January 3, 2019, 2:55 pmErsan Ilyasova - F - Milwaukee Bucks
Ersan Ilyasova went through Thursday's non-contact practice, and coach Budenholzer said that if he doesn't return from his broken nose on Friday it shouldn't be much longer after that.
Ilyasova underwent nasal surgery on December 21 and was able to ramp up his practice activity on Saturday. He'll help bolster Milwaukee's bench when he does return and should be looked at as a top-200 asset who might flirt with top-150 value for stretches. D.J. Wilson and Thon Maker are the likely candidates to lose minutes when Ilyasova returns.
Source: Matt Velazquez on Twitter
April 21, 2019, 2:03 amDonovan Mitchell - G - Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell tried to put the Jazz on his back in Saturday's 101-104 loss to the Rockets, ending the night with 34 points on 9-of-27 shooting to go with six rebounds, five assists, three steals, a block and four 3-pointers.
Mitchell scored 13 in the first quarter and began his night with a 5-of-7 mark from the field, but he cratered thereafter and hit four of his final 20 shots as Utah let a winnable game slip away. He also went just 12-of-17 from the line on a night where the Jazz were an ugly 25-of-38 from the charity stripe. Mitchell missed a glorious opportunity to tie the game up with 10 seconds left but his open three banged iron and the Jazz are now down 3-0. We'll see what happens in Game 4 — Mitchell certainly needed to take on more offensive responsibility after two quiet games to open the series, but him getting triple the shots of his closest teammate (Joe Ingles with nine) might not be the way to go.
April 21, 2019, 1:55 amRudy Gobert - C - Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert took a back seat on offense but still had his fingerprints all over Saturday's game, scoring 10 points with eight rebounds and a whopping seven blocks.
Gobert was Utah's leading scorer heading into this game, which helps explain why they dropped the first two contests, but it was great to see him dominate the defensive side of the ball after blocking just one shot up til tonight. Utah wasted a masterful defensive effort from their anchor, and things might've turned on a questionable foul call late that saw James Harden head to the line despite Gobert taking and arm to the face. The Stifle Tower has been Utah's best player this series by a country mile, though that's not much consolation with the Jazz facing a 0-3 deficit.
April 21, 2019, 1:51 amJoe Ingles - F - Utah Jazz
Joe Ingles had another quiet night in Saturday's Game 3 loss, going 3-of-9 from the field and 2-of-8 from deep for eight points, five rebounds and eight assists.
Ingles is now 4-of-17 from deep in the series and missed a wide-open shot late in the fourth that could've turned the game, and series, around. The Jazz as a whole have been clanging iron throughout the first three games so it's hardly an Ingles issue, but they simply need more than six points per game from their jack-of-all-trades.
April 21, 2019, 1:47 amRicky Rubio - G - Utah Jazz
Ricky Rubio finished Saturday's Game 3 defeat with 10 points, four rebounds, six assists and two steals in 31 minutes.
Rubio clanked both of his threes, and Utah's misses on open looks have effectively cost them the series at this point. He also deployed the bold tactic of playing on James Harden's back outside the 3-point line to try and force him into Rudy Gobert's help at the bucket, but Harden got just enough whistles to keep Utah at bay. We'll see if the Jazz tweak the defense in Game 4 — most of the issues tonight were their own on offense. Rubio also committed a team-high five turnovers, with Utah letting a fantastic chance at a win slip through their fingers with some sloppy play and awful shooting.
April 21, 2019, 1:45 amKyle Korver - G/F - Utah Jazz
Kyle Korver logged 16 minutes on Saturday night and scored eight points with a pair of threes in Utah's latest loss to the Rockets.
Korver played under 13 minutes total in the first two games because of nagging right knee soreness but was able to increase his activity tonight. He was able to attract enough attention to get Donovan Mitchell a wide-open three with 10 seconds left, but the Jazz's shooting issues continued to dog them. They're now 27-for-106 from deep in the series and will need to win Game 4 if they hope to see another day.
April 21, 2019, 1:41 amDerrick Favors - F/C - Utah Jazz
Derrick Favors was moved to the bench on Saturday night but made the most of his 15 minutes, netting 13 points with four rebounds and two blocks.
Favors has been solid if unspectacular throughout this series, and the fact of the matter is that he simply doesn't have a natural foil in this matchup. We'll see if Utah dials back his minutes even further or tries to play some bully-ball down 3-0.
April 21, 2019, 1:39 amJae Crowder - F - Utah Jazz
Jae Crowder moved into the starting five on Saturday night but was fairly quiet with five points, five rebounds, two steals and a triple in 24 minutes.
Crowder's a better fit for this series than Derrick Favors but it didn't lead to a ton of extra work tonight. The Jazz turned to Royce O'Neale for 29 minutes (five points, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer) and Georges Niang for 17 minutes (eight points, seven rebounds, two threes) but might be out of answers with the team dropping into a 0-3 hole on a night where James Harden shot 3-of-20. If you're missing that opportunity, tweaking the starting lineup or forward mix will only take you so far.
April 21, 2019, 1:36 amJames Harden - G - Houston Rockets
James Harden turned on the jets late in Saturday's Game 3 victory, overcoming an 0-for-15 start from the field to score 14 points in the fourth quarter en route to 22 points, four rebounds, 10 assists, six steals, a block and two 3-pointers.
Harden went an unsightly 3-of-20 overall and did most of his damage at the free throw line (14-of-16). His three buckets were an uncontested dunk down the lane and two deep threes, because of course. The ESPN broadcast crew said this was the worst start to a game in league playoff history in terms of misses before a make, but The Beard came through late to push Houston to a commanding 3-0 series lead. That said, the Rockets are a bit lucky to sneak out of this one with a win, as Harden took multiple possessions off to complain to the officials rather than get back on defense with Utah bricking good looks. Ricky Rubio was literally playing Harden from behind in the closing minutes in an effort to funnel him into the help but it didn't stop the potential MVP from grabbing this win in the final frame.
April 21, 2019, 1:31 amClint Capela - C - Houston Rockets
Clint Capela posted 11 points, 14 rebounds, a steal and two blocks in Saturday's Game 3 win over the Jazz.
Capela went just 1-of-5 from the charity stripe on a night where both teams were below 68 percent, but he did do a decent job checking Rudy Gobert (Utah's leading scorer heading into this one) and protecting the rim, as usual. He doesn't have to score to impact the game in big ways, and things might open up for him when Houston doesn't draw a dominant center in the second round.
April 21, 2019, 1:28 amChris Paul - G - Houston Rockets
Chris Paul had five fouls before the end of the third quarter but managed to last to the end of Saturday's Game 3 win, posting 18 points, four rebounds, four assists, three steals and a pair of triples.
Credit Paul for keeping himself in the game, though Houston wasn't whistled for a foul at all in the fourth until the final two minutes. He was able to come up with some timely buckets and worked James Harden onto Ricky Rubio repeatedly in the closing stretch with Utah far too eager to switch on defense.