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OG Anunoby limped into the locker room on Sunday with a right ankle injury, but he returned to start the second half.

Anunoby left under his own power and there was under two minutes remaining in the half when he exited, so it appears he avoided any serious damage.
Apr 22 - 7:14 PM

Jose Calderon will start Game 4 on Sunday with George Hill (back spasms) unavailable.

Calderon was a healthy DNP-CD in Game 3 but he'll be pressed into a key role in a pivotal road game tonight. Considering his rock-bottom price in DFS, he's worth a long look.
Apr 22 - 7:07 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

San Antonio snapped a seven-game postseason losing streak, aided by LaMarcus Aldridge's 22 points, 10 rebounds, one steal and one block.

Draymond Green locked into Aldridge defensively today, but LA managed to bank an enormous buzzer-beater on a turnaround 3-pointer to preserve the Spurs' lead in the fourth quarter (link below). He finished 7-of-19 from the field but was 3-of-3 from deep and 5-of-5 at the FT line, and committed just one turnover in 38 minutes. The Spurs pulled out a double-digit victory despite getting out-rebounded 61-34 in this game, but they'll need to fix the issue to stay alive as the series shifts back to Golden State.
Apr 22 - 6:36 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

Dejounte Murray found some traction during Game 4 on Sunday with 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting, three 3-pointers, four rebounds and two assists.

Murray hadn't attempted more than two triples in a game all season prior to this outburst, but he simply took what the Warriors gave him -- they dared him to make shots from deep, and he obliged. He added one steal, one block and only one turnover in 26 minutes of action, his most of the postseason, and the Spurs will need him to play at this level to stave off elimination again on Tuesday.
Apr 22 - 6:33 PM

Draymond Green grabbed a playoff career-high 18 rebounds during Game 4, adding nine assists with nine points on 4-of-14 shooting, including 1-of-6 from downtown.

Green committed five turnovers during his 42 minutes on the court, but his defensive efforts helped Golden State stay in it despite awful shooting (37.8%). "[Teams] are still waiting me out on the pick-and-roll and trying to get me out away from the play," Green said recently. "I know I can take the game over defensively on any given night." He's helped limit San Antonio to 25.5 points in the paint and 6.3 fastbreak points in this series, and despite today's loss the Warriors can advance with a win at home on Tuesday.
Apr 22 - 6:33 PM

The Spurs limited Klay Thompson to 12 points on 4-of-16 shooting on Sunday, with five rebounds, two 3-pointers, one steal and one assist.

Thompson didn't make a single shot within 15 feet and finished with a team-worst net rating of -24.4. The Warriors' pace was down tonight and it shouldn't take long for Thompson to regain his elite shooting stroke -- after all, he was a combined 31-of-49 from the field (63.3%) in the first three games of the series.
Apr 22 - 6:31 PM

Shaun Livingston (ankle) came off the bench for 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 21 minutes during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Spurs.

Livingston's status was never truly in doubt despite a minor injury late in Game 3. Stephen Curry (knee) won't play "anytime soon," according to coach Steve Kerr, which shifts more responsibilities to guys like Livingston, Quinn Cook (15 minutes) and Andre Iguodala (26 minutes). Even so, Livingston isn't a desirable DFS target.
Apr 22 - 6:27 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

Terry Rozier couldn't buy a bucket during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Bucks, going 3-of-12 from the field (2-of-10 from 3-point range) on his way to 10 points over 36 minutes.

Rozier added eight assists, five rebounds, one steal, one block and one turnover while he was out there, but he didn't get his first shot to drop until midway through the second quarter, and this was the second game in a row he failed to do much for Boston. As a team, the Celtics seriously struggled through the first half of action, connecting on just 23.8% of their attempts in the paint, which accounted for their worst performance through any half of basketball this season.
Apr 22 - 4:15 PM

Jabari Parker was phenomenal on both ends of the floor during Sunday's Game 4 win, tallying 16 points, seven rebounds, two triples, one assist, two steals and three blocks in 25 minutes.

Parker wasn’t very good at all through the first two games of this first-round series, but he’s really picked up his play over the previous two games, churning out averages of 16.5 points, 6.0 boards, 1.5 steals, 2.5 swats and just 0.5 turnovers per game on 54.5% shooting. Milwaukee's second-unit thoroughly outplayed Boston's, and Thon Maker was also impressive in the win, coming through with eight points, two boards, two treys, one assist, five blocks and one turnover over 31 minutes.
Apr 22 - 4:07 PM

Khris Middleton had another fantastic game on Sunday, scoring 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting to go with three triples, six boards, two assists, two steals, two blocks and two turnovers in 37 minutes.

The Celtics have had precisely zero answers for Middleton through this first-round series, as he’s been putting in averages of 25.5 points, 6.5 boards, 4.0 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.0 block and 2.3 turnovers per game while knocking down a ridiculous 61.5% of his shot attempts. The Bucks played some excellent team defense in this one, holding the Celtics to just 35 points on 30.2% shooting through the first half of action, and this certainly looks like a series that could go to seven games.
Apr 22 - 3:57 PM



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