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    • Jamal Crawford MIN SG
      Timberwolves' Jamal Crawford: Nice shooting game in loss Wednesday
      16m ago

      Crawford produced 20 points (8-10 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, two assists and one steal in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 122-104 loss to Houston.

      Crawford had himself a nice game to finish what has been somewhat of an underwhelming season for the veteran. He was able to score the basketball when given the opportunity but given the obscure rotations of the Wolves, his time on the floor was inconsistent at best. His role next season remains unclear and if he does return there is no reason to believe he can ever be more than a scoring streamer in deeper leagues.

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    • Jeff Teague MIN PG
      Timberwolves' Jeff Teague: Scores 17 points in Game Five loss
      19m ago

      Teague tallied 17 points (6-14 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-4 FT), seven assists and four rebounds in 36 minutes during Wednesday's 122-104 loss to the Rockets.

      Teague played 36 minutes after dislocating his finger in the previous game and appeared untroubled by the injury. The series proved to be an accurate reflection of Teague's season with a range of both good and bad performances. He did not have the impact a lot of people would have hoped for in his first season with the Timberwolves but he remained solid in a number of areas and hopefully, he will be able to build on his efforts next season as the Wolves try to go even deeper into post-season action.

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    • Andrew Wiggins MIN SF
      Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins: Finishes season with a poor showing
      22m ago

      Wiggins totaled 14 points (5-14 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-6 FT), and four rebounds in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 122-104 loss to Houston.

      Wiggins finished off his season by emphasizing a number of his deficiencies. He has been one of the more disappointing players from a fantasy perspective across the season, making no real progress with his already sub-par defensive abilities. He even said himself that it wasn't the best season and he is going to have to do some work in the off-season if he hopes to increase his value in both reality and fantasy.

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    • Karl-Anthony Towns MIN C
      Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns: Finishes season with another double-double
      26m ago

      Towns had 23 points (9-14 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 14 rebounds, four assists and one block in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 122-104 loss to the Rockets.

      Towns did all he could Wednesday but it was not enough as the Wolves fell out of the playoffs after a 122-104 loss to the Rockets. Towns struggled across the first couple of games but worked things out down the stretch and it is all a learning experience for the third-year superstar. The Wolves will need to have a look at their team-build over the off-season but no matter the outcome, Towns is going to remain the focal point for the foreseeable future.

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    • Chris Paul HOU PG
      Rockets' Chris Paul: Muted in victory Wednesday
      29m ago

      Paul had 12 points (6-16 FG, 0-8 3Pt), nine assists and five rebounds in 34 minutes during Wednesday's 122-104 victory over Minnesota.

      Paul could not find his rhythm Wednesday, especially from beyond the arc where he failed to connect on any of his eight triple tries. The fact the Rockets still managed a comfortable victory with Paul contributing very little bodes well for them as they make their way into the second-round where they will face the winner of the Thunder and Jazz series.

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    • Trevor Ariza HOU SG
      Rockets' Trevor Ariza: Solid game with 16 points Wednesday
      32m ago

      Ariza tallied 16 points (5-11 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and three assists in 38 minutes during Wednesday's 122-104 victory over the Timberwolves.

      Ariza capped off a steady first-round series with arguably his best game. He connected on four triples and despite the fact he didn't record any defensive stats he was active on both ends of the floor. He is not going to receive the fanfare of some of his teammates but he is going to be crucial to the Rockets advancing out of the next round and continuing their push for the NBA Finals.

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    • Karl-Anthony Towns MIN C
      Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns: Finishes season with another double-double
      26m ago

      Towns had 23 points (9-14 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 14 rebounds, four assists and one block in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 122-104 loss to the Rockets.

      Towns did all he could Wednesday but it was not enough as the Wolves fell out of the playoffs after a 122-104 loss to the Rockets. Towns struggled across the first couple of games but worked things out down the stretch and it is all a learning experience for the third-year superstar. The Wolves will need to have a look at their team-build over the off-season but no matter the outcome, Towns is going to remain the focal point for the foreseeable future.

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    • Clint Capela HOU C
      Rockets' Clint Capela: Leads team with 26 points in Game Five victory
      38m ago

      Capela had 26 points (12-14 FG, 2-4 FT), 15 rebounds, one assist and one block in 33 minutes during Wednesday's 122-104 victory over the Timberwolves.

