Three series in three different stages resume on Thursday, and we think they’re all worth watching!
The day starts with Game 3 of Cavaliers vs. Pacers, which Cleveland currently leads 2-0. Nobody doubts that Cleveland will win, but you have to wonder if Indiana can make this a series as they come back home. The Cavaliers are presumed Eastern Conference champs — especially as their potential threads fade — but they still haven’t “flipped the switch” that we’ve all expected. We thought their defense would improve, and in their opening two wins against Indiana, we’ve only seen more of the same bad efforts and mediocre executions on that end.
Last season, you might remember the Cavaliers losing a couple games on the road against Toronto in the Eastern Conference Finals before finishing them off. That’s the type of situation that could potentially play out here if Cleveland isn’t careful.
Next, Milwaukee returns stateside to play the Raptors. These series is tied at one game each, and it’s hard to predict where it will go. Toronto desperately needed their Game 2 win against the Bucks, who manhandled them in Game 1, and they got it. But it wasn’t really the greatest performance we’ve ever seen, and the Raptors still have plenty of work to do to get to where they want to be.
The last game is Memphis vs. San Antonio, and despite Grizzlies coach David Fizdale’s righteous rant about the officiating, nobody thinks the Grizzlies are winning this. We’re likely looking at a gentlemen’s sweep. (But who knows! I could be wrong.)
Still, it’s worth tuning that one on to see how the Grizzlies respond to Fizdale, and to see the incredible Kawhi Leonard. Here’s how you can watch all three matchups.
HOW TO WATCH
All times Eastern
Cavaliers at Pacers: 7 p.m., Bankers Life Fieldhouse, TNT
Raptors at Bucks: 8 p.m., BMO Harris Bradley Center, NBA TV
Spurs at Grizzlies: 9:30 p.m., FedExForum, TNT