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4 months agoToronto Raptors power forward/center Serge Ibaka provided a massive boost off the bench in the 101-96 Game 4 win over the 76ers on Sunday. Ibaka just missed out on a double-double as he scored 12 points and added nine rebounds while doing an excellent job protecting the rim with three blocks. Ibaka saw minutes alongside Marc Gasol and they found success in this duo as they would run a double screen and roll with the two big men with Ibaka slipping into the paint for a low seal. With Pascal Siakam (calf) limited, we saw Ibaka play his most minutes of this year’s postseason (32) and we can assume him to have heavy minutes once again with Siakam most likely to not be 100% in Game 5.--Gianni Costantiello - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
4 months agoToronto Raptors guard Jeremy Lin (back) has been upgraded to questionable for Sunday's Game 4 versus the Philadelphia 76ers. Lin did not play in Game 3 and hasn't done much of anything during this entire series. However, the Raptors could need Lin to play more minutes with Pascal Siakam (calf) likely out for this contest.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: Blake Murphy
4 months agoPortland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter (shoulder) is uncertain for Game 4 versus the Denver Nuggets. Kanter reportedly re-separated his left shoulder during Friday's Game 3 overtime contest. He played 56 minutes during that contest, so it wouldn't be surprising if Kanter wasn't ready for Game 4. More information should be known after Sunday's practice.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: Joe Freeman
4 months agoToronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (calf) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's Game 4 against the Philadelphia 76ers. Siakam suffered a right calf contusion during Thursday's Game 3 loss to the Sixers. This is a huge blow to the Raptors as Siakam and Kawhi Leonard are the only players doing anything on offense for Toronto in this series. Serge Ibaka would likely see the biggest increase in playing time if Siakam is unable to play.--Andy Webb - RotoBallerSource: Blake Murphy
4 months agoDenver Nuggets power forward/center Nikola Jokic provided a monster triple-double, but it was not enough in the 140-137 loss to the Trail Blazers in Game 3 on Friday. Jokic scored 33 points while collecting 18 rebounds and dishing out 14 assists with a steal and two blocks. His 65 minutes played were the most since Bob Cousy way back in 1953, and the big man played 44 straight minutes to close out the game. Jokic did not provide much in the overtimes and even missed a crucial free throw in the dying moments that would send the game to a fifth overtime. Either way, Jokic has been a superstar these playoffs and will be looking forward to a day to recover on Saturday before Sunday's Game 4.--Gianni Costantiello - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
4 months agoDenver Nuggets power forward Paul Millsap's veteran presence was evident in the tense quadruple-overtime game on Friday that resulted in a loss for his Nuggets. Millsap was called upon to make some big baskets on the block as he scored 17 points with 13 rebounds and added three steals with two blocks and an assist in 49 minutes of action. Millsap had five offensive rebounds with many of them coming at crucial points in the extra periods. Millsap is having a massive series (16.7 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, and 1.7 steals) and is worth a look for Game 4 on Sunday.--Gianni Costantiello - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
4 months agoDenver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray made many big shots in the fourth quarter and in the four overtime periods on Friday en route to 34 points in the 140-137 loss to the Trail Blazers in Game 3. Murray hobbled his way to making 14 of 32 shots and added nine rebounds with five assists and a steal in this marathon of a game. Murray was in obvious pain at points in this game and because of this, the Trail Blazers regularly went at the young guard. He and the Nuggets only get Saturday off to recover before Game 4, so he may be someone to avoid for Sunday's game because of his injuries.--Gianni Costantiello - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
4 months agoDenver Nuggets shooting guard/small forward Will Barton scored all of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and the four overtime periods in the three-point loss to the Trail Blazers in Game 3 on Friday. Barton connected on 8-for-18 shooting and added nine boards with three assists to go along with two steals and three blocks in 39 minutes of action. Coming into Game 3, Barton had been shooting just 32.5% from the floor and was averaging just 7.7 points thus far in the playoffs, so for him to find some form of groove is a big plus for the Nuggets and their playoff hopes going forward.--Gianni Costantiello - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
