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    • Tyler Zeller MIL C
      Bucks' Tyler Zeller: Coming off bench for Game 6
      7h ago

      Zeller is coming off the bench for Thursday's Game 6 against the Celtics.

      Thon Maker, who had two impressive performances during the Bucks' two previous home games in the series, will draw the start. Despite starting, Zeller had only been averaging 13.3 minutes per game, so his role may not change too much despite the switch.

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    • Thon Maker MIL C
      Bucks' Thon Maker: Starting for Game 6
      7h ago

      Maker will draw the start at center over Tyler Zeller for Thursday's Game 6 against the Celtics.

      This decision isn't too surprising, as Maker has outplayed Zeller since usual starter John Henson went down with a back injury. Over the past three games, Maker has averaged 8.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.3 blocks across 26.0 minutes.

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    • John Henson MIL C
      Bucks' John Henson: Won't play in Game 6
      8h ago

      Henson (back) is out for Thursday's Game 6 against the Celtics, Nick Friedell of ESPN.com reports.

      As expected, Henson will miss a fourth straight game while recovering from a sore back. Tyler Zeller is likely to draw another start, though Thon Maker has been the main beneficiary at the position over the past three games. Jabari Parker has also seen an uptick in workload, averaging 16.7 points across 29.0 minutes while Henson has been on the shelf.

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    • Stephen Curry GS PG
      Warriors' Stephen Curry: Upgraded to questionable for Game 1
      9h ago

      Curry (knee) went through a full practice Thursday and has been upgraded to questionable for Game 1 of the semifinals against the Pelicans on Saturday, Chris Haynes of ESPN reports.

      Warriors' GM Bob Myers recently indicated Curry had a chance of being cleared for Game 1 and his full participation in Thursday's practice adds even more fuel to the fire. If the knee responds well to the added workload, there's a chance he's ultimately able to play, though the Warriors are certainly going to take as cautions of an approach as possible with their superstar. For now, consider Curry questionable and another update should be provided after Friday's practice or Saturday's shootaround.

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    • Otto Porter WAS SF
      Wizards' Otto Porter: Status uncertain for Game 6
      10h ago

      Porter is dealing with a bone bruise in his left leg and is questionable for Game 6 against the Raptors on Friday, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports.

      Porter has reportedly been nursing the injury for the entire series, which is likely why he's appeared to struggle a bit of late. With the Wizards on the brink of elimination, it seems likely that Porter will ultimately give it a go Friday, though coach Scott Brooks wouldn't commit to it. "Anything's possible, but we hope for the best," Brooks said regarding Porter's availability Friday. "I know he's banged up. That's all I know as of right now." Look for another update to be provided following Friday's morning shootaround.

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    • Stephen Curry GS PG
      Warriors' Stephen Curry: Return for Game 1 'conceivable'
      11h ago

      Warriors' general manager Bob Myers said "it's conceivable" that Curry (knee) is in uniform for Game 1 of the semifinals against the Pelicans on Saturday, Drew Shiller of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. "He's gonna try and practice ... if he can get in tomorrow's practice and Friday and doesn't have any setbacks and feels physically ready, then there's a chance he can go.

      This appears to be a very optimistic stance from the Warriors' GM and it wouldn't be surprising if Curry ultimately missed another game or two when all is said and done. However, it's certainly a situation to monitor at this point and additional updates should be provided following practice Thursday and/or Friday. His availability Saturday will ultimately depend on how the knee responds to the increase activity.

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    • Tyler Zeller MIL C
      Bucks' Tyler Zeller: Coming off bench for Game 6
      7h ago

      Zeller is coming off the bench for Thursday's Game 6 against the Celtics.

      Thon Maker, who had two impressive performances during the Bucks' two previous home games in the series, will draw the start. Despite starting, Zeller had only been averaging 13.3 minutes per game, so his role may not change too much despite the switch.

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    • Thon Maker MIL C
      Bucks' Thon Maker: Starting for Game 6
      7h ago

      Maker will draw the start at center over Tyler Zeller for Thursday's Game 6 against the Celtics.

