In what seemed to be only a matter of time, NBA commissioner David Stern announced today that after 28 seasons the league is reverting back to a 2-2-1-1-1 format for the NBA Finals.
It's a welcome change for most and one that makes sense considering each round of the playoffs leading up to the Finals is that way, with the team with the better record receiving home games in Games 1, 2 and 5 and 7 if necessary. In the old format the team with the worse record received three straight home games -- Games 3, 4 and 5 -- with the better record team going home for Games 6 and 7.
The 2-2-1-1-1 format was around until 1985, when Stern went to the 2-3-2 format to accommodate both media outlets as well as the teams, cutting down on travel expenses for the former and allowing more rest and fewer flights (and, thus, more rest) for the latter.
Two years ago the Miami Heat took one of two games from the Thunder in Oklahoma City to begin the 2012 Finals before winning three straight home games to end the series.
And last year the San Antonio Spurs took a 3-2 lead over the Heat by winning a Game 5 in Texas, though Miami went back to South Beach and took Games 6 and 7 for their second straight NBA title.