4 months agoPortland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard scored 28 points in the quadruple-overtime win on Friday over the Denver Nuggets in Game 3. Lillard connected on 10-for-24 shooting from the floor and added eight assists with six rebounds to go along with two steals while connecting on two makes from three. Lillard was struggling to connect from the floor with the Nuggets throwing double teams at the star in hopes to get the ball out of his hands. Lillard has cooled off since Game 1 when he had 39 points, but the Blazers are going to need all of Lillard in Game 4 in hopes of taking a 3-1 series lead.--Gianni Costantiello - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
4 months agoPortland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum made many big shots en route to a playoff career-high 41 points in the 140-137 quadruple-overtime win over the Nuggets on Friday. McCollum stepped things up with Damian Lillard having a bit of an off night as he drained 16 of 39 shots and added eight rebounds with four assists and four steals with a block in 60 minutes of action. McCollum bounced back after being relatively quiet in Games 1 and 2 to score 28 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter and the four overtimes. We can only assume his confidence is running high and he is worth a serious look for Game 4 on Sunday.--Gianni Costantiello - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
4 months agoPortland Trail Blazers shooting guard/small forward Rodney Hood scored seven of his 19 points in the fourth overtime to help secure the big win in Game 4 of his club's series with the Nuggets. Hood entered the fourth overtime with fresh legs as he had not played since the fourth quarter, and it ended up being the substitution of the night. Hood has been brilliant in this series where he is averaging 17.0 points on 55.2% shooting in the three games and while his confidence is high, he is worth a serious look in Game 4 on Sunday when we could see him get some extra minutes after the Blazers' starters played big minutes in this one.--Gianni Costantiello - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
4 months agoPortland Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless (ankle) was a game-time call and it was a good thing he suited up, as he provided a double-double and made some big plays in the win over the Nuggets. Harkless scored 15 points, which included a three and a big bucket at the rim in the dying minutes in regulation. Harkless also added 10 boards with two blocks in 45 minutes of action on Friday. Harkless looked to be cramping up by the fourth overtime and headed to the bench, but overall the forward was excellent in this one and could be worth a look in Game 4 if his ankle is all good after this marathon of a night.--Gianni Costantiello - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
4 months agoBoston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving connected on 8-for-22 shooting en route 29 points, but it was not enough in the Game 3 loss to the Bucks on Friday. Irving provided a full line, as he added six assists with three rebounds and added three steals with two triples but did commit four turnovers in 42 minutes of action. Eric Bledsoe struggled offensively but still did a solid job staying in front of the crafty Irving and forcing him to make just 36.4 percent of his field-goal attempts on this night. Irving bounced back from a poor Game 2 showing and if the Celtics are to win this series, we are going to need to see the superstar show up.--Gianni Costantiello - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
4 months agoBoston Celtics power forward/center Al Horford posted another strong line in the seven-point loss in Game 3 to the Bucks on Friday. Horford connected on half of his eight shot attempts to score 17 points with eight rebounds and five assists in 37 minutes of action. Horford has been huge in the series' first three games with averages of 17.3 points, 9.0 points, 3.7 assists, 1.0 blocks and 3.0 makes from three in that span. Horford has also helped make Brook Lopez a non-factor on the offensive end so far. The Bucks are continually struggling to slow down Horford and he is definitely a better play than Lopez at the moment.--Gianni Costantiello - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
4 months agoBoston Celtics shooting guard/small forward Gordon Hayward bounced back after his dismal Game 2 to score 10 points with some extras in the Game 3 loss to the Bucks on Friday. Hayward connected on just 2-for-8 shooting from the floor, with both makes coming from three, and he nailed all four of his shots at the line with seven rebounds and five assists in his 33 minutes of action. Hayward played more minutes than starters Marcus Morris and Jaylen Brown but was still a minus-eight to Brown's plus-10 while he was on the floor. Hayward is a tough DFS play at the moment because of his inconsistencies thus far this series.--Gianni Costantiello - RotoBallerSource: ESPN