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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.
Warriors' Kevin Durant (calf) unlikely to be ready for start of Finals
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (calf) still hasn't been cleared for on-court work and is not expected to be ready for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Durant still hasn't been cleared for on-court activities, but "continues to make good progress," per an official statement from the team. The Warriors added that "it's hopeful" Durant could return at some point in the Finals. He hasn't played in over two weeks.
KD was averaging 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 2.9 triples in 11 playoff games before the injury.
Toronto's OG Anunoby (appendectomy) not cleared for contact
Toronto Raptors small forward OG Anunoby (appendectomy) has not been cleared for contact.
Anunoby remains out despite participating in light on-court work this week. Look for the 21-year old to return after he is cleared for contact and practices.
In 67 games this season, Anunoby averaged 7.0 points and 2.9 rebounds.
Kawhi Leonard, Raptors even series with Bucks
Toronto Raptors guard/forward Kawhi Leonard scored 19 points (6-of-13 field goals, 6-of-8 free throws) with 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 steals, 2 blocks, 1 3-pointer, and 2 turnovers in 34.1 minutes of a 120-102 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Leonard looked well below 100 percent due to lingering effects from a quad injury, but he played through the pain and helped the Raptors even the series up. Game 5 will be played on Thursday in Milwaukee, followed by Game 6 on Saturday in Toronto.
Kawhi finished with 44.9 FanDuel points in Game 4.
Damian Lillard scores 28 with 12 dimes, Trail Blazers swept
Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard scored 28 points (11-of-24 field goals, 2-of-2 free throws) with 4 rebounds, 12 assists, 4 3-pointers, and 4 turnovers in 43.8 minutes of a 119-117 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Monday.
Lillard, playing with separated ribs he suffered in Game 2, missed a 3-point attempt as time expired. He averaged 24.1 points in the second and third rounds after putting up 33.0 points in a first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Meyers Leonard scored a career-high 30 points and pulled down 12 boards in the loss. Lillard turns 29 in July and has two years remaining on his contract.
Dame put up 46.8 FanDuel points in Game 4.
Steph Curry's 37-point triple-double leads Warriors to 5th straight Finals
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry scored 37 points (11-of-25 field goals, 8-of-9 free throws) with 13 rebounds, 11 assists, 1 steal, 7 3-pointers, and 2 turnovers in 47.4 minutes of a 119-117 overtime win against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.
Curry and Draymond Green (18 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists) became the first teammates to record triple-doubles in the same playoff game. The two-time defending champs came back from 17 down to complete the series sweep, overcoming a double-digit deficit for the third straight game. Curry scored either 36 or 37 points each game while averaging 6.5 treys per contest this round. Game 1 of the NBA Finals is scheduled for Thursday, May 30. Golden State will face the winner of the Eastern Conference finals between the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks.
Steph scored 70.1 FanDuel points in Game 4.
James Ennis declines 2019-2020 player option on Monday
Forward James Ennis will reportedly become a free agent after declining his player option on Monday.
Ennis will explore the market this offseason after declining his $1.8 million dollar option. Expect the 29-year old to look for a long-term deal this summer.
In 58 games this season, Ennis averaged 6.7 points and 3.1 rebounds.
Toronto's Kawhi Leonard drops 36 points in Sunday's double-overtime victory over the Bucks
Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard produced 36 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 combined blocks and steals in Sunday's 118-112 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Despite suffering a lower body injury in the first half, Leonard continued to carry the Toronto offense on Sunday with his fourth straight game over 30 points. The 27-year old is now averaging 32.6 points on 44.9% shooting this series.
In 55 minutes on Sunday, Leonard scored 58.3 FanDuel points. The Toronto forward has now surpassed 50 FanDuel points in 60% of his games against Milwaukee this season.
Raptors roll with the same starting lineup for Sunday's Game 3
The Toronto Raptors will start Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, and Marc Gasol in Sunday's playoff matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Despite rumors of a new starting lineup for Game 3, the Raptors will not make any changes to their first unit. Look for perhaps "different" rotations on Sunday or more minutes for Norman Powell and Serge Ibaka.
Our models project Powell and Ibaka to produce 15.5 and 30.1 FanDuel points respectively on Sunday.
Golden State's Andre Iguodala (calf) questionable for Monday's Game 4 against Portland
Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (calf) is questionable to play in Monday's playoff matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Iguodala looks to be OK after an MRI on his left calf came back negative on Sunday. If he cannot play in Game 4, look for Shaun Livingston, Quinn Cook, and Alfonzo McKinnie to see more playing time.
If Iguodala is available, our models project the Golden State guard to produce 29.7 FanDuel points on Monday.
Portland will start Meyers Leonard, Enes Kanter to come off the bench on Saturday
Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard will start in Saturday's playoff matchup against the Golden State Warriors.
