Boston Celtics host Brooklyn Nets in Game 3 on KAPP-KVEW at 5:30

Boston Celtics host Brooklyn Nets in Game 3 on KAPP-KVEW at 5:30
Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) blocks a shot by Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) during the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

BOSTON, Mass. — The NBA Playoffs are off to a heated start and tonight, you’ll be able to catch the action live on KAPP-KVEW as part of the NBA on ABC beginning at 5:30 p.m. PST. After taking care of business at home, the star-studded Brooklyn Nets will visit the TD Garden as the Boston Celtics look to regain their footing in the series.

Up to this point, the Brooklyn Nets have been firmly in the driver’s seat, winning Game One by 11 points before doubling up with a 22-point victory in Game Two. Though he didn’t shoot very well in the first two games, superstar Kevin Durant is averaging a dominant 29 points and 10 rebounds in the series.

Brooklyn’s superstar trio, which includes former-Celtic Kyrie Irving and former MVP James Harden, has combined for 71.5 points over the first two games of the series. However, the unsung hero of the series is sharpshooting extraordinaire Joe Harris, who scorched the Celtics for seven 3-pointers in just 29 minutes in Game Two.

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Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics are doing their best to keep up without All-Star Jaylen Brown, whose season was cut short due to an untimely wrist injury. The heart and soul of his team, guard Marcus Smart has led the Celtics in the series with 18 points and 5.5 assists per game. Normally admired for his defense, Smart is picking up the slack with the team’s leading scorer, Jayson Tatum struggling in the series.

In the regular season, Tatum averaged 26.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in what any considered to be a breakout campaign. Matched up against an all-time great in Durant, Tatum hasn’t performed up to standard. His scoring average is down nearly 11 points to 15.5 per game and he’s been blocked from contributing on the glass. If he can get himself going in front of a home crowd, Boston has a real chance to steal this game and build some momentum in the series.

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