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    • Meyers Leonard POR PF
      Trail Blazers' Meyers Leonard: Racks up career-high point total
      1m ago

      Leonard registered 30 points (12-16 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 12 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block across 40 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 119-117 overtime loss to the Warriors in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Monday.

      Leonard drew a second consecutive start, and head coach Terry Stotts' decision to keep in the starting five proved to be an unequivocally prudent one. The veteran big man notched a career-high point total while pacing the Trail Blazers in both scoring and rebounds. Leonard's floor-spacing ability was on full display, as he also paced Portland in three-point percentage. A career reserve, Leonard's two-game postseason surge may serve as the launching pad to additional opportunities in his 2019-20 contract year.

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    • Damian Lillard POR PG
      Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard: Fights in vain through injury
      7m ago

      Lillard supplied 28 points (11-24 FG, 4-12 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 12 assists and four rebounds across 44 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 119-117 overtime loss to the Warriors in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Monday.

      Lillard continued to fight through his separated ribs and almost managed to help the Blazers stave off elimination. However, the All-Star guard came up just short, failing to find the net on a last-gasp desperation three-point attempt at the final buzzer in overtime. Lillard did turn in his best shooting effort of the series Monday, as he'd failed to drain better than 37.5 percent of his attempts in any of the first three games. His injury naturally played a role in his poor marksmanship, and it ultimately cost Portland heavily in the form of a clean sweep out of the postseason. The 28-year-old guard will now take some much-needed recovery time before getting ready to help the Blazers bounce back in the 2019-20 campaign.

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    • Draymond Green GS PF
      Warriors' Draymond Green: Triple-double again in decisive win
      16m ago

      Green delivered 18 points (7-13 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 14 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and two blocks across 43 minutes during the Warrior's 119-117 overtime win over the Trail Blazers in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Monday.

      As he did all series, Green stepped up his contributions across the stat sheet in sensational fashion and joined Stephen Curry to become the only pair of teammates to ever triple-double in the same playoff game. The energetic forward finished the conference finals with back-to-back triple-doubles and generated at least a double-double in each of the four contests. With Kevin Durant's (calf) status, as well as that of Andre Iguodala (calf) and DeMarcus Cousins (quadriceps), very much up in the air at the moment, Green should continue logging heavy usage against either the Bucks or Raptors in the upcoming Finals.

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    • Stephen Curry GS PG
      Warriors' Stephen Curry: Triple-doubles in series-clincher
      28m ago

      Curry furnished 37 points (11-25 FG, 7-16 3Pt, 8-9 FT), 13 rebounds, 11 assists and one steal across 47 minutes during the Warrior's 119-117 overtime win over the Trail Blazers in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Monday.

      Curry put the finishing touches on the four-game sweep with another masterful performance, and he and Draymond Green became the first pair of teammates to ever triple-double in the same game during the postseason. Curry has been a lock for 30-plus points since Kevin Durant went down with a calf injury in Game 5 of the semifinal round against the Rockets, with the perennial All-Star finished the conference finals with averages of 36.5 points (on 47.1 percent shooting, including 42.5 percent from three-point range), 8.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists. Curry has also been more active than usual on the glass, and he'll look to carry the momentum over into the Finals against either the Bucks or Raptors after some much-needed down time over the next several days.

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    • Damian Jones GS C
      Warriors' Damian Jones: Will come off bench in Game 4
      15h ago

      Jones will come off the bench in Game 4 against the Trail Blazers, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.

      Jordan Bell is drawing the start in Jones' place. Jones has seen just seven minutes total over the first three games of the series, meaning he will likely continue to be a non-factor Monday.

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    • Jordan Bell GS PF
      Warriors' Jordan Bell: Drawing start Monday
      15h ago

      Bell will start in Monday's Game 4 against the Trail Blazers, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.

      Bell's move into the starting five comes at the expense of Damian Jones, who will come off the bench. In the past two games, Bell has contributed off the bench, playing 14 and 15 minutes respectively. It's unclear if this is just a one-time start, or if he will remain going forward, but he could see an increased role in his time with the starters.

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    • Damian Jones GS C
      Warriors' Damian Jones: Will come off bench in Game 4
      15h ago

      Jones will come off the bench in Game 4 against the Trail Blazers, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.

      Jordan Bell is drawing the start in Jones' place. Jones has seen just seven minutes total over the first three games of the series, meaning he will likely continue to be a non-factor Monday.

