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    • Kevin Durant GS SF
      Warriors' Kevin Durant: Confirmed playing Sunday
      1h ago

      Durant (ankle) will play as expected during Sunday's Game 4 against the Spurs, Paul Garcia of TheSportsDaily.com reports.

      Durant's status wasn't really in question, though an official confirmation hadn't been provided. Through the first three games of the series, he's averaged 27.3 points, 7.7 boards and 6.3 assists on over 50 percent shooting.

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    • Shaun Livingston GS PG
      Warriors' Shaun Livingston: Confirmed available Sunday
      2h ago

      Livingston (ankle) will play during Sunday's Game 4 against the Spurs.

      As expected, the ankle that Livingston rolled won't prevent him from taking part in Game 4. Over the first three games of the series, he's averaged 9.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 19.3 minutes.

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    • Marcus Smart BOS PG
      Celtics' Marcus Smart: Meeting with doctor Tuesday
      3h ago

      Smart (thumb) is meeting with a doctor in New York on Tuesday in hopes to be cleared for a possible Game 6, Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald reports.

      Up to this point, Smart has been cleared for everything except full-contact work. If he gets the nod from the doctor, he could make his return during Game 6, assuming the series goes that far.

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    • John Henson MIL C
      Bucks' John Henson: Out again for Game 4
      4h ago

      Henson (back) is out for Sunday's Game 4 against the Celtics, Brian Robb of BostonSportsJournal.com reports.

      As expected, Henson will miss a second straight game while nursing back soreness. As a result, Tyler Zeller will likely draw the start again. However, it was Thon Maker who pulled through during Game 3, having arguably the best outing of his career.

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    • Tristan Thompson CLE C
      Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson: Expected to play during Game 4
      4h ago

      Thompson, according to coach Tyronn Lue, is expected to see the floor during Sunday's Game 4 against the Pacers, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

      It was implied that Thompson would likely see the floor during Game 3, though that ultimately did not end up being the case. However, with the Cavs now down 2-1, a sense of urgency seems to have crept in.

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    • Fred VanVleet TOR PG
      Raptors' Fred VanVleet: Listed as doubtful for Game 4
      5h ago

      VanVleet (shoulder) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's Game 4 against Washington, Blake Murphy of The Athletic Toronto reports.

      VanVleet's shoulder continues to give him significant pain, as he's only been able to play three minutes in the series thus far. An update on his status for Game 4 is likely to arrive following Sunday's morning shootaround. Assuming he's ruled out once more, Delon Wright should see extra run as he has been.

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    • John Henson MIL C
      Bucks' John Henson: Out again for Game 4
      4h ago

      Henson (back) is out for Sunday's Game 4 against the Celtics, Brian Robb of BostonSportsJournal.com reports.

      As expected, Henson will miss a second straight game while nursing back soreness. As a result, Tyler Zeller will likely draw the start again. However, it was Thon Maker who pulled through during Game 3, having arguably the best outing of his career.

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    • Tristan Thompson CLE C
      Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson: Expected to play during Game 4
      4h ago

      Thompson, according to coach Tyronn Lue, is expected to see the floor during Sunday's Game 4 against the Pacers, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

      It was implied that Thompson would likely see the floor during Game 3, though that ultimately did not end up being the case. However, with the Cavs now down 2-1, a sense of urgency seems to have crept in.

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    • Karl-Anthony Towns MIN C
      Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns: Double-doubles in crucial Game 3 victory
      13h ago

      Towns totaled 18 points (5-13 FG, 1-2 FT, 7-7 FT), 16 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal in 38 minutes during Saturday's 121-105 victory over Houston.

      Towns got off to another slow start, failing to score a single point in the entire first quarter. He slowly got things going, however, putting up his best line of the post-season so far. He appeared far more aggressive on the offensive end which had a positive effect on his defensive plays. He appeared far more energized in this one and the Wolves are going to need him to be at his best if they hope to head back to Houston locked at two.

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    • Clint Capela HOU C
      Rockets' Clint Capela: Limited in Game 3 loss
      13h ago

      Capela had only seven points (3-6 FG, 1-6 FT), 11 rebounds, one assist and one block in 26 minutes during Saturday's 121-105 loss to the Timberwolves.

      Capela was well held by the Wolves big-men, finishing with just seven points including going just 1-of-6 from the charity stripe. After coming out of the blocks fast in Game 1, he has slowed over the last two games as the Wolves seem to have him figured out on the offensive end. Game Four is in Minnesota on Monday and the Rockets will need Capela to get more involved if they hope to steal the away victory.

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    • Joel Embiid PHI C
      76ers' Joel Embiid: Double-doubles in Saturday's victory
      13h ago

      Embiid had 14 points (2-11 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 10-13 FT), 12 rebounds, five blocks, one assist and one steal in 31 minutes during Saturday's 106-102 victory over the Heat.

