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By Craig Ellenport

 

 

The BIG3 will close out the 2018 regular season this Friday at Infinite Energy Arena in Atlanta before moving on to the playoffs on Aug. 17 in Dallas. The four playoff teams – Power, 3-Headed Monsters, Tri-State and 3’s Company – are all set. However, playoff seeding is still very much up for grabs. The scoring title and several other key stat awards hang in the balance as well.

Here’s what we know:

• If Power wins, they clinch the No. 1 seed no matter what.
• If all four playoff teams win in Week 8, or all four lose in Week 8, the seeding would be: 1) Power, 2) 3-Headed Monsters, 3) 3’s Company, 4) Tri-State.

• There is a possibility that there can be a 4-way tie: If Power and 3-Headed Monsters both lose, and Tri-State and 3’s Company both win. If that happens, the playoff seeding would be: 1) Power, 2) 3’s Company, 3) 3-Headed Monsters, 4) Tri-State.

There are a few 3-way tie scenarios. Without going into all the details, this chart provides all the seeding scenarios based on what happens Friday.

 

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Here’s a preview of the Week 8 action:

GHOST BALLERS (1-6) vs. 3-HEADED MONSTERS (6-1) – Live at 7 p.m. ET on Facebook Watch
If the 3-Headed Monsters win and Power loses to the Ball Hogs, the 3-Headed Monsters would clinch the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. … This game is a rematch of the Week 1 contest, when the 3-Headed Monsters defeated the Ghost Ballers, 50-48. Monsters co-captain Reggie Evans (17 points, 13 rebounds) and Ghost Ballers co-captain Carlos Boozer (22, 10) both had double-doubles in that game – and they are tied for the BIG3 lead this season with four double-doubles each.

TRILOGY (2-5) vs. TRI-STATE (5-2) – Live at 8 p.m. ET on FS1
Tri-State opened the season with a shocking Week 1 upset over Trilogy, 51-34. Davis Hawkins was the game’s leading scorer with 19 while Nate Robinson had 10 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer. … Rashad McCants scored 16 in the loss – and then got into a heated confrontation with Robinson after the game. … Hawkins is in the top five in the league in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals.

3’S COMPANY (5-2) vs. KILLER 3S (2-5)
When these teams met in Week 1, 3’s Company recorded a 51-30 rout. Baron Davis led the way with 17 points – including a pair of 4-pointers – and 9 rebounds. … Andre Emmett had 10 points and 9 rebounds for 3’s Company, while the Killer 3s were paced by Metta World Peace (12 points, 8 rebounds) and Stephen Jackson (10, 5). … Emmett has scored 44 points in the last two weeks.

POWER (6-1) vs. BALL HOGS (1-6)
If Power wins this game, they clinch the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. … Power won the Week 1 matchup against the Ball Hogs, 51-31. Corey Maggette led the way in that game with 17 points and 9 rebounds, while Cuttino Mobley had 12 points and Glen “Big Baby” Davis had 11. … Maggette is second in the league in scoring (17.7 points per game), fifth in rebounding (7.1) and second in assists (3.6)… Ball Hogs co-captain DeShawn Stevenson, who led the league in 3-pointers last season, leads the league again with 17.

Check out the season leaders

WEEK 7
LEADERS

Points:

Player, Team Total
Reggie Evans, 3-Headed Monsters 23
Andre Emmett, 3’s Company 21
Derrick Byars, Trilogy 17
David Hawkins, Tri-State 16
Corey Maggette, Power 16

Rebounds:

Player, Team Total
Carlos Boozer, Ghost Ballers 13
Reggie Evans, 3-Headed Monsters 11
Stephen Jackson, Killer 3s 11
David Hawkins, Tri-State 10
Derrick Byars, Trilogy 9

Assists:

Player, Team Total
Cuttino Mobley, Power 4
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, 3-Headed Monsters 3
Mike Bibby, Ghost Ballers 3
Andre Emmett, 3’s Company 3
Stephen Jackson, Killer 3s 3
Mike James, Killer 3s 3
Corey Maggette, Power 3
Jamario Moon, 3-Headed Monsters 3

Total 3-Pointers:

Player, Team Total
DeShawn Stevenson, Ball Hogs 4
Alan Anderson, Killer 3s 3
Stephen Jackson, Killer 3s 3
Jermaine Taylor, Ball Hogs 3

Steals:

Player, Team Total
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, 3-Headed Monsters 2
Andre Emmett, 3’s Company 2
Nate Robinson, Tri-State 2

Several players tied with 1

Blocks:

Player, Team Total
Jamario Moon, 3-Headed Monsters 2

Several players tied with 1

 

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