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Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (knee) will play in Game 4 on Sunday, according to Jazz beat writer Tony Jones. What It Means: While we are still awaiting official confirmation from the team, all signs point to Gobert to returning to the lineup on Sunday. If he does start, either Boris Diaw or Derrick Favors will go back to the bench. Favors was the one in a reserve role in Game 1. With Blake Griffin ...

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook notched his third straight triple-double during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Houston Rockets, racking up 35 points, 14 boards, 14 dimes, three triples, three steals, one block and five turnovers in 39 minutes. What It Means: Westbrook notched the triple-double by the half as he became the first NBA player to record three consecutive 30-point trip-d ...

Houston Rockets guard James Harden didn't look great during the Game 4 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, tallying 16 points, seven boards, eight assists, one steal, and seven turnovers. What It Means: Harden went 5-for-16 from the field and missed all seven of his three-point attempts as he had his lowest scoring game of the postseason. The MVP-candidate tweaked his ankle in Game 3, possibl ...

Houston Rockets center Nene Hilario was a perfect 12-of-12 from the field during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, scoring 28 points to go with 10 boards, one assist, one steal and one turnover in 25 minutes off the bench. What It Means: The 28 points was a playoff career-high for Nene as he tied an NBA record with 12 makes without a miss. His extra scoring helped the Rocket ...

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (calf) is questionable to play in Monday's Game 4 against the Portland Trail Blazers. What It Means: With the Dubs up 3-0, we fully expect Durant to sit if he is not 100% on Monday as the Warriors would have at around a week off before starting their second-round series against either the Los Angeles Clippers or Utah Jazz. He has sat out Game 2 and 3 ...

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James helped the complete their first-round sweep of the Indiana Pacers on Sunday with 33 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, four steals, two blocks, one 3-pointer and four turnovers in 45 minutes. What It Means: James has now won 21 straight first-round games, the longest stretch by any one player in over 30 seasons. The sweep was also the 10th seven-game series ...

Indiana Pacers forward Paul George struggled with his shot during Sunday's 106-102 Game 4 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, going 5-of-21 from the field on his way to 15 points, seven boards, six assists, three steals, and one block. What It Means: George was 3-for-9 from three but was even worse on shots closer to the rim, making just 2-of-12 two-point attempts. A disappointing end to the sea ...

Chicago Bulls point guard Jerian Grant will remain in the starting lineup for Sunday's Game 4 matchup with the Boston Celtics. What It Means: Grant did not perform well as he filled in for Rajon Rondo on Friday but brings more to the table -- specifically his three-point shooting -- than Michael Carter-Williams, the Bulls only other true point guard on the roster. Expect Jimmy Butler and Dwya ...

Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (leg) has been ruled out for Monday's Game 4 against the Golden state Warriors. What It Means: Nurkic played 17 minutes in Saturday's Game 3 loss but experienced soreness in his leg afterward. With the Blazers down 0-3 and their season ending as early as Monday, there is no need to push their big man and risk a setback. Noah Vonleh and Meyers Le ...

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr (illness) is not expected to coach any more games in the first-round series with the Portland Trail Blazers due to an undisclosed illness. What It Means: The Warriors have not been very forthcoming with details on the illness, but Kerr has been said to be in excruciating pain and can barely walk. It could be related to migraines he has battled for the la ...

Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for an altercation with a fan after Game 3 on Friday. What It Means: Beverley was knocked down after attempting a layup and fell at the feet of a fan, later identified as the son of Oklahoma City Thunder minority owner Jay Scarmucci. The two had words for each other, and following the game, Beverley went back to confron ...

Chicago Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for an attempted trip of Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder during Game 3 on Friday. What It Means: Rondo, who is sidelined with a thumb injury, stuck his leg out as Crowder ran past him in what looked like an attempted trip. While the point guard claims he was just stretching, the move looked suspicious enough to draw a fine. ...

