advantage throughout the series will host Games 1, 2, 5 and 7, while Games 3, 4 and 6 will be played on the opposing team’s court. That format is already used in the previous three rounds.
“It makes sense on a lot of levels,’’ said Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who is on the NBA’s Competition Committee. “It creates total consistency throughout the playoffs.’’
The NBA previously played under the 2-2-1-1-1 format in the Finals, but turned to the 2-3-2 format in the 1985 Finals over concerns of too many cross-country flights. Under the 2-3-2 format, the team with homecourt advantage hosted Games 1, 2, 6 and 7.
“The other truth about it is when it changed over to 2-3-2 in ’85 the world was a different place from a lot of different perspectives, mostly the media perspective,’’ Carlisle said. “This new format takes into account the extra trips and in most cases allows for some of the difficult west to east travel, which is something that was talked about.
“It really appears, not only on paper, but logically, to make more sense.’’
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