Kyrie Irving was terrific during a 113-87 series-clinching win over the Raptors on Friday, scoring 30 points with four rebounds, nine assists, three steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes.
Irving really buckled down on offense and put on a display of his full arsenal. On the downside, he has struggled on the defensive end, so that doesn't bode well against either Stephen Curry or Russell Westbrook. Additionally, LeBron James said after the game that Kyrie was banged up for all four rounds of the playoffs last year and added Irving is healthier this time around. Last year, Irving went down after 44 minutes due to a fractured knee in Game 1 of The Finals, so things should be different. Expect him to play heavy minutes in an up-tempo style.
Kevin Love scored 20 points in a Game 6 win over the Raptors on Friday, adding 12 rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes.
The Cavs big three of Love, Kyrie Irving and LeBron James all cleared the 20-point mark for the sixth time these playoffs after only doing so twice during the regular season. Love gets tons of open looks in this offense, so he has a lot of pressure on him to knock them down against a better team in The Finals. The good news is he looks healthy, but expect the Warriors or Thunder to target him in pick-and-roll plays.
Kyle Lowry scored 35 points during a season-ending 113-87 loss to the Cavs on Friday, adding three rebounds, three assists, one block and six 3-pointers.
He's been terrible in almost all of the losses in this postseason, but not even this terrific game could help his team. Lowry was a late bloomer in his career, posting career highs in points, steals and tying his best total in rebounds during his All-Star campaign this season. Lowry turned 30 years old this past season and his fantasy owners saw him post first-round value. He has a very good chance to repeat next year.
DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points with three rebounds, three assists and four turnovers in a season-ending loss to the Cavs on Friday.
The contested shots were the story all month for DeRozan. In the first five games of this series, DeRozan was only open on 36.5 percent of his shots beyond 10 feet. He still showed some flashes and didn't really lose any appeal as a high-end wing. DeRozan has a huge summer ahead of him as he looks for a max contract in free agency after he opts out of the last year of his deal. He's coming off career highs in points and efficiency and will turn 27 in August. The Raptors will likely be in the mix to bring him back next season, but watch out for the Lakers.
DeMarre Carroll scored seven points with six rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.
He looked to tweak his knee in the first half, but he was able to play through it. Carroll did not have the season the Raptors wanted due to numerous injuries, keeping him to only 26 games during the regular season. He also struggled with his shot during the postseason. It took a while for Carroll to earn a significant role in his career, so he'll enter next season as an age-28 wing. He'll be sliding in fantasy drafts, so he could be a bargain.
Jonas Valanciunas came off the bench again on Friday with six points, eight rebounds, one assist and no turnovers in 17 minutes.
The ankle injury in Game 3 against the Heat killed most of his momentum. Valanciunas was the best player on the Raptors before that injury, but he only played a total of 35 minutes since that May 7 sprain. Valanciunas' fantasy ceiling and floor are tremendous for his great percentages to go with some solid block totals. He just turned 23 this month and another step forward next season is certainly possible.
Patrick Patterson scored nine points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.
He had some ups and downs, but didn't really have any explosions since the first two games of the postseason. Patterson is still just 27 and is one of the better stretch fours capable of defending both fellow stretch fours and in the low post. He's under contract for one more season and should have a similar role.
Luis Scola did not score in six minutes with one turnover and no other stats on Friday.
He didn't play at all in the second half. Scola's offense was a waste for almost the entire postseason, putting up just a paltry 39.1 true shooting percentage. The 36-year-old forward will be a free agent this summer and he certainly won't have a big market after him.