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    • Marcus Morris BOS PF
      Celtics' Marcus Morris: Will come off the bench for Game 5
      5h ago

      Morris will come off the bench for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Cavaliers as Aron Baynes will start in his place, Scott Souza of The Providence Journal reports.

      After the Celtics struggled the past two games, Brad Stevens has opted to shake up the starting lineup and will insert Aron Baynes in the frontcourt instead of Morris. Morris struggled to stay on the court the last time out as he dealt with foul trouble, so he'll look for a bounce-back effort Wednesday. Morris has averaged 29.5 minutes through the first four games of the series, however he could see a smaller role coming off the bench.

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    • Aron Baynes BOS C
      Celtics' Aron Baynes: Will start Wednesday
      5h ago

      Baynes will draw the start in Game 5 on Wednesday against the Cavaliers, Scott Souza of The Providence Journal reports.

      Baynes will move into the starting lineup in place of Marcus Morris, as the Celtics look to make a change after losing the past two games. In the series, Baynes is averaging 21.0 minutes, though his move to the starting lineup could lead to a larger role.

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    • Andre Iguodala GS SG
      Warriors' Andre Iguodala: Questionable for Thursday
      6h ago

      Iguodala is listed as questionable for Game 5 on Thursday against the Rockets.

      Iguodala missed Game 4 on Tuesday as he dealt with a knee bruise. He was ruled questionable before that game, however was still unable to go, making it hard to tell if whether or not he'll be able to go Thursday. If Iguodala is to miss Game 5 on Thursday, expect Kevon Looney and Nick Young to see an increased role. More information on Iguodala's status should come out throughout the day on Thursday.

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    • Klay Thompson GS SG
      Warriors' Klay Thompson: Questionable for Thursday's Game 5
      6h ago

      Thompson is listed as questionable for Game 5 on Wednesday against the Rockets with a left knee strain.

      Thompson injured himself in the second quarter of Tuesday's game, however made his way back into the game and played a total of 39 minutes. After Tuesday's game, Thompson said he expects to play, however the questionable designation does indicate there is a chance he could miss the game. If Thompson is unable to go, Quin Cook, Shaun Livingston, and Nick Young will all likely see increased roles. More information regarding Thompson's status should come out prior to Thursday's game.

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    • Shane Larkin BOS PG
      Celtics' Shane Larkin: Ruled out for Game 5
      7h ago

      Larkin (shoulder) is out for Wednesday's Game 5 against Cleveland.

      As expected, Larkin won't participate in Wednesday's tilt and remains doubtful to return during the series. That said, his next chance to take the floor will arrive Friday, when the team travels back to Cleveland for Game 6.

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    • Jonah Bolden NBADRAFT PF
      Jonah Bolden: Could join Philadelphia in 2018-19
      13h ago

      Philadelphia president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo acknowledged Tuesday that Bolden could join the 76ers during the 2018-19 season, Brian Seltzer of Sixers.com reports. "With respect to the players we selected last year, players who we anticipated would be parts of the future here, I think it's most likely that the player you might see here early on is Jonah Bolden, who had a really good season at a EuroLeague level of competition playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv," Colangelo said.

      Bolden, the 36th overall pick in 2017, turned some heads while playing with the 76ers' summer-league entry shortly after being drafted, then locked down a starting role in the frontcourt for Maccabi and averaged 7.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 21.1 minutes per game. The forward is lauded for his above-average athleticism and seven-foot wingspan, which could make him a valuable rotational big man for the 76ers if the team elects to bring him back stateside. Bolden's performance in the Las Vegas Summer League in July will likely have a heavy influence on the 76ers' decision whether or not to add him to the roster in 2018-19.

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    • Aron Baynes BOS C
      Celtics' Aron Baynes: Will start Wednesday
      5h ago

      Baynes will draw the start in Game 5 on Wednesday against the Cavaliers, Scott Souza of The Providence Journal reports.

      Baynes will move into the starting lineup in place of Marcus Morris, as the Celtics look to make a change after losing the past two games. In the series, Baynes is averaging 21.0 minutes, though his move to the starting lineup could lead to a larger role.

