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Warriors' Andre Iguodala (leg) has been ruled out for Game 4 on Tuesday
Golden State Warriors guard/forward Andre Iguodala (leg) has been ruled out for Game 4 versus the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.
Iguodala was doubtful to play after suffering the leg injury on Sunday. His absence will open things up for James Harden on Tuesday, as Iggy has been the Dubs' primary defender on the Beard. Kevin Looney is expected to join the starting five with Nick Young earning extra minutes off the bench in Game 4.
Iguodala has averaged 7.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.4 steals in 27.5 minutes per game this postseason.
Warriors upgrade Andre Iguodala (knee) to questionable for Game 4 Tuesday
Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala has been upgraded to questionable for Game 4 against the Houston Rockets.
Iguodala was doubtful coming into Tuesday, but this update is good news for his chances of playing. It might come down to how he feels after warming up, so final word of his status might not be released until the last 90 minutes before tip off. If Iguodala is forced to miss Game 4, Kevon Looney could take on a good chunk of playing time, while Nick Young might play 20-plus minutes as well.
Over 13 postseason games (12 starts) this year, Iguodala is averaging 7.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.4 steals over 27.5 minutes per game. He owns a 55.5% effective field goal percentage, and he's shooting 35.5% from downtown in the playoffs.
LeBron James scores 44 points as Cavaliers tie series 2-2
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James scored 44 points on 17-for-28 shooting Monday, to go with 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 7 turnovers in Cleveland’s 111-102 victory over the Boston Celtics on Monday.
James is well on his way to winning MVP honors for the Eastern Conference Finals if the Cavs can complete the comeback. He is averaging 32.0 points per game in this series, and his 33.7 postseason points per game leads all players. Cleveland will need another herculean effort from James if they want to win Game 5 on the road Wednesday.
Our early models for Wednesday project James for 53.5 FanDuel points in Game 5.
Kyle Korver drops 14 points off Cavaliers' bench Monday
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver scored 14 points on 4-for-7 shooting Monday, to go with 4 rebounds and 3 blocks in Cleveland's 111-102 Game 4 win over the Boston Celtics.
Korver's complete game on both ends was needed for the Cavs, as he was their second-highest scorer behind LeBron's James' 44 points. Korver should continue seeing strong minutes off the bench in Game 5 Wednesday back in Boston.
Our early models for Wednesday project Korver for 15.4 FanDuel points in Game 5 on Wednesday.
Jaylen Brown scores 25 as Celtics fall to Cavaliers in Game 4
Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown had 25 points on 10-for-23 shooting Monday, to go with 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in Boston's 111-102 Game 4 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Brown was one of the only Celtics who had it going in Game 4 offensively, but when LeBron James puts up 44 points, it's hard to win on the road. With the series now tied 2-2, the Celtics will continue needing big games from Brown if they want to win Game 5 and put the pressure back on the Cavs. Game 5 will tip off Wednesday night in Boston.
Our early models for Wednesday project Brown for 24.9 FanDuel points in Game 5.
Larry Nance to be more involved in the Cavs' rotation
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance will be more involved in the rotation for the rest of the Eastern Conference Finals, per head coach Tyronn Lue.
Nance played 21 minutes in Sunday's Game 3 win after playing only 24 minutes the previous 6 games. he helped produce a spark for the Cavs finishing with 8 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals in the win over the Boston Celtics. The move means fewer minutes for Jeff Green as Nance backs up both Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson in the frontcourt.
Our models project Nance for 16.5 FanDuel points in 15.1 minutes of action in Game 4 on Monday.
Chris Paul shoots just 5-for-16 in Rockets' Game 3 loss
Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul scored 13 points on 5-for-16 shooting Sunday, to go with 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks and 1 steal in 33 minutes.
Paul and the Rockets tried to hang tough, but they were no match for the Warriors' hot shooting back at home. Paul and the Rockets now must win Game 4, or risk facing elimination at home in Game 5.
Our early models for Game 4 on Tuesday project Paul for 41.6 FanDuel points.
James Harden's 20 points not enough as Rockets get beatdown in Game 3
Houston Rockets guard James Harden led the team with 20 points on 7-for-16 shooting Sunday, to go along with 9 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 three-pointers in a 126-85 loss in Game 3 to the Golden State Warriors.
The 41-point loss was a Rockets' franchise record, which is not the type of thing you want to be remembered for. Houston faces a tough battle on Tuesday in Game 4, as they'll need to win on the road, or face elimination in Game 5 back at home.
