Since 1985, the NBA finals have been set up to play 2-3-2 with the home team getting the first and last 2 games. It has recently been voted and passed to change the finals schedule back to 2-2-1-1-1 because traveling is cheaper than it used to be, and economically it makes better sense for the league.
Who knows if the results would have been the same for all of these finals scenarios if the change would have never been made? The Los Angeles Lakers won 8 titles in 12 appearances, the fierce Detroit Pistons of old and new, the Chicago Bulls dynasty interrupted by the Houston Rockets back to back Wins, 3 Miami Heat titles and the San Antonio Spurs leaving a mark on the league of their own. Maybe the Utah Jazz, Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks, and the other “losers of the era” would have actually come away with a victory and
changed their franchises forever.
But nobody will ever know if it would have affected anything because it was a mistake to make the change in the first place. Rules are Rules and they do not need to be constantly changed because it takes away from the heart of the game. Teams need that longevity of being able to say I beat you the same way you beat me. If the Spurs win the title against the heat next year with the format the way it is now, people would say it was only because of the new format, instead of giving credit to the more talented team.
It is up to the commissioner and the league to stop making these kinds of rule changes that affect fan perspective of winning along with a player’s perspective of what it means to win a championship. The NBA doesn’t need to become the NFL becoming soft and changing the meaning of the sport.