NBA Finals to return to 2-2-1-1-1 format, pending vote from owners


The NBA could ditch the current 2-3-2 finals format and return to the same one used before 1985.

The NBA's competition committee is pushing for the NBA Finals to return to a 2-2-1-1-1 home and away format. Sources told the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett that the committee voted unanimously to return to the format that was changed to the 2-3-2 home and away groupings that have been a part of the Finals since 1985. The change must next be approved by league owners.

The first round, conference semifinals and conference finals of the NBA Playoffs already use the 2-2-1-1-1 format, but the Finals format was changed in 1985 to two home games, three road games and then two more home games for the team with the better regular season record.

Travel costs and television marketing purposes led to the new format, but since implementation of the 2-3-2 format, lower-seeded teams have struggled. They rarely win all three of their home games as the higher-seeded teams get used to the road atmosphere.

With team charter flights making it easier to travel more and in less amount of time -- and with television being live for all games -- the change back to a 2-2-1-1-1 format appears logistically sound and viewed as a more competitive model.

More from SB Nation NBA:

The man who makes NBA scrubs into YouTube superstars

Ziller: The best (potential) regional rivalries

DeMarcus Cousins signs $62 million extension

Finally, the blue raspberry flavored mouthpiece

Bizarre revelations from the original NBA Jam game

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.