Brooklyn Nets vs Toronto Raptors Game 3 Preview
The Brooklyn Nets come home to face the Toronto Raptors in game three of the 2014 NBA playoffs. This series has been interesting. You sort of expected the Nets to steal one. Can the Raptors steal one back?
One question I gotta ask is:
1) Does homecourt matter anymore?
Plenty of teams in the playoffs have dropped a home game. That’s what has made this playoffs special, in my opinion. It spices things up that lower seeds have been pulling off these little upsets. Now, for the Nets, they had a somewhat historic season at home. They won 15 straight at home, tying an NBA record. Clearly, this team clicks at home. As for the Raptors, they went a franchise best 22-19 on the road during the season. And, just to mess with you some more, the Raptors have actually lost 12 straight road playoff games. With the idea of homecourt advantage almost out the window during this playoff run, will the Nets take it back?
2) What’s up with the rebounds and turnovers?
The Raptors have won the rebounding battle in both games. They have also turned the ball over a lot more than the Nets have in both games. I’m thinking that whoever can win both categories each game may take it home.
3) Win in the paint.
One consistent thing to look at is that the winning team had more points in the paint. Considering both teams are not that good from 3-point range in this series, maybe somebody needs to take it to the hole. Get some easy looks or go to the line. It’s kinda funny too because the team that shot better from the perimeter lost the game. Hm.
I see the Nets winning the series, but it certainly won’t be easy.