Commentary

Time to say goodbye to 2-3-2 format

Updated: June 19, 2012, 11:26 AM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

The NBA Finals have given us great excitement already. There have been tremendous games between the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The NBA has showcased the two best players right now: LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

There is one aspect about the championship series that bothers me: the 2-3-2 format.

Miami and Oklahoma City split the first two games and then went to the Sunshine State. With the 2-3-2 format, it is possible that the teams won't go back to the Midwest. Sure, South Beach is very nice, but ...

With the split of the first two games, and Miami winning game three, it is very possible that Oklahoma City has played its last home game of the season. The pressure is on the Thunder, making Game 4 crucial. They don't want to fall behind 3-1, especially knowing they'd face elimination on the road. The Thunder lost at home just once in the postseason, Game 2 of the Finals against Miami.

I personally think the 2-2-1-1-1 format is a little more fair. It gives a better opportunity to the team that entered the series with the home-court edge. The 2-3-2 negates that a little bit if the road team can steal one of the first two games, which happened this year.

Do the fans like the 2-3-2 format? Send me a tweet at twitter.com/dickiev or leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts.

I believe the Finals should be more fair, but I want to hear from the fans and find out what you believe.

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.