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    • Clint Capela HOU C
      Rockets' Clint Capela: Strong rebounding effort in Game 4 win
      16h ago

      Capela totaled eight points (2-5 FG, 4-5 FT), 13 rebounds and two blocks across 24 minutes during Houston's 95-92 win over the Warriors in Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Tuesday.

      Capela's scoring contributions continue to fluctuate, but he's provided double-digit rebounds in the two games thus far in the series during which he's failed to accomplish the feat in the scoring column. The inverse has been true in the other two contests, keeping Capela's contributions steady and well-rounded overall. The 24-year-old projects to continue producing in similar fashion as a complement to the efforts of Chris Paul and James Harden, who both are even more involved offensively than during the regular season. Capela will look to keep his solid series going with another strong effort in Thursday's critical Game 5 showdown.

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    • Aron Baynes BOS C
      Celtics' Aron Baynes: Scores 8 off bench in ECF Game 4 loss
      2d ago

      Baynes provided eight points (2-3 FG, 4-6 FT), seven rebounds and one block across 16 minutes in Monday's 111-102 ECF Game 4 loss in Cleveland.

      Coach Brad Stevens has opted to start Marcus Morris over Baynes, which worked well for the first two games in Boston. Cleveland countered by starting Tristan Thompson, giving the Cavs a big advantage on the boards, leading to two Cleveland wins. With the series tied at 2-2, Stevens might decide to "go big" and return Baynes to the starting lineup for Game 5. Baynes is averaging 21 minutes per game during the ECF. Game 5 is Wednesday night in Boston.

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    • Al Horford BOS C
      Celtics' Al Horford: Efforts thwarted in Game Four loss
      2d ago

      Horford tallied 15 points (5-13 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 41 minutes during Monday's 111-102 loss to Cleveland.

      Horford was improved in his Game Four performance but still underwhelmed as the Celtics lost their second consecutive game. He was well contained by Tristan Thompson and will certainly need to get his mojo back in Game Five on Wednesday if the Celtics are to keep their home winning record alive.

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    • Tristan Thompson CLE C
      Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson: Double-doubles in solid outing
      2d ago

      Thompson finished with 13 points (6-10 FG, 1-2 FT), 12 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 38 minutes during Monday's 111-102 victory over Boston.

      Thompson was effective Monday, helping the Cavaliers to a crucial victory in Game Four of their Eastern Conference Finals series. The 38 minutes were likely due to Kevin Love getting in some early foul trouble but Thompson was able to take advantage of the increase in playing time with a solid all-around effort. He played some good defense on Al Horford and was efficient from the floor. The series heads back to Boston and fans will be hoping for another strong performance as the Cavaliers look to steal homecourt advantage away from the Celtics.

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    • Clint Capela HOU C
      Rockets' Clint Capela: Efficient line in Game 3 loss
      3d ago

      Capela finished with 13 points (6-9 FG, 1-2 FT), eight rebounds, one assist and one block across 22 minutes during Houston's 126-85 loss to the Warriors in Game 3 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Sunday.

      Capela was actually a bright spot on an otherwise mostly disastrous night for the Rockets, despite the fact he played the fewest minutes among the starting five. The surging center bounced back from a five-point effort in Game 2 to tally his best scoring total since Game 2 of the semifinal round against the Jazz, while also keeping his contributions on the boards strong. He'll look to repeat the feat when Houston tries to even the series in Tuesday's pivotal Game 4.

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    • Marcus Morris BOS PF
      Celtics' Marcus Morris: Will come off the bench for Game 5
      5h ago

      Morris will come off the bench for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Cavaliers as Aron Baynes will start in his place, Scott Souza of The Providence Journal reports.

      After the Celtics struggled the past two games, Brad Stevens has opted to shake up the starting lineup and will insert Aron Baynes in the frontcourt instead of Morris. Morris struggled to stay on the court the last time out as he dealt with foul trouble, so he'll look for a bounce-back effort Wednesday. Morris has averaged 29.5 minutes through the first four games of the series, however he could see a smaller role coming off the bench.

