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Friday NBA playoff previews: Two huge game threes… which Hibbert shows up for Indy?

May 9, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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Two series tied up heading into Game 3 should make for an interesting Friday night, but all eyes are on Roy Hibbert now.

Indiana Pacers at Washington Wizards (series tied 1-1). Which Roy Hibbert shows up? There are a lot of other questions in this series — can Bradley Beal get going with Paul George on him? Can the Wizards hit their threes? — but Hibbert is the potential game changer. That said, even with the return of Hibbert the Pacers won that game by 4 points and now need to replicate that performance on the road. The Wizards are a confident bunch, they will not go quietly. Expect a better game from John Wall back on his home court.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Clippers (series tied 1-1). Coming back home here is the question for the Clippers: Will they knock down their good look jumpers? For two straight games the Clippers have been able to get pretty clean, not contested looks at the basket (John Schuhmann broke it down at NBA.com), yet in Game 2 the Clippers just missed the looks. If they are comfortable back home and hit their open shots, they will be tough to beat. Either way, the Thunder need that third scoring option to step up, they won game two with the Kevin Durant/Russell Westbrook show, but they will need more in Game 3.

  1. john242322 - May 9, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Pacers will steal 1 of these road games and then go on to win the series

  2. southbeachtalent - May 9, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Did Roy go fishing again?

  3. nard100 - May 9, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    I’m thinking Kwame Hibbert will show up, but as a Miami fan I should be routing to Indy, because I really would rather play them at this point than the Wizards.

    • christophershearin - May 9, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      its funny how you miami fans want to face the pacers, the pacers only show up to play when they are playing the heat. The last thing heat fans should want is to play the pacers, no matter how poorly they play the rest of the league

    • pacersfan1 - May 9, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      Aren’t you funny how you called Roy a different name. I think the chuckle butt is booking bad comics. Also careful what you wish for.

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