The Series Is Tied — Here’s What To Watch In The NBA Finals Game 3
For the sixth year in a row, the NBA finals have been tied after just two games.That might mean a long series is on the way, like in 2013 when San Antonio and Miami ended up going the distance before LeBron James’ amazing Game 7 brought the title to the Heat.Or, as LeBron James also knows, it may also not go as long.
The Heat and the Spurs again tied last year following Game 2, and the Heat felt they could (and maybe should) have won both of the games. But San Antonio blitzed the teams from there, winning both of the games easily in Miami before they wrapped it up at home in Game 5.Maybe the Golden State Warriors will be able to duplicate this feat, and the NBA’s best regular-season team will be able to find its game while on the road. But given how the Cleveland Cavaliers have been defending during this series, it won’t be easy — though it will probably make a great show for fans with NBA tickets to the finals.
LeBron James said in the aftermath of Game 2 that they’re going to come in both defensively as well as offensively with an “aggressive mindset,” noting that winning finals games while shooting 32 percent out of the field was a “testament to how gritty we can be.”Game 3 will be on Tuesday night at the Quicken Loans Arena. Here’s what to watch for:- It might be a pivotal game. The winner of game 3 after a finals tied 1-1 has ended up winning the series 31 in 37 times, says the Elias Sports Bureau. Of course, this statistic doesn’t take James into account — his Heat won the series in in 2013 after losing Game 3 to San Antoni, but also lost in 2011 to Dallas after they were ahead 2-1.- Golden State’s proven road record.
While Golden State lost their home court advantage the Warriors have a proven record on the road. They set a record for their franchise with 28 on the road victories in the regular season and they’re 5-2 away in the playoffs.On the other hand, Cleveland won their last 26 of 28 home games.”We know it’s going to be tough,” said Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova. “Every game” against the Warriors would be tough, he noted, so as nice as it was to be back at home they would still have to “do it” on the court.- Passing. The Warriors made just 16 assists during Game 2 after finishing Game 1 with 24, and the team knows they need more for their offense to work.”We aren’t playing like ourselves,” noted Klay Thompson, guard for the Warriors, to the press after Game 2. “We haven’t been moving the ball” the way they should, he continued. “We’ve got to move the ball better, trust each other.”- Mogozov. He averaged 9 rebounds and 16.5 points in games 1 and 2, outplaying Andrew Bogut, but spent the second part of game 2 on the bench. That’s not because he played badly, but because the Warriors stuck to a small lineup.
Cavaliers coach David Blatt even said he played great.- Stephen Curry. The MVP on the other hand shot just 5 of 23 in game 2, so despite shooting 15 for 43 overall in the series he will be trying to keep his shot from failing in Cleveland.