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N.B.A. Playoff Semifinals Change Stages For Game 3

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By Angel L. Quiles Jr.

The N.B.A. playoff Eastern and Western Conference finals will shift home court this weekend. The eastern final between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers has been nip and tuck, and is tied 1-1. They are set to tip off Saturday night at 8:30pm ET from Miami, Florida. The San Antonio Spurs are up 2-0 in their Western Conference final series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and have looked unstoppable. Their game takes place on Sunday at 8:30pm ET from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Indiana has played hard all year in order to attain their number one seed in the Eastern Conference but, now are behind the eight ball. Miami is a dominant home court team, and have not lost at home this year in the playoffs going 5-0. Indiana backup center Ian Mahimi told Bleu magazine, “It doesn’t matter who has home court, you still need to win games on the road to become champions.” Ian won a championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2007. However, LeBron James, Duane Wade and the Heat are champions themselves, and they will be looking to take a strangle hold of this series. Indiana all-star Paul George was questionable for the game, but he will play.

The Western Conference final appears all but over. The Spurs have dominated the Thunder in the paint shooting over 60% from close range, due to the absence of their injured rim protector Serge Ibaka. Ibaka may play on Sunday night but how explosive he will be? Is highly questionable like Frank Lebatard. MVP Kevin Durant, and his sidekick Russell Westbrook will need to have major games in order for the Thunder to stay in this series. If they don’t it will be curtains for the Thunder.

Angel L. Quiles Jr. is a sports writer from New York, NY. His passion for professional sports was spawned in the school yards of East Harlem. There he learned how to play football, baseball, and basketball. East Harlem is also where he played little league baseball. At the age of twelve he made the 25th precincts police athletic leagues little league all-star team. That team was invited to play against Fort Lee, New Jersey's all-star team in a game at the original Yankee Stadium. The game was covered by Mr. G's show "Care for kids" a community based program on the old WPIX channel 11 in New York City. Angel never made it to the big leagues, but the show and his passion for sports made Angel realize that he didn't have to play the game professionally in order to be around it. He could become a sports writer, be able to cover the drama of sports, and hopefully make a living doing and watching what he loves.

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