      This decision isn't too surprising, as Maker has outplayed Zeller since usual starter John Henson went down with a back injury. Over the past three games, Maker has averaged 8.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.3 blocks across 26.0 minutes.

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    • John Henson MIL C
      Bucks' John Henson: Won't play in Game 6
      8h ago

      Henson (back) is out for Thursday's Game 6 against the Celtics, Nick Friedell of ESPN.com reports.

      As expected, Henson will miss a fourth straight game while recovering from a sore back. Tyler Zeller is likely to draw another start, though Thon Maker has been the main beneficiary at the position over the past three games. Jabari Parker has also seen an uptick in workload, averaging 16.7 points across 29.0 minutes while Henson has been on the shelf.

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    • Mason Plumlee DEN C
      Nuggets' Mason Plumlee: Undergoes core muscle surgery
      15h ago

      Plumlee recently underwent successful surgery to repair a core muscle injury, but is expected to be fully recovered in time for training camp, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.

      Plumlee apparently played through the injury during the latter portion of the regular season and will now address it permanently by undergoing surgery. However, it doesn't sound like the procedure was anything overly serious and as long as his rehab goes as planned, Plumlee should be good to go for the start of training camp. Look for additional updates to be provided over the summer once Plumlee is taking part in basketball activities, though even if he's at full strength to start the year, he'll once again be slotted into a reserve role behind Nikola Jokic at center.

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    • Steven Adams OKC C
      Thunder's Steven Adams: Stymied again in Game 5 win
      16h ago

      Adams managed six points (2-6 FG, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, one assist and two steals across 41 minutes during Oklahoma City's 107-99 win over the Jazz in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

      Adams continues to run into the brick wall that is Rudy Gobert, with Wednesday's scoring total serving as a series low. The 24-year-old's 33.3 percent success rate from the floor was also his poorest of the five games against the Jazz, and his obvious matchup problems are keeping his value in DFS postseason contests significantly capped. He'll look to generate better production as the Thunder once again try to avoid elimination in Friday's Game 6.

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    • Rudy Gobert UTA C
      Jazz's Rudy Gobert: Done in by foul trouble in Game 5
      17h ago

      Gobert tallied 11 points (3-8 FG, 5-6 FT), 10 rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one steal across 30 minutes during Utah's 107-99 loss to the Thunder in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

      He also accrued five fouls, which played a large part in the Thunder being able to mount a memorable comeback from as much as 25 points down in the second half. Gobert still managed to post his fourth consecutive double-double of the series, although his 37.5 percent success rate from the floor was by far his worst of the five games against the Thunder. He'll look to bounce back and help the Jazz close out the series in Game 6 on Friday.

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    • Semi Ojeleye BOS PF
      Celtics' Semi Ojeleye: Starting again in Game 6
      14h ago

      Ojeleye will remain in the starting lineup for Game 6 against the Bucks on Thursday, Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald reports.

      The Celtics opted to go with a smaller lineup in Game 5 that featured Ojeleye in the starting five over Aron Baynes, helping Boston secure the win and take a 3-2 lead in the series. As a result of that success, coach Brad Stevens will go with Ojeleye in the top unit once again, though his impact will largely be defensively as he attempts to slow down Bucks' superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo. Ojeleye finished finished Game 5 with just five points and seven rebounds across 31 minutes, showing he has a fairly limited upside for DFS purposes.

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    • Derrick Favors UTA PF
      Jazz's Derrick Favors: Limited by foul trouble in Game 5 loss
      16h ago

      Favors accounted for 10 points (2-3 FG, 6-8 FT), five rebounds and one block across 24 minutes during Utah's 107-99 loss to the Thunder in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

      Like frontcourt mate Rudy Gobert, Favors' foul trouble limited his overall playing time. The veteran big man logged the fewest minutes among the starting five, although he just managed his fourth consecutive double-digit scoring effort. While his three shot attempts were his fewest of the series, his eight free throws were a high-water mark in the five games against the Thunder. Favors will look to bounce back when the Jazz once again tries to put OKC away in Game 6 on Friday.

