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  • Derrick Favors PF | UTA

    Jazz's Derrick Favors: Posts efficient double-double in Game 7 win

    Favors finished with 17 points (8-11 FG, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 30 minutes during Sunday's 104-91 win over the Clippers in Game 7.

    Favors ended up fouling out along with Rudy Gobert, who was limited to 13 minutes. Still, Favors was fantastic and efficient on both ends, and he saw three more minutes in Game 7 than he did in the last two tilts combined. It's unlikely that the Jazz will attempt to play lineups featuring both Favors and Gobert against the Warriors, especially since it didn't happen for a single minute of this first round series. As a result, it's unclear what can be expected from Favors on a nightly basis.

  • Rudy Gobert C | UTA

    Jazz's Rudy Gobert: Fouls out in 13 minutes in Game 7 win

    Gobert (ankle) had one point (0-1 FG, 1-2 FT) and four rebounds in 13 minutes during Sunday's 104-91 win against the Clippers in Game 7.

    Gobert was in foul trouble the entire game while fighting the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan down low, but the Jazz were still able to advance. Gobert's lateral quickness will be challenged against the Warriors in the second round, but the Defensive Player of the Year candidate should be expected to see plenty of minutes if he can avoid getting into foul trouble again in Tuesday's Game 1.

  • Otto Porter SF | WAS

    Wizards' Otto Porter: Drops double-double in Game 1 loss

    Porter supplied 16 points (7-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds, two steals, and one assist in 41 minutes during Sunday's 123-111 loss to the Celtics in Game 1.

    Porter provided his first double-double of these playoffs, and with Markieff Morris (ankle) being limited to five minutes, Porter played a team high minute total. Morris already said he would definitely play in Tuesday's Game 2, but if he's limited in any way, Porter and Kelly Oubre will likely take on extra time.

  • Marcin Gortat PF | WAS

    Wizards' Marcin Gortat: Registers double-double in Sunday's Game 1 loss

    Gortat recorded 16 points (7-13 FG, 2-5 FT), 13 rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block in 39 minutes during Sunday's 123-111 loss to the Celtics in Game 1.

    Gortat posted his third double-double of these playoffs, bouncing back on offense after managing only 11 points in the last four games combined. Backup center Ian Mahinmi (calf) is still without a timetable for return, so Gortat will likely continue playing heavy minutes given the Wizards' lack of depth at the position.

  • Jae Crowder SF | BOS

    Celtics' Jae Crowder: Posts playoff career-high 24 points in Game 1 win

    Crowder contributed 24 points (8-14 FG, 6-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 35 minutes during Sunday's 123-111 win over the Wizards in Game 1.

    Crowder finished with a playoff career high in scoring and a career high in made threes. Crowder was averaging just 12.0 points per game through the first six games of the postseason, and his explosion from beyond the arc helped the Celtics overcome a 16-0 run to begin the contest.

  • Wizards' Markieff Morris: Expects to play in Tuesday's Game 2

    Morris (ankle) said he would "definitely play" Tuesday in Game 2 of the Wizards' series with the Celtics, ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman reports.

    Morris early departure due to the left ankle sprain appeared to have a major impact in Game 1, as the Celtics erased a 17-point first-half deficit after he left the game to claim victory in the series opener. Some reports suggest that Morris could have returned to the court Sunday, but given the longevity of the series, the Wizards decided it was best to err on the side of caution to ensure he would be ready for Game 2. Assuming he avoids any setbacks in practice or shootaround Tuesday, it looks as if Morris will be a full go for Game 2. Prior to departing Sunday, Morris produced five points (2-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three rebounds and one block in 11 minutes.

  • Al Horford C | BOS

    Celtics' Al Horford: Nears triple-double in Game 1 win

    Horford had 21 points (10-13 FG, 1-3 3Pt), 10 assists, nine rebounds, and one block in 35 minutes during Sunday's 123-111 win over the Wizards in Game 1.

    Horford was sensational on offense, and he finished just one board shy of a triple-double while turning in a playoff career high in assists. Wizards' center Marcin Gortat doesn't boast a particularly impressive reputation on defense, but don't expect this type of efficiency from Horford on a nightly basis. Still, the Celtics will likely look to exploit that matchup going forward in the series, which should bode well for his counting stats.

  • Isaiah Thomas PG | BOS

    Celtics' Isaiah Thomas: Scores 33 points, drops nine dimes in Game 1 win

    Thomas totaled 33 points (11-23 FG, 5-11 3Pt, 6-7 FT), nine assists, one rebound, and one block in 38 minutes during Sunday's 123-111 win over the Wizards in Game 1.

    Thomas was unstoppable on offense, scoring exactly 33 points for the third time during these playoffs while falling one dime shy of a double-double for the second time. He made only nine threes in six games against the Bulls in the first round, so it was nice to see him get going from beyond the arc. The Wizards' John Wall is among the best defensive point guards in the league, so this shouldn't be expected on a nightly basis. With that being said, there's a reason Thomas established himself as an MVP candidate during the regular season, and he'll have to be on top of his game for the Celtics to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

  • Matt Barnes SF | GS

    Warriors' Matt Barnes: Will play in Tuesday's playoff game

    Barnes (foot) will play in Tuesday's Western Conference Semifinals Game 1, ESPN's Chris Haynes reports.

    The Warriors may not know who they'll be playing next round quite yet, but at least they know they'll have Barnes ready to come off the bench. Barnes missed the entire first round series against Portland nursing a foot injury, but with over two weeks of rest it seems like he's closing in on a full recovery. With Kevin Durant back in the mix, Barnes figures to only spill the Warriors big guns sparingly, but depending on how a particular game evolves, Barnes could function as one of Golden State's primary reserve options going forward.

  • Wizards' Markieff Morris: Ruled out for remainder of Game 1

    Morris, who sprained his left ankle during the first half of Sunday's Game 1 against the Celtics, has officially been ruled out for the remainder of the contest.

    Morris headed to the locker room prior to halftime after twisting the ankle upon attempting a jump shot. After Morris was reevaluated at halftime, the Wizards determined he was hurting too much to return to the court. Kelly Oubre opened the second half with the starters, and it's expected that the Wizards will roll with Oubre and Otto Porter as their primary forwards the rest of the game. Jason Smith may also see some increased run off the bench.