Los Angeles Lakers at Boston Celtics – 9 ET ABC
It doesn’t matter whether we’re talking about a specific play or team, but when you choose to shoot the three-pointer you ultimately live or die by it. In Game 2, behind Ray Allen’s record-breaking 8 three-point field goals made, the Celtics lived by the three. As a team they knocked down 11 of 16 attempts (nearly 70%), as for the Lakers well, they died by it at home, connecting on just 5 of their 22 attempts from long range.
One of the best parts of the majority of the past NBA Finals is that each game in the best-of-seven series often times offers new challenges, which forces teams to make improvised adjustments almost on the fly. The Lakers must be concerned as they step out on the floor for tonight’s Game 3 matchup. While the Lakers are currently the reigning champs, their chances to defend that title will drastically improve or crumble in Game 3. It’s important to note unlike the first three rounds of the NBA Playoffs, the NBA Finals schedule is much different. The Celtics (technically) have the chance to close out this series in Boston without ever having to return to Los Angeles. The next three games are in Boston, which gives this experienced Celtics team a huge opportunity to finish their business.
A Game 3 win for Boston means a commanding lead in the series as they’ll continue to maintain their momentum. On the other hand, a big Game 3 win for Los Angeles guarantees that them that the series will shift back to the west coast. The sooner the Lakers get that win, they better they’ll feel going into the rest of the games in Boston. Tonight, expect the Celtics to continue to control momentum. Ray Allen played out of his mind in Game 2, but Paul Pierce was nearly non-existent contributing on the offensive end of the floor. Pierce will be ready to go tonight and he along with Rajon Rondo won’t disappoint on their home floor.
Celtics- 99 Lakers- 91
Hopefully, Big Baby doesn’t get knocked out yet again….