      Capela bookended his series with strong efforts, leading the way with 26 points as the Rockets moved easily into the second round of the playoffs. Despite Karl-Anthony Towns finding his form as the series progresses, Capela was still able to have an impact on both ends of the floor and will look to continue his strong play when against either the Thunder or Jazz.

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    • Jonas Valanciunas TOR C
      Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas: Double-doubles in win over Wizards
      3h ago

      Valanciunas totaled 14 points (5-13 FG, 4-4 FT), 13 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal across 32 minutes during Wednesday's 108-98 win over the Wizards.

      Valanciunas was handed his largest workload of the series and responded with his second double-double as he led the team in rebounding. He struggled a bit offensively, but he still finished fourth on the team in scoring and has averaged 14.5 points per game since a nine-point series opener. Valanciunas' strong play gives the Raps another dimension on the inside, and he'll look to put on a similar performance Friday in Game 6.

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    • Domantas Sabonis IND C
      Pacers' Domantas Sabonis: Records team-highscoring total in Game 5
      5h ago

      Sabonis notched 22 points (8-12 FG, 6-8 FT), five rebounds, two assists and one steal across 33 minutes in Wednesday's 98-95 loss to the Cavaliers.

      Sabonis has now recorded a team-high scoring total in each of the last two games, as he has been picking up the slack that Victor Oladipo has dropped for the Pacers. After his Game 4 outburst, Sabonis was rewarded with over 30 minutes of court time off the bench, and that trend shouldn't change in Game 6 as the Pacers search for offensive answers.

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    • John Henson MIL C
      Bucks' John Henson: Listed as doubtful for Game 6
      12h ago

      Henson (back) is listed as doubtful in the game notes for Game 6 against the Celtics on Thursday.

      Henson has missed three straight games due to a sore back and it appears the discomfort has yet to subside, so he'll miss yet another contest Thursday if all goes as expected. That said, game notes can be a bit unreliable at times, so it will be worth it to monitor his status up through pregame warmups to make sure he's sidelined. Tyler Zeller (10 minutes) started in Henson's place again during Game 5, though it was Thon Maker (23 minutes) and Jabari Parker (32 minutes) who appeared to benefit the most in terms of playing time.

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    • Hassan Whiteside MIA C
      Heat's Hassan Whiteside: Non-factor in season-ending loss
      1d ago

      Whiteside finished with just two points, five rebounds, and one block in 10 minutes during Tuesday's 104-91 loss to the 76ers.

      Whiteside started the game was barely visible Tuesday, playing just 10 minutes and doing very little with it. His season comes to an end on a sour note and he has been one of the more disappointing players across this fantasy season. His role on the team remains questionable heading into the off-season and although he didn't give too much away over the final stretches, there has to be a real chance he is not with the team come October.

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    • Marcin Gortat WAS PF
      Wizards' Marcin Gortat: Posts double-double in loss
      3h ago

      Gortat posted 10 points (4-9 FG, 2-2 FT), 12 rebounds, two assists and one block across 34 minutes during Wednesday's 108-98 loss to the Raptors.

      Gortat topped 30 minutes for the first time this series as Jonas Valanciunas saw extended run as well, notching double-digit rebounds for the first time this series for his first double-double. He struggled a bit offensively, but he still scored in double figures for the fourth time this postseason. The veteran also notably blocked his first shot of the series and will look to put on a similar performance as his team looks to stave off elimination in Game 6 Friday.

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    • Kevin Love CLE PF
      Cavaliers' Kevin Love: Shooting woes continue in Game 5
      5h ago

      Love contributed 11 points (2-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 6-6 FT), 10 rebounds and one assist across 37 minutes in Wednesday's 98-95 win over the Pacers.

      Love is now four for his past 21 from the floor in the last two contests, as he has been off the mark with all of his attempts of late. His main contribution is being able to rebound and spread the floor for LeBron on offense, but it would be a nice addition if he could start sinking some shots that he is set up nicely for.