Our early models for Tuesday project Harden for 52.7 FanDuel points in Game 4.
Draymond Green collects 17 rebounds in Warriors' blowout Game 3 win
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green racked up 10 points on 3-for-9 shooting, to go with 17 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 block, and 1 steal during a 126-85 Game 3 victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday.
Even though Green didn't have his shot going very well, he tied Kevin Durant for the team-high in assists at 6, and he was a monster on defense as always. Green has collected 17 or more rebounds six times in his career, and now four of them have come during the playoffs.
Our early models for Tuesday project Green for 36.8 FanDuel points.
Stephen Curry drops 35 as Warriors take Game 3
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry lit up in the second half of Sunday's Game 3 victory, finishing with 35 points on 13-for-23 shooting, to go with 6 rebounds, 5 three-pointers, 1 assist and 1 block across 34 minutes.
After a couple of games failing to score more than 18 points, Curry broke out in Game 3 back at home. If the Dubs continue to get performances like that from Curry, the Warriors will be very tough to beat in Game 4 on Tuesday.
Our early models for Game 4 project Curry for 43.8 FanDuel points.
Sixers' Robert Covington (finger) undergoes surgery, to be re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks
According to The Athletic's Rich Hofmann, Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington underwent successful surgery to repair a tendon in his left middle finger.
Covington suffered the injury way back on December 28th, but he continued to play through it the rest of the season. It was a minor procedure and he should be clear in a few weeks. After receiving a contract extension this year, the three-and-D forward figures to be a big part of the future in Philadelphia.
This season, Covington averaged 12.6 points per game on 41.3% from the field and 36.9% from three-point land. He played in 80 of 82 possible regular season games.
P.J. Tucker unloads 22 points as Rockets tie series
Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker scored 22 points on 8-for-9 shooting, to go with 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal in the Rockets 127-105 win over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.
Tucker broke through with a huge offensive game in Game 2, and the Rockets needed it. He and Eric Gordon combined for 49 points in the win, and after three days off, Houston will suit back up Sunday to play Game 3 in Golden State.
Our early models for Game 3 project Tucker for 17.2 FanDuel points.
Kevin Durant drops 38 points in Warriors' Game 2 loss
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant scored 38 points on 13-for-22 shooting, to go with 3 rebounds and 5 turnovers in the Warriors' 127-105 loss to the Houston Rockets in Game 2 on Wednesday.
Durant has been on fire in these playoffs, but he couldn't get enough help from his teammates in Game 2. The Dubs and Rockets will get a full three days off before before suiting up again on Sunday for Game 3.
Our early models for Sunday project Durant for 48.7 FanDuel points.
James Harden leads Rockets to Game 2 win with 27 points
Houston Rockets guard James Harden had 27 points on 9-for-24 shooting, to go with 10 rebounds, 1 steal, and 3 assists in Houston’s 127-105 Game 2 win over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.
Even though Harden didn't shoot the ball that well, he got some help from guys like P.J. Tucker and Eric Gordon, who combined for 49 points in the win. After three full days off, the Warriors and Rockets will return to the court for a pivotal Game 3 on Sunday with the series now tied 1-1.
Our early models for Sunday project Harden for 52.7 FanDuel points.
Mike Budenholzer reportedly agrees to become head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks have reached an agreement with Mike Budenholzer to become the team's new head coach, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Budenholzer was expected to take over one of the league's vacant head coaching positions after parting ways with the Atlanta Hawks at the end of this season. He will take over for Joe Prunty, who served as the Bucks interim head coach at the end of the season.
Budenholzer led the Hawks to a 24-58 record in the 2017-2018 season, bringing his career winning percentage to 52.0%.
Jaylen Brown leads Celtics to Game 2 win with 23 points
Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown shot 9-for-18 from the floor for 23 points to lead a balanced attack in a 107-94 Game 2 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Brown has been outstanding for the Celtics in this series, and it looks like he is over the hamstring injury he suffered in the second round. Brown and the C's will enjoy three full days off before tipping off Game 3 in Cleveland in Saturday.
Our early models for Saturday project Brown for 24.8 FanDuel points.
LeBron James' triple-double not enough as Cavaliers lose Game 2
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James bounced back from a poor Game 1 to hit 16-for-29 shots and 5-for-11 three-pointers on his way to 42 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists, 1 block and 6 turnovers in Tuesday's Game 2 loss to the Boston Celtics.
James was on fire to start the game, but the young Celtics held fast and eventually took the lead from the Cavs in the second half. James' teammates will catch a lot of flak for this loss, because outside of James and Kevin Love, the rest of the Cavaliers shot 12-for-33 (36.4%) from the floor in Game 2.
