Tonight in the NBA: Four teams hope to force Game 7

Tonight in the NBA: Four teams hope to force Game 7
May 3, 2013, 12:00 pm
Share This Post

Our Sixers player evaluation continues as we take a look at Nick Young's predictably rocky season (see player evaluation).

Here is a look at the pivotal Game 6s tonight in the NBA:

Knicks at Celtics, 7 p.m.
The Boston Celtics return home on Friday night looking for their third straight win against the New York Knicks.

The Celtics forced a Game 6 with a 92-86 victory on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. Jeff Green scored a team-high 18 points, while Kevin Garnett grabbed a game-high 18 rebounds.

In the Celtics' past two wins, they have averaged 21 assists per game shot 45.2 percent. Defensively, they've held the Knicks to 36.8 percent shooting.

Brandon Bass' defense on Carmelo Anthony has been key the past two games, as Anthony has missed a combined 41 shots.

Tonight, the Celtics look to become the fourth team in NBA history to force a Game 7 after falling behind 3-0 in a series.

Pacers at Hawks, 7 p.m.
The Atlanta Hawks look to rebound from a poor performance in Game 5 tonight to even the series against the Indiana Pacers.

The Pacers easily took a 3-2 series advantage with a 106-83 victory on Wednesday night. David West scored a game-high 24 points, while Paul George added 21.

Indiana held the Hawks to 33 percent shooting, which was their worst performance of the series. The Hawks let their struggles affect their cool with Josh Smith, Jeff Teague and Ivan Johnson each picking up a technical foul.

As the Hawks return home for Game 6, they look to continue the trend of the home team winning each game in the series.

The Pacers will have a tough task of clinching the series in Atlanta, as they enter the game having lost their last 13 games in Atlanta dating back to 2006.

Thunder at Rockets, 9:30 p.m.
The Houston Rockets also return home looking to even the series Friday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

After falling behind by three games, the Rockets have taken advantage of a Russell Westbrook-less Thunder team to win the past two games.

The Rockets forced Game 6 with a 107-100 victory in Oklahoma City. James Harden led the way with 31 points.

The game was decided when the Thunder decided to intentionally foul Omer Asik for a two-minute span in the fourth quarter. Asik, who is a career 54 percent free throw shooter, responded by making 8 of 12 free throws.

While the Thunder are without one of their most important players, the Rockets are also dealing with injuries. Jeremy Lin is a game-time decision after missing the past two games with a bruised chest, and Carlos Delfino is questionable after missing the second half of Game 5 with a sore foot.

Clippers at Grizzlies, 9:30 p.m.
The Memphis Grizzlies are hoping to close out the series against the Los Angeles Clippers Friday in Memphis.

The Grizzlies sit one win away from advancing to the second round after a 103-93 victory on Tuesday night in Los Angeles.

Despite 35 points from Chris Paul, the Grizzlies came away with a victory thanks to four players scoring more than 15 points. Zach Randolph led the way with a team-high 25 points, while Marc Gasol added 21.

The Grizzlies' defense has been their biggest strength all season, and that continued in this series after they fell into a 2-0 hole. In the past four games, Memphis has held the Clippers to 87.7 points.

Blake Griffin is questionable with a sprained ankle that kept him on the bench for the fourth quarter in Game 5, while Chris Paul is likely to play with a bruised hand.

More Team Talk