      Embiid struggled from the field, connecting on just 2-of-11 field-goal attempts, but managed 12 rebounds to go with five blocked shots. The fact the 76ers were able to come away with the win despite Embiid's struggles bodes well for them heading into Game Five as they look to advance to the second-round.

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    • Hassan Whiteside MIA C
      Heat's Hassan Whiteside: Shows signs of life in loss
      13h ago

      Whiteside had 13 points (6-9 FG, 1-3 FT), 13 rebounds and one block in 26 minutes during Saturday's 106-102 loss to the 76ers.

      Whiteside produced his best line of the post-season, compiling a double-double in 26 minutes of action. Kelly Olynyk was in early foul trouble and never got going allowing Whiteside to see some extended run. Despite the increase in playing time, Whiteside was not able to get the Heat over the line as the fell 3-1 in the series, heading back to Philadelphia.

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    • Ryan Anderson HOU PF
      Rockets' Ryan Anderson: Hits four triples in loss
      13h ago

      Anderson finished with 12 points (4-6 FG, 4-6 3Pt), three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 18 minutes during Saturday's 121-105 loss to Minnesota.

      Anderson's 12 total points came entirely from three-pointers, while he contributed little else across the board. He has had an unimpressive season and is basically a three-point streamer, something that looks like it will stick for the immediate future.

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    • James Johnson MIA PF
      Heat's James Johnson: Chips in across the board in Game 4 loss
      13h ago

      Johnson finished with 15 points (5-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-5 FT), eight rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block in 35 minutes during Saturday's 106-102 loss to Philadelphia.

      Johnson was one of the Heat's better players yet again, however, was not able to pull this one out of the fire as the Heat went down 3-1 in the best of seven series. There was a lot of feeling in this game and Johnson was in the middle of it, playing with the kind of passion needed if the Heat hopes to force a Game Six.

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    • Derrick Favors UTA PF
      Jazz's Derrick Favors: Solid complementary effort in Game 3 victory
      14h ago

      Favors produced 11 points (4-5 FG, 3-6 FT), five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block across 34 minutes during Utah's 115-102 win over the Thunder in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

      Favors has now shot a red-hot 12-for-19 over the last two games, leading to an average of 15.5 points over that span. Favors' production on the glass was considerably down after he'd hauled in 16 boards in Game 2, but with Ricky Rubio, Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert combining for 34 rebounds, there wasn't as much of a need for his services in that department. Favors will look to continue what has been a solid series so far when the Jazz look to take a 3-1 lead in Monday's Game 4.

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    • Marcus Morris BOS PF
      Celtics' Marcus Morris: Fined by league
      17h ago

      Morris was assessed a $15,000 fine by the NBA for publicly criticizing the officiating after Game 3's loss to the Bucks on Friday, Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com reports.

      After the loss, Morris suggested the referees have been unfair to him recently. I'm expecting it. They knew what they wanted before the game started. They knew who they wanted to go after. So that's on [the referees]," said the Celtics forward. Game 4 is set for Sunday in Milwaukee.

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    • Markieff Morris WAS PF
      Wizards' Markieff Morris: Fined 25 Gs
      18h ago

      Morris was five $25,000 by the NBA for his actions in an altercation with the Raptors OG Anunoby during the first quarter of Game 3 in their playoff series Friday, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com reports.

      The league assessed Morris the fine for "attempting to escalate an altercation and pushing a game official" during the scuffle. No further disciplinary action is expected.

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    • Ryan Anderson HOU PF
      Rockets' Ryan Anderson: Will play in Game 3
      22h ago

      Anderson (ankle) will be available for Saturday's Game 3 against Minnesota, Jace Frederick of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports.

      As anticipated, Anderson will be available Saturday after missing the first two games of the series, as well as the the final four games of the regular season with a sprained ankle. Given his defensive liabilities, the 29-year-old could see limited minutes, though that may be offset by the continued absence of Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (shoulder).

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    • Kevin Durant GS SF
      Warriors' Kevin Durant: Confirmed playing Sunday
      1h ago

      Durant (ankle) will play as expected during Sunday's Game 4 against the Spurs, Paul Garcia of TheSportsDaily.com reports.

      Durant's status wasn't really in question, though an official confirmation hadn't been provided. Through the first three games of the series, he's averaged 27.3 points, 7.7 boards and 6.3 assists on over 50 percent shooting.

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    • Andrew Wiggins MIN SF
      Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins: Impresses in Game Three victory
      13h ago

      Wiggins had 20 points (7-11 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 2-4 FT), five rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block in 35 minutes during Saturday's 121-105 victory over the Rockets.