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    • Pau Gasol SA PF
      Spurs' Pau Gasol: Not considering retirement
      12h ago

      Gasol said Tuesday after the Spurs' season-ending loss to the Warriors in Game 5 of the first-round playoff series that he isn't considering retirement and plans to honor the final two years of his contract with San Antonio, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

      The 37-year-old Gasol went as far to say that he hopes to play at least three or four more years, though it's unclear if he'll perform at a high enough level to command interest from NBA teams at that point. The Spurs should at least have room for Gasol in their rotation in 2018-19 after the veteran center enjoyed a solid season while frequently jostling between the starting five and the bench. Even so, Gasol's averages of 10.1 points and 23.5 minutes per game were the lowest marks of his career, while his 45.8 percent shooting from the field was also the poorest showing of his 17 NBA seasons. Don't expect Gasol's role to grow during the upcoming campaign even if he enjoys solid health again.

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    • David West GS PF
      Warriors' David West: Plays his role to perfection in victory Tuesday
      1d ago

      West had just four points (2-4 FG) but added seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 18 minutes during Tuesday's 99-91 victory over San Antonio.

      West did his thing Tuesday, adding some size to the Warriors when needed while providing veteran leadership out on the floor. While his numbers don't jump off the board, he contributes all over the floor and remains a vital role player within the team structure. The Warriors will now face Anthony Davis and the Pelicans in the second-round and West is going to need to be out there to contend with Davis and the other Pelicans big-men.

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    • Draymond Green GS PF
      Warriors' Draymond Green: Big double-double in victory Tuesday
      1d ago

      Green totaled 17 points (5-11 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 5-7 FT), 19 rebounds and seven assists in 39 minutes during Tuesday's 99-91 victory over the Spurs.

      Green was a beast on the glass in the victory, hauling down a game-high 19 boards. Green continues to struggle with his shooting but has made up for it with some gaudy rebounding numbers throughout the series. Steph Curry (knee) could return for Game One of the series against the Pelicans which should allow Green to focus more on the other aspects of his game, hopefully boosting his defensive output.

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    • LaMarcus Aldridge SA PF
      Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge: Stand-out performance in Game 5 loss
      1d ago

      Aldridge had 30 points (8-18 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 14-14 FT), 12 rebounds, four assists and one steal in 39 minutes during Tuesday's 99-91 loss to the Warriors.

      Aldridge did all he could to try and get the victory Tuesday, but it wasn't enough as the Spurs crashed out of the playoffs in the first round. Aldridge had a stellar post-season, capping off a fantastic regular season, carrying the Spurs into the playoffs without the injured Kawhi Leonard (quad). The build-up of the roster for next season is still a bit of a mystery but Aldridge should feature prominently no matter what direction they head in.

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    • Andrew Wiggins MIN SF
      Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins: Finishes season with a poor showing
      22m ago

      Wiggins totaled 14 points (5-14 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-6 FT), and four rebounds in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 122-104 loss to Houston.

      Wiggins finished off his season by emphasizing a number of his deficiencies. He has been one of the more disappointing players from a fantasy perspective across the season, making no real progress with his already sub-par defensive abilities. He even said himself that it wasn't the best season and he is going to have to do some work in the off-season if he hopes to increase his value in both reality and fantasy.

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    • Thaddeus Young IND SF
      Pacers' Thaddeus Young: Scores 16 points in Game 5 loss
      5h ago

      Young posted 16 points (8-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 0-1 FT), six rebounds and one assist across 31 minutes in Wednesday's 98-95 loss to the Cavaliers.

      Young continues to face the tall task of guarding LeBron James for the majority of his court time, but that hasn't depleted his energy for the offensive end, as he has now logged three-straight double-digit scoring games. Young has been extremely efficient from the floor in those games as well, shooting over 60 percent, which will need to continue for the Pacers to stave off elimination in Game 6.

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    • LeBron James CLE SF
      Cavaliers' LeBron James: Drains Game 5 Buzzer-Beater
      5h ago

      James collected 44 points (14-24 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 15-15 FT), 10 rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one block across 42 minutes in Wednesday's 98-95 victory over the Pacers.

      James caught an inbound pass with three seconds left only to pull up from three and swish the game-winner that sent the home crowd into a frenzy. James continues to shoulder the load for the Cavs in every way possible, including shooting a perfect 100 percent from the charity stripe in Game 5.

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    • OG Anunoby TOR SF
      Raptors' OG Anunoby: Not on injury report
      14h ago

      Anunoby (ankle) is not on the injury report for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Wizards, Zach Rosen of the Wizards' official site reports.

