• Giannis Antetokounmpo - SF - Milwaukee Bucks

    Giannis Antetokounmpo put up 19 points, five rebounds, six assists, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in the Bucks' 116-92 win over the Celtics on Friday night.

    This might as well have been a night off for Giannis as he faced far less responsibility than he had to deal with in Games 1 and 2. In those games he had to chuck 38 shots and 25 free throws and still watched the Celtics take a 2-0 lead. On Friday night, Antetokounmpo's supporting cast stepped