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Old 05-31-2011, 09:52 AM
 
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plus for miami: dallas isnt likely to win 4 out of 5: you get the final 2 at home.
plus for dallas: if you win one of the first 2, you can get away with only having to win 1 road game, if you can win the next 3.

imo it is neutral, mainly because i believe each team will win at least one on the opposing teams court.
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:19 AM
 
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If the team with HCA loses one of the first two games, they're facing a major uphill battle having games 3-5 on the road.

Having said that, I think both Miami and Dallas are very capable of playing under pressure on the road. In all honesty, I'm hoping this series goes 7, I'm really up for a game 7 scenario, particularly after each of the conference finals series ended in 5( though to be fair, in particular the Heat-Bulls series was far more closely-contested than the 4-1 score would have you believe).
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Old 05-31-2011, 12:41 PM
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I've always hated this format. They're trying to save travel time, but why start in the Finals? Why not do it in the earlier rounds even if the distances are shorter if that is main reason. There are only 7 games max left in the entire season, why not just keep it 2-2-1-1-1 format. How about giving an extra day off due to travel for the games if distance is such a hassle? Either way, the Finals will end in June anyway. Another peeve of Stern that i have.
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Old 06-02-2011, 12:21 PM
 
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I've always hated this format. They're trying to save travel time, but why start in the Finals? Why not do it in the earlier rounds even if the distances are shorter if that is main reason. There are only 7 games max left in the entire season, why not just keep it 2-2-1-1-1 format. How about giving an extra day off due to travel for the games if distance is such a hassle? Either way, the Finals will end in June anyway. Another peeve of Stern that i have.
2-2-1-1-1

2-3-2-0-0 As you can see you are adding 2 extra trips if it goes to game 7 and 1 extra trip if it goes to game 6, so it is a tranportation and logistics cost factor.
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Old 06-02-2011, 12:31 PM
 
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I've always hated this format. They're trying to save travel time, but why start in the Finals? Why not do it in the earlier rounds even if the distances are shorter if that is main reason. There are only 7 games max left in the entire season, why not just keep it 2-2-1-1-1 format. How about giving an extra day off due to travel for the games if distance is such a hassle? Either way, the Finals will end in June anyway. Another peeve of Stern that i have.
i just dont see the logistics working at all. if they extend the time (ad rest days) then your pushing the finals potentially to the brink of july. then that pushes the draft back more then likely into july and by that time the season/CBA and contracts have ended. think about a game 7 on july 4th and half the teams are free agents. to make a 22111 work they would have to get 2 days rest, i mean what if miami and portland met in the finals? your talking about a half a day ore more just on the plane. (travel math says almost 6 hours direct) plaus time changes and all that.

IMO the system is better with 2 3 2 just for the combo of time and logistics.
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