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    • Jae Crowder UTA PF
      Jazz's Jae Crowder: Posts career-high postseason scoring total
      17h ago

      Crowder totaled 27 points (9-19 FG, 6-14 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds, three assists and one steal across 37 minutes during Utah's 107-99 loss to the Thunder in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

      Crowder's scoring total led the Jazz on the night and served as his personal playoff best. The veteran forward had only scored in double digits in one previous game during the series (Game 1), so Wednesday's explosion was particularly unexpected. He'll look to provide similar scoring punch when the Jazz try to once again close out the series in Game 6 on Friday.

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    • Marcin Gortat WAS PF
      Wizards' Marcin Gortat: Posts double-double in loss
      1d 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
      1d 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
      2d 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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    • Otto Porter WAS SF
      Wizards' Otto Porter: Status uncertain for Game 6
      10h ago

      Porter is dealing with a bone bruise in his left leg and is questionable for Game 6 against the Raptors on Friday, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports.

      Porter has reportedly been nursing the injury for the entire series, which is likely why he's appeared to struggle a bit of late. With the Wizards on the brink of elimination, it seems likely that Porter will ultimately give it a go Friday, though coach Scott Brooks wouldn't commit to it. "Anything's possible, but we hope for the best," Brooks said regarding Porter's availability Friday. "I know he's banged up. That's all I know as of right now." Look for another update to be provided following Friday's morning shootaround.

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    • Carmelo Anthony OKC SF
      Thunder's Carmelo Anthony: Non-factor in Game 5 win
      16h ago

      Anthony supplied seven points (2-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five rebounds and two steals across 25 minutes during Oklahoma City's 107-99 win over the Jazz in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

      Anthony's stat line exemplifies the relatively meager impact he had on the game, and the Thunder notably mounted a 35-point surge with him off the floor during an extended stretch in the third quarter. Anthony's scoring total was his lowest of the series, as were his shot attempts. He'll look to bounce back in Friday's Game 6, but given the success teammates Russell Westbrook and Paul George had while taking the full reins of the offense Wednesday, Anthony may be hard-pressed to play anything more than a strictly complementary role.

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    • Paul George OKC SF
      Thunder's Paul George: Contributes 34 points in Game 5 win
      16h ago

      George produced 34 points (12-26 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 8-10 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block across 45 minutes during Oklahoma City's 107-99 win over the Jazz in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

      Along with Russell Westbrook, George co-led the Thunder's jaw-dropping comeback from a 25-point second-half deficit, posting his second-highest scoring total of the series in the process. The 27-year-old has been sharp with his shot save for a ragged Game 2, and he now sports a solid 45.2 percent success rate from the floor over the five games against the Jazz. With the Thunder once again facing elimination in Game 6 on Friday, George is likely to be heavily involved once again.

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    • Joe Ingles UTA SF
      Jazz's Joe Ingles: Another solid night in Game 5 loss
      17h ago

      Ingles generated 16 points (5-11 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and three assists across 42 minutes during Utah's 107-99 loss to the Thunder in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

      Ingles continued to display trademark proficiency from distance while logging a team-high amount of minutes. The 30-year-old has scored in double digits in four of the series' five games thus far, and he's now shooting an impressive 46.2 percent from three-point range against the Thunder. He'll look to provide plenty of scoring again when the Jazz attempt to close out the series in Game 6 on Friday.

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    • Andrew Wiggins MIN SF
      Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins: Finishes season with a poor showing
      1d 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
      1d 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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    • Donovan Mitchell UTA SG
      Jazz's Donovan Mitchell: Leads first unit in scoring during Game 5 loss
      17h ago

      Mitchell posted 23 points (9-22 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block across 40 minutes during Utah's 107-99 loss to the Thunder in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

      Mitchell's scoring total paced the Jazz starters once again, but he, along with the rest of his teammates, ultimately blew a golden opportunity to close out the series. The 21-year-old has been a lock for at least 20 shot attempts and 20 points in the series thus far, and that certainly figures to hold true when Utah tries to put the Thunder away again in Game 6 on Friday.

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    • Jamal Crawford MIN SG
      Timberwolves' Jamal Crawford: Nice shooting game in loss Wednesday
      1d 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
      1d 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
      1d 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
      1d 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.

