Game 3 between the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets will get underway tonight at 8:00 pm ET on ABC from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Entering Game 3 the Heat hold a 2-0 series lead over the Nets and will be looking to go up a commanding 3-0.
No NBA team has won a series after falling behind 3-0, so it doesn’t take all that considerable postseason experience the Nets roster possesses to realize Brooklyn has to win the next game.
“We need a win. It’s a must-win,” Deron Williams said. “We can’t afford to go down 3-0. We need to get these at home starting with the one on Saturday.”
The Nets are only 1-10 against the Heat in the postseason, but they also hadn’t defeated Miami in the regular season for 4 years before ending that 13-game skid with a victory on Nov. 1. That was in their home opener and cemented their belief that they could topple the champs in the spring.
Even with the two first-round victories in Charlotte, the Heat are 14-14 on the road since Jan. 1, leading LeBron James to stress caution about feeling too good.
“Game 3 is next step in trying to get better,” he said. “We’re focused on not turning the ball over and execute defensively by putting pressure on their guys. If we do those things, we give ourselves a great chance to win.”