The Indiana Pacers wore the Knicks down in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference series on Saturday with tenacious defense and strong rebounding, something New York seems to have no answer for. Indiana has the home court advantage after stealing the opener in NY and the big test now for the Knicks now will be Game 4, an almost must-win game because the Pacers still have a home game if it goes to a Game 6, and should Indiana win on Tuesday, the pressure’s off in New York for Game 5.
The defending world champs have seized control of theirseries since that opening loss to Chicago, and it seems Miami has all cylinders clicking again after a hard-fought road win in Game 3 and an 88 – 65 blowout in Game 4 Monday. LaBron James continues to set the pace but seems to find new partners to contribute every night as Miami holds a commanding 3 – 1 lead in the series with Game 5 set for Wednesday at South Beach, which should be “curtains” for the Chicago Bulls.
Meanwhile, The San Antonio Spurs seem to have lost the momentum in their series with Golden State, going into Oakland for Game 4 of their Western Conference series on Sunday. Jarratt Jack, Steph Curry & Klay Matthews showed character in their youth with a spectacular win over the Spurs to even the series at two games apiece. No question, San Antonio knows how to win, especially in the postseason, so an interesting Game 5 coming up on Tuesday in Texas.
The Memphis Grizzlies will have to be dealt with in the playoffs this season. Just ask the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Grizzlies have stolen home court advantage from the defending Western Conference champions, and now Memphis has a commanding 3 – 1 lead over OKC as the Thunder’s return to the NBA Finals is now in serious jeopardy. Certainly a “must-win” scenario in Game 5 tomorrow night at OKC..