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Carmelo Anthony shot 10-of-28 from the field for 27 points with 11 boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes against the Pacers on Sunday.

His shooting was a disaster in the last three games against the Celtics, as he made just 30.5 percent from the field and 5.5 percent of attempts from downtown. Melo shot 41.4 percent in NY's losses this year compared to 46.5 percent in wins, which doesn't seem too bad considering his sub-par play lately. His shoulder is a nagging concern but it won't threaten his status for Game 2 on Tuesday.
Sun, May 5, 2013 06:31:00 PM

John Wall powered the Wizards to a series-tying Game 4 victory on Sunday, scoring 27 points with 14 assists, six rebounds and three steals in 44 minutes.

Tonight's line adds up to 60.2 fantasy points for Wall, according to the NBA's official scoring, which is just above his average of 58.9 per game in the postseason. That's third-best behind only LeBron James and Anthony Davis. He made 10-of-24 field goals and 7-of-10 free throws, and came up huge after Bradley Beal fouled out late in the fourth quarter of a tied game. It's safe to say Wall's surgically-repaired left knee isn't holding him back.
Apr 22 - 9:15 PM

Bradley Beal fouled out in the fourth quarter of Game 4, finishing with 31 points, five rebounds, five 3-pointers and two assists in 32 minutes.

It's the first time all season that Beal has fouled out of a game. The sixth foul was questionable and Beal was fuming afterward, but he managed to avoid a technical or the risk of further punishment from the league. He was cruising offensively with 10-of-19 field goals and 6-of-7 free throws, and the Wizards didn't hang their heads when he left -- instead, they looked fired up as they closed the game on a 14-6 run. Beal said he wants 20 shot attempts per game and we expect him to come out firing in Toronto on Wednesday.
Apr 22 - 9:13 PM

OG Anunoby played through a right ankle injury to finish Sunday's Game 4 defeat with four points on 2-of-3 shooting, two steals, one rebound and one assist in 22 minutes.

Marcin Gortat crashed into Anunoby just before halftime, forcing the rookie to limp into the locker room with trainers. He missed seven games in March due to a sprained right ankle, so it was encouraging to see him start the second half after getting re-taped. As a precaution, we'll list him as 'questionable' for Game 5 in Toronto on Wednesday.
Apr 22 - 9:09 PM

DeMar DeRozan made a career-high 14-of-18 free throws during Sunday's Game 4 loss, scoring 35 points with six rebounds, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

DeRozan only got to the free-throw line twice Game 3, yet he had 12 attempts by the end of the first quarter today. His ability to generate fouls usually pads his scoring numbers even when his shot is off, which is one reason he's such a stable DFS option. The home team has held serve in all four games of this series, a trend Toronto hopes to continue at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday.
Apr 22 - 9:08 PM

George Hill (back spasms) will not play in Game 4 vs. the Pacers, with Jose Calderon getting the start at PG.

Hill's MRI came back negative but he can't shake this injury, and the Cavs will have a 'next man up' mentality as they seek to avoid a 3-1 hole in the series. He said he's had four shots in his back but can still barely sleep, so it's uncertain if he'll be ready to return for Game 5 in Cleveland on Wednesday.
Apr 22 - 7:05 PM

Manu Ginobili was terrific during the Spurs' Game 4 victory, scoring 16 points (5-of-10 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs) with five assists, three rebounds and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

The veteran went down briefly after banging his knee late in the fourth quarter, but he continued to play and there's no way he's missing Game 5. This was simply the latest clutch performance in Manu's legendary career, and the victory gives Ginobili and Tony Parker 132 playoff wins as teammates -- that's the most in NBA history.
Apr 22 - 6:34 PM

Kevin Durant (ankle) led all scorers with 34 points on Sunday, going 12-of-28 from the field and 6-of-7 from the field with 13 rebounds, four 3-pointers, two assists and one block.

Durant tweaked his left ankle during Game 3 on Thursday but showed no signs of the injury tonight, playing 41 minutes in a rare postseason loss. He scored 13 points in the third quarter alone tonight and played all but two minutes of the fourth, helping him earn his 50th career postseason game with 30+ points. With Stephen Curry (knee) still out indefinitely, there will be offensive fireworks every time KD takes the court.
Apr 22 - 6:22 PM

Fred VanVleet (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's Game 4 against the Wizards.

This will be VanVleet's second straight game on the sidelines, which will again translate to more minutes for Delon Wright. FVV said that the pain in his shoulder is "manageable," but the main issue is a "lack of range and strength," and he's having trouble "passing, dribbling, running, fighting through screens." For now, we'll consider him doubtful for Wednesday's Game 5 in Toronto.
Apr 22 - 4:47 PM

Jaylen Brown scored a career-high 34 points on 13-of-24 shooting during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Bucks, adding five treys, eight boards, three steals and one assist over 41 minutes.

Brown essentially single-handedly kept the Celtics in the game, helping Boston go on a huge second-half surge to bring down a 20-point deficit to just eight heading into the final frame of action, but ultimately, it was not enough to deliver the win. He also went 3-of-4 from the charity stripe to give him a sterling 66.0 true shooting percentage to accompany his 28.4 usage rate, but aside from Jayson Tatum (21 points, two triples, three boards, three dimes and two steals), he didn’t receive much help from his teammates on the offensive end.
Apr 22 - 4:26 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo came through with 27 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two turnovers in Milwaukee's 104-102 win over Boston on Sunday.

The Bucks successfully protected their home court, evening up their first-round series with the Celtics at two apiece, and The Greek Freak came through with some huge buckets in the clutch including a game-winning tip-in with 5 seconds left. He did tweak his ankle during the fourth quarter after coming down on Aron Baynes’ foot, but his ankle didn’t turn all that much and he played through it, so he should be fine for Tuesday’s Game 5 in Boston.
Apr 22 - 3:51 PM

Steve Kerr said that Stephen Curry (knee) won't be coming back "anytime soon."

Kerr did say that Curry has been coming along well, and that he looked good at Saturday's practice, but he still has "a few limitations" that he's trying to work through. The good news is that he hasn't been experiencing any pain in his left knee, and while Kerr did say he's "on track," he wouldn't commit to an official timetable. He's scheduled to be re-evaluated on April 27, but it doesn't sound like he'll be ready for Game 1 of Round 2.
Apr 22 - 2:47 PM




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