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    • Jonah Bolden NBADRAFT PF
      Jonah Bolden: Could join Philadelphia in 2018-19
      13h ago

      Philadelphia president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo acknowledged Tuesday that Bolden could join the 76ers during the 2018-19 season, Brian Seltzer of Sixers.com reports. "With respect to the players we selected last year, players who we anticipated would be parts of the future here, I think it's most likely that the player you might see here early on is Jonah Bolden, who had a really good season at a EuroLeague level of competition playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv," Colangelo said.

      Bolden, the 36th overall pick in 2017, turned some heads while playing with the 76ers' summer-league entry shortly after being drafted, then locked down a starting role in the frontcourt for Maccabi and averaged 7.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 21.1 minutes per game. The forward is lauded for his above-average athleticism and seven-foot wingspan, which could make him a valuable rotational big man for the 76ers if the team elects to bring him back stateside. Bolden's performance in the Las Vegas Summer League in July will likely have a heavy influence on the 76ers' decision whether or not to add him to the roster in 2018-19.

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    • Draymond Green GS PF
      Warriors' Draymond Green: Another double-double in Game 4 loss
      16h ago

      Green finished with 11 points (4-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 14 rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one block across 45 minutes during Golden State's 95-92 loss to the Rockets in Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Tuesday.

      Green's final line was once again impressive, although he did miss a key free throw with 37.7 seconds remaining and the Warriors trailing, 94-92. The 28-year-old did manage to churn out a second consecutive double-double, and he's now notably upped his offensive usage over the last two games by taking a combined 17 shots during that span. He'll undoubtedly play a key role in the Warriors' efforts once again when they attempt to take a 3-2 series lead in Thursday's Game 5.

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    • Semi Ojeleye BOS PF
      Celtics' Semi Ojeleye: Sees 9 minutes in Game 4 loss
      2d ago

      Ojeleye banged out three points (1-2 FG, 1-2 3Pt) and one rebound over 9 minutes in Monday's 111-102 ECF Game 4 loss in Cleveland.

      Ojeleye played his standard 3-and-D role for nine brief minutes as only one of three Celtic reserves to see playing time Monday night. While Ojeleye played admirable defense against LeBron James and others, his limited offensive skills contributed to a minus 14 plus/minus rating. Due to multiple Boston injuries, expect the rookie Ojeleye to continue to see minutes in Game 5, which is Wednesday night in Boston.

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    • Marcus Morris BOS PF
      Celtics' Marcus Morris: Foul trouble hampers output in Game 4 loss
      2d ago

      Morris chipped in 10 points (4-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, one assist and one steal across 24 minutes in Monday's 111-102 ECF Game 4 loss in Cleveland.

      Morris was hampered by three first quarter fouls. He also had a three pointer negated by a rarely seen offensive shooting kick-out foul. Morris and the Celtics played a terrible first quarter, putting themselves in a big hole they were never able to get out of. With the series tied 2-2, coach Brad Stevens may decide to tinker with the starting lineup, which could result in Morris returning to a reserve role. On the other hand, Morris played a whopping 34 minutes in both of the Celtics' ECF wins in Boston. Game 5 is Wednesday night in Boston.

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    • Kevin Love CLE PF
      Cavaliers' Kevin Love: Early foul trouble thwarts strong performance
      2d ago

      Love totaled nine points (3-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes during Monday's 111-102 victory over the Celtics.

      Love found himself in some early foul trouble and was limited to just 28 minutes in Monday's Game Four victory. While the playing time was down a little, he continues to struggle from the field and in particular the three-point line having now shot just 2-of-8 in his last two outings. He will need to become more of a threat if the Cavaliers are to win Game Five in Boston on Wednesday, a place where the home team Celtics are yet to lose in the playoffs.

