The Predators are still undefeated at home after their 3-1 Game 3 victory vs. the Blues on Sunday.
Now, they’ll have to keep up that momentum against a Blues team that has figured out how to score on Pekka Rinne. The Nashville goaltender stopped 22 shots in the Game 3 win, but the Predators defense did much of the heavy lifting on offense to propel them to the victory.
Meanwhile, St. Louis will need to find a way to stop the Predators unrelenting defensemen, as they took over Game 3 with a few monster shifts in the third period.
The Grizz were more surprising to me, but that’s probably my fault. I wasn’t fully in tune with how good this version of the Grizzlies has become and how they’d give the Spurs problems. A lot of that stemmed from trying to keep Mike Conley in check and that will be a recurring theme for as long as San Antonio is in the playoffs.
I’ve moved from undecided to on board with keeping the Grizz mostly intact, by the way. Your piece changed my mind.
I am far less certain about the futures for Indiana and Chicago. The Pacers kind of have trade Paul George now, don’t they? And the Jimmy Butler saga feels like it needs resolution.
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Game Mens Drew Kaser Jersey Yes, Indiana needs to trade Paul George. Without Larry Bird or a reasonably short path to contention, he’s too huge a flight risk to leave in free agency in one year. Once we find out if PG-13 makes All-NBA ¡ª I think he won’t ¡ª the Pacers need to offer the biggest extension they can. If George demurs, trade him and build around the return and Myles Turner.