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Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points during a series-clinching 103-96 win over the Grizzlies on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, four assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

As you might expect, he got some serious praise after this win. Coach Gregg Popovich called Kawhi the best player in the NBA, and coach David Fizdale also talked about Robot Kawhi. "He actually just told me he does bleed antifreeze. He admitted to it. We're getting him checked out," Fizdale said. Moving to the next round, Leonard was already above average against the Rockets and was below average against Memphis during the regular season, so Playoff Kawhi could be in for some massive output in this series. Plus, Leonard only had an 87.9 pace against the Grizzlies in this series, which is nowhere near the 98.4 pace he had against the Rockets this season. There's a very good chance he can increase his 2017 playoff averages of 31.2 points, 6.0 boards, 3.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.3 treys.
Apr 28 - 1:02 AM

Tony Parker made 11-of-14 from the field for 27 points with two rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Grizzlies on Thursday.

It was classic Parker. He made all four free throws to give him an 85.7 true shooting percentage, including three field goal makes in the final two minutes to help the Spurs advance. Excluding his goose egg in Game 3, Parker scored at least 15 points in the other five games and was able to mix in all sorts of scoring. Against Houston, Parker was above his average in scoring with 14.3 points per game, so maybe he can keep this impressive run going. Game 1 is on Monday.
Apr 28 - 12:52 AM

Mike Conley scored 26 points during a season-ending 103-96 loss to the Spurs on Thursday, adding two rebounds, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 45 minutes.

Even in a loss, Conley's star shined as bright as ever during this series. Coach David Fizdale said he would open up Conley's game as a scorer and he did just that, averaging 24.7 points per game in efficient fashion. After Conley turned in top-15 value in fantasy during the 2017 portion of the regular season, he'll enter his age-30 season with a ton of momentum after an injury-plagued run in his previous two seasons.
Apr 28 - 12:40 AM

Marc Gasol scored 18 points with five rebounds, six assists, one 3-pointer and one turnover in 45 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday.

The Grizzlies did get away from the heavy usage of Gasol in the post in the last two games, but the Spurs were able to make an adjustment to limit him with more physicality. Coach David Fizdale played Gasol a whopping 41.4 minutes per game in the last five games, and Gasol's minutes held steady at 34.2 per game during his 74 regular season outings. Considering the major concerns about his foot fracture heading into this season, this year was a win for Gasol, especially with how he added some 3-point shooting. He's 32, but his style of play should translate for a few more years.
Apr 28 - 12:35 AM

Zach Randolph played 38 minutes in the starting lineup during a loss to the Spurs on Thursday, scoring 13 points with 11 rebounds, one block and two turnovers.

After Randolph played just 24.5 minutes per game in the regular season, coach David Fizdale leaned heavily on his guy a ton during this series with 32 minutes per game. Randolph is going to be a free agent this summer, but the Grizzlies have to be a heavy favorite to bring him back. He may even have a statue outside of FedEx Forum one day.
Apr 28 - 12:35 AM

Vince Carter scored 12 points in 32 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday, adding four rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers.

He had the unenviable task of guarding Kawhi Leonard for some key minutes and had a big steal against him. Carter is 40 years old, but he showed he still has plenty left in the tank. Carter is a first-ballot Hall of Fame player as one of the league's best players over the last two decades.
Apr 28 - 12:33 AM

DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points in a series-clinching 92-89 win over the Bucks on Thursday, adding four rebounds, three assists, five steals and three turnovers in 40 minutes.

After the Raptors looked to have it locked up with a 25-point lead, they actually blew it and were trailing due to a 20-3 Bucks run. The Raptors put together a 9-0 run after that and were able to ice this game in the final minute. DeRozan went 8-of-9 from the line while the Bucks went just 18-of-28 from the line as a team. Moving on, DeRozan did only score 23.0 points per game against the Cavs in the postseason last year, but he increased that to 29.7 during his three games against them this season. Considering the massive problems on defense for the Cavs, DeRozan could be feasting.
Apr 27 - 10:54 PM

Kyle Lowry scored 13 points with four rebounds, four assists, one block, two steals, and one 3-pointer in 44 minutes against the Bucks on Thursday.

