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Toronto's Kawhi Leonard double-doubles in Saturday's series clinching victory over Milwaukee
Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard produced 27 points, 17 rebounds, and 7 assists in Saturday's 100-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Leonard was a huge a factor in leading Toronto to their first franchise appearance in the NBA Finals. The Raptors' forward averaged 29.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 2.2 steals this series including four of six games with more than 30 points.
In 41 mins on Saturday, Leonard scored 63.9 FanDuel points. Our models project the Toronto star to produce 45.8 FanDuel points in Game One of the NBA Finals.
Golden State's Kevin Durant (calf) not cleared for on-court work
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (calf) has not progressed to on-court work.
Durant is currently 'unlikely' to be ready for the beginning of the Finals after suffering a calf strain. Look for Stephen Curry to carry to the offense until Durant returns.
In 11 games this postseason, Durant is averaging 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.9 assists.
Warriors' Andre Iguodala (calf) not practicing on Friday
Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (calf) did not participate in Friday's practice.
Iguodala has not practiced this week but the team is reportedly not worried about his status for the Finals. Expect the Golden State veteran to play a good amount of minutes during the Finals.
In three games last series, Iguodala produced a total of 10 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists.
Nikola Mirotic coming off Bucks' bench in Game 5 Thursday
Milwaukee Bucks forward Nikola Mirotic is playing with the second unit on Thursday in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Toronto Raptors.
Mirotic has struggled lately, and he will be replaced in the starting five by Malcolm Brogdon as the Bucks employ a smaller lineup.
Our models project Mirotic for 22.6 minutes of action across 24.4 minutes of action.
Malcolm Brogdon starting for Milwaukee in Game 5 Thursday
Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon is in the lineup on Thursday in the team's Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Toronto Raptors.
The Bucks are employing a smaller lineup, with Nikola Mirotic headed to the bench.
Our models project Brogdon for 22.6 FanDuel points across 28.7 minutes of action.
DeMarcus Cousins expected to play for Warriors in Finals
Golden State Warriors forward/center DeMarcus Cousins (quad) is expected to return at some point during the Finals, according to an official statement from the team.
Cousins practiced with the team on Thursday for the first time since suffering a torn left quad on April 15. He may not be ready for Game 1, but it's encouraging news for the impending free agent.
Boogie averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.5 blocks, and 0.9 3-pointers in 30 games for the Warriors during the regular season.
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