April 7, 2019, 9:24 pmDelon Wright - G - Memphis Grizzlies
Delon Wright stayed in beast mode on Sunday and recorded his second straight triple-double with 20 points (8-of-17 shooting), 13 rebounds, 12 dimes, one trey and one block.
He's one of eight players in the league to record consecutive triple-doubles and only the third Grizzly in franchise history to record multiple triple-doubles (Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol). Wright has been one of fantasy's hottest assets in "crazy time" with top-15 value over the last week. Crazy time indeed.
May 22, 2019, 12:04 amKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard toughed out 19 points on 13 shots in Tuesday's Game 4 win over the Bucks, adding seven rebounds, one assist, four steals, two blocks and a three in 34 minutes.
Leonard looked stiff and cautious for much of this game, though he still hit 6-of-13 from the field and 6-of-8 from the charity stripe. Kawhi said that he feels good in response to a question about fatigue and his apparent leg injury. He has until Thursday night to recover a bit, but the Raptors will need as much of him as they can get as the series returns to Milwaukee.
Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter
May 21, 2019, 11:55 pmNorman Powell - F/G - Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell scored 18 points with four threes, five rebounds, three assists and a steal in a big Game 4 victory over the Bucks on Tuesday.
Powell got big minutes again (32) and had it going early. His final line of 6-for-18 from the field (4-for-13 from deep) looks pretty inefficient, but Powell was a major factor in building tonight's big lead. With Kawhi Leonard hobbling a bit, the Raptors may need to continue leaning on Powell more than usual.
May 21, 2019, 11:47 pmMalcolm Brogdon - G - Milwaukee Bucks
Malcolm Brogdon shot just 2-for-11 from the field for four points in Tuesday's Game 4 road loss to the Raptors, adding just five rebounds and three assists in his 28 minutes.
Brogdon missed his only free throw attempt and all three of his shots from distance. It wouldn't have been so deflating if George Hill (five points on 1-for-2 shooting in 27 minutes) and Eric Bledsoe (five points on 2-for-7 shooting in 20 minutes) had produced, but the whole backcourt had a tough time getting going tonight.
May 21, 2019, 11:34 pmFred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet was nearly perfect in Tuesday's Game 4 win over Bucks as he hit 5-of-6 from the field including all three of his triples for 13 points in 25 minutes.
Coming off of a 1-for-11 performance in Game 3, this was huge for the Raptors. VanVleet also had six assists, one rebound and one steal on the night. He'll look to keep it rolling in Milwaukee on Thursday.
May 21, 2019, 11:24 pmKhris Middleton - F - Milwaukee Bucks
Khris Middleton was on fire in Tuesday's 120-102 Game 4 loss on Tuesday in Toronto, shooting 11-for-15 from the field on his way to a game-high 30 points in 36 minutes.
Middleton drained 4-of-7 threes, 4-of-5 free throws, had six boards and seven assists with zero turnovers as well. The Bucks will need some supporting cast members to step up once again in Thursday's Game 4 back in Milwaukee. This series could easily go the distance, giving the Warriors an extra seven days of rest for the Finals.
May 21, 2019, 11:14 pmGiannis Antetokounmpo - F - Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo double-doubled with 25 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, a steal, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes, but it was not enough in Tuesday's Game 4 loss to the Raptors.
Giannis hit 9-of-17 from the field but just 6-of-10 from the line in a minus 19 performance. He came out aggressive with some first quarter driving dunks, but the Raptors have been able to slow him down in the lane over the last couple of games. His next shot at them comes on Thursday in Milwaukee.
May 21, 2019, 11:06 pmEric Bledsoe - G - Milwaukee Bucks
Eric Bledsoe was nearly invisible in Tuesday's Game 4, going for just five points (2-of-7 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), three rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes.
Bledsoe has been pretty abysmal in this series and it seems to be getting worse. George Hill and Malcolm Brogdon played more than him in this game (27 and 28 minutes, respectively) and there's a good chance that could continue with Bledsoe not being much of a threat on offense lately. Though, Hill and Brogdon did combine for just nine points in this game too.
May 21, 2019, 9:56 pmKevin Durant - F - Golden State Warriors
Tim Kawakami of The Athletic San Francisco is reporting he received a text from Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob saying he is "confident about BOTH" Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson re-signing with the Warriors this offseason.
The rumors are in full motion as the NBA heads toward free agency in less than five weeks. Durant is hotly rumored to leave the Warriors this offseason, with the Knicks as a consensus favorite among members of the media. Thompson's rumors have been much more tempered, as he is seen as an original piece to the Warriors dynasty. It will be interesting, to say the least, to see how this season plays out.
Source: Tim Kawakami from The Athletic
May 21, 2019, 6:01 pmKevon Looney - F - Golden State Warriors
Speaking about the impact that Kevon Looney has had on a Warriors team playing without Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins, Steve Kerr said, “Looney has become one of our foundational pieces. He does this every single night.”
Looney has been instrumental off the bench for the Warriors this postseason after the loss of both Cousins and Durant, and he is a big reason why they are making a fifth straight NBA Finals appearance. Looney is averaging 7.5 points and 2.1 offensive rebounds on .725 shooting from the floor in just 20.5 minutes per game this postseason. Entering free agency this offseason, Looney is doing all he can to ensure he gets paid this summer.
Source: NBC Sports
May 21, 2019, 5:27 pmEnes Kanter - C - Trail Blazers
Speaking about signing with the Blazers after being released from the Knicks, Enes Kanter said, "I've been in the league eight years. Signing here is probably the best thing that's ever happened in my career."
Kanter chose to sign with the Blazers over his former team, the Thunder, after being released from the Knicks in February. Kanter made a good call as he played an integral role in helping the Blazers advance to the Western Conference Finals after the unfortunate injury to Jusuf Nurkic.
Source: Sean Highkin on Twitter