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Isaiah Canaan started the second half of Sunday's game, playing 34 minutes to finish with 13 points, three 3-pointers, three assists, two rebounds and two steals.

Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams have been lousy in Rajon Rondo's absence, so coach Fred Hoiberg turned to the seldom-used Canaan tonight. Canaan wasn't on the active roster for Game 3 and he'd played just 21 minutes since March 1, but he gave the Bulls a huge boost to stay competitive tonight. Fred Hoiberg wouldn't commit to starting him for Game 5 on Wednesday, but either way we expect him to maintain a healthy role. Keep an eye on him as a DFS punt play.

Michael Carter-Williams was invisible during Sunday's home loss, going scoreless with one assist and no other stats in eight minutes of action.

Isaiah Canaan was the only Bulls PG to have any success tonight, and as a result he got the lion's share of the minutes (34). Chicago also went briefly to a Jimmy Butler/Dwyane Wade backcourt, which is something we could see more of in Game 5 on Wednesday. Fred Hoiberg played 11 guys tonight, but despite the backcourt problems Denzel Valentine wasn't one of them.
Apr 23 - 9:39 PM

Amir Johnson picked up a DNP-CD during the Celtics' Game 4 win in Chicago on Sunday.

Johnson's role has steadily decreased throughout the series. With Gerald Green playing well as a starter, coach Brad Stevens had no incentive to keep the veteran big man in the rotation tonight. Tyler Zeller was also a DNP-CD and this trend is likely to continue with Boston tying up the series behind a slew of small lineups.
Apr 23 - 9:34 PM

Marcus Smart made only 2-of-7 shots for five points on Sunday, but he impacted the game elsewhere with eight rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes.

Rough shooting is nothing new for Smart, who is 13-of-32 (40.6 percent) through four playoff games. Avery Bradley also struggled from the field, going 3-of-9 for eight points, but they did enough to help Boston earn a road win tonight. The series shifts to Boston tied 2-2, with the road team winning every game.
Apr 23 - 9:33 PM

Kelly Olynyk made all four of his shot attempts on Sunday, including one 3-pointer, finishing with 10 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 16 minutes off the bench.

In the first half, the Celtics' offense attempted 22 triples, 10 shots at the rim, and just three mid-range jumpers. They finished the game a mere 10-of-37 from deep (27.0 percent), yet they still won by nine points. Olynyk is often an 'X-factor' with the second unit, especially if he's hitting his 3-pointers, but he's hard to trust for DFS from night to night.
Apr 23 - 9:32 PM

Gerald Green scored a playoff career-high 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting with four 3-pointers during Sunday's Game 4 win in Chicago, adding seven rebounds and one turnover in 23 minutes.

The Bulls left Green wide open early in the game and he made them pay dearly, helping Boston roar out to a 20-point lead early in the second quarter. Green said that his goal was simply to bring "energy" to the first unit, but he brought much more than that tonight. He'll likely be a popular DFS option during Wednesday's Game 5 in Boston.
Apr 23 - 9:31 PM

Isaiah Thomas scored a team-high 33 points during Sunday's Game 4 road victory, going 10-of-21 from the field and 12-of-13 from the FT line.

Thomas made one 3-pointer while chipping in seven assists, four rebounds and one steal, and as usual he was the Celtics' savior offensively. He dominated in the second half, despite battling foul trouble, and he earned a technical foul for accurately shouting "You can't guard me!" at Bulls guard Michael Carter-Williams. He's playing freely, with MVP-like swagger, which is an ominous sight for Bulls fans.
Apr 23 - 9:29 PM

Marreese Speights is starting on Sunday, as expected.

Earlier in the day Doc Rivers said Speights would "probably" start, so this merely confirms his status. Speights will need to play great to somewhat fill the hole left by Blake Griffin (toe), especially now that Rudy Gobert is back.
Apr 23 - 9:09 PM

Derrick Favors will come off the bench on Sunday behind a frontcourt of Rudy Gobert and Boris Diaw.

Favors has been maxing out his minutes despite obvious exhaustion with Gobert injured, so his role should shrink tonight.
Apr 23 - 9:07 PM

Gordon Hayward (food poisoning) will play on Sunday.

This is the first we've heard of his illness, which reportedly required him to take IVs throughout the day. Needless to say, he may not be 100 percent tonight.
Apr 23 - 9:02 PM

Rudy Gobert (knee) will start Game 4 on Sunday.

Gobert will be back in action for the first time since the opening minute of Game 1. Derrick Favors' minutes could dip with Gobert back in action, with either he or Boris Diaw likely shifting to a reserve role -- it was Favors coming off the bench in Game 1.
Apr 23 - 7:57 PM

Enes Kanter saw just eight minutes off the Thunder bench during Sunday's Game 4 loss, ending his evening with two points, two boards, one block and one turnover.

Over the past three games, Kanter has only seen the floor for 8.5 minutes a night, which obviously isn't enough time for him to make a meaningful impact on the box score. His awful defense is the reason why he's not playing, so don't expect his minutes to jump in Game 5.
Apr 23 - 7:56 PM

Steven Adams did a little bit of everything during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Rockets, tallying 18 points, seven boards, two assists, one steal, three blocks and two turnovers in 37 minutes.

There was an awkward moment when Adams and Russell Westbrook appeared at the podium for their post-game news conference when a reporter asked Adams why the team struggled when Westbrook came off the floor, and Westbrook refused to let Adams answer the question, citing keeping the team together as his reasoning. The strange exchange can be viewed in the link below. As for Adams, this was arguably his best game of the series, and he'll need to bring a similar effort during Game 5 in Houston for OKC to have a chance of seeing a Game 6.
Apr 23 - 7:50 PM

Matt Barnes (right ankle/foot) is listed as questionable for Monday's game.

Barnes hasn't played since Apr. 8 and the Warriors have no incentive to rush him back with one victory separating them from the second round. Golden State could earn a long layoff with a victory on Monday, so there's a good chance Barnes will sit out again.
Apr 23 - 7:43 PM

Shaun Livingston (bruised hand, sprained finger) is questionable for Game 4 on Monday.

Golden State could play it safe with a comfortable 3-0 lead in the series, but we'll know more after shootaround on Monday. If he can't play, expect to see more from backups Ian Clark and Pat McCaw.
Apr 23 - 7:42 PM


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