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    • DeMar DeRozan TOR SG
      Raptors' DeMar DeRozan: Scores 32 points in Game 5 win
      1d 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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    • Stephen Curry GS PG
      Warriors' Stephen Curry: Upgraded to questionable for Game 1
      9h ago

      Curry (knee) went through a full practice Thursday and has been upgraded to questionable for Game 1 of the semifinals against the Pelicans on Saturday, Chris Haynes of ESPN reports.

      Warriors' GM Bob Myers recently indicated Curry had a chance of being cleared for Game 1 and his full participation in Thursday's practice adds even more fuel to the fire. If the knee responds well to the added workload, there's a chance he's ultimately able to play, though the Warriors are certainly going to take as cautions of an approach as possible with their superstar. For now, consider Curry questionable and another update should be provided after Friday's practice or Saturday's shootaround.

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    • Stephen Curry GS PG
      Warriors' Stephen Curry: Return for Game 1 'conceivable'
      11h ago

      Warriors' general manager Bob Myers said "it's conceivable" that Curry (knee) is in uniform for Game 1 of the semifinals against the Pelicans on Saturday, Drew Shiller of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. "He's gonna try and practice ... if he can get in tomorrow's practice and Friday and doesn't have any setbacks and feels physically ready, then there's a chance he can go.

      This appears to be a very optimistic stance from the Warriors' GM and it wouldn't be surprising if Curry ultimately missed another game or two when all is said and done. However, it's certainly a situation to monitor at this point and additional updates should be provided following practice Thursday and/or Friday. His availability Saturday will ultimately depend on how the knee responds to the increase activity.

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    • George Hill SAC PG
      Cavaliers' George Hill: Questionable for Game 6
      12h ago

      Hill (back) is listed as questionable in the game notes for Game 6 against the Pacers on Friday.

      Hill missed a second consecutive game Wednesday, as he's yet to shake some lingering back spasms. That said, he was a partial participant in practice earlier in the week, which appears to hint that Hill could be nearing a return. Look for another update on Hill's status once he goes through shootaround Friday morning and if he can't give it a go, Jose Calderon would be in line for a third straight start.

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    • Fred VanVleet TOR PG
      Raptors' Fred VanVleet: Questionable for Friday
      12h ago

      VanVleet (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Friday's Game 6 against the Wizards.

      According to Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca, coach Dwane Casey said Thursday that VanVleet is still considered day-to-day, so there really isn't any notable update on the point guard's status. Expect VanVleet's health to be addressed once again after the Raptors' shootaround Friday morning.

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    • Marcus Smart BOS PG
      Celtics' Marcus Smart: Can play up to 35 minutes Thursday
      14h ago

      Coach Brad Stevens said Thursday that Smart can play up to 35 minutes in Game 6 against the Bucks, Jay King of The Athletic reports.

      Smart, who had been out since March 11 with a right thumb injury, returned for Tuesday's Game 5 victory and posted nine points, five rebounds, four assists and three blocks across 25 minutes off the bench. It appears the Celtics are happy with the way Smart came out of the contest and he will likely see even more minutes Thursday. That 35 minutes, however, is a firm limit according to Stevens.

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    • Russell Westbrook OKC PG
      Thunder's Russell Westbrook: Spearheads momentous comeback in Game 5 win
      16h ago

      Westbrook supplied 45 points (17-39 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 6-6 FT), 15 rebounds and seven assists across 44 minutes during Oklahoma City's 107-99 win over the Jazz in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

      With the Thunder 25 points down at the 8:34 mark of the third quarter, Westbrook stared elimination in the face and ultimately prevailed. The perennial All-Star lived up to every bit of his stellar reputation by pouring in 33 of his 45 points in the second half on a 12-for-23 tally from the field. It was a stark departure from the first two periods, when Westbrook had drained just five of 16 shots on his way to what seemed destined to be another underwhelming performance on the scoreboard. Both Westbrook's scoring and rebounding numbers served as series highs, and he'll likely be pressed into a similar level of massive usage when OKC once again attempts to stave off elimination in Game 6 on Friday.

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