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    • Kevon Looney GS SF
      Warriors' Kevon Looney: Underwhelms in Game 4 start
      16h ago

      Looney drew the start for Andre Iguodala (knee) and supplied just four points (2-6 FG), five rebounds, one assist and one block across 26 minutes during Golden State's 95-92 loss to the Rockets in Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Tuesday.

      The fourth-year big man's line ultimately wasn't any different from those he'd produced during the prior two games when he came off the bench and logged under 20 minutes. Looney's lack of production wasn't necessarily due to poor shooting as much as it was to modest usage, as his six shot attempts were easily the fewest among the first unit. With Iguodala having been upgraded to questionable prior to Tuesday's contest before ultimately sitting out, it's certainly conceivable -- but still uncertain -- that he returns for Thursday's Game 5, a development that would presumably push Looney back to the second unit.

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    • Kevin Durant GS SF
      Warriors' Kevin Durant: Double-doubles in Game 4 defeat
      16h ago

      Durant collected 27 points (9-24 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 8-8 FT), 12 rebounds and three assists across 43 minutes during Golden State's 95-92 loss to the Rockets in Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Tuesday.

      Durant certainly did his part on his way to his first double-double since Game 1 of the semifinal round against the Pelicans. The All-Star forward did endure his worst shooting night of the postseason, however, draining just 37.5 percent of his attempts. Naturally, sheer volume and frequent visits to the free-throw line are pretty much iron-clad guarantees for Durant during the postseason, keeping his scoring totals robust even when his shot isn't at its sharpest. He'll look to bounce back when the Warriors attempt to take a 3-2 series lead in Thursday's critical Game 5 showdown.

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    • P.J. Tucker HOU SF
      Rockets' P.J. Tucker: Dominates on glass in Game 4 win
      16h ago

      Tucker delivered four points (0-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 16 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block across 44 minutes during Houston's 95-92 win over the Warriors in Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Tuesday.

      Tucker exploded for a season-best rebounding effort, helping to make up for his minimal offensive contributions. The veteran forward's value isn't always accurately reflected on the stat sheet, as he brings a defensive presence and energy that isn't necessarily quantifiable. However, he clearly remains capable of putting up impressive numbers on both the scoreboard and the glass in any given night, making him a quintessential tournament play for DFS postseason contests. He'll look to once again play an important complementary role when the Rockets attempt to take a series lead in Thursday's Game 5.

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    • Kevon Looney GS SF
      Warriors' Kevon Looney: Slated to start Game 4
      1d ago

      Looney will pick up the start in place of the injured Andre Iguodala (knee) for Game 4 against the Rockets on Tuesday, Chris Haynes of ESPN reports.

      Iguodala suffered a knee-to-knee collision in Game 3 on Sunday and after testing it out during pregame warmups, decided the discomfort was too much to play through. As a result, Looney will get the call to jump into the top unit, joining Kevin Durant and Draymond Green in the frontcourt. Since the start of the playoffs, Looney has averaged 20.2 minutes across 13 games, but could push for 30-plus now that he's entered the starting five.

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    • LeBron James CLE SF
      Cavaliers' LeBron James: Feasts in Game Four victory
      2d ago

      James had 44 points (17-28 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 9-13 FT), five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 41 minutes during Monday's 111-102 victory over the Celtics.

      Playoff LeBron was at it again Monday, scoring a game-high 44 points as the Cavaliers leveled the Eastern Conference Finals. While James failed to deliver a lot outside of scoring, his points were more than enough to help secure the victory. He did record seven turnovers and shot just 9-of-13 from the free-throw line but his point total basically negated those deficiencies. Game Five is in Boston on Wednesday and James will need to be at his best once again in what could prove to be the pivotal game in the series.

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    • Kevin Durant GS SF
      Warriors' Kevin Durant: Stellar complementary effort in Game 3 win
      3d ago

      Durant poured in 25 points (9-19 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 4-4 FT) and added six rebounds, six assists and one steal across 35 minutes during Golden State's 126-85 win over the Rockets in Game 3 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Sunday.