He was getting some treatment on his back during this game, so he's still not all the way back. With the Cavs already set to face them in Cleveland, Lowry will get three full days off before Game 1 on Monday. Lowry hasn't been close to the offensive weapon he was with only a 19.2 usage rate in these playoffs, which is way down from his 24.9 during the regular season. Although, he'll get a much better matchup against Kyrie Irving. For what it's worth, Lowry had a 28.6 usage rate in his six games vs. Kyrie in the playoffs last year and a 26.0 in the four regular-season games. If his back allows it, Lowry could look like a superstar in the next round.
Apr 27 - 10:43 PM

Norman Powell scored eight points with three rebounds, two turnovers and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Bucks on Thursday.

Is he ever going to miss from three as a starter again? Powell has gone 9-of-9 in his three starts, which is part of the reason Kyle Lowry said he changed the series. Powell's defense was a weakness heading into this series, but he fared well matched up with the likes of Khris Middleton. Considering how well he played, he should be able to carve out a role in the 24-32 minute range against the Cavs. Although, there could be much more P.J. Tucker against Kevin Love and LeBron James.
Apr 27 - 10:37 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored six points with five rebounds, one assist and no fouls in 17 minutes against the Bucks on Thursday.

He played 9.7 minutes in the first quarter, but disappeared after that with no points in the final three frames and only 2.1 minutes in the fourth quarter. Moving forward, Valanciunas averaged a double-double against the Cavs during his 26.5 minutes per game over the four outings, so maybe he can earn more run in that series. He did not log any minutes next to Serge Ibaka in any of the final three games of this series, so that's not a great sign.
Apr 27 - 10:33 PM

Cory Joseph scored five points with two rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 15 minutes against the Bucks on Thursday.

He's been pretty bad for basically the entire series, but Joseph may have hit the biggest shot of the game with a 3-pointer at the 1:27 mark in the fourth to break an 82-82 tie. He has made an impact against the Cavs before, so maybe not going against a team like the Bucks could get him going again.
Apr 27 - 10:25 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 34 points in a season-ending 92-89 loss to the Raptors on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks, one 3-pointer and three turnovers in 47 minutes.

He was extremely aggressive early in this game, going 5-of-5 from the field with all of those shots coming in the paint. The Bucks offense was not very successful outside of the Giannis drives in the first half, making just 3-of-17 outside of the paint in the first 24 minutes. Antetokounmpo also only checked out with 6:26 left in the second, sat out for 81 seconds, and played the rest of the game. He reached superstardom this season and he'll be in the mix for the No. 1 pick in drafts next year. He's still just 22, so he could get even better. Let your imagination run wild with how good he could be.
Apr 27 - 10:21 PM

Khris Middleton scored 19 points with four rebounds, two steals and three 3-pointers in 42 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

He had another slow start in this game and was part of the reason why the Bucks were in a hole at half. After making his season debut on Feb. 8 for a torn hamstring, Middleton was able to get to 33.0 minutes per game in March and didn't miss any of those 18 games in that span. He was also handling the ball much more than expected despite some talk of him being more of a shooter. Things are certainly looking up for Middleton as he heads into his age-26 season. He'll be an early-round pick in drafts next season.
Apr 27 - 10:14 PM

Thon Maker blocked a career-high five shots against the Raptors on Thursday, adding two points, two rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 13 minutes.

The rim protection has been the story for Maker, who had 1.8 blocks per game in his previous five postseason outings. Considering he was one of the most raw players to be taken in the lottery in quite some time, the Bucks have to be pleased with his development. He had a couple eye-opening games at Summer League last year, so maybe he'll be back there again. Maker will be on the radar in the last couple rounds next season.
Apr 27 - 10:08 PM

Jason Terry scored eight points with four rebounds, one block, one steal and two 3-pointers in 18 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

The JET almost saved the day with eight points in the final eight minutes of this game. He had some bright spots throughout the year and somewhat surprisingly logged 1,365 minutes during the regular season. Terry is going to turn 40 in September and there's a good chance his career is over. The 2009 Sixth Man of the Year had several years with strong fantasy value.
Apr 27 - 10:03 PM



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