Originally Posted by mckennaspur1
Why switch to 2-3-2 when all the other series have been 2-2-1-1-1?
It was changed in 1985, according to quick research by a nobody like myself, so travel would be easier for teams, but more importantly for media and for ultimately more money. There was a time when the Finals were on tape delay. Stern changed all that.
Some other interesting stats for this format:
-The NBA Finals have been knotted up through two games 12 times since the 2-3-2 format began in 1985. The team that starts the series with home-court advantage has gone on to an 8-4 record in those instances.
-Since the 2-3-2 format began, only two home teams have swept Games 3, 4 and 5. The 2004 Pistons did it against the Lakers, and the 2006 Heat did it against Dallas.
-Since the 2-3-2 format began, three road teams have swept Games 3, 4 and 5. The Pistons did it in 1990 over the Blazers, the Bulls did it 1991 over the Lakers and the Lakers did it against the Sixers in 2001.
-In the 12 times that a Finals series has been knotted at one game apiece, the most common result in the middle three games is for the home team to win Games 4 and 5, which has happened four times. The next most frequent occurrence is for the home team to lose all three games, which has happened three times. The home team, in the middle three games, has won only Game 4 twice, won Games 3 and 4 once, won Games 3 and 5 once and won all three just once.
-Since the 2-3-2 format began, there have only been four series that have gone seven games.
-The most common duration of a Finals series in the 2-3-2 era is six games, which has happened 14 times.
-There have been four sweeps in the Finals under the 2-3-2 format.
-Five Finals series have lasted just five games under the 2-3-2 format.
-The winner of Game 3 when a Finals series under the 2-3-2 format is tied at one has gone on to win the championship 11 of 12 times.