NBA News

Luc Mbah a Moute    F  Clippers

 

 

Luc Mbah a Moute scored a playoff career-high 15 points in a Game 3 win over the Jazz on Friday, adding six rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes. He may have to score more now that Blake Griffin is banged up. For what it's worth, Mbah a Moute only had a 1.7 usage rate bump when Griffin was off the court during the regular season. If you're going to use him for DFS, he'll need to make his money in non-scoring stats.

Apr 22 - 1:07 AM

Gordon Hayward    G/F  Jazz

 

 

Gordon Hayward scored 40 points during a 111-106 Game 3 loss to the Clippers on Friday, adding eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 42 minutes. He got off to a fast start with a playoff franchise-record 21 points in the first quarter, and he becomes the fourth different Jazzman to score at least 40 points in a playoff game. This comes as a mild surprise after Hayward couldn't get many easy shots in his first two games, making just 12-of-33 from the field in the two L.A. games. Coach Quin Snyder looked to make an extra effort to get his Hayward some shots in sets, so maybe that'll continue in Game 4.

Apr 22 - 1:02 AM

Derrick Favors    F/C  Jazz

 

 

Derrick Favors scored two points with six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 38 minutes against the Clippers on Friday. He just doesn't have it right now, but the Jazz really have no choice with Rudy Gobert (knee) out. Favors could see a slight hit in playing time, but he's still too risky to use in DFS unless his price drops on most sites.

Apr 22 - 12:54 AM

Russell Westbrook    G  Thunder

 

 

Russell Westbrook scored 32 points during a 115-113 win over the Rockets in Game 3 on Friday, adding 13 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and five turnovers in 39 minutes. After his abysmal fourth quarter in Game 2, Westbrook was a little better from the field with his 3-of-7 for nine points. However, he did make just 3-of-6 from the line in the fourth to give the Rockets several chances late in this game. In his post-game interview, Westbrook was also upset about missing those. Westbrook becomes the first player since Jason Kidd in 2002 to have a triple-double in back-to-back games in a series. In the regular season, Westbrook played 34.6 minutes per game with an NBA-record 40.8 usage rate, but in his three playoff games he's played 38.0 minutes per outing with a 47.7 usage rate. He's one of a kind.

Apr 22 - 12:52 AM

Victor Oladipo    G  Thunder

 

 

Victor Oladipo made 5-of-8 from the field for 12 points with six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Rockets on Friday. That's a big improvement following his 1-of-13 from deep in his first two games of the postseason. Oladipo's usage was still way down in this game and it's been way down all year despite a mini-breakout year in 2015-16 with the Magic. He's a bit of an afterthought in this offense and really hasn't fit in all year.

Apr 22 - 12:38 AM

Steven Adams    C  Thunder

 

 

Steven Adams scored four points with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and no turnovers in 26 minutes against the Rockets on Friday. He was able to play some important possessions late in the game, but coach Billy Donovan just isn't getting the same Adams as he got in the postseason last year. Maybe it's due to the matchup, maybe Serge Ibaka helped, or maybe he misses Kevin Durant's underrated defense next to him, but Adams isn't being trusted nearly as much. Donovan also went with a hot Taj Gibson over Adams at times in the fourth.

Apr 22 - 12:36 AM

Taj Gibson    F  Thunder

 

 

Taj Gibson scored 20 points with two rebounds, one assist and five turnovers in 29 minutes against the Rockets on Friday. He played center for a good chunk of the time down the stretch and was very good on both ends. According to ESPN, Gibson held Harden to 1-of-5 from the field when he matched up against him, and OKC seemed fairly comfortable with a big on him today -- a big on Harden was their undoing in Game 1 and 2. Gibson's playing time seems fairly safe, especially since Steven Adams hasn't quite lived up to expectations.

Apr 22 - 12:31 AM

James Harden    G  Rockets

 

 

James Harden's 44 points were not enough in a Game 3 115-113 loss to the Thunder on Friday, adding six rebounds, six assists, one block, four 3-pointers and seven turnovers in 38 minutes. With the Rockets down two on the last possession of the game, Harden attempted a 3-pointer before the buzzer and couldn't get it to fall. It did look like he was trying to draw a foul on the play, and it's hard to blame him after he went 18-of-18 from the line in this loss. Harden's consistent scoring to start a postseason has been like nothing we've seen in quite some time, becoming the first player to start a postseason with three consecutive 35-plus scoring games since Michael Jordan in 1990. You can pencil him in for another one in Game 4 on Sunday.

Apr 22 - 12:27 AM

Lou Williams    G  Rockets

 

 

Lou Wiliams scored 22 points with four rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Thunder on Friday. The Rockets went with plenty of no-center lineups in this game as they tried to battle back. Williams only played 23.5 minutes per game in the first two, which is a more realistic expectation for playing time in Game 4 on Sunday. He has scored at least 21 in each of his last two games, so he can clearly get it done with minutes under 25.

Apr 22 - 12:19 AM

Patrick Beverley    G  Rockets

 

 

Patrick Beverley missed all six shots from the field and made 1-of-2 from the line against the Thunder on Friday, adding seven rebounds, two assists, three rebounds and six fouls. The 18.0 points per game he averaged in the first two games seemed like a fluke, but the law of averages was a little harsher than usual. Beverley will continue to see minutes in the 30s when he's not in foul trouble, so expect more scoring output with plenty of other stats on Sunday.

Apr 22 - 12:13 AM