2016 NBA Finals: Revised Format, Schedule and More

September 24th, 2015 by Tim Daniels Leave a reply »

The NBA announced changes to the schedule format for the 2016 NBA Finals on Wednesday. The league confirmed there will now be two days between games when the series must change locations.

Marc Stein of ESPN reported that altering the approach, which previously locked the games into either Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday, is part of an ongoing effort to build more recovery time into the schedule. It goes for both the regular season and the playoffs, as NBA Vice President of Basketball Operations Kiki Vandeweghe discussed last month.

"Our focus was really on players' rest and recuperation," Vandeweghe said, per ESPN. "We've worked hard with the teams, the broadcast partners and the venues to get the overall travel down and more time between games."‎

As a result, here's how the Finals schedule will look next June:

Last season's championship series, which featured the Golden State Warriors defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games, ended June 16. So the league has been able to revamp the schedule without adding any additional dates.

That was a crucial factor for one of the league's mos ...

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