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    • Marc Gasol TOR C
      Raptors' Marc Gasol: Turns back the clock Sunday
      1d ago

      Gasol amassed 16 points (5-10 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 12 rebounds, seven assists, five blocks, and one steal in 45 minutes during Sunday's 118-112 victory over Milwaukee.

      Gasol was excellent for the Raptors during their Game 3 victory, putting in his best performance of the playoffs thus far. After a rough night on 48 hours prior, Gasol certainly appeared more focused on both ends of the floor, finally getting his eye in from the perimeter nailing four triples. He also blocked five shots to round out a great night for the veteran, helping the Raptors to an important victory. Serge Ibaka was limited to just 14 minutes in the double-overtime thriller, an indication of how well Gasol was playing. He will look to replicate these numbers when the Raptors host the Bucks in Game 4 of the series Tuesday.

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    • Enes Kanter POR C
      Trail Blazers' Enes Kanter: Coming off bench for Game 3
      3d ago

      Kanter will come off the bench for Saturday's Game 3 against the Warriors, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.

      After two losses at the hands of Golden State, coach Terry Stotts will opt to start Meyers Leonard over Kanter. Kanter played just 19 minutes during Game 2, and it's possible he sees less time in Game 2.

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    • Andrew Bogut GS C
      Warriors' Andrew Bogut: Coming off bench for Game 3
      3d ago

      Bogut will come off the bench for Saturday's Game 3 against the Trail Blazers, Logan Murdock of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

      In a surprising move, coach Steve Kerr will start Damian Jones ahead of Bogut. Across the past two games, Bogut has seen a combined 12 minutes, but it's possible his workload will be reduced.

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    • Damian Jones GS C
      Warriors' Damian Jones: Starting Game 3
      3d ago

      Jones will start Saturday's Game 3 against the Trail Blazers, Logan Murdock of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

      In a surprising development, Jones will draw the nod over Andrew Bogut. Jones has played a combined four minutes across the first two games of this series, collecting three points and two rebounds. It's possible Bogut and Kevon Looney see a reduction in workload.

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    • Marc Gasol TOR C
      Raptors' Marc Gasol: Rough night Friday
      4d ago

      Gasol had just two points (1-9 FG, 0-2 3Pt), five rebounds, one assist, and one block in 19 minutes during Friday's 125-103 loss to the Bucks.

      Gasol was dreadful during Friday's blowout loss in Game of the Eastern Conference Finals, coming away with just two points on 1-of-9 shooting. It was a frustrating night for the veteran as he struggled to find any rhythm, continuing his questionable production of late. Gasol was not brought in especially for his scoring ability but certainly needs to be better than this if the Raptors are to make this a competitive series. He will look to bounce back in Game 3 at home, a game that is basically now a must-win for the Raptors.

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    • Meyers Leonard POR PF
      Trail Blazers' Meyers Leonard: Racks up career-high point total
      1m ago

      Leonard registered 30 points (12-16 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 12 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block across 40 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 119-117 overtime loss to the Warriors in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Monday.

      Leonard drew a second consecutive start, and head coach Terry Stotts' decision to keep in the starting five proved to be an unequivocally prudent one. The veteran big man notched a career-high point total while pacing the Trail Blazers in both scoring and rebounds. Leonard's floor-spacing ability was on full display, as he also paced Portland in three-point percentage. A career reserve, Leonard's two-game postseason surge may serve as the launching pad to additional opportunities in his 2019-20 contract year.

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    • Draymond Green GS PF
      Warriors' Draymond Green: Triple-double again in decisive win
      16m ago

      Green delivered 18 points (7-13 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 14 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and two blocks across 43 minutes during the Warrior's 119-117 overtime win over the Trail Blazers in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Monday.

      As he did all series, Green stepped up his contributions across the stat sheet in sensational fashion and joined Stephen Curry to become the only pair of teammates to ever triple-double in the same playoff game. The energetic forward finished the conference finals with back-to-back triple-doubles and generated at least a double-double in each of the four contests. With Kevin Durant's (calf) status, as well as that of Andre Iguodala (calf) and DeMarcus Cousins (quadriceps), very much up in the air at the moment, Green should continue logging heavy usage against either the Bucks or Raptors in the upcoming Finals.

