Sunday, May 29, 2011
The ABCs of 2-3-2s
So if you've been following the NBA playoffs the last few years, you already know that the actual finals is treated differently in regards to format. Rounds one through three are played with a 2-2-1-1-1 best of 7 series. This means that the higher seed gets home court the first two games and the (if necessary) fifth and seventh game.
However, because we all love change, the "Finals" mixes it up and enforces a 2-3-2 best of 7 series. This means that the higher seeded team (in this year's case - the Miami Heat - will get home court the first and last 2 games.
NBA fans typically vary on their opinion of the 2-3-2 format, but personally, I don't like it. It places the lower seeded team at a bigger disadvantage than a 2-2-1-1-1 series would. Realistically, the Mavs could aim for a split in the first two (will be extremely tough to do in Miami where there Heat are undefeated in the playoffs), but will then have to win three straight afterwards to bury the Heat in Dallas. Consider that the playoffs are all about adjustments, Dallas will basically have to play out of their mind to accomplish this, and I'm telling you now - this is what the Mavs have to do if they want to become champions.
Because if this gets to game 6, Miami will not give this series up.