      Fellow superstar Stephen Curry stole the show on the night by tallying a postseason-best 35 points, but Durant checked in second behind him among all scorers with another strong performance himself. The All-Star forward is enjoying a stellar playoff run, having scored no fewer than 22 points in any of the Warriors' first 13 postseason tilts and shooting 50.2 percent on an average of 21.2 attempts per game overall. He'll look to keep up his torrid pace when Golden State attempts to take a commanding 3-1 series lead in Tuesday's Game 4.

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    • Andre Iguodala GS SG
      Warriors' Andre Iguodala: Questionable for Thursday
      6h ago

      Iguodala is listed as questionable for Game 5 on Thursday against the Rockets.

      Iguodala missed Game 4 on Tuesday as he dealt with a knee bruise. He was ruled questionable before that game, however was still unable to go, making it hard to tell if whether or not he'll be able to go Thursday. If Iguodala is to miss Game 5 on Thursday, expect Kevon Looney and Nick Young to see an increased role. More information on Iguodala's status should come out throughout the day on Thursday.

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    • Klay Thompson GS SG
      Warriors' Klay Thompson: Questionable for Thursday's Game 5
      6h ago

      Thompson is listed as questionable for Game 5 on Wednesday against the Rockets with a left knee strain.

      Thompson injured himself in the second quarter of Tuesday's game, however made his way back into the game and played a total of 39 minutes. After Tuesday's game, Thompson said he expects to play, however the questionable designation does indicate there is a chance he could miss the game. If Thompson is unable to go, Quin Cook, Shaun Livingston, and Nick Young will all likely see increased roles. More information regarding Thompson's status should come out prior to Thursday's game.

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    • Eric Gordon HOU SG
      Rockets' Eric Gordon: Leads bench in scoring during Game 4 win
      16h ago

      Gordon poured in 14 points (4-14 FG, 1-8 3Pt, 5-5 FT) and added one rebound, one assist and one block across 35 minutes during Houston's 95-92 win over the Warriors in Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Tuesday.

      Gordon once again led the second unit in scoring, not an especially difficult feat Tuesday with only he and Gerald Green the only Rockets reserves to see the floor. The veteran guard's stat line was particularly scoring-dependent, and his shot was off for the second consecutive game. However, the fact he's consistently seen a steady allotment of over 30 minutes per contest figures to help Gordon to continued respectable scoring totals at a minimum.

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    • James Harden HOU SG
      Rockets' James Harden: Team-high scoring total in Game 4 win
      17h ago

      Harden provided 30 points (11-26 FG, 3-12 3Pt, 5-5 FT), four rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks across 43 minutes during Houston's 95-92 win over the Warriors in Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Tuesday.

      Harden helped spearhead numerous Rockets comebacks throughout the game, including in both the first and fourth quarters. He paced the team in both shot attempts and scoring in the process and put together his second-best point total of the series, despite once again struggling from three-point range. Now sporting averages of 29.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.5 steals across 36.3 minutes over the first four games versus the Warriors, Harden will look to keep his hot hand going in Thursday's pivotal Game 5.

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    • Klay Thompson GS SG
      Warriors' Klay Thompson: Strains knee, expects to play in Game 5
      1d ago

      Thompson, who suffered a strained left knee during Tuesday's Game 4 loss to the Rockets, expects to be ready to go for Game 5 on Thursday, David Aldridge of NBA.com reports.

      Thompson suffered the injury in the second quarter of Game 4, which sent him for a short stint in the locker room before returning to the contest minutes later. While it doesn't appear to be anything overly serious, the knee injury did seem to hamper Thompson's effectiveness Tuesday, as he shot just 4-for-13 from the field and 2-for-5 from deep for 10 points across 39 minutes. As of now, Thompson should be a full-go for Game 5 on Thursday, though it will be worth it to check on his status in the coming few days to make sure there's no added swelling.

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    • Andre Iguodala GS SG
      Warriors' Andre Iguodala: Officially out for Game 4
      1d ago

      Iguodala (knee) has officially been ruled out for Game 4 against the Rockets on Tuesday, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.

