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Jamal Crawford hit just 6-of-22 shots and 1-of-8 3-pointers for 19 points, five rebounds, five assists and a steal in Wednesday's Game 2 loss.

He was big in Game 1 with 21 points, five boards, four assists and three 3-pointers in Game 1 (without Chris Paul), and with or without Paul, should be primed for a big Game 3 back in Los Angeles. Don't be afraid to use him on Friday, although his production could take a slight hit if CP3 is back in action. Despite his poor shooting, he helped make up for it with his boards, assists, steal and 3-pointer tonight.
May 7 - 1:17 AM

J.J. Redick hit just 3-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 12 points, two assists and not much else in Wednesday's Game 2 loss.

Redick had 17 points in Game 1, but Jamal Crawford looks like the more reliable shooting guard in LAC for now.
May 7 - 1:13 AM

Austin Rivers started at point guard again on Wednesday, but hit just 4-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 10 points and two assists in a loss to the Rockets.

Chris Paul's hamstring injury may or may not keep him out of Game 3, but the guy you want to rely on when he's out is Jamal Crawford, who was solid again with 19 points, five boards, five assists, a steal and a 3-pointer. He hit just 6-of-22 shots, but seems to be the guy to rely on while Paul is wearing street clothes.
May 7 - 1:11 AM

Matt Barnes hit just 2-of-7 shots for six points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals before fouling out of Wednesday's loss.

He didn't hit a 3-pointer and just didn't have it tonight. He scored 20 in Game 1 and also had 17 points in Saturday's Game 7 win over the Spurs, so odds are he bounces back in Game 3 against the Rockets.
May 7 - 1:05 AM

Blake Griffin continues to be the best player in the playoffs and had 34 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block on 13-of-23 shooting in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Rockets.

Griffin couldn't do much more and the Clippers are thrilled with a split in Houston, without Chris Paul. He was coming off five straight games with at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and two straight double-doubles, and while he didn't match those numbers tonight, the 34 points were a playoff high for this season.
May 7 - 1:03 AM

Josh Smith had eight points, six rebounds and two blocks in just 17 minutes of Wednesday's Game 2 win over the Clippers.

He was effective in his limited run, which saw Smith play just 17 minutes. If Smith wasn't around, Terrence Jones would look like a much more attractive fantasy option, although Jones is still the guy we'd recommend using in daily leagues, based on the minutes disparity. Smith is averaging just 8.5 points in this series thus far.
May 7 - 1:00 AM

Dwight Howard hit 8-of-11 shots for 24 points, 16 rebounds, a steal and four blocks in Wednesday's Game 2 win against the Clippers.

The bad news is that he hit just 8-of-21 free throws, but his work on the boards and on both ends of the court helped the Rockets secure the win to tie the series at 1-1. He's averaging 18.0 points, 15.6 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 3.4 blocks over his last five games, and doesn't look anything like the banged up Howard we last saw toiling for the Lakers.
May 7 - 12:56 AM

Trevor Ariza hit just 4-of-12 shots, but still had 15 points, 13 rebounds, a steal and a 3-pointer, and also hit 6-of-7 free throws in the Rockets Game 2 win on Wednesday.

Ariza has been a key for the Rockets in the playoffs and put up some nice numbers, despite an off shooting night. He had 17 points and five boards in Game 1, and should be primed for another solid outing in Game 3.
May 7 - 12:53 AM

Terrence Jones hit 4-of-10 shots to finish with 10 points, eight rebounds, a steal and three blocks in Wednesday's 115-109 win over the Clippers, to tie the series at 1-1.

Jones is going to struggle to put up monster numbers as long as Josh Smith is playing for the Rockets, but Smith lasted just 17 minutes tonight, vs. TJ's 27. He's a fairly dependable and affordable big man to use in daily formats right now.
May 7 - 12:51 AM

James Harden hit 7-of-17 shots, 3-of-10 3-pointers and 15-of-15 free throws for 32 points, three rebounds, seven assists, a steal, a block and seven turnovers in Wednesday's home win in Game 2 against the Clippers, evening the series at 1-1.

The Rockets shot just 66 percent from the free throw line, and it would have been disastrous had Harden not knocked down his freebies. The Rockets got a must-win tonight, but are still in a bit of a hole to the Clippers, especially with Chris Paul possibly returning for Game 3. Harden, as usual, is a must-start/use player in all fantasy formats as long as he's in Houston's lineup. The Rockets attempted 64 free throws (making 42 of them), which is the highest number of attempts since 1993. They were also just two off the playoff record of 66 attempts, which was set in 1968.
May 7 - 12:46 AM

LeBron James kept his word of being aggressive during a 106-91 Game 2 victory against the Bulls on Wednesday, scoring 33 points with eight rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and two turnovers.

He relentlessly attacked the basket and the Bulls were late with help defense all night. The Cavs used him in the post more on both ends and the Bulls big men had some trouble with him. It took a game for LeBron to figure out how to beat the Bulls, but now he has the upper hand with the series tied 1-1. Most importantly, LeBron said in his post-game interview that his headband is a game-time decision for Friday.
May 6 - 9:56 PM

Kyrie Irving scored 21 points on 5-of-9 from the field and 10-of-12 from the line during a Game 2 in against the Bulls on Wednesday, adding three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

He said he was tired in the fourth quarter on Monday, but that didn't seem to be the case tonight. Irving didn't settle for jumpers while keeping Derrick Rose in front of him on D. Irving's season seems to be overshadowed by LeBron James, but the Cavs will need him to have a strong finish if they want a title.
May 6 - 9:53 PM

Tristan Thompson was tremendous in the starting lineup against the Bulls on Wednesday with five points, 12 rebounds, one assist and no turnovers on 2-of-5 from the field in 35 minutes.

He was up to his old tricks with six offensive boards. It is worth noting that none of his five shots were putbacks and he was actually had some involvement in halfcourt plays. Needless to say, he'll be in the starting lineup on Friday and he could actually get even more playing time and push Mike Miller out of the rotation.
May 6 - 9:50 PM

James Jones played 22 minutes off the bench against the Bulls on Wednesday with 17 points, two rebounds and five 3-pointers.

He was in the news earlier this season for taking some of Kevin Love's minutes down the stretch and tonight served as reminder why that was the case. LeBron James drawing double teams sets up Jones nicely for Jones to be a one-trick pony for catch-and-shoot treys. In fact, he played 669 minutes in the regular season and had just two makes in the paint. He'll be an important role player when the Cavs need treys.
May 6 - 9:49 PM

Iman Shumpert did return from a groin injury and left the game early again on Wednesday against the Bulls, finishing with 15 points, seven rebounds, one assist, three steals and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

It was a surprise to see the Cavs bring him back into the game despite the team being up big in the fourth. Shumpert returned to the locker room about 10 minutes before his teammates in real time and perhaps it was just to get a jump on some treatment. With J.R. Smith set to return on Friday, Shumpert isn't going to be as important to the rotation. Still, he deserves some credit for his play tonight. Check back for an update tomorrow.
May 6 - 9:48 PM

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