deadshot11 wrote:All the series are 2-2-1-1-1 except for the Finals. The old thinking was that since West is playing West and East is playing East in the first three rounds, there's less travel and time change involved. They had the Finals set up 2-3-2 because of increased travel and time change.
Myself, I don't know how much the travel and time change matter anymore. Teams are used to flying to much and playing in different time zones (and the games are basically at the same time everyday AFTER adjusting for time zone), I don't know how much it affects the players anymore. Especially with charter flights and all. So I could see it fine moving back to 2-2-1-1-1. Though if the players think it's too rough to do that across three time zones, I'd be ok leaving it at 2-3-2.
I agree it's harder to win those middle three in a row though. Especially since playoff series are all about adjustments.
Boston and LA I guess are about as far apart as you can get.
I'm actually for making early rounds 5 game series again as well, but from a financial perspective I realize that's not happening.