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Anthony Davis scored 28 points with 11 boards, two assists, three steals, two blocks and no turnovers in 36 minutes during a 119-102 win over the Blazers in Game 3 on Thursday.

He did have to go to the locker room at the end of the first quarter because of a minor left thumb injury, but returned for his normal playing time -- he checked out with 7:05 in the fourth thanks to garbage time. Davis did also take a shot to his right side near the basket, but he stayed in the game to shoot the free throws. The Pelicans have some important pieces around AD and their perimeter defense has made The Brow even more valuable as a rim protector. We might get a long series against the Warriors in the second round.
Apr 19 - 11:35 PM

Nikola Mirotic had a playoff career-high 30 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one block, three steals and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Blazers during a Game 3 win on Thursday.

All those Smoothie King Center struggles went away as Niko got off to a hot start to give the Pelicans a massive lead to start the game. He continues to be an outstanding fit with Anthony Davis and he continues to show he's more than just a perimeter player. Plus, his defense doesn't get enough attention. It'll be interesting to see how the Warriors guard him in the second round.
Apr 19 - 11:34 PM

Damian Lillard made 5-of-14 from the field for 20 points with three rebounds, two assists, eight turnovers and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes during a loss to the Pelicans on Thursday.

Yeah, the Blazers are about done and a lot of it is on Dame. He keeps dribbling into double teams and Jrue Holiday has dominated him in basically every facet. Since Game 1, coach Terry Stotts has needed to find a way to get Dame off Jrue and it still hasn't happened yet. The Blazers are down 0-3 and will have to start a miracle comeback in New Orleans on Saturday.
Apr 19 - 11:33 PM

Jusuf Nurkic scored five points with seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in 20 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday.

Coach Terry Stotts almost has to bench him for Game 4 because he's been torched game after game. Nurkic really shouldn't guard Anthony Davis at any point for the rest of this series and it wouldn't be a total shock to see him be a DNP-CD. You really can't use him in DFS because he'll be on a short leash.
Apr 19 - 11:32 PM

Mike Budenholzer has withdrawn from consideration for the Phoenix Suns head coaching job, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

This isn't the best look for the Suns, or it could be that Budenholzer is getting interest from teams like the Knicks. With the Hawks making some changes to their front office, it's possible Coach Bud is headed out of the ATL.
Apr 19 - 10:27 PM

Joel Embiid returned to action with a high-tech mask during a 128-108 win over the Heat in Game 3 on Thursday, scoring 23 points with seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, three blocks and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

This hero should probably should get a cape to go with the mask. Embiid needed three masks to get through this game with Justise Winslow stepping on one, and a second one breaking after he was fouled on the baseline. Embiid's defensive impact was highly apparent as he changed shots, while he and Ben Simmons put up a whopping 135.0 offensive rating in 24 minutes together. It's also worth a mention that he didn't play the final 1:59, so Embiid was likely headed to 32 minutes had the game been close. With The Process back, a run the NBA Finals could be in the cards for Philly.
Apr 19 - 10:22 PM

Ben Simmons did his thing with 19 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and four steals in 40 minutes against the Heat during a 128-108 win on Thursday.

He terrorized the Heat with cuts and drives to the basket, and the Heat really don't have anyone who can guard him. Simmons was also 7-of-8 from the line to up his postseason free throw shooting to 75.0 percent -- up from 56.0 in the regular season. He and Joel Embiid were incredible together today with 24 minutes together, posting a 135.0 offensive rating to get them to a +33.7 net rating. This team is going to be really good for a long time.
Apr 19 - 10:16 PM

Markelle Fultz did not score with one rebound and one assist in four minutes against the Heat on Thursday.

He did get some run next to Joel Embiid, which is rare because those two only played 31 minutes together in their careers before tonight. However, he was lost on defense, so coach Brett Brown couldn't go back to him.
Apr 19 - 10:05 PM

Marco Belinelli scored 21 points with four rebounds, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Heat on Thursday.

He takes some wild shots, but that's who he is and it's part of the reason Belinelli had the best offensive rating among 76ers rotation players in the regular season and why the 76ers offense looks great when he's out there. Plus, he's put up a 60 eFG% on his shots from 25-29 feet in the previous 17 games, so he gets them to go in. He'll have a few more big games as the 76ers make a run.
Apr 19 - 10:04 PM

Goran Dragic scored 23 points with two rebounds, eight assists and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the 76ers during a 128-108 loss to the 76ers in Game 3 on Thursday.

He was going right at Marco Bellinelli in the third quarter to keep the Heat in it, but the 76ers severely outplayed Miami in the fourth with a 32-14 advantage. Dragic is likely going to be the main factor in the offense for the rest of this series. The Heat will basically have their season on the line for Saturday's Game 4
Apr 19 - 10:00 PM

Justise Winslow scored a playoff career-high 19 points with 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Heat on Thursday.

He was on fire in the first half to get some added minutes throughout the game. Winslow's defense was the best on the team and he even had Dwyane Wade passing up open shots to get Winslow the rock on offense. He's been very good since the break and he will likely see more minutes in Game 4.
Apr 19 - 9:58 PM

Hassan Whiteside scored five points with two rebounds and one block in 13 minutes against the 76ers on Thursday.

Not good. He got worked in the post and he was late on a lot of help defense plays. Whiteside did get some fourth-quarter minutes, but he was on a very short leash with Joel Embiid working him while he was out there. He'll probably start Game 4, but he's not someone most DFS players should trust right now. His ADP will be sliding next year, too.
Apr 19 - 9:57 PM

Tyler Johnson scored 10 points with two 3-pointers in 17 minutes against the 76ers on Thursday.

He did hurt his left hand in the first quarter, but played through it. Johnson's minutes took a hit today because of Justise Winslow getting hot, and there's no indication it was because of his injury.
Apr 19 - 9:53 PM

Pistons owner Tom Gores and President/Coach Stan Van Gundy will meet next week to discuss Van Gundy's future, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

Things are not going well for the Pistons right now and they've missed on basically every draft pick since SVG took over, especially taking Luke Kennard over Donovan Mitchell. Van Gundy has one year left on his contract, so it's possible they part ways.
Apr 19 - 9:18 PM

Moe Harkless is getting the start for Game 3 against the Pelicans on Thursday.

In case you missed it, Evan Turner (toe) is out tonight. Harkless doesn't have a hard cap for his minutes, but his playing time will be monitored in his second game back from injury. Harkless was one of the Blazers' best players in March and he was a big part of their winning streak, so expect him to get all the minutes he can handle.
Apr 19 - 8:47 PM



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