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ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 08:  A photo of the NBA logo is displayed on the wall on March 8, 2011 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2011 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) – The NBA Finals could return to a 2-2-1-1-1 format.

The league’s Competition Committee voted unanimously to recommend the change from the current 2-3-2 system and owners will vote on it next month at their meetings.

If approved, it hasn’t been decided if the change would begin with the 2014 finals.

The Competition Committee’s vote was first reported by the Boston Herald.

The format was switched beginning in 1985, a recommendation Commissioner David Stern has said came in part from former Celtics boss Red Auerbach to reduce the cross-country trips between Boston and Los Angeles.

Critics argue it gives home-court advantage to the lower-seeded team in Game 5, which is often a pivotal game in a best-of-seven series.

All other rounds in the NBA playoffs use the 2-2-1-1-1 format.

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