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    • Jordan Bell GS PF
      Warriors' Jordan Bell: Drawing start Monday
      15h ago

      Bell will start in Monday's Game 4 against the Trail Blazers, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.

      Bell's move into the starting five comes at the expense of Damian Jones, who will come off the bench. In the past two games, Bell has contributed off the bench, playing 14 and 15 minutes respectively. It's unclear if this is just a one-time start, or if he will remain going forward, but he could see an increased role in his time with the starters.

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    • Dwight Powell DAL PF
      Mavericks' Dwight Powell: Set to opt out
      18h ago

      Powell will decline his $10.2 million player option with the Mavericks to become an unrestricted free agent, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.

      Powell is leaving a decent amount of money on the table, but the 27-year-old is expected to draw plenty of interest on the open market, and he's likely angling to secure a longer-term contract. The Stanford product has appeared in at least 77 games for the Mavs in each of the last three seasons, and he made 22 starts while averaging 21.6 minutes per game during the 2018-19 campaign. Powell posted a career-best 10.6 points per game to go with 5.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 combined steals/blocks.

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    • D.J. Wilson MIL PF
      Bucks' D.J. Wilson: Questionable for Game 4
      18h ago

      Wilson (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's Game 4 against Toronto.

      Wilson played briefly in Game 2 during the last few minutes of the fourth quarter, but he didn't sniff the court in a double-overtime loss Sunday night. He hasn't been involved in the rotation since the postseason began, so even if his ankle is feeling good enough to play, he likely won't see much playing time.

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    • Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL PF
      Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo: Dominates the boards in tough loss
      1d ago

      Antetokounmpo compiled 12 points (5-16 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-7 FT), 23 rebounds, seven assists, four blocks, and one steal in 45 minutes during Sunday's 118-112 loss to the Raptors.

      Antetokounmpo struggled from the field Sunday, hitting just 5-of-16 on his way to 12 points. Poor shooting night aside, Antetokounmpo was everywhere on the floor, hauling in 23 rebounds to go with seven assists and four blocks. Given the Bucks starting unit shot a combined 19-of-69 from the field, the fact the game went into double-overtime is quite amazing. Their bench was able to carry them through much of the game and they will take a lot out of the loss heading into Game 4. Antetokounmpo will likely look to be far more aggressive Tuesday as the Bucks attempt to steal a victory away from the Raptors.

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    • Alfonzo McKinnie GS SF
      Warriors' Alfonzo McKinnie: Will start Monday
      15h ago

      McKinnie will draw the start in Monday's Game 4 against the Trail Blazers, ChrisChris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.

      With Andre Iguodala out with a strained left calf, McKinnie will draw the spot-start. McKinnie saw his postseason high with 21 minutes in Game 3, collecting five points and nine rebounds. Expect McKinnie to see a similar, if not larger, role Monday, and should continue to see a larger role if Iguodala is forced to miss any more time.

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    • OG Anunoby TOR SF
      Raptors' OG Anunoby: Remains out for Game 4
      19h ago

      Anunoby (abdomen) will not play in Tuesday's Game 4 against the Bucks, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports.

      Anunoby hasn't played since the final game of the regular season as he recovers from an emergency appendectomy. The Raptors haven't released a timetable, but Anunoby's chances to return during the Eastern Conference Finals appear slim.

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    • James Ennis III PHI SF
      76ers' James Ennis: To become free agent
      1d ago

      Ennis will decline his player option for the 2019-20 season, making him an unrestricted free agent, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

      The option pays $1.8 million, but Ennis is likely looking for a bit more security, so he'll hit the open market in search of a multi-year deal. The 28-year-old split the 2018-19 season between the Rockets and 76ers, appearing in 58 total games and posting overall averages of 6.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks/steals. Ennis emerged as a valuable contributor on the wing in Houston, making 25 starts in 40 games, but his workload waned after arriving in Philadelphia, though he did see over 21 minutes per contest in 11 playoff games.

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    • Norman Powell TOR SF
      Raptors' Norman Powell: Drops 19 points in Game 3 victory
      1d ago

      Powell ended with 19 points (7-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 30 minutes during Sunday's 118-112 victory over Milwaukee.

      Powell put in another strong offensive game Sunday, coming away with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting. With Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, and Danny Green all struggling, it was Powell who provided some much-needed offense off the bench. That makes two nice outings for Powell who continues to push for more playing time. The Raptors will be hoping he can maintain his recent form heading into Game 4 as they look to level things up at 2-2.

