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Big3 Basketball Inaugural Championship Preview

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The Big3 Basketball league is all set to host their first championship game in Las Vegas. There were no surprises last week and the two favorites will now fight it out on the court to see which team is the top dog in the Big3. Trilogy will attempt set the mark for future Big3 Basketball seasons by going undefeated throughout the regular season and playoffs. The unbeaten team has been consistent and dominant all season long. Rick Mahorn‘s team is well-balanced and has outscored opponents by an average of 51-40 this season.

The 3 Headed Monsters are looking for revenge after losing to Trilogy 50-37 in week two of the regular season. Co-captain Jason Williams was lost for the season in week one, but the 3 Headed Monsters were able to keep their stride with the exceptional play of Rashard Lewis. Becoming the first scoring champion in Big3 Basketball history, Lewis has been the heart of the 3 Headed Monsters. The Big3 MVP has been electric in every game this season. Beating the same team twice in a season is hard and it’s going to take a near-perfect performance for Trilogy to carry out that feat, later on today.

Trilogy vs. 3 Headed Monsters

Trilogy comes in as the favorite and rightfully so as they have three of the steadiest starters in the Big3. Al Harrington is a tough guard that is the nucleus of this team. Harrington controls the pace on offense and always finds the open man. He also contributes significantly on offense, averaging 15.3 points per game. Rashad McCants leads the team in scoring and is a solid outside threat. McCants has proven worthy of the first pick overall in the draft as he has nailed 14 3-pointers so far this season and is averaging 18.3 points per game. Big3 Defensive Player of the Year, James White, is one of the best all around players in the league. He’s always where he needs to be and not many players match up to him physically.

The 3 Headed Monsters finished the season with a 7-2 record. Head coach, Gary Payton, will have his team firing on all cylinders. Big3 Basketball MVP, Rashard Lewis, is averaging 21.2 points per game and is an offensive threat against any team. Lewis can hit from anywhere on the court and has the speed to break free and take a lot of open shots. He’s also the team’s top rebounder. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf has defied age and has been another steady offensive weapon. He’ll be the best ball handler on the court and plays tight defense. Abdul-Rauf is automatic in scoring double-digits and 20 points plus isn’t out of reach. Kwame Brown is an inside threat for the 3 Headed Monsters and will give them many second chances in this game. Brown averages 7 rebounds per game and he is a strong, physical player in the paint. He’ll need his presence to be felt for the 3 Headed Monsters to dominate the boards.

Keys to the GameĀ 

Trilogy:

  • Start off fast. Keep a fast-paced tempo throughout the game.
  • Utilize McCants and Harrington evenly. Create a one-two punch.
  • Don’t focus on Rashard Lewis. Force the rest of the team to make big plays.
  • Force outside shots.
  • Play their game. Continue doing what they’ve done all season.

3 Headed Monsters:

  • Make good decisions on offense. Don’t force shots.
  • Control the pace. Trilogy likes to play fast and wear teams down.
  • Play tight defense. Avoid giving up easy shots inside.
  • Switch up Abdul-Rauf on Harrington and McCants. Keep them off-balanced.
  • Utilize their depth. Keep players fresh for the final push.

Time and Where to Watch:

The third place game between Power and the Ghost Ballers will tip-off at noon PT followed by the championship game at 1:30 pm PT (4:30 pm ET). You can watch the game live on FS1. Coverage starts at 1:30 PT (4:30 ET). Tune in to watch the finale of what’s been a successful season for the Big3 Basketball league.

 

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