Game 3 brings a change of venue to both Western Conference series.
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The Predators were undefeated at home against Chicago last series — and were undefeated in the playoffs until their 3-2 loss to the Blues on Friday — but will have a bigger challenge welcoming St. Louis into their barn. Vladimir Tarasenko made his presence known in Game 2, scoring twice to even the series for the Blues.
Zach Parise Kids Jersey Now, Griffin says, Irving comes alive in the playoffs, but it took some transitioning from a me-first approach to a team-first approach, including the idea to speed up the game even though he can get a shot whenever he wants.
He doesn’t like to push the ball, it’s just not his nature. He’s gotten by in the halfcourt his whole life because his handle is so good, he never felt the urgency to press the ball, whereas most guys develop their game as to what they need to do to succeed. Ky never had to do that. So when you’re explaining to him why it’s important to push the pace and I think he was reluctant to do that, because, well, because I can get mine regardless’. Well, it’s not necessarily about you. So I think where he’s grown and evolved is he’s starting to figure that out.
There’s days where he’s as good as any player in the league at his position. And there’s days where he’s the 198th-some best player adjusted plus/minus player. And there’s days where the defensive quintile that [our analytics department] has him in looks real. There’s days where, when he’s highly motivated to do it, you realize he’s special. His hands are lightning quick, his feet are lightning quick. When he wants to, he can do whatever he wants. Fortunately for us, we’re found that in the playoffs we tend to get the best of him.