How to Watch Week 7 + Game Previews
By John Krolik, @krolikjohn July 29, 2022
TUNE IN ON SATURDAY ON CBS OR PARAMOUNT PLUS AT 1:00 EST FOR THE 3’S COMPANY VS. KILLER 3’S GAME. AT 2:00 EST ON CBS AND PARAMOUNT PLUS, TRI STATE WILL PLAY POWER. AT 3:00 EST YOUTUBE and DAZN, THE GHOST BALLERS WILL PLAY TRILOGY TO END THE DAY AND THE WEEKEND.
YOU CAN WATCH THE GHOST BALLERS-TRILOGY GAME ON THE BIG3 YOUTUBE CHANNEL.
Good news and bad news this week. First, the bad news: we’re only going to have three games of FIREBALL3 this weekend, all of which will take place on Saturday. The good news: All of these games are going to be intense. Two of these teams’ seasons will end this weekend, while the other four will make it to Week 8. (We’ll let you know what tiebreak scenarios come up as it becomes necessary – suffice it to say that there are a lot of them.)
GAME 1: 3’S COMPANY VS. KILLER 3’S
This should start the day off with a bang. Charles Oakley’s Killer 3’s (4-2) squad brings it every week, and Franklin “Frank Nitty” Session sets the tone for his team. HIs outside shot comes and goes, but his forays to the rim are relentless, he might be the best pound-for-pound rebounder in the league, and he does a great job of setting up his teammates when the defense collapses on him, specifically the sweet-shooting duo of Donte Greene and Dominique Johnson.
The real question here is which version of 3’s Company (3-3) we’re going to see on Saturday. After Week 4, they were 1-3, and I actually had them dead last in my Power Rankings. Then, in Week 5, they looked like a completely new team. They shared the ball, played hard, and absolutely destroyed the Ghost Ballers by a score of 50-36.
In Week 6, playing a Ball Hogs team without Leandro Barbosa, they went into halftime with a 25-6 lead. Then they fell back into their old habits of laconic, isolation-based play, and the Ball Hogs actually managed to tie the game at 47 before Mario Chalmers hit the game-winning 3 on the next possession.
If 3’s Company plays with the kind of effort and pass-first mentality they played with in their game against the Ghost Ballers and the first half of their game against the Ball Hogs, they can absolutely take this.
If they play the way they did through the first four weeks of the season, this could be a rough game for them, because effort is never an issue on Frank Nitty’s squad, who just want to go right through you on their way to the rim and the win.
GAME 2: TRI STATE VS. POWER
The classic matchup, no pun intended: Finesse vs. Power.
Tri State relies on solid set plays and pinpoint outside shooting to win games. If I can direct your attention to the Power/Finesse Index, they are 2nd in the league in 3s made but dead-last in offensive rebounds and overall “Power Score” – it was going great for them through Week 4, but they went a combined 7-29 from three-point range in Weeks 4 and 5. They lost both games, and now find themselves in a do-or-die situation.
Power have struggled to make baskets from the perimeter all season, but their unique mix of size and passing ability have made them an absolute burden to handle in the paint. Everyone on Coach Nancy Lieberman’s team knows where to be and what to do in any situation – in the rare cases where they don’t, they generally get a quick call to the bench to have a polite if pointed chat with “Lady Magic.”
These are two of the most disciplined teams in the league. The only difference is that Tri State likes to do things from the perimeter, while the paint is Power’s preferred place of business. This is going to be an extremely fun schematic duel, and it’s frankly a shame that one of these teams won’t make it to Week 8.
GAME 3: GHOST BALLERS VS. TRILOGY
Another really interesting stylistic matchup. Trilogy (4-2) wants to get in the paint and destroy you, and make no apologies for doing so. Isaiah Briscoe has a fickle outside shot, but he makes up for it with a smooth handle and as much pound-for-pound strength in the paint as any player you’ll see in the league. If Amir Johnson gets the ball near the basket, you may as well put the two points on the board. Earl Clark and James White can both stretch the floor, but at 6’10 and 6’7 (respectively), neither of them find themselves overpowered often.
The Ghost Ballers (3-3) have an incredible mix of size and skill, but leaned a bit too heavily into the latter after a 2-0 start to the season. Chris Johnson is a true 6’11 with a full frame and the skills of a wing, but was far too willing to settle for perimeter shots in the middle of the season.
Mike Taylor plays with as much energy and confidence as any player in the league, and the Ghost Ballers have been at their best when Taylor is the primary playmaker and the rest of the team feeds off his energy. Jermaine Taylor has emerged as a true sharpshooting threat. If required, BIG3 all-time leading scorer Ricky Davis and Darnell Jackson, who combines a 253 pound frame with a sweet shooting stroke, can always get a bucket when called upon, but what Taylor, Taylor, and Johnson do against Trilogy’s relentless physicality and rim attacks will be what decides this one.