      Despite being upgraded from doubtful to questionable earlier in the day, Iguodala will now be held out of Tuesday's contest after testing the knee out during pregame activities. When asked about the injury, Coach Steve Kerr said, if "[Iguodala] was close, he'd play. He's injured. We'll see what happens in a couple days." That suggests that Iguodala may not be ready in time for Game 5 on Thursday either, so it will continue to be a situation to monitor over the coming few days. All that said, Kevin Looney appears likely to benefit the most and could draw the start, while Nick Young is also a candidate to see added minutes on the wing.

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    • Shane Larkin BOS PG
      Celtics' Shane Larkin: Ruled out for Game 5
      7h ago

      Larkin (shoulder) is out for Wednesday's Game 5 against Cleveland.

      As expected, Larkin won't participate in Wednesday's tilt and remains doubtful to return during the series. That said, his next chance to take the floor will arrive Friday, when the team travels back to Cleveland for Game 6.

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    • Stephen Curry GS PG
      Warriors' Stephen Curry: Struggles with shot in Game 4 loss
      16h ago

      Curry managed 28 points (10-26 FG, 6-13 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, two assists and two steals across 39 minutes during Golden State's 95-92 loss to the Rockets in Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Tuesday.

      Curry was sharp from in distance, but he had trouble getting his shot to fall consistently overall, save for an impressive third quarter during which he scored 11 consecutive points and compiled 17 in total. The All-Star guard has now shot under 40.0 percent in two of the first four games of the series, although he's compiled his two best scoring totals in the last pair of contests. With the series now having reached a pivotal stage, Curry will look to up his efficiency in Thursday's critical Game 5.

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    • Chris Paul HOU PG
      Rockets' Chris Paul: Bounces back with gutsy Game 4 effort
      17h ago

      Paul collected 27 points (10-20 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 2-4 FT), four assists, two rebounds and one steal across 42 minutes during Houston's 95-92 win over the Warriors in Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Tuesday.

      Paul continues to battle through foot soreness, making Tuesday's effort all the more admirable. The multi-time All-Star checked in second only to James Harden in scoring on the Rockets for the night on his way to his best point total since a decisive Game 5 of the semifinal round against the Jazz. Paul also enjoyed his best shooting night overall -- including from distance -- since that contest, a caliber of effort he'll look to replicate in Thursday's pivotal Game 5 back on his home floor.

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    • Shane Larkin BOS PG
      Celtics' Shane Larkin: Doubtful for Game 5
      1d ago

      Larkin (shoulder) is doubtful for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Cavaliers, but still has a chance of returning at some point during the series.

      Larkin remains without an official timetable for a return, but is relatively close to getting back to game action. He last suited up for Game 4 against the Sixers -- the game in which he hurt his shoulder. Assuming he doesn't see the floor Wednesday, his next chance to play comes Friday.

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    • Marcus Smart BOS PG
      Celtics' Marcus Smart: Unflattering line despite defensive efforts
      2d ago

      Smart contributed just eight points (2-8 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in 30 minutes during Monday's 111-102 loss to the Cavaliers.

      Smart did a bit of everything once again Monday but was far from spectacular in the loss to Cleveland. After a magnificent Game Two, Smart has had two sub-par efforts in a row as the Celtics continue to struggle on the road. Game Five is back in Boston and Smart will undoubtedly be looking to feed off the crowd as he looks to turn things around for both himself and the team.

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    • Terry Rozier BOS PG
      Celtics' Terry Rozier: Hands out 11 dimes in loss Monday
      2d ago

      Rozier finished with 16 points (6-15 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 1-3 FT), 11 assists, six rebounds and three steals in 39 minutes during Monday's 111-102 loss to the Cavaliers.

      Rozier handed out a career-high 11 assists in Monday's loss, to go along with 16 points and three steals. This was a nice performance by Rozier but it was not enough as the Celtics fell on the road once again and now head home with the series tied at 2-2. They are certainly a different team in the Garden and they are going to need to keep up that trend if they hope to move beyond Wednesday with a series lead.

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