Los Angeles Clippers forward/center Marreese Speights will "probably" start Game 4 against the Utah Jazz on Sunday according to head coach Doc Rivers. What It Means: Speights started for Blake Griffin in the second half of Game 3 and it looks like he is the front runner to start Game 4. However, the Clippers will likely play power forward by committee for the game and series, with Luc Mb ...

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (knee) has been upgraded to questionable for Sunday's Game 4 against the Los Angeles Clippers. What It Means: Gobert was initially ruled doubtful, but it looks like he has a chance to play. It would be a huge turn of events after the injury to Blake Griffin if Gobert can play, so check back before tipoff for another update. Derrick Favors would either move to powe ...

Indiana Pacers guard/forward C.J. Miles will start over Monta Ellis again in Game 4 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. What It Means: The Pacers need all the offense they can get on Sunday afternoon and MIles will try to give it to them. He is a pretty streaky shooter, but if he can get hot in the first unit he gives the Pacers a good shot at a win in Game 4. Our models project Miles for 1 ...

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry wrecked the Portland Trail Blazers during a 119-113 win in Game 3 on Saturday, scoring 34 points with four rebounds, eight assists, two steals, one block and five 3-pointers in 39 minutes. What It Means: A 19-1 run and a miserly seven turnovers in this comeback victory propelled the Dubs to a sizable 3-0 lead in the series. Those seven turnovers match a pl ...

Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum scored a team-high 32 points during a 119-113 Game 3 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, adding six rebounds, two steals and six 3-pointers in 39 minutes. What It Means: Point guard Damian Lillard was right behind C.J. with 31 points in 39 minutes. It seemed like Dame and C.J. would win it for the Blazers with a 17-point lead in the second half ...

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley scored a playoff career-high 35 points during a thrilling 110-108 overtime victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 4 on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, eight assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 42 minutes. What It Means: Conley just continues to cause defensive breakdowns, including a beautiful drive with five seconds left in regulation to send th ...

San Antonio Spurs guard/forward Kawhi Leonard was incredible during a 110-108 overtime loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, scoring a playoff career-high 43 points with eight rebounds, three assists, six blocks and seven 3-pointers. What It Means: His fourth quarter was one for the ages, scoring the Spurs' final 16 points in regulation. The Grizzlies were throwing double-teams all over ...

Atlanta Hawks forward/center Paul Millsap torched the Washington Wizards during their Game 3 116-98 victory, scoring 29 points with 14 rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and two turnovers in just 33 minutes. What It Means: After battling through a knee injury earlier this month, it's safe to say he is back with this gem and a 27-point, 10-board game in Game 2. The Hawks run really ...

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (knee) remains doubtful to play against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. What It Means: The questionable update from earlier today did seem a little odd and another report called him unlikely to play, so Gobert likely needs at least another game off. The Jazz noted that Gobert is walking without a limp, but that's all the positive news we have from the team the ...

Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (leg) started and played 16 minutes in Game 3 against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. What It Means: He's back. Nurkic went through warmups without an issue and was out there to kick off his first playoff game. Moe Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu, Meyers Leonard, and Noah Vonleh will continue to lose playing time as Nurkic's scale back up. He p ...

Toronto Raptors shooting guard Norman Powell started in Game 4 against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, scoring 12 points with four rebounds, four assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes. What It Means: Powell was basically out of the rotation in the first two games and was thrust into added minutes during Thursday's blowout loss. Powell likely just started as an offensive spark ...

Milwaukee Bucks small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo made just 6-of-19 from the field for 14 points with nine rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and seven turnovers during an 87-76 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Saturday. What It Means: Besides his 10 points in the second quarter, Giannis was not himself. Antetokounmpo was just 3-of-10 on jumpers in this game and was even worse on layup ...

The Toronto Raptors are starting guard Norman Powell while center Jonas Valanciunas will come off the bench in Game 4 against the Milwaukee Bucks. What It Means: We speculated that it might be P.J. Tucker making the move into the starting lineup, but it looks like Powell will get his chance as the Raptors will deploy a smaller lineup. Tucker should get his minutes at power forward while Serge Ibak ...

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