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    • Kawhi Leonard TOR SF
      Raptors' Kawhi Leonard: Paces team with 36 points in Game 3
      1d ago

      Leonard finished with 36 points (11-25 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 12-13 FT), nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, and one block in 52 minutes during Sunday's 118-112 victory over the Bucks.

      It took double-overtime to do it but the Raptors were eventually able to carve out their first win of the series Sunday, on the back of a game-high 36 points from Leonard. He once again put the team on his back but certainly received some help this time around. All three games have now gone to the home team although this one was in doubt late. Leonard doesn't appear to be playing at 100 percent right now but as we have seen time and time again, an understrength Leonard is still basically as good as anyone else on the floor not named Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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    • OG Anunoby TOR SF
      Raptors' OG Anunoby: Listed out for Game 3
      2d ago

      Anunoby (abdomen) is listed as out for Sunday's Game 3 against the Bucks.

      The Raptors are still holding out a semblance of hope that Anunoby could return at some point, but it doesn't appear he's overly close to getting back on the court at this time. The defensive-minded wing hasn't played since the regular season finale on April 9.

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    • Andre Iguodala GS SG
      Warriors' Andre Iguodala: Ruled out Monday
      16h ago

      Iguodala (calf) has been ruled out of Monday's Game 4 against Portland, Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

      Iguodala came into Monday listed as questionable with left calf tightness. His absence will leave a hole in the starting five, with Alfonzo McKinnie possibly replacing him after seeing an increased role in Game 3. It's unclear if Iguodala will be forced to miss any more time going forward, however the Warriors could have over a week off before Game 1 of the finals if they are able to finish off the sweep. More information on Iguodala's status should come out following Monday's game.

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    • Andre Iguodala GS SG
      Warriors' Andre Iguodala: Remains questionable for Game 4
      18h ago

      Iguodala (calf) is still listed as questionable for Monday's Game 4 against Portland, Mark Medina of the Mercury News reports.

      Iguodala is still battling tightness in his left calf, and the Warriors will wait until after he goes through a pregame workout to issue an update. The veteran's workload has increased since entering the starting lineup to begin the Warriors' second-round series, and he'd played at least 31 minutes in seven of his last eight games prior to Saturday's Game 3, when he suffered the injury and was limited to just 18 minutes. With Iguodala hampered, Alfonzo McKinnie was the primary beneficiary, finishing with five points and nine boards in 21 minutes off the bench.

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    • Patrick McCaw TOR SG
      Raptors' Patrick McCaw: Remains out indefinitely
      19h ago

      McCaw (personal) will not be available for Tuesday's Game 4 against Milwaukee, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports.

      McCaw hasn't played since Game 6 against Philadelphia, and at this point it's unclear if the Raptors expect to get him back at any point during the postseason.

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    • Andre Iguodala GS SG
      Warriors' Andre Iguodala: Questionable for Game 4
      2d ago

      Iguodala (calf) is questionable for Monday's Game 4 against the Blazers,Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.

      An MRI on Iguodala's calf came back negative, but the Warriors will continue to keep an eye on his status as the potential series-clinching game approaches.

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    • Patrick McCaw TOR SG
      Raptors' Patrick McCaw: Out for Game 3
      2d ago

      McCaw (personal) is listed as out for Sunday's Game 3 against Milwaukee.

      It'll be the third straight absence for McCaw, who continues to deal with a personal matter.

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    • Klay Thompson GS SG
      Warriors' Klay Thompson: Scores 19 in win
      2d ago

      Thompson totaled 19 points (8-20 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), five assists, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks across 40 minutes in the Warriors' win over the Trail Blazers on Saturday.

      Thompson led the way for Golden State in the minutes department in Saturday's win, delivering a respectable all-around stat line despite his shooting struggles. He made just one of his five three-point attempts and finished with his lowest point total and lowest number of made threes in the last five games. Still, his work on defense and respectable rebound and assist totals made this a worthwhile performance.

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    • Damian Lillard POR PG
      Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard: Fights in vain through injury
      7m ago

      Lillard supplied 28 points (11-24 FG, 4-12 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 12 assists and four rebounds across 44 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 119-117 overtime loss to the Warriors in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Monday.

