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Paul Pierce played his final NBA game on Sunday, finishing the Clippers' loss to Utah with six points on 2-of-4 shooting, one 3-pointer, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 22 minutes.

"I gave every ounce I could, each and every day," Pierce said after the game. "And I have no regrets, even to the last day." Pierce exceeded 20 minutes once during the 2016-17 regular season, but he hit that mark three times in the playoffs as coach Doc Rivers leaned on him with Blake Griffin (toe) unavailable. Pierce finishes with career averages of 19.7 points, 1.6 threes, 5.6 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.6 blocks. He was the Finals MVP during the Celtics' championship season in 2008, made the All-Star team 10 times, and is a guaranteed first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Apr 30 - 7:19 PM
Joe Ingles - G/F - Jazz

Joe Ingles scored a postseason-high 12 points in 36 minutes during Sunday's Game 7 victory, making 4-of-6 shots with two 3-pointers, five rebounds, four steals and one block.

Ingles' all-around game was a key to the series, which he finished with averages of 6.6 points, 1.4 threes, 3.9 boards, 4.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.6 blocks. His defense was particularly impressive, and today's scoring was a welcome sight after he posted a combined zero points on 0-of-8 shooting in Utah's previous two games. Ingles and the Jazz get one day off before Game 1 in Golden State on Tuesday.
Apr 30 - 7:01 PM

Gordon Hayward finished Utah's series-clinching win on Sunday with 26 points (9-of-20 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), eight rebounds, three assists and a pair of 3-pointers in 42 minutes of action.

Hayward scored just three points in nine minutes during Game 4 in Utah, due to food poisoning, but in the other six games he averaged an impressive 27.2 points, 2.7 threes, 8.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 0.8 steals. He played an exhausting 41.0 minutes in those games, and should be just as busy in a tough matchup vs. Kevin Durant and the Warriors in the second round.
Apr 30 - 6:57 PM

Rudy Gobert fouled out in just 13 minutes of play on Sunday, finishing with just one point and four rebounds in Utah's Game 7 win.

Gobert was a complete no-show in this one, going 0-of-1 from the field and 1-of-2 from the charity stripe, but Utah still pulled out the win with their suffocating defense. Gobert's bum ankle didn't appear to be much of an issue at all, and now he'll have until Tuesday to rest up for Game 1 against the Warriors, so he should be just fine moving forward.
Apr 30 - 6:52 PM

Derrick Favors posted a 17-point, 11-rebound double-double during Sunday's Game 7 win over the Clippers, adding three assists and one steal before fouling out in 30 minutes.

This was Favors’ first double-double since March 3, and he stepped up big time for Utah with Rudy Gobert struggling with foul trouble for much of the game. He was also excellent on the offensive glass, posting an offensive rebounding percentage of 21.1, and he was a major X-factor for the Jazz, posting a net rating of 25.7. It'll be interesting to see if he can keep this momentum going into Tuesday's Game 1 matchup with the Warriors.
Apr 30 - 6:51 PM

Jamal Crawford put up 20 points, four boards, three assists, one triple and one turnover in 32 minutes off the bench during Sunday's 104-91 Game 7 loss to Utah.

Crawford came alive during the fourth quarter of action, scoring 14 of his 20 points while posting a usage rate of 34.3, but ultimately, the end result was yet another first-round exit for Los Angeles. He's due roughly $28.7 million over the next two seasons, but it wouldn't be shocking to see him traded elsewhere during the offseason if the Clippers decide to blow things up. As for fantasy hoops, Crawford is past his prime and won't be worth drafting in most leagues next year.
Apr 30 - 6:48 PM

DeAndre Jordan went 9-of-12 from the field and 6-of-15 from the stripe during Sunday's Game 7 loss to Utah, on his way to 24 points, 17 rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 40 minutes.

Jordan had his double-double by halftime, and he double-doubled in every game for the Clippers during their first-round series. If you discount the horrendous free throw shooting, Jordan posted first-round value during the 2016-17 season with averages of 12.7 points, 13.8 boards and 1.7 swats per contest on 71.4 percent shooting, but he might not be quite as efficient next year if Chris Paul elects to leave as a free agent.
Apr 30 - 6:41 PM

Austin Rivers went 4-of-12 from the field in Sunday's Game 7 loss to the Jazz, on his way to nine points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and two turnovers in 38 minutes.

