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Delon Wright    G  Raptors

 

 

Delon Wright didn't attempt any shots in 11 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday, adding three rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one turnover. The opportunity is there for Wright with Cory Joseph really struggling and the Raptors going with more small-ball fours. Wright is just not being aggressive as a scorer, so it'll be tough to use him in fantasy until he shows some confidence. Maybe that happens on Monday.

Apr 22 - 6:05 PM

Cory Joseph    G  Raptors

 

 

Cory Joseph played just eight minutes with three missed attempts from the field and two turnovers against the Bucks on Saturday. Yeah, five ended possessions and no other stats isn't a great showing. He has been pretty bad in his 69 minutes during this series and eight minutes was probably too much today. In fact, his -22.3 net rating in that time is dead last while Norman Powell and Delon Wright are above the team average. Basically, Joseph's minutes should be going to Norm and Delon.

Apr 22 - 6:02 PM

Jonas Valanciunas    C  Raptors

 

 

Jonas Valanciunas moved to the bench against the Bucks on Saturday, scoring 12 points with five rebounds, one steal and four turnovers in 22 minutes. He was a straight backup five man and didn't log any minutes next to Serge Ibaka in this game. The Ibaka-JV lineups were crushed on the defensive end in the first three games with a 130.6 defensive rating, so coach Dwane Casey completely dropped it and it worked out in this win. Valanciunas is likely looking at around 20 minutes again in Game 5 on Monday.

Apr 22 - 5:58 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo    G/F  Bucks

 

 

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 Raptors on Saturday. Besides his 10 points in the second quarter, Giannis was not the 2016-17 version of himself during this game. Antetokounmpo was just 3-of-10 on jumpers in this game and was even worse on layups at just 2-of-8. He was also pressing a bit to cause those seven turnovers, as well. You could say Giannis was just due for a bad game after he dominated this series perhaps more than any other player has done so in the past week. He'll be better on Monday in Toronto as this series has now become just a best of three.

Apr 22 - 5:53 PM

Dewayne Dedmon    C  Spurs

 

 

Dedmon will not play in Saturday's Game 4 against the Grizzlies due to illness.

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Apr 22 - 5:42 PM

Tony Snell    G/F  Bucks

 

 

Tony Snell scored a playoff career-high 19 points with four rebounds, one turnover and five 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Raptors during the Game 4 loss. The Bulls may want him back after the game Michael Carter-Williams had on Friday. The Bucks were getting him plenty of good looks with some off-ball screens, but that probably won't happen again in this series. Snell was averaging 10.0 points per game in his previous three games, so that serves as a fair expectation in Game 5.

Apr 22 - 5:42 PM

Khris Middleton    G/F  Bucks

 

 

Khris Middleton made 4-of-13 from the field for 10 points with 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal and four turnovers in 36 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday. Not only did he struggle on making shots, Middleton just didn't seem locked in during this game. The Raptors didn't put DeMar DeRozan on Middleton as much, so maybe coach Dwane Casey gets some credit for that adjustment. Middleton is still going to get big minutes and the off game was more about just not being in a rhythm. Expect a bounce-back game in Game 5 on Monday.

Apr 22 - 5:39 PM

Dewayne Dedmon    F/C  Spurs

 

 

Dewayne Dedmon (illness) will not play against the Grizzlies in Game 4 on Saturday. Dedmon has been starting and played 12.7 minutes per game in this series, so it's not the toughest hole to fill. The Spurs will likely divide those minutes to Pau Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge and David Lee. Davis Bertans could also be an option as the last man in the rotation, or maybe they go with more Kyle Anderson.

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Apr 22 - 5:23 PM

Jusuf Nurkic    C  Trail Blazers

 

 

Jusuf Nurkic's status for Game 3 against the Warriors will be determined after he tests leg in pregame work on the court, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Apr 22 - 4:28 PM

Jusuf Nurkic    C  Trail Blazers

 

 

Jusuf Nurkic's status for Game 3 against the Warriors will be determined after he tests leg in pregame work on the court, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. He has gone through some non-contact portion of practice and is doubtful to play. Nurkic has said before he has super strength and he isn't feeling pain, so he does have a chance to play. Plus, the Blazers being in an 0-2 hole may help his chances to be out there. If he is cleared, he'll almost certainly have a minutes cap.