The dynamic of the NBA Finals is markedly different from
other playoff series for a variety of reasons.
Obviously, with (presumably) only the two best teams in the league
remaining, the quality of play is higher than ever before (as anyone who
watched Game 1 of Miami/San Antonio can attest). And with a championship ring suddenly on the
line, the level of intensity of both teams is increased as well, often leading
to a more physical, defense-oriented matchup.
All of this is well-known.
But another huge factor that sometimes flies under the radar
during the Finals is the change from a 2-2-1-1-1, to a 2-3-2 format. There has been a lot of debate over the years
as to whether a 2-3-2 series is of greater advantage to the home team, or the
away team. But one thing that can’t be
debated is that the San Antonio Spurs put the defending champion Miami Heat up
against a wall by stealing Game 1 of this series. If the Heat had managed to lose Game 2, they
would be fa...