Will Rajon Rondo remain the best player in this series?
Boston's point guard was arguably the best player on the court in Game 1, when he had 27 points, 12 assists and six rebounds in a close loss. He was indisputably the best player in Game 2 when he tied a Celtics playoff record with 19 assists while also contributing 13 points and shutdown defense on Mo Williams. Even with LeBron's elbow problem, who would have guessed that Rondo's impact would be greater than the league MVP's? Of course, this series is far from over.Game 3: Cavaliers at Celtics, 7 p.m.
How's the elbow? How's the elbow? How's the elbow?
You think LeBron James is tired of fielding that question? Well, he'll keep hearing it until he starts dunking with authority, stroking 3-pointers and dominating both ends of the court the way he did in the regular season. Since he's not doing any of those things, it's safe to assume his strained and bruised right elbow is bothering him quite a bit. He can still be effective at less than 100 percent, but his attitude and body language are equally important. When he's not aggressive and imperial on the court, the Cavs are just another team.Game 3: Cavaliers at Celtics, 7 p.m.
Will the Suns remain the aggressors?
In Phoenix, the home team took it to the Spurs in the first two games of their Western Conference semifinal series. The Suns handily won the battle of the boards each time, including 18 offensive rebounds in Game 2, and their hustle and energy were factors in taking a 2-0 lead. As the setting shifts to San Antonio, however, the challenge will be maintaining that effort without benefit of a friendly crowd. The Spurs are 3-0 at home so far in the playoffs and also figure to play with a greater sense of urgency.Game 3: Suns at Spurs, 9:30 p.m.
Is Rasheed going to show up again?
It was nice of Rasheed Wallace to come out of hiding in Game 2. After mustering just 21 points in Boston's first six playoff games, he scored 17 on 7-of-8 shooting in 18 minutes of Game 2. His three early 3-pointers set the tone and helped give the Celtics a lead they wouldn't relinquish. He causes serious matchup problems for the Cavs when he's motivated and making shots. But with the mercurial Wallace, neither of those things is necessarily the case from game to game.Game 3: Cavaliers at Celtics, 7 p.m.
What happened to San Antonio's depth?
The Spurs spent a lot of money bolstering their roster in order to give more help to the Big Three of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. But for much of the season, and especially in this series, that hasn't been money well spent. Richard Jefferson was pretty good in Game 2, but point guard George Hill has struggled against Steve Nash. Meanwhile, role players like Matt Bonner, Roger Mason, DeJuan Blair and Keith Bogans haven't done squat.Game 3: Suns at Spurs, 9:30 p.m.