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  • Thunder's Nazr Mohammed: Sees the floor in garbage time in Game 4

    Mohammed played one minute and grabbed a rebound in Tuesday's 118-94 Game 4 win over the Warriors.

    The 24-point margin of victory enabled Mohammed to see the floor for the first time this series. The Thunder typically count on Steven Adams, Enes Kanter and Serge Ibaka to handle all the minutes at center, so Mohammed probably won't be needed to play meaningful minutes in the postseason so long as those three options remain healthy.

  • Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas: Ready to go for Game 5

    Valanciunas (ankle) said he's ready to go for Wednesday's Game 5 tilt with the Cavaliers, Josh Lewenberg of reports.

    The center indicated he's closer to 100 percent recovered from the ankle injury than he was in the Raptors' previous contest, so Valanciunas could actually get on the floor for his one. He was active for Monday's Game 3 win, but Bismack Biyombo continued to start at center and played major minutes. With Biyombo wreaking havoc on the boards throughout the series, he'll keep seeing the bulk of the minutes down low even with Valanciunas reasonably healthy.

  • Warriors' Andrew Bogut: Series-low 11 minutes in Game 4

    Bogut played just 11 minutes in Tuesday's 118-94 Game 4 loss to the Thunder, finishing with six points (3-3 FG), three rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot.

    Whether by design, necessity, or the lingering effects of an adductor injury he suffered in the previous series against the Trail Blazers, Bogut hasn't been a big piece of coach Steve Kerr's game plan during the current series. Bogut got wrangled up in foul trouble Tuesday, committing four personals, but Kerr has been leaning on his small-ball lineup all series long, so the Aussie center may not have been guaranteed big minutes anyway. He's averaging just 14 minutes per game through the first four contests of the series.

  • Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson: Just two points over last two games

    Thompson was held to two points (1-3 FG), nine rebounds and one steal across 29 minutes in Monday's 105-99 Game 4 loss to the Raptors.

    Thompson has been even less of an offensive factor than usual in back-to-back losses for the Cavs, combining to produce just two points on 1-for-4 shooting. The Cavs don't often run many possessions through Thompson, who usually gets most of his points on put-backs and lobs, but with the energetic Bismack Biyombo controlling the glass for the last two games, Thompson has seen his opportunities dwindle.

  • Cavaliers' Channing Frye: Hits four three-pointers in Game 4 loss

    Frye scored 12 points (4-8 FG, 4-8 3Pt) and added six rebounds and one assist across 21 minutes in Monday's 105-99 Game 4 loss to the Raptors.

    Frye ended up taking on more court time in the fourth quarter with Kevin Love (knee) getting held out for the entire period, and as per usual, he provided the Cavs with some solid three-point production. He's now hit multiple three-pointers in five straight outings, but with coach Tyronn Lue already indicating that Love will be good to go for Wednesday's Game 5, Frye isn't expected to see his role grow much from here.

  • Raptors' Bismack Biyombo: Plays 42 minutes, grabs 14 rebounds in Game 4

    Biyombo registered five points (2-4 FG, 1-4 FT), 14 rebounds, three blocks and one assist across 42 minutes in Monday's 105-99 Game 4 victory over the Cavaliers.

    After snatching a Raptors postseason-record 26 rebounds in the Game 3 win, Biyombo wasn't quite as prolific on the boards Monday, but the team may have needed his defensive efforts more in Game 4, which was a much more competitive contest. Biyombo was at his best down the stretch, blocking a J.R. Smith three-point attempt that would have cut the Raptors' lead to one point, and then grabbing an offensive rebound on his team's subsequent possession in the final minute, which eventually led to a Kyle Lowry bucket. The Raptors kept Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) active for the contest for the first time since Game 3 of the second-round series with the Heat, but Biyombo continued to start while Valanciunas went unused off the bench. Valanciunas could see the court for brief spurts later in the series, but since he's still at less than full strength, Biyombo appears poised to see the lion's share of the minutes at center.

  • Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas: Minutes to be determined based on Cavs' personnel

    Coach Dwane Casey said that Valanciunas' (ankle) minutes count in Wednesday's Game 5 against the Cavaliers will be determined based on the Cavs' personnel on the court, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.

    Following a seven-game absence due to a sprained ankle, Valanciunas was surprisingly activated for Monday's Game 4 win, but didn't end up getting off the bench, as Casey elected to stick with Bismack Biyombo as his primary option at center. It seems as though Valanciunas still wasn't fully healthy despite being active, and that could remain the case throughout the series. As a result, don't expect Valanciunas to see significant run Wednesday, especially if the Cavs continue to frequently employ small-ball lineups that feature Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson at center.

  • Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas: Available off the bench for Game 4

    Valanciunas (ankle) will be active and available to play off the bench during Monday's Game 4 against the Cavaliers, Mike Mazzeo of reports.

    Valanciunas was surprisingly upgraded to questionable earlier in the day after sitting out with ankle injury since Game 3 of the Raptors' second round series against the Heat. However, despite being active, Valanciunas will come off the bench and is expected to see his minutes severely limited, as the Raptors want to ease him back into action. With that being said, it's likely too risky for fantasy owners to rely on Valanciunas for solid production on Monday, so it's a situation to avoid until we see what kind of role he'll be used in moving forward.

  • Warriors' Andrew Bogut: Scores two points in Game 3 loss

    Bogut contributed two points (1-3 FG), five rebounds and two assists across 12 minutes in Sunday's 133-105 Game 3 loss to the Thunder.

    Bogut has seen his playing time dissipate in each successive game of the series, as coach Steve Kerr has shown more willingness to lean on Draymond Green as his small-ball center during this round of the playoffs. It hasn't helped that Bogut has been prone to fouling in the last three games, gathering three fouls in each contest despite playing no more than 17 minutes in any.

  • Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas: Upgraded to gametime decision

    Valanciunas (ankle) has been upgraded to a game-time decision for Monday's Game 4 tilt with the Cavaliers, Brian Windhorst of reports.

    This news comes as a bit of a surprise, as Valanciunas was listed as doubtful Sunday, despite doing some on-court work that day. However, after the center was able to go through morning shootaround, coach Dwane Casey was unwilling to close the door on Valanciunas returning after a seven-game absence. Although his right ankle is still undoubtedly sore, Valanciunas could be able to talk his way into playing when the Raptors reevalute him closer to shootaround. Even if he's active, Valanciunas may end up seeing fewer minutes than Bismack Biyombo, who was a force on the boards with 26 rebounds in Game 3.