      Wiggins was excellent for the Wolves on Saturday, scoring an effective 20 points to go with a season-tying best of five assists. He also managed to connect on 4-of-6 from the perimeter while playing some excellent defense. The Wolves will need more of this is they hope to come up with back-to-back victories and head back to Houston tied 2-2.

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    • Joe Ingles UTA SF
      Jazz's Joe Ingles: Bounces back in Game 3 win
      14h ago

      Ingles poured in 21 points (7-15 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and added four assists, three rebounds and one steal across 32 minutes during Utah's 115-102 win over the Thunder in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

      Coming off the heels of a forgettable performance in Game 2, Ingles bounced back with his best scoring total over the first three games against the Thunder. The 30-year-old wing also put up a series-high number of shot attempts and paced the Jazz in both three-point tries and made threes on the night. The solid all-around line was reflective of the type of production that Ingles often put up during his breakout regular season, and he'll look to replicate the effort in Monday's Game 4.

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    • Corey Brewer OKC SF
      Thunder's Corey Brewer: Solid complementary effort in Game 3 loss
      14h ago

      Brewer finished with nine points (3-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 28 minutes during Oklahoma City's 115-102 loss to the Jazz in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

      Brewer has now shot at least 50.0 percent in each of the first three games of the series. The veteran wing has his hands full on the defensive end while often facing off with star rookie Donovan Mitchell, but he's provided solid offensive contributions while serving as a supplementary scoring option behind the Thunder's Big Three.

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    • Carmelo Anthony OKC SF
      Thunder's Carmelo Anthony: Pours in 14 points during Game 3 loss
      14h ago

      Anthony supplied 14 points (6-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt), four rebounds and three steals across 31 minutes during Oklahoma City's 115-102 loss to the Jazz in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

      Anthony got off to a fast start and enjoyed a stellar shooting night overall, but his overall usage was down over the first two games. The 33-year-old had shot under 40.0 percent over that pair of contests, however, so his accuracy Saturday was a welcome sight. Anthony has been steady in his output over the first three games, but he may need to take matters up a notch in Monday's Game 4 to enable the Thunder to even the series at 2-2.

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    • Paul George OKC SF
      Thunder's Paul George: Team-high scoring total in Game 3 loss
      15h ago

      George posted 23 points (7-16 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 6-6 FT), three assists, two rebounds and two steals across 40 minutes during Oklahoma City's 115-102 loss to the Jazz in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

      George's scoring and minutes totals both paced the Thunder on the night, and he bounced back nicely from a 28.6 percent shooting tally in Game 2. While George's performance was encouraging, the Jazz did a highly impressive job containing Russell Westbrook, leaving the Thunder nowhere close to a win. George may have to push his shot attempts back over 20 -- as was the case in the first two games of the series -- for OKC to have a chance of evening matters up at 2-2 in Game 4 on Monday.

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    • Jimmy Butler MIN SG
      Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler: Magnificent in home victory
      13h ago

      Butler compiled 28 points (10-19 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 4-6 FT), seven rebounds, five assists and one steal in 41 minutes during Saturday's 121-105 victory over the Rockets.

      Butler appeared rejuvenated in Saturday's home victory, leading the team with 28 points in 42 minutes of action. He seemed to have been hobbled by a number of injuries in the first two games of the series but looked much better in this one. He did appear to injure his ankle at one point but played through it and looked fine down the stretch. The Wolves are going to need to keep up the intensity if they hope to tie things up in the next game on Monday.

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    • Eric Gordon HOU SG
      Rockets' Eric Gordon: Scores 15 points in Game Three loss
      13h ago

      Gordon totaled 15 points (5-16 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 2-3 FT), two rebounds and one assist in 33 minutes during Saturday's 121-105 loss to Minnesota.

      Gordon continues to struggle with his shot, going just 5-of-16 from the field on his way to 15 points. The Rockets still hold onto a 2-1 lead despite Gordon's issues and he will look to turn things around in Game Four on Monday, once again at the Target Center.

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    • James Harden HOU SG
      Rockets' James Harden: Leads team with 29 points in loss
      13h ago

      Harden had 29 points (9-21 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 8-10 FT), seven rebounds, seven assists and one steal in 36 minutes during Saturday's 121-105 loss to the Timberwolves.

      Harden played well on Saturday but received little support from the rest of the starters, outside of Chris Paul. Harden continues to make his way to the free-throw line with regularity but the Wolves turned up their offense in this one and eventually proved too much for Harden and the Rockets. Game Four is in Minnesota and Harden is going to need some of the other guys to step up if they want to steal an away game.

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    • JJ Redick PHI SG
      76ers' J.J. Redick: Plays well in Game Four victory
      13h ago

      Redick tallied 24 points (8-18 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 6-6 FT), three assists, three steals and one rebound in 33 minutes during Saturday's 106-102 victory over the Heat.

