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Added rest between games for NBA Finals

NBA commissioner Adam Silver answers questions at a

NBA commissioner Adam Silver answers questions at a news conference after a deal was announced between the league and TV networks in New York on Oct. 6, 2014. Photo Credit: AP / Mark Lennihan

The NBA is adding additional rest days to its NBA Finals schedule, putting two days in between every game where travel is necessary.

Continuing one of Commissioner Adam Silver's goals of finding extra time off for players, the 2016 finals will begin June 2 and would end June 19 if a Game 7 is necessary.

A year after the finals returned to a 2-2-1-1-1 format after three decades of 2-3-2, the latest change moves Game 3 and Game 5 back a day. Last year, there was only one off day when teams changed cities, and they played again the night after arriving.

A seven-game finals would have gone 14 days under the 2-3-2 format and 15 days last year.

Silver has made player rest and recovery a priority, and this season's NBA schedule features fewer stretches of games on back-to-back nights, and four games in five nights.

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