For the past 30 years, the Finals have been on a 2-3-2 schedule, meaning 2 games in one site, 3 in the other, and the last 2 back at the first site. Preceding playoff rounds have been on a 2-2-1-1-1 format, with the team with the better record getting home games in Games 1, 2, 5, and 7. This year, however, all rounds including the Finals will have the 2-2-1-1-1 format.
NBA Commissioner David Stern, who helped lead the charge to a 2-3-2 format in 1985 to reduce travel between games, now supports the 2-2-1-1-1 standard approved yesterday. "There's been a sense among our teams that in a 2-2 series, it's not fair for a team with the better record to be away [for Game 5]...It's not fair for the better team in terms of record to spend as many as eight days away from home."
Stern made the comments after his last Board of Governors meeting, as he will be stepping down as commissioner on February 1, 2014.