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Tristan Thompson had one point, six rebounds and an assist in 26 minutes in Cleveland's Game 5 loss to Boston on Wednesday.

Thompson was nearly averaging a double-double, 9.8 points and 9.3 rebounds a game, during this series before being held in check tonight. He wasn't the only Cavalier that didn't show up. J.R. Smith, George Hill and Jordan Clarkson combined to shoot 5-of-21 from the field and the team as a whole was 9-of-34 from three. Ty Lue says that the Celtics "threw us (the Cavs) for a loop" by not playing Semi Ojeleye. Seems as if the Cavaliers were not only outplayed but also outcoached. Something will have to change before Game 6 on Friday.
May 24 - 12:19 AM

Aron Baynes had six points, seven rebounds and three blocks in 29 minutes in Boston's 96-83 Game 5 win over Cleveland on Wednesday.

Brad Stevens decided to switch up his roster for the first time this series and says that he started Baynes so that he could rotate his starting wings and two reserve wings throughout the remainder of the night. We'll see if he sticks with this lineup as the Celtics try to close out the series and advance to the NBA Finals on Friday.
May 24 - 12:07 AM

Marcus Morris was solid in 37 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, scoring 13 points with six rebounds and a steal in the Celtics 96-83 win over the Cavaliers.

This was the first game of the series that Morris came off the bench, even though he played 37 minutes, the most he's played all series. Brad Stevens says that he started Aron Baynes over Morris so that he could rotate his starting wings and two reserve wings throughout the remainder of the night. It makes sense as Boston only really played seven guys tonight other than Abdel Nader and Guerschon Yabusele who both logged two minutes.
May 23 - 11:56 PM

Al Horford had 15 points and 12 rebounds as well as an assist and a steal in Boston's Game 5 win over Cleveland on Wednesday.

Horford recorded his seventh double-double of the playoffs in a crucial win for the Celtics. He only shot 4-of-9 from the field but went 6-of-6 from the line. The Cavaliers were on a 9-0 run to cut the game to 12 halfway through the fourth, but a Horford dunk ended the run and put the game away for good to seal the win for the C's.
May 23 - 11:46 PM

Kevin Love scored 14 points with seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in the Cavaliers loss to the Celtics on Wednesday.

The Cavaliers just didn't have it tonight, and Love was no exception. He may have been the only player to join LeBron in scoring double digits, but he grabbed a series low seven rebounds and the Cavs were -23 when he was on the floor. He and everyone else will have to step up if they want to win the next two games and keep their season alive.
May 23 - 11:35 PM

LeBron James scored 26 points (11-of-22 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs) with 10 rebounds and five assists, but also had six turnovers in the Cavaliers 96-83 Game 5 loss to the Celtics on Wednesday.

This was a forgettable game by LeBron's standards, the game was never really close or highly competitive after the first quarter and he seemed to lack his normal fire. Head coach Ty Lue said about LeBron, "He looked a little tired to me, yes." The King will have to shake off his lack of energy or his seven-year Finals streak will come to an end. Expect LeBron to bring it and have one of his signature elimination games on Friday.
May 23 - 11:26 PM

Jayson Tatum scored 24 points to along with seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks in Boston’s 96-83 Game 5 win over Cleveland on Wednesday.

With his 24, Tatum has now scored the fourth most points (312) by a rookie in postseason history. He only needs 41 more points to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most ever by a rookie. The rook continues to emerge as a star and is now one win away from a trip to the NBA Finals.
May 23 - 11:05 PM

Klay Thompson (left knee strain) is officially listed as questionable for Game 5 on Thursday, but head coach Steve Kerr says he thinks Klay's "going to be fine."

Klay did return to Game 4 after injuring his knee and Steve Kerr also said he's "moving around really well." It looks unlikely, but if he were to miss Game 5 it could be a series-changing blow to the Warriors. We'll have a better idea of his status after shootaround on Thursday.
May 23 - 9:33 PM

Marcus Morris will reportedly come off Boston's bench for Thursday's Game 5 vs. Cleveland.

Brad Stevens wouldn't divulge potential lineup changes until the very last moment, but the official listing has Aron Baynes starting ahead of Morris.
May 23 - 8:29 PM

Aron Baynes will reportedly start at center for Game 5 on Wednesday, with Marcus Morris shifting to the bench.

The Celtics are coming off two straight losses in Cleveland, so coach Brad Stevens opted to switch things up. The Cavs pounded Boston on the glass in Games 3 and 4 and Stevens is likely betting that Baynes will help neutralize Tristan Thompson's impact on the boards, while providing superior rim protection.
May 23 - 8:22 PM

Andre Iguodala (left lateral leg contusion) is questionable for Game 5 on Thursday.

Iguodala was ruled out for Game 4 after shooting around during warmups, but was "feeling better" on Thursday. "He's out on the floor [on Thursday] not doing a whole lot, but making progress," Steve Kerr said. Iguodala could once again be a game-time decision -- if he's ruled out, Kevon Looney should draw another start in a bigger lineup.
May 23 - 7:40 PM

Klay Thompson (left knee strain) and Andre Iguodala (left leg bruise) are questionable for Game 5 on Thursday.

It's unclear whether either player participated in Wednesday's practice in Houston. We should have a better idea of their availability after shootaround on Thursday. If either player can't go, expect to see more minutes for Kevon Looney, Shaun Livingston and Nick Young.

Shane Larkin (shoulder) is out Wednesday and very doubtful for rest of the Cavs series, according to coach Brad Stevens.

The Celtics called him doubtful for this game, but he was never expected to play. With him out, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier will handle the PG minutes with more Jaylen Brown at the three.
May 23 - 7:01 PM

Grayson Allen will be among players to work out for the Lakers on Friday.

The Lakers saw Kostas Antetokounmpo today, as well. Allen put up good numbers at the NBA combine with his 40.5-inch max vert, but he still likely won't be picked in the top 20. The Lakers have the 25th pick from the Cavs in the Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance deal at the deadline.
May 23 - 5:55 PM

The Hawks will work out Donte DiVincenzo, Ben Lammers, Jalen McDaniels, Markis McDuffie, Doral Moore and Brandon Sampson on Thursday.

DiVincenzo hasn't officially announced he'll be making the jump, but just about all signs point to him coming to the league. The Villanova wing was the Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA tourney and had a strong showing at the combine. He could be an option for the Hawks at 19.
May 23 - 4:03 PM



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