Our early models for Saturday project James for 53.8 FanDuel points.
Phoenix Suns land the number one pick in the 2018 NBA Draft
The Phoenix Suns have landed the number one pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Phoenix entered the draft lottery with the highest odds (25%) to be selected for the top pick in the draft after finishing the 2017-18 season with a 21-61 record. They now will have their choice between DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley, and Luka Donic in the draft in June. The Sacramento Kings will pick second with the Atlanta Hawks third.
The Suns ranked 30th in numberFire's power rankings after finishing with a 21.9 nERD rating. They ranked last in the NBA in both offensive (100.8) and defensive (110.6) rating.
Cavs' Kyle Korver moving to the bench with Tristan Thompson starting in Game 2
Cleveland Cavaliers guard/forward Kyle Korver will come off the bench in Game 2 against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday.
As expected, the Cavs start Tristan Thompson at center, sliding Korver to the bench.
Our models projected Korver for 17.3 FanDuel points in 24.9 minutes on Tuesday, before the lineup switch was announced.
Klay Thompson scores 28 points with 6 threes as Warriors beat Rockets
Golden State Warriors guard/forward Klay Thompson scored 28 points (9-of-18 field goals, 6-of-15 3-pointers) with 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 1 turnover in 42.3 minutes of Monday's 119-106 Game 1 victory over the Houston Rockets.
Klay drained 3 treys in the fourth to set a new postseason-high and the points are his most since Game 2 against the San Antonio Spurs in the first round. The Warriors will look to take a commanding 2-0 lead in Houston on Wednesday.
Klay scored 40.8 FanDuel points in Game 1.
Chris Paul scores 23 points with 11 boards in Rockets' Game 1 loss
Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul scored 23 points (8-of-17 field goals, 5-of-7 free throws) with 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 2 3-pointers, and 1 turnover in 38.2 minutes of Monday's 119-106 Game 1 loss to the Golden State Warriors.
Paul led the Rockets in rebounds while picking up his third straight double-double but it's probably going to take even more from the future Hall of Famer in order to knock off the defending champs.
CP3 scored 42.7 FanDuel points in Game 1.
Stephen Curry scores playoff-low 18 points, Warriors still win
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry scored 18 points (8-of-15 field goals, 1-of-5 3-pointers) with 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, and 1 turnover in 35.2 minutes of Monday's 119-106 Game 1 win over the Houston Rockets.
Despite a postseason-low in points, Curry still put together an efficient, all-around outing while helping the Warriors take homecourt advantage away from the Rockets in a convincing victory. They square off again on Wednesday in Game 2.
Curry finished with 45.2 FanDuel points in Game 1.
James Harden's 41 points not enough for Rockets in Game 1
Houston Rockets guard/forward James Harden scored 41 points (14-of-24 field goals, 8-of-10 free throws) with 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, 5 3-pointers, and 4 turnovers in 35.1 minutes of Monday's 119-106 Game 1 loss to the Golden State Warriors.
Harden went 5-for-9 from deep while scoring 40-plus for the third time this postseason, all of which have come in the first game of the series. However, it simply wasn't enough as the Rockets appeared outmatched throughout the majority of the contest. Game 2 is in Houston on Wednesday.
Harden scored 55.3 FanDuel points in Game 1.
Kevin Durant drops 37 points in Warriors' Game 1 win
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant scored 37 points on 14-for-27 shooting Monday, to go with 3 rebounds and 1 assist in Golden State's 119-106 Game 1 victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday.
It didn't take long for the Warriors to recapture home court advantage from the Rockets, and now put Houston in a position to win or head to Golden State down 0-2. Durant is now averaging 28.8 points per game in the postseason, and he'll be back on the court for Game 2 on Wednesday.
Durant is now averaging 47.0 FanDuel points per game this regular and postseason.
Cavs expected to start Tristan Thompson in Game 2 on Tuesday
Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson is expected to join the starting lineup for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics.
Head coach Tyronn Lue told reporters he liked how Thompson performed against Celtics' center Al Horford, citing specific advanced stats. Thompson limited Horford to 0 points when on the court at the same time while adding 8 points and 11 rebounds in just 21 minutes of play. If Thompson joins the starting five, Kevin Love would slide down to power forward with Kyle Korver likely the odd man out and heading to the bench.
Thompson has averaged 5.2 points and 5.1 rebounds in 16.4 minutes per game this postseason.
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