Rivers perhaps was a bit too comfortable jacking up contested shots in this one, and while he did do a decent job defensively against Gordon Hayward, his inability to have a positive impact on the offensive end was a major issue for Los Angeles. As a side note, with the Game 7 loss, the Clippers became the first team in NBA history to blow a series lead in five straight postseasons, so it'll be interesting to see what happens with J.J. Redick, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin during free agency.
Apr 30 - 6:40 PM

J.J. Redick attempted just five shots through 22 minutes of play during Sunday's Game 7 loss, making one of them and finishing with one 3-pointer, two rebounds and one turnover.

Redick attempted just three shots through the first three quarters, and had just two attempts through the fourth quarter of action, so his no-show performance couldn't have come at a worse time for Los Angeles. That being said, he’s going to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and as one of the elite 3-point bombers in the league, he should have no shortage of suitors. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin's free agency will likely dictate what Redick decides to do this summer.
Apr 30 - 6:34 PM

Chris Paul was held to just 13 points on 6-of-19 shooting during Sunday's Game 7 loss, adding four boards, one 3-pointer, nine assists and three turnovers in 40 minutes.

Paul did everything he possibly could to try and give his Clippers a Game 7 win, but ultimately, it was not enough. CP3 did see a minor dip in his numbers during his age-31 season with averages of 18.1 points, 9.2 dimes, 5.0 boards, 2.0 triples, 1.9 steals and 2.4 turnovers per game on 47.6 percent shooting, but that was still good enough for top-10 value in standard 9-cat leagues. He'll likely opt out of his contract this summer, and after another first-round exit, it'll be interesting to see if he stays committed to remaining in Los Angeles.
Apr 30 - 6:27 PM

Markieff Morris (ankle) said he will "definitely" play in Game 2 against the Celtics on Tuesday.

Morris said he wanted to return to the court in Game 1, but the Wizards’ medical staff ultimately ruled against it. Players tend to be overly optimistic when discussing their injuries, and Morris’ ankle could swell up on him overnight, so we’re still going to consider him questionable for Game 2. If he’s out, Kelly Oubre could draw the start and Otto Porter will be forced into heavy minutes.
Source: ESPN
Apr 30 - 4:39 PM

Kelly Oubre started the second half of Sunday’s Game 1 loss to the Celtics with Markieff Morris (ankle) going down, tallying 12 points, two triples one rebound, two blocks and one turnover in 26 minutes.

Oubre might be starting in Game 2 if Markieff Morris (ankle) is unable to give it a go, and he’ll need to step up in a big way for Washington to have a chance. He did a nice job on both ends of the floor, and he might be someone to consider in DFS if Morris does indeed spend Game 2 on the sidelines. For what it's worth, Morris said after Game 1 that he intends to play in Game 2.
Apr 30 - 4:38 PM

Marcin Gortat double-double in Sunday’s Game 1 loss, posting 16 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 39 minutes.

Gortat abused the Celtics on the glass, creating plenty of second chance opportunities for the Wizards, with eight of his 13 rebounds coming on the offensive end. Boston isn’t a great rebounding team, so Gortat could emerge as a serious problem for the Celtics. He did tweak his ankle during the closing minutes of the third quarter, but he played through it, and it’s unlikely to be an injury that forces him to spend any time on the sidelines.
Apr 30 - 4:36 PM

Otto Porter posted a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double during Sunday’s Game 1 loss, to go with one 3-pointer, one assist and two steals in 41 minutes.

Porter did a nice job on the glass, and didn’t commit a single turnover but he also rarely took advantage of the fact that they had Isaiah Thomas as his primary defender for much of the game. If Markieff Morris (ankle) is forced to the sidelines in Game 2 on Tuesday, Porter will again be forced into heavy minutes.
Apr 30 - 4:35 PM

Bradley Beal scored 27 points on 9-of-19 shooting during Sunday’s Game 1 loss, adding four 3-pointeres, four assists, one rebound, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 40 minutes.

Beal had the hot hand early for the Wizards as they opened the game with a 22-5 run, but the Celtics locked in defensively after the first quarter and a lot of miscues on offense with some careless turnovers ultimately cost Washington the game. Overall, Beal was solid in this one, but he’ll need some more help from his teammates for Washington to steal Game 2 on the road.
Apr 30 - 4:35 PM



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