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Cavs at Bulls Game 3, Rockets at Clippers Game 3, NBA Playoffs 2015: Can higher seeds regain home-court advantage?

With all series tied 1-1, which teams will jump out with the lead?

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Cavs at Bulls

LeBron James' headband returned to the lineup and the Cavs would go on to dominate the Bulls in a 15-point Game 2 victory. With J.R. Smith set to come back after his two game suspension, Cleveland will get another scorer to complement James and Kyrie Irving. However, Iman Shumpert will be a game-time decision due to a groin strain.

Meanwhile, the Bulls need to make necessary adjustments and come out with a better defensive effort. Jimmy Butler, the NBA's Most Improved Player will once again be tacked with the challenge of slowing down James. Butler and Derrick Rose shot a combined 11-34 from the field in Game 2 and look to be more efficient.

Rockets at Clippers

Led by big performances from James Harden and Dwight Howard, the Rockets responded in Game 2. Harden made 15-15 free-throws and Howard hauled in 16 boards in Game 2. Additionally, contributions from Corey Brewer and Josh Smith off the bench have been vital. As the series shifts to Los Angeles, Harden will look continue to be aggressive in getting to the basket and setting up his teammates.

For the Clippers, they have been competitive even in the absence of Chris Paul. Paul missed both Games 1 and 2 because of a strained left hamstring but will try to play tonight. If Paul is unable to go, Austin Rivers will likely get the start again. Forward Blake Griffin has shouldered a monster load in the playoffs, averaging 25.4 points, 13.4 rebounds and 7.7 assists. He will be the primary option for the Clips who look to keep pushing through.

Tonight's schedule


Here's your open thread for the night. Feel free to discuss the games here.

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