      Redick was crucial for the 76ers on Saturday, coming up with some big plays when the team needed them the most. His only rebound for the game came in the dying seconds and afforded him the opportunity to ice the game from the free-throw line. He is loving life in Philadelphia and will look to help guide his team into the second-round with a victory over the Heat on Tuesday.

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    • Dwyane Wade MIA SG
      Heat's Dwyane Wade: Leads team with 25 points Saturday
      13h ago

      Wade produced 25 points (10-22 FG, 5-6 FT), three rebounds, three steals and one assist in 25 minutes during Saturday's 106-102 loss to the 76ers.

      Wade finished with a team-high 25 points, throwing up 22 shot attempts in just 25 minutes of playing time. He is not going to die wondering and one has to think that this could have been the final home game for the Heat this season. They are going to need Wade to be at his best if they hope to force a Game Six and bring the series back home.

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    • Donovan Mitchell UTA SG
      Jazz's Donovan Mitchell: Double-doubles in Game 3 win
      14h ago

      Mitchell (foot) registered 22 points (9-20 FG, 4-7 3Pt), 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block across 35 minutes during Utah's 115-102 win over the Thunder in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

      Mitchell checked in second behind backcourt Ricky Rubio in scoring, but he still managed his second double-double over the series' first three games. The rookie has shot no less than 40.0 percent over the first trio of contests against the Thunder, and after coming up empty on all seven tries from distance in Game 2, Mitchell encouragingly drained 57.1 percent of his seven three-point attempts Saturday. The 21-year-old has appeared completely immune to postseason jitters and will look to continue his stellar run of production in Monday's Game 4.

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    • Shaun Livingston GS PG
      Warriors' Shaun Livingston: Confirmed available Sunday
      2h ago

      Livingston (ankle) will play during Sunday's Game 4 against the Spurs.

      As expected, the ankle that Livingston rolled won't prevent him from taking part in Game 4. Over the first three games of the series, he's averaged 9.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 19.3 minutes.

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    • Marcus Smart BOS PG
      Celtics' Marcus Smart: Meeting with doctor Tuesday
      3h ago

      Smart (thumb) is meeting with a doctor in New York on Tuesday in hopes to be cleared for a possible Game 6, Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald reports.

      Up to this point, Smart has been cleared for everything except full-contact work. If he gets the nod from the doctor, he could make his return during Game 6, assuming the series goes that far.

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    • Fred VanVleet TOR PG
      Raptors' Fred VanVleet: Listed as doubtful for Game 4
      5h ago

      VanVleet (shoulder) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's Game 4 against Washington, Blake Murphy of The Athletic Toronto reports.

      VanVleet's shoulder continues to give him significant pain, as he's only been able to play three minutes in the series thus far. An update on his status for Game 4 is likely to arrive following Sunday's morning shootaround. Assuming he's ruled out once more, Delon Wright should see extra run as he has been.

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    • Jeff Teague MIN PG
      Timberwolves' Jeff Teague: Efficient 23 points in home win
      12h ago

      Teague had 23 points (9-14 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), eight assists, three rebounds and one steal in 40 minutes during Saturday's 121-105 victory over Houston.

      Teague, along with a number of other players, found his rhythm Saturday, as the Wolves came away with an impressive victory. Teague was selective with his shots and this paid dividends as he went 9-of-14 from the field on his way to 23 points. The offensive onslaught by Teague and his teammates allowed Karl-Anthony Towns to get some nice looks at the basket and hopefully this trend can continue as the Wolves look to tie things up at 2-2.

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    • Derrick Rose MIN PG
      Timberwolves' Derrick Rose: Scores 17 points in Game Three victory
      13h ago

      Rose produced 17 points (8-16 FG, 1-2 3Pt), two assists and two steals in 21 minutes during Saturday's 121-105 victory over Houston.

      Rose attempted the second-most amount of shots on the Wolves roster, finishing with 17 points in 21 minutes. He made a crucial three-pointer late in the game and despite his obvious flaws, seems to have garnered himself some additional playing time over players such as Tyus Jones and Jamal Crawford. Game Four is on Monday at the Target Center and he will look to continue his offensive resurgence.

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    • Markelle Fultz PHI PG
      76ers' Markelle Fultz: Fixed to the bench Saturday
      13h ago

      Fultz didn't leave the bench in Saturday's victory as he continues to work his way back into the regular rotation.

      Coach Brett Brown opted to play Ben Simmons for the entire second half, leaving Fultz mired to the pine. He has had some good moments since making his return from a shoulder injury and this was likely a matchup thing. The 76ers will now return home where they look to secure the series and Fultz could play more of a role in that one depending on the nature of the scoreline.

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