Leonard will start tonight at center with Enes Kanter playing with the second unit.
In four games this season against the Warriors, Leonard is averaging 4.75 points and 5.0 rebounds.
Golden State's Andrew Bogut will come off the bench on Saturday
Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut will not start in Saturday's playoff matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Bogut will reportedly play with the second unit in Game 3 after the new lineup change. In a role off the bench, our models project the veteran to score 3.9 points in 12.7 minutes.
numberFire's models project Bogut to produce 13.7 FanDuel points on Saturday.
Warriors reportedly starting Damian Jones in Saturday's Game 3 against Portland
Golden State Warriors center Damian Jones will reportedly start against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.
According to Murdock, Jones will start at center against Portland. Andrew Bogut will reportedly come off the bench in Game 3.
In 24 games this season, Jones is averaging 13.9 FanDuel points.
Raptors considering several lineup changes for Sunday's Game 3
Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse told the media on Saturday, "more than one" change could be made to Game 3's starting lineup against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Nurse hinted to the media several changes could be made to Sunday's Game 3 lineup against the Bucks. Look for Marc Gasol and Danny Green to potentially come off the bench if any changes are made to the first unit. If so, expect Norman Powell, Fred VanVleet, or Serge Ibaka to possibly start in Game 3.
Our models currently project Gasol and Green to produce 39.8 and 25.2 FanDuel points respectively on Sunday.
Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo produces massive double-double in Friday's Game 2 victory over Toronto
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points with 17 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 combined blocks and steals in Friday's 125-103 win over the Toronto Raptors.
'The Greek Freak' produced his third best scoring performance this postseason, converting 50% of his shot attempts including one three-pointer. Antetokounmpo is now averaging 27 points, 15.5 rebounds, and 5.5 rebounds this series.
In 34 minutes last night, Antetokounmpo scored 62.9 FanDuel points. He is averaging 61.3 FanDuel points against Toronto this postseason.
Raptors' Patrick McCaw (personal) will not play in Game 2 on Friday
Toronto Raptors guard/forward Patrick McCaw (personal) will not play on Friday in Game 2 versus the Milwaukee Bucks.
McCaw joins OG Anunoby and Jordan Lloyd on the inactive list, shortening an already thin Raptors' bench. Expect the starters to play heavy minutes once again on Friday.
McCaw has averaged just 2.6 points and 1.7 rebounds per game this season.
NBA suspends Tyreke Evans for two seasons
Free agent guard Tyreke Evans has been disqualified from the NBA for violating the league's substance abuse program.
Evans will be eligible to apply for reinstatement after two seasons after being dismissed from the league for testing positive for a drug of abuse. Look for Evans to attempt his comeback when he is 31.
In 69 games this season, Evans averaged 10.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.4 assists.
Golden State's Kevin Durant (calf) ruled out for Game 3 and 4
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (calf) will not play in Game 3 and 4 against the the Portland Trail Blazers.
Durant will remain inactive for at least two more games while he recovers from his calf strain. Expect Steph Curry to carry the Warriors' offense until Durant can return.
In 11 games this postseason, Durant is averaging 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.9 assists.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 24 with 14 boards, Bucks beat Raptors Game 1
Milwaukee Bucks small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points (7-of-16 field goals, 9-of-12 free throws) with 14 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, 3 blocks, 1 3-pointer, and 5 turnovers in 37.3 minutes of a 108-100 victory over the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday.
Antetokounmpo came flying out the gates, racking up a pair of baskets, a steal, a board, and a blocked shot, all in the first 85 seconds of play. The Bucks trailed for 37 of the contest's 48 minutes, but Giannis and company finished strong to take the first game of the series. Game 2 will be played in Milwaukee on Friday.
Giannis has double-doubled in 7-of-10 games this postseason.
Kevin Durant (calf) reportedly ruled out for Warriors in Game 2
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (calf) will not play on Thursday in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals versus the Portland Trail Blazers, reports Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
Durant is still recovering from a calf strain. The Warriors haven't missed a beat in two games without him, so they will likely give Durant all the time he needs to heal. Stephen Curry should continue to take on more work offensively. Ditto for Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
KD was averaging 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 2.9 triples per game this postseason before the injury.
Stephen Curry ties playoff high with 9 treys, Warriors win Game 1 easy
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry scored 36 points (12-of-23 field goals, 3-of-3 free throws) with 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, 9 3-pointers, and 1 turnover in 35.5 minutes of a 116-94 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday.
Curry went 9-of-15 from beyond the arc, setting a playoff career high for made 3-pointers, as the Warriors exploited a porous Portland defense all night long. It was his fourth 30-point performance this postseason, with three coming in the past four games. Game 2 will be played in Golden State on Thursday.
Steph finished with 36.7 FanDuel points in Game 1.
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