With the NBA finals continuing in San Antonio this week, the Spurs hope to take advantage of their second of three strait home games. While the higher seed is still granted with four home games in the finals series, the 2-3-2 format can present some advantages for the lower seed. Having a pivotal Game 5 in a 2-2 series on your home floor is a huge opportunity for a lower seed team.
In the most recent NBA Finals the lower seed has won the last two finals match-ups The Mavericks in 2011, and the Heat in 2012 seemed to take advantage of their three strait home games.
The 2-3-2 format was first installed during the 1985 season to make traveling situations easier due to west coast teams potentially flying cross country multiple times.
We asked the fans if they are a fan of the 2-3-2 format, or if we should see the standard 2-2-1-1-1 format applied in the NBA Finals:
Not surprisingly, 58 percent of fans voted they are not a fan of the 2-3-2 format. The general consensus as ban as if the lower seed can steal one of the first two games on the road, then winning just two of three home games can put them in a situation to clinch the NBA Title in Game 6.
Since the 2-3-2 format was installed, only three times has the home team won all three games. Therefore, there is a great deal of pressure to potentially have to win two games on the road. In either scenario it does change things for both teams.
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