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2-3-2 NBA Finals Format And Home Court Advantage

Here's this week's showcased fanpost. In this write-up, 3QC member pembeci takes a historical look at the NBA Finals and what the data means for the Orlando Magic. - ER

Last night at the game thread, I wondered if there was any team WITHOUT the home court advantage who reached the happy end at Game 7 after the 2-3-2 format became in play. So today, I went and did some research about the finals series played since that format was started in 1985. Granted this is a very small sample to find some patterns but it is still fun to look at.

To answer my own question, NO there wasn't such a team. The only game 7s happened in these kind of series are (A: team with HCA, B: the lower seeded team):

1988: BA-ABB-AA (A in 7)  Los Angeles Lakers over Detroit Pistons
1994: AB-ABB-AA (A in 7)  Houston Rockets over New York Knickerbockers
2005: AA-BBA-BA (A in 7)  San Antonio Spurs over Detroit Pistons

and they are all won by the home team.

OK, another question, is it all lost if first two games were won by the home team. Answer is NO, Miami Heat won 4 straight after losing the first two. Here is how the lower seeded team became champions:

1985: AB-BAB-B* (B in 6)  Los Angeles Lakers over Boston Celtics
1993: BB-ABA-B* (B in 6)  Chicago Bulls over Phoenix Suns
1995: BB-BB*-** (B in 4)  Houston Rockets over Orlando Magic
1998: AB-BBA-B* (B in 6)  Chicago Bulls over Utah Jazz
2004: BA-BBB-** (B in 5)  Detroit Pistons over Los Angeles Lakers
2006: AA-BBB-B* (B in 6)  Miami Heat over Dallas Mavericks

Let's see if Magic can repeat one of these patterns. I think most likely scenario for doing that is split first, get 2 out of 3 at home and then win the 6th game away.

Here is the full list:

1985: AB-BAB-B* (B in 6)  Los Angeles Lakers over Boston Celtics
1986: AA-BAB-A* (A in 6)  Boston Celtics over Houston Rockets
1987: AA-BAB-A* (A in 6)  Los Angeles Lakers over Boston Celtics
1988: BA-ABB-AA (A in 7)  Los Angeles Lakers over Detroit Pistons
1989: AA-AA*-** (A in 4)  Detroit Pistons over Los Angeles Lakers
1990: AB-AAA-** (A in 5)  Detroit Pistons over Portland Trail Blazers
1991: BA-AAA-** (A in 5)  Chicago Bulls over Los Angeles Lakers
1992: AB-ABA-A* (A in 6)  Chicago Bulls over Portland Trail Blazers
1993: BB-ABA-B* (B in 6)  Chicago Bulls over Phoenix Suns
1994: AB-ABB-AA (A in 7)  Houston Rockets over New York Knickerbockers
1995: BB-BB*-** (B in 4)  Houston Rockets over Orlando Magic
1996: AA-ABB-A* (A in 6)  Chicago Bulls over Seattle Supersonics
1997: AA-BBA-A* (A in 6)  Chicago Bulls over Utah Jazz
1998: AB-BBA-B* (B in 6)  Chicago Bulls over Utah Jazz
1999: AA-BAA-** (A in 5)  San Antonio Spurs over New York Knickerbockers
2000: AA-BAB-A* (A in 6)  Los Angeles Lakers over Indiana Pacers
2001: BA-AAA-** (A in 5)  Los Angeles Lakers over Philadelphia 76ers
2002: AA-AA*-** (A in 4)  Los Angeles Lakers over New Jersey Nets
2003: AB-ABA-A* (A in 6)  San Antonio Spurs over New Jersey Nets
2004: BA-BBB-** (B in 5)  Detroit Pistons over Los Angeles Lakers
2005: AA-BBA-BA (A in 7)  San Antonio Spurs over Detroit Pistons
2006: AA-BBB-B* (B in 6)  Miami Heat over Dallas Mavericks
2007: AA-AA*-** (A in 4)  San Antonio Spurs over Cleveland Cavaliers
2008: AA-BAB-A* (A in 6)  Boston Celtics over Los Angeles Lakers

This FanPost was made by a member of the Orlando Pinstriped Post community, and is to be treated as the opinions and views of its author, not that of the blogger or blog community as a whole.

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