April 5, 2019, 2:19 pmDennis Smith Jr. - G - New York Knicks
Dennis Smith Jr. (sore lower back) has been ruled out of Friday's game against the Rockets.
Smith is not likely to suit up again this season. Mario Hezonja is starting at PG for the Knicks tonight and needs to be added where he is still available as we see how this plays out. For what it's worth, Hezonja said ealier on Friday that his natural position is PG.
Source: NBA Injury Report
April 19, 2019, 11:43 pmKyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics
Kyrie Irivng contributed 19 points, 10 assists, five rebounds, three threes, one steal and one block in Friday's 104-96 victory in Indiana.
Irving has been sensational so far in the playoffs for Boston looking locked in and focused on setting up his teammates as he's notched at least seven assists in every game so far. After a season that led many to question his loyalty to this team it's good to see Irving step up and lead Boston.
April 19, 2019, 11:38 pmJaylen Brown - F - Boston Celtics
Jaylen Brown was a man possessed Friday night as he scored 23 points on 8-of-9 shooting adding seven rebounds, four threes and one block.
Indiana had no answer for the third-year swingman who got whatever he wanted and finally took advantage of his opportunity to start for the injured Marcus Smart. Brad Stevens remained patient after Brown struggled in the first two games of the series and was rewarded with a big night as Boston looks to sweep Indiana on Sunday.
April 19, 2019, 11:31 pmAl Horford - F/C - Boston Celtics
Al Horford had 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three threes, one steal and one block on Friday night.
Horford continues to provide Boston with a little bit of everything they need to win as evidenced by his plus-13, which was tied for a team-best mark. After struggling a bit in Game 2 as he shook off an illness, this statistical output was more in line with what we're used to seeing.
April 19, 2019, 11:25 pmJayson Tatum - F - Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum scored 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting while adding seven rebounds and a three-pointer on Friday night.
Tatum has shot at least 50 percent in every playoff game for Boston so far and his steady scoring output is helping them close in on a first-round series sweep. Look for the good times to continue to roll next time Tatum takes the floor on Sunday.
April 19, 2019, 11:20 pmBojan Bogdanovic - F - Indiana Pacers
Bojan Bogdanovic notched 15 points with five rebounds, four assists, two threes and two steals as the Pacers fell to the Celtics 96-104 on Friday night.
Bogdanovic led Indiana in minutes (40) and shot attempts (17) but his well-rounded line wasn't enough to defend his home court. The Croatian big man is doing everything he can to fill the void left by Victor Oladipo, but Indiana will need more from the rest of the team if they are to avoid the sweep.
April 19, 2019, 11:13 pmMyles Turner - F/C - Indiana Pacers
Myles Turner scored 13 points on 4-for-10 shooting to go along with seven rebounds, two blocks and one three in Friday night's home loss in Game 3.
Turner was team-worst minus-17 on the night as he particularly struggled from three-point range (1-for-5). Indiana was expected to at least compete in this first-round series with Boston and Turner failing to take on more of the scoring load with Victor Oladipo injured is not helping their case to avoid a sweep.
April 19, 2019, 11:09 pmThaddeus Young - F - Indiana Pacers
Thaddeus Young posted 11 points, nine rebounds, three steals and one block in Friday's loss to the Celtics.
Young contributed a well-balanced stat line in Game 3 but Indiana couldn't make enough shots down the stretch to defend their home court. All the attention will turn to avoiding the sweep next time up as Boston takes a 3-0 lead.
April 19, 2019, 10:57 pmTyreke Evans - G - Indiana Pacers
Tyreke Evans scored 19 points in 21 minutes off the bench including four three-pointers in Friday's loss to the Celtics.
Evans was on fire going 6-for-10 from the field and 4-for-6 from three. He was a big part in the Pacers jumping out to a halftime lead, but wasn't able to will them to the win.
April 19, 2019, 10:26 pmPascal Siakam - F - Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam dropped an efficient 30 points on 13-for-20 shooting to go along with 11 rebounds, four assists and three threes in Friday night's 98-93 win over the Magic.
Siakam led Toronto in field goal attempts on a night where Kawhi struggled to make a consistent impact and his team needed every bit of it to outlast a pesky Orlando team on the road. The Cameroonian forward has been on fire to start the playoffs and will look to keep it going in Game 4.
April 19, 2019, 10:19 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard had 16 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and one steal as the Raptors were able to find enough scoring from the supporting cast to beat the Magic on Friday night.
Aaron Gordon matched up with Kawhi for most of this one and did a good job keeping him uncomfortable as he struggled with a 5-for-19 shooting night. Head coach Nick Nurse indicated after the game that Leonard has been dealing with an illness that kept him from practicing the last two days so that may have had something to do with his struggles as well.
Source: Mike Ganter on Twitter