Why Do the NBA Playoffs Take So Long?

April 26th, 2010 by Aaron Green Leave a reply »
Sixty-one days.

If the 2010 NBA Finals goes a full seven games, that is how many days it will have taken to complete the 2010 NBA Playoffs.

Starting April 17, the playoffs would conclude with Game 7 of the NBA Finals on June 17. That’s entirely too long.

A student at The Ohio State University could nearly complete a quarter’s worth of classes in that time. Excluding exam week, a quarter at Ohio State is 10 weeks, or 70 days.

This past week, Stan Van Gundy, coach of the Orlando Magic, commented on the length of the NBA postseason:

“Baseball gets their whole playoffs and World Series done in like three weeks. Us, it takes us the first round to go three weeks.”

As far-fetched as it may seem, Van Gundy’s hyperbole is not that far off.

If the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls were to play a seven-game series, Game 7 would be on May 1, a full two weeks after Game 1.

Each game in the series would be followed by at least one day off and sometimes two, a common feature of all the league’s postseason series.

In fact, between Games ...

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