DAY TWENTY-TWO - The Cavaliers have yet to lose a game in this postseason and they march into Jersey looking for a 3-0 lead against the Nets. Meanwhile the marquee matchup out west with the Spurs and Suns switches scene to San Antonio tied up 1-1.
Cavaliers at Nets, 3:30 PM, ESPN
Thoughts: A part of me would like to say the Nets are going to win this game. After two relatively close games and now heading home, you would think the Nets could pull one out, but honestly, the Cavs are really good. I didn't think we'd see it this soon, but Cleveland is performing consistently, not just playing well, but consistently. And in a trend seen in a few other series, size is making a difference. Cleveland averaging 50 rebounds through the first two games to Jersey's 34 and in game two the Cavs ripped down 16 offensive boards. The Cavs bigs are making the difference down low and the front court for Jersey is doing little to either rebound or control the lane defensively. And until the Nets can get some support from their front court, they will keep losing. Cavs win.
Suns at Spurs, 8:00 PM, ABC
Thoughts: After the Spurs took game one, we all knew the Suns had to hold for at least one game on their own floor - and so they did. The Suns surged back in game two to rally for a twenty point win behind Nash's 20 points and 16 assists. The defense for the Suns, particularly on Tony Parker, was much improved and it showed as they held the Spurs to just 81 points. Meanwhile San Antonio's defense seemed to be lacking its usual intensity. The Spurs, however, aren't a team that usually falters two games in a row, especially defensively. Tim Duncan has remained on track and I expect Parker to realign himself as well. Phoenix has to steal one in San Antonio eventually, but considering they haven't won there all year, I don't think it will be tonight. Spurs win.
* all times Eastern
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