The NBA action on Friday includes two series featuring No. 2 seeds who can take commanding three-game leads as well as a battle between Western Conference upstarts.
The New York Knicks open the evening slate of games at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN with a Game 3 visit to the Celtics in Boston. Carmelo Anthony and company have rolled through the offensively-hindered Celtics, who have averaged just 74.5 points per game through two losses. For the Knicks, Anthony has averaged nearly half of Boston's output. He's scoring 35 points per game while getting enough help from Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith, among others.
Following the Knicks and Celtics, the San Antonio Spurs aim for a 3-0 lead on the Los Angeles Lakers at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN. The latter team could be in even more trouble than the first two games. Steve Blake is out indefinitely with a hamstring issue while Steve Nash and Jodie Meeks are doubtful with injuries of their own. With Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol unable to get enough perimeter play to open up the paint thus far, the likelihood of that changing in Game 3 is that much more doubtful with an injury-riddled backcourt.
The Denver Nuggets will try to win back home-court advantage from the Golden State Warriors when the teams tip off at 10:30 p.m. in Oakland. Stephen Curry comes into the game questionable with a twisted ankle, but he's coming off a 30-point, 13-assist performance in Game 2. Denver won the series opener but fell in Game 2 even tough the Warriors were playing their first full game without starting power forward David Lee, who is out for the season with a hip flexor tear.
|Knicks at Celtics||8 p.m.||ESPN / WatchESPN|
|Spurs at Lakers||10:30 p.m.||ESPN / WatchESPN|
|Nuggets at Warriors||10:30 p.m.||ESPN2 / WatchESPN|