January 11, 2019, 10:11 pmDomantas Sabonis - F - Indiana Pacers
With Myles Turner still sidelined with a shoulder injury, Domantas Sabonis started for the Pacers on Friday and delivered an efficient scoring night with 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting with 15 rebounds and three assists.
Sabonis has been flirting with top-30 value in 9-cat over the last week and while he may not be a diligent rim protector, his post-game has yielded much success in 2018-19. Even with an eventual return to a reserve role, Sabonis will stay productive, but if you want to ever sell high on the guy, now would be a sweet spot to do so.
May 19, 2019, 12:39 amMaurice Harkless - F - Trail Blazers
Moe Harkless scored six points and added three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in Saturday's loss.
Harkless did all of his damage in the first half and looked to be on his way to a great game scoring six points and adding two steals/blocks. Unfortunately Moe would not score again and added just one assist to his stat line in the second half. He and fellow forward Al-Farouq Aminu added just eight points in the losing effort and continue to get marginalized in the Blazer's small-ball lineup. Harkless has the ability to contribute for the team and they will need him to re-find his aggressiveness if the they plan on making this a series.
May 19, 2019, 12:26 amSeth Curry - G - Trail Blazers
Seth Curry goes 2-for-6 from the field for five points adding three rebounds, one steal and one turnover in Saturday's loss.
Curry continues to play heavy minutes for the Blazers playing 30 minutes in the Game 3 loss. Unfortunately, similar to the rest of his team, he could not get much going offensively contributing just five points and not much else. The team continues to feature a small lineup featuring Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Curry in hopes of pushing the tempo. Expect him to continue to see big minutes off the bench as he hopes to contribute more offensively in Game 4.
May 19, 2019, 12:23 amAndre Iguodala - G/F - Golden State Warriors
Andre Iguodala was limited to 18 minutes in Saturday's Game 3 win because of left calf tightness and is expected to undergo an MRI on Sunday.
Iguodala posted two points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal while going 1-of-5 from the field. With the Warriors taking a stranglehold on the series with tonight's win, it's fair to question whether or not they ask Iguodala to push through his injury. It doesn't appear to be overly serious but we will find out more tomorrow.
Source: Mark Medina on Twitter
May 19, 2019, 12:12 amDamian Lillard - G - Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard shot 3-for-9 from behind the arc on 5-for-18 shooting resulting in just 19 points and adding six rebounds, six assists, two steals and five turnovers in 40 minutes.
Lillard's shooting woes continue into Game 3. He and teammate, CJ McCollum, shot a combined 12-for-38 from the field, 5-for-19 on 3-pointers and 13-for-20 from the free throw line in the loss. Three games into Western Conference Finals, he has shot 15-for-46 from the field making less than 33%. The Blazers will lean on Lillard to find his shot going into Game 4 where they host the Warriors in hopes of extending the series.
May 18, 2019, 11:55 pmMeyers Leonard - F/C - Trail Blazers
Meyers Leonard got the start at center for Portland and scored 16 points on 6-for-12 shooting, adding three 3-pointers, three rebounds and four assists in Saturday's loss.
Leonard got the start over Enes Kanter before the start of the game and responded well by scoring 16 points. Though quiet in the second half, he was a difference maker in the first half with his hustle and ability to stretch the floor. Kanter, who moved to the bench, responded with seven points in seven minutes and did not do much to bump Leonard out of the starting lineup going into Game 4.
May 18, 2019, 10:11 pmAndre Iguodala - G/F - Golden State Warriors
After a brief trip to the locker room at the end of the first quarter on Saturday, Andre Iguodala has checked back into the game in the second quarter.
Apparently, there's no cause for concern and Iguodala is back in. Every time the 34-year-old veteran heads to the locker room, there's always a risk and some accompanying worry. All good. Iguodala and his elite defense is back on the floor to hassle the Blazers.
Source: Tim Kawakami on Twitter
May 18, 2019, 9:47 pmAndre Iguodala - G/F - Golden State Warriors
Andre Iguodala was accompanied by a member of the training staff to the locker room in Game 3 on Saturday.
Iguodala was not limping or looked to be impaired in any way, so it appears to be nothing serious. He's been a crucial piece for the Warriors in the absence of Kevin Durant (right calf strain), so hopefully, he'll be able to check back in soon.
Source: Jay Allen on Twitter
May 18, 2019, 8:55 pmMeyers Leonard - F/C - Trail Blazers
Meyers Leonard has been inserted into the Blazers' starting lineup at the last minute in place of Enes Kanter on Saturday.
Leonard has not made much of an impact in the postseason so far, so it will be interesting to see if he can parlay this spot start into some meaningful production.
Source: Sean Highkin on Twitter
May 18, 2019, 8:16 pmDamian Jones - C - Golden State Warriors
Damian Jones, who recently recovered from a torn pectoral, will be starting for the Warriors in Game 3 on Saturday.
This is an interesting play from the Warriors, who are opting to start a young and more athletic, albeit less experienced Jones over a veteran and former NBA champion Andrew Bogut. It is likely that they want someone to put a body early on Enes Kanter to slow him down. The fact that Steve Kerr is trusting Jones with the start bodes well for his health status coming into this game.
Source: Logan Murdock on Twitter
May 18, 2019, 12:36 pmEric Gordon - G - Houston Rockets
Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta said that he would like to sign Eric Gordon to a contract extension.
Gordon said after Houston's elimination that he loves Houston and would want to finish his career there. This seems to be a happy marriage if both sides can just agree on the figures. Gordon is due to make $14 million next season and is eligible to receive a four-year, $75.6 million extension. The 31-year old guard put up 17.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.0 blocks and 3.5 triples over 11 postseason games and his 3.2 triples per game in the regular season was sixth in the league.
Source: Houston Chronicle