      Anunoby picked up an ankle injury during Game 4, but it's apparently not serious at all, as he's completely off the injury report ahead of Wednesday's game. Through the series, he's averaged 9.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 22.3 minutes.

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    • Kevin Durant GS SF
      Warriors' Kevin Durant: Solid all-around effort in Game 5 victory
      1d ago

      Durant had 25 points (8-19 FG, 1-8 3Pt, 8-8 FT), six rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal in 40 minutes during Tuesday's 99-91 victory over the Spurs.

      Durant was far from impeccable Tuesday but managed to do enough to guide the Warriors to a series-clinching victory over the Spurs. This was certainly not the best overall series from the Warriors but they were able to overcome the feisty Spurs and move into the second-round where they will face the New Orleans Pelicans. Steph Curry (knee) is a chance at returning for game one which should free Durant up to play a more natural game. Either way, he is going to be key to the Warriors overcoming the red-hot Pelicans and continuing in the playoffs.

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    • Josh Richardson MIA SF
      Heat's Josh Richardson: Plays just seven minutes in loss Tuesday
      1d ago

      Richardson finished with just one block in seven minutes during Tuesday's 104-91 loss to Philadelphia.

      Richardson was questionable heading into Tuesday's game and although he took his place in the starting lineup, he was clearly not right and only saw seven minutes of playing time. This was not the end of the season Richardson would have been hoping for but poor end aside, he has had himself a breakout season and owners are going to have to reach a lot higher to get him on their teams for next season.

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    • Jamal Crawford MIN SG
      Timberwolves' Jamal Crawford: Nice shooting game in loss Wednesday
      16m ago

      Crawford produced 20 points (8-10 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, two assists and one steal in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 122-104 loss to Houston.

      Crawford had himself a nice game to finish what has been somewhat of an underwhelming season for the veteran. He was able to score the basketball when given the opportunity but given the obscure rotations of the Wolves, his time on the floor was inconsistent at best. His role next season remains unclear and if he does return there is no reason to believe he can ever be more than a scoring streamer in deeper leagues.

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    • Trevor Ariza HOU SG
      Rockets' Trevor Ariza: Solid game with 16 points Wednesday
      32m ago

      Ariza tallied 16 points (5-11 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and three assists in 38 minutes during Wednesday's 122-104 victory over the Timberwolves.

      Ariza capped off a steady first-round series with arguably his best game. He connected on four triples and despite the fact he didn't record any defensive stats he was active on both ends of the floor. He is not going to receive the fanfare of some of his teammates but he is going to be crucial to the Rockets advancing out of the next round and continuing their push for the NBA Finals.

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    • James Harden HOU SG
      Rockets' James Harden: Double-doubles in comfortable victory Wednesday
      35m ago

      Harden finished with 24 points (8-21 FG, 4-11 FG, 4-4 FT), 12 assists, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 122-104 victory over Minnesota.

      Harden, while not as dynamic as he has been, helped guide the Rockets past the Timberwolves and comfortably into the second-round of the playoffs. His shot was a little off in this one but aided by his supporting cast, the Rockets will now get a few rest days before suiting up against either the Jazz or the Thunder. Either matchup is going to be fun to watch and Harden will certainly look to continue his push for his maiden MVP title.

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    • Jimmy Butler MIN SG
      Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler: Sits out fourth quarter with knee soreness
      2h ago

      Coach Tom Thibodeau said Butler didn't play in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's loss to the Rockets because of soreness in his surgically repaired knee, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.

      This could help explain Butler's relatively quiet night, as he finished with just 10 points (4-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt), five rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block across 30 minutes as the Timberwolves were eliminated from the playoffs. The 28-year-old returned from right knee surgery late in the season and didn't have much time to get up to speed before the postseason, so some soreness isn't all too surprising. Expect an update on his status once the Timberwolves provide one.

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    • DeMar DeRozan TOR SG
      Raptors' DeMar DeRozan: Scores 32 points in Game 5 win
      4h ago

      DeRozan scored 32 points (12-24 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT) to go along with five assists two rebounds across 39 minutes during Wednesday's 108-98 win over the Wizards.

      DeRozan carried a heavy load in this one, comfortably leading the team in shot attempts and scoring yet again. He was particularly effective early on, scoring 13 points in the first quarter to help his side withstand a strong start from the visitors. After a slow start to the series DeRozan is averaging 31.8 points per game on 47 percent shooting over the four subsequent contests. He'll need to be at his best as the Raps try to close out the series on the road Friday.

