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NBA alters Finals schedule

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September 24, 2015 at 11:52 am.

The altered Finals schedule is part of the NBA's ongoing effort to cut down on back-to-back games during the regular season and postseason in order to give players more rest and recuperation time. Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The altered Finals schedule is part of the NBA’s ongoing effort to cut down on back-to-back games during the regular season and postseason in order to give players more rest and recuperation time. Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA is changing the format for the Finals in 2016 to help with travel and give players more time to rest.

A new formula introduced Wednesday by the league abandons the traditional Tuesday-Thursday-Sunday schedule and includes two days off whenever travel to another city is required.

The 2016 NBA Finals, scheduled to start June 2, shapes up as follows: Game 1 on Thursday, June 2; Game 2 on Sunday, June 5; Game 3 on Wednesday, June 8; Game 4 on Friday,? June 10; Game 5 (if necessary) on Monday, June 13; Game 6 (if necessary) on Thursday, June 16; and Game 7 (if necessary) on Sunday,? June 19.

In 2014, the NBA altered the 2-3-2 format it used for almost 30 years to a 2-2-1-1-1 schedule that included an extra day built in for travel between Games 6 and 7.

The altered Finals schedule is part of the NBA’s ongoing effort to cut down on back-to-back games during the regular season and postseason in order to give players more rest and recuperation time.

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