• Dion Waiters - G - Miami Heat

    Dion Waiters has been "ramping up his efforts to heal and get better and put more work into being able to get out on the court," per Pat Riley.

    There's still no word on whether or not he'll be ready for training camp, however. Waiters inflated his stock with a crazy run two seasons ago before a nasty ankle sprain ended his year early — it lingered through the offseason and cost him basically all of last year, too. It's tough to endorse him as a fantasy option in standard leagues right away, as while he may end up posting enough points, threes and assists to offset his deficiencies elsewhere, he'll be working off a considerable amount of rust. Not to mention his competition — Tyler Johnson (said to be doing well after thumb surgery), Wayne Ellington and Josh Richardson. If guys like Justise Winslow and Rodney McGruder excel at the four or three, it'd put even more squeeze on the minutes available to Waiters as things get shuffled around. We're not treating Waiters as a standard league asset right now, but we'll see how his recovery fares as we get closer to the season.

    Source: Miami Herald

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  • Will Barton - G - Denver Nuggets

    Will Barton wasn't able to do much in Game 4 on Saturday with 12 points on 3-of-10 shooting to go with four rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 15 minutes off the bench.

    He has been horrendous the entire series so it's not surprising to see that Coach Mike Malone decided to shake the starting lineup in order to garner a different result before heading back to Denver. Luckily for them, putting Torrey Craig in the starting lineup proved to be the answer they need in tieing this series up. Barton made the most out of his 15 minutes by firing 10 shots and making all three of his 3-pointers. This might be his role moving forward as long as Craig is making positive impact on the floor.

  • Nikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets

    Nikola Jokic double-doubled in Saturday's Game 4 win with 29 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

    Jokic was looking for his shot the whole night and led the charge for the Nuggets as they steal one in San Antonio before heading back to the Mile High City. His aggressiveness tonight opened up the floor for both Jamal Murray and Torrey Craig who took advantage of the open looks they received in tonight's matchup. A locked-on Jokic is just what Denver needs if they're going to close out the Spurs in their first-round matchup.

  • Gary Harris - G - Denver Nuggets

    Gary Harris only scored eight points on 2-of-9 shooting with six boards, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in Saturday's win over the Spurs.

    The inefficient night can be forgiven in tonight's matchup but the Nuggets need Harris to show up whenever Jamal Murray is struggling to find his groove. It's been hard for him to find consistency in his game this year because of the myriad of injuries that he succumbed to this whole season.

  • Jamal Murray - G - Denver Nuggets

    Jamal Murray played 31 minutes in Saturday's Game 4 win, scoring 24 points with two rebounds and three 3-pointers.

    Murray decided to show up in Game 4 to help the Nuggets tie the series at 2-2 before heading back to Denver. The inconsistency is to be expected since he's still young but tonight, he was able to find his shot over Derrick White, who has been playing out of his mind in this series as well. The Blue Arrow needs to show up every night in order for the Nuggets to knock off the Spurs in their first round matchup.

  • Torrey Craig - F - Denver Nuggets

    Torrey Craig started in Saturday's win over the Spurs and tallied 18 points with eight rebounds, two steals, one block and five 3-pointers.

    Craig made sure that Coach Mike Malone didn't make a mistake in putting him in the starting lineup by rewarding him with an efficient and all-around stat line in tonight's game. He was also 6-of-9 in the 37 minutes that he played in and was a key contributor in tonight's win over the Spurs.

  • Paul Millsap - F - Denver Nuggets

    Paul Millsap only scored two points on 1-of-7 shooting with four boards, one steal and one block in Saturday's win over the Spurs.

    Millsap struggled in tonight's game but was still a positive difference for the Nuggets who needed to win tonight's game or risk being down 3-1 in this series. Handling LaMarcus Aldrige all night is a tough task for anyone so kudos to Millsap for staying on his hip the whole time he was on the court.

  • DeMar DeRozan - G - San Antonio Spurs

    DeMar DeRozan was ejected in the fourth quarter after arguing for a charge called on him.

    DeRozan wasn't able to keep his cool in this one and got ejected after the referee didn't appreciate his gesture of throwing the ball in discontent. DeRozan finished the night with 19 points, five rebounds, five assists in 34 minutes of action before leaving the court.

    Source: Ohm Youngmisuk

  • Blake Griffin - F - Detroit Pistons

    Blake Griffin (left knee soreness) will play in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Griffin missed the first two games of the series and the Pistons got worked in both games. It's not too surprising that Griffin is active for the team's first home playoff game since 2015-16.

    Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter

  • Rodions Kurucs - F - Brooklyn Nets

    Rodions Kurucs did not play in Saturday's Game 4 loss to the Sixers.

    The second round rookie started the first three games of the series but was a DNP-CD in this one. We'll see if he can get into Game 5 – or any games after if needed – but there's a chance his season is over. If it's over, it was an impressive first season for the second rounder and the Nets may have a real rotation piece going forward.

  • DeMarre Carroll - F - Brooklyn Nets

    DeMarre Carroll played 21 minutes after being removed from the starting lineup in Saturday's loss.

    Carroll scored two points and missed all six of his shots. He did grab seven boards, including three on the offensive end. With Caris LeVert and Jared Dudley both contributing, Carroll will likely remain on the bench as a small-ball option.