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    • Bradley Beal WAS SG
      Wizards' Bradley Beal: Scores 20 points in Game 5 loss
      4h ago

      Beal scored 20 points (8-20 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 1-2 FT) to go along with four rebounds, three assists and one steal across 36 minutes during Wednesday's 108-98 loss to the Raptors.

      Beal struggled a bit from the floor, but he still finished second on the team in scoring and was the only player besides John Wall to tally more than 14 points. He's averaging just 16 points per game on the road series, compared to 29.5 points per game on 53 percent shooting in the two home contests. Luckily for Beal, the series will shift back to the nation's capital as his side tries to stave off elimination in Game 6.

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    • Jeff Teague MIN PG
      Timberwolves' Jeff Teague: Scores 17 points in Game Five loss
      19m ago

      Teague tallied 17 points (6-14 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-4 FT), seven assists and four rebounds in 36 minutes during Wednesday's 122-104 loss to the Rockets.

      Teague played 36 minutes after dislocating his finger in the previous game and appeared untroubled by the injury. The series proved to be an accurate reflection of Teague's season with a range of both good and bad performances. He did not have the impact a lot of people would have hoped for in his first season with the Timberwolves but he remained solid in a number of areas and hopefully, he will be able to build on his efforts next season as the Wolves try to go even deeper into post-season action.

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    • Chris Paul HOU PG
      Rockets' Chris Paul: Muted in victory Wednesday
      29m ago

      Paul had 12 points (6-16 FG, 0-8 3Pt), nine assists and five rebounds in 34 minutes during Wednesday's 122-104 victory over Minnesota.

      Paul could not find his rhythm Wednesday, especially from beyond the arc where he failed to connect on any of his eight triple tries. The fact the Rockets still managed a comfortable victory with Paul contributing very little bodes well for them as they make their way into the second-round where they will face the winner of the Thunder and Jazz series.

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    • Delon Wright TOR PG
      Raptors' Delon Wright: Fills box score off bench in win
      3h ago

      Wright scored 18 points (6-10 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT) to go along with five rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block across 26 minutes off the bench in Wednesday's 108-98 win over the Wizards.

      Wright led Raptors players in bench minutes in this well-rounded performance, which saw him chip in across the board. He also finished second on the team in scoring thanks to an efficient shooting night and provided strong defensive metrics. Wright has emerged as a core rotation player and has averaged 15.7 points per game on 55 percent shooting in the team's three wins this series.

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    • Kyle Lowry TOR PG
      Raptors' Kyle Lowry: Posts double-double in Game 5 win
      3h ago

      Lowry posted 17 points (7-13 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 0-2 FT), 10 assists, three steals and two rebounds across 38 minutes during Wednesday's 108-98 win over the Wizards.

      Lowry came through with an efficient performance shooting the ball, but he made hay as a passer, leading all players in assists for his second double-double of the series. The veteran is averaging just 15.8 points per game this series, but he's chipping in 8.8 assists and 2.2 steals per game in addition to his hard-nosed defense against John Wall. Lowry will now set his sights on Game 6 as Toronto looks to close things out on the road Friday.

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    • John Wall WAS PG
      Wizards' John Wall: Flirts with triple-double in Game 5 loss
      4h ago

      Wall scored 26 points (10-21 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 6-7 FT) to go along with nine rebounds, nine assists, three blocks and one steal across 44 minutes during Wednesday's 108-98 loss to the Raptors.

      Wall struggled a bit from beyond the arc, but he was on point in virtually every other aspect of his game as he just missed a triple-double. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to pull off a road victory, so Washington will face their first elimination game Friday on home turf. Wall, who is averaging 26.6 points, 13.0 assists and three steals per game this series, will be central to his team's effort to prolong their postseason run.

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    • Tyus Jones MIN PG
      Timberwolves' Tyus Jones: Will play Wednesday
      7h ago

      Jones (knee) will play Wednesday night against the Rockets, Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

      Jones was forced to miss Game 4 with a sore knee, however he will be available to play in Game 5. Jones saw just seven minutes in Game 1 and in Game 3, however he saw 29 minutes of action in Game 2. With Jones available, he could cut into Derrick Rose's minutes, who saw 32 minutes in Jones' absence.

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