      Lillard continued to fight through his separated ribs and almost managed to help the Blazers stave off elimination. However, the All-Star guard came up just short, failing to find the net on a last-gasp desperation three-point attempt at the final buzzer in overtime. Lillard did turn in his best shooting effort of the series Monday, as he'd failed to drain better than 37.5 percent of his attempts in any of the first three games. His injury naturally played a role in his poor marksmanship, and it ultimately cost Portland heavily in the form of a clean sweep out of the postseason. The 28-year-old guard will now take some much-needed recovery time before getting ready to help the Blazers bounce back in the 2019-20 campaign.

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    • Stephen Curry GS PG
      Warriors' Stephen Curry: Triple-doubles in series-clincher
      28m ago

      Curry furnished 37 points (11-25 FG, 7-16 3Pt, 8-9 FT), 13 rebounds, 11 assists and one steal across 47 minutes during the Warrior's 119-117 overtime win over the Trail Blazers in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Monday.

      Curry put the finishing touches on the four-game sweep with another masterful performance, and he and Draymond Green became the first pair of teammates to ever triple-double in the same game during the postseason. Curry has been a lock for 30-plus points since Kevin Durant went down with a calf injury in Game 5 of the semifinal round against the Rockets, with the perennial All-Star finished the conference finals with averages of 36.5 points (on 47.1 percent shooting, including 42.5 percent from three-point range), 8.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists. Curry has also been more active than usual on the glass, and he'll look to carry the momentum over into the Finals against either the Bucks or Raptors after some much-needed down time over the next several days.

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    • Malcolm Brogdon MIL PG
      Bucks' Malcolm Brogdon: Likely to remain in bench role
      20h ago

      Brogdon is expected to continue to come off the bench in the Eastern Conference Finals, Matt Velazquez of the Journal Sentinel reports.

      Brogdon has been arguably the Bucks' most consistent performer since returning from injury for Game 5 against the Celtics. He's reached double-digits off the bench in each of the last four games, including going for 20 points and five rebounds in Sunday's Game 3 loss in Toronto. While Brogdon would provide added stability to a starting five that includes Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe -- both of whom had horrific offensive games Sunday -- coach Mike Budenholzer intimated Monday that he likes the firepower Brogdon brings to Milwaukee's second unit. Heading into Tuesday's Game 4, all indications are that Budenholzer will stick with the same starting five he's employed since Game 2 of the Celtics series.

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    • George Hill MIL PG
      Bucks' George Hill: Scores team-high 24 points Sunday
      1d ago

      Hill finished with 24 points (7-9 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 7-8 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block in 37 minutes during Sunday's 118-112 loss to the Raptors.

      Hill was magnificent for the Bucks during Sunday's double-overtime loss, finishing the game with a team-high 24 points on 7-of-9 shooting. He continues to play big minutes and was even on the floor down the stretch on this one, the preferred option over Eric Bledsoe who had been struggling. Hill's veteran presence and leadership are exactly why the Bucks acquired him and it appears he is going to be invaluable for the team moving forward. He will certainly not put up numbers like this every night and the Bucks will be hoping he doesn't need to in lieu of the starting unit finding some form.

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    • Malcolm Brogdon MIL PG
      Bucks' Malcolm Brogdon: Drops 20 points off the bench Sunday
      1d ago

      Brogdon ended with 20 points (8-17 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, two steals, and one assist in 37 minutes during Sunday's 118-112 loss to Toronto.

      Brogdon played 37 minutes in Sunday's double-overtime loss, continuing to increase his workload after recently returning from a long-term foot injury. Both he and George Hill provided plenty of spark off the bench, almost helping the Bucks to an improbable victory. Despite coming off the bench, Brogdon typically features heavily in the Bucks late-game antics and should once again find himself with a sizeable role come Game 4 on Tuesday.

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    • Damian Lillard POR PG
      Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard: Playing through separated ribs
      2d ago

      Lillard is playing through separated ribs, an injury that occurred in the Trail Blazers' Game 2 loss to Golden State on Thursday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

      All indications are that Lillard will continue to play through the issue, but it may be too late for Portland to climb back into the series after falling behind 3-0 with a loss Saturday night. Lillard struggled again in that contest, hitting just 5-of-18 field goals and finishing with 19 points, six rebounds and six assists. Dating back to Game 2 of the Nuggets series, Lillard is shooting just 36.5 percent from the field and 31.3 percent from three.

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