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NBA Plans Change to Finals Game Format

The NBA is making a major change to its longtime Finals schedule, switching from the 2-3-2 format to  the 2-2-1-1-1 game schedule the league currently uses in the playoff rounds, according to sources.

The NBA’s competition committee has recommended the change of game rotation to the league’s board of directors.

“The idea was raised at the competition committee and was well received, and the committee ultimately unanimously voted to recommend the change in format,” NBA spokesman Tim Frank said Sunday.

According to the source, the league may implement the new schedule at the next board meeting in October, where the change would happen in the 2014 Finals.

The NBA has used the 2-3-2 format in the Finals since 1985.

The competition committee believes the current 2-3-2 format is unfair to some of the teams with home-court advantages. Last season, the Miami Heat won games 6 and 7 at home to take the Finals, but they were just one of four teams to accomplish that feat in 29 years.

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