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Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 19 points with five rebounds, six assists, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes during a win over the Celtics on Game 3 on Friday.

For the umpteenth time, Giannis put Aron Baynes on a poster with a highlight-reel jam in the second half (video in link below). As expected, the Bucks did go with some Giannis at the five today, but it wasn't long because Thon Maker was hot. Giannis didn't get to the line today and his usage did drop overall. He'll likely have a bigger offensive output in Game 4 on Sunday.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 20 - 11:59 PM

Malcolm Brogdon scored five points with two rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes during a start against the Celtics on Friday.

After winning Rookie of the Year last season, Brogdon has too much competition for shots with Eric Bledsoe in the mix this year and Khris Middleton as healthy as ever. He'll probably be sticking in the starting lineup after this big win, but his usage won't be high with his main offensive responsibility being to hit open jumpers. One other quick note: Brogdon was on the bike in the fourth quarter, so he may not be all the way back.
Apr 20 - 11:59 PM

Thon Maker made a major impact off the bench against the Celtics in Game 3 on Friday, scoring 14 points with five rebounds, one steal, five blocks and three 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

He was knocking down open treys with plenty of pick-and-pop action, and he was terrific on help defense as the Celtics attacked the basket. John Henson (back) was ruled out with plenty of time to spare before tip, so maybe Maker gets another chance to put up numbers. He'll be a DFS play, but don't expect him to be this good.
Apr 20 - 11:58 PM

Jabari Parker scored 17 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Celtics in Game 3 on Friday.

He wanted playing time, and he got it in this big win. Parker did get some minutes in garbage time, but the damage was already done with 17 points before the final five minutes. If John Henson (back) is out again, Parker should be able to find minutes in the upper 20s or even low 30s if he's hot.
Apr 20 - 11:57 PM

Terry Rozier made 2-of-7 from the field for nine points with two rebounds, nine assists, two steals, five turnovers and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes during a loss to the Bucks in Game 3 on Friday.

After dominating Drew Eric Bledsoe in the first two games, Rozier was sloppy throughout the game and Bledsoe got the best of him on both ends. Rozier may have overachieved in the first two games, but he should still have a better showing than this one for Game 4.
Apr 20 - 11:56 PM

Jaylen Brown made 4-of-9 from the field for 11 points with four rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in a loss to the Bucks on Friday.

He had nowhere to go but down after his 30-point breakout game on Tuesday, but his usage took a major hit after 22 field goal attempts on Tuesday. Even before his 50 points in the last two games combined, Brown was starting to heat up as a scorer with 20.8 points per game in April regular season action. He'll bounce back on Sunday.
Apr 20 - 11:56 PM

John Wall scored 28 points with six rebounds, 14 assists, four steals, one block and three turnovers in 36 minutes during a 122-103 win over the Raptors in Game 3 on Friday.

Bradley Beal matched Wall's 28 points as the backcourt that claims their the best in the NBA actually played like it today. Wall and Beal combined for 40 points in the first half, which helped the Wizards get 22 points off turnovers in the first half, as well. Both guards will have to get their teammates involved because odds are they're both not going to be on in the next few games. The Wizards will look to even up this series on Sunday at home.
Apr 20 - 11:00 PM

Markieff Morris scored seven points with one rebound, one assist and one 3-pointer in 18 minutes against the Raptors on Friday.

The NBA could be looking at an incident from the first half with Morris and OG Anunoby getting into it. Morris did have a mild shove to referee Ken Maurer, so it's possible he can be suspended. For now, it doesn't sound like he will be, but obviously the NBA cares a lot about their player-ref relationships.
Apr 20 - 10:54 PM

Mike Scott scored 12 points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointesr in 26 minutes off the bench against the Raptors on Friday.

Coach Scott Brooks said he wanted Scott out there in the second unit to combat the Toronto bench mob, and he came through with a +13 in plus-minus. Scott should continue to see minutes in the upper 20s and he may even see more run if Markieff Morris is in trouble for touching a ref.
Apr 20 - 10:51 PM

Marcin Gortat scored 16 points with five rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 26 minutes against the Raptors on Friday.

Coach Scott Brooks had faith in his starters and they came through for him. If Gortat did come off the bench, that would have likely meant that either Ian Mahinmi or Gortat would've been bumped from the rotation, so this win should secure Gortat as a starter for the next two games at least.
Apr 20 - 10:49 PM

Kyle Lowry scored 19 points with four rebounds, eight assists, three steals and five 3-pointers during a 122-103 loss to the Wizards in Game 3 on Friday.

The Raptors defense was not there today as they gave up 100 points in the first three quarters. Coach Dwane Casey may have made a mistake with some adjustments to take Lowry off the big dogs, Brad Beal and John Wall, which is something Lowry was doing a lot of in the first two games. His playing time has been high all series and he didn't play in garbage time, so expect him to be around 38-40 minutes in Game 4 on Sunday.
Apr 20 - 10:47 PM

DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points with three rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes during a 122-103 loss to the Wizards in Game 3 on Friday.

He only got to the line two times in this game, which has been a slight trend since the middle of March. DeRozan is going to play huge minutes in close games, especially now that we have a series with the Wizards getting on the board. He'll likely be very active in Game 4 on Sunday.
Apr 20 - 10:46 PM

Bojan Bogdanovic scored a postseason career-high 30 points during a comeback 92-90 win over the Cavs in Game 3 on Friday, adding four rebounds and seven 3-pointers.

He was 11-of-15 from the field for a tidy 96.7 eFG% in this comeback win after the Pacers fell behind 57-40 at half. Bojan had the Rockets approach for scoring with all of his 11 makes coming either at the rim or from deep while several of his treys were well beyond the arc. He was also a star on the defensive end with on-ball pressure on LeBron James, which is even more impressive after he picked up two fouls in the first 2:30 of this win. He's been solid all season and he'll continue to be the most important defensive piece in what looks like will be a lengthy series.
Apr 20 - 9:59 PM

Thaddeus Young scored 12 points with seven rebounds, one assist, three steals and two blocks in 33 minutes against the Cavs during a 92-90 win on Friday for Game 3.

Bojan Bogdanovic will get all the credit as he should, but Thad turned in one of his best games in a while today. He was torched by LeBron James in Game 2 with 'Bron putting up a 100 eFG% on his nine attempts against him, but today Young made numerous defensive plays in the second half. He also kept Kevin Love whisper quiet in the second half while making some easy shots around the rim. The former Nets saved the day today, but don't expect it to happen too often.
Apr 20 - 9:52 PM

Victor Oladipo made 5-of-15 from the field for 18 points with six rebounds, seven assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in a win over the Cavs on Friday.

He did not have his shot today and he was 1-of-8 from deep, but the Pacers were able to pull out the comeback victory. The Cavs were trapping Oladipo more in this game, but he was able to get the ball to his teammates. Oladipo is likely going to see a similar strategy against him in Game 3 and the Cavs will just hope Bojan Bogdanovic cools off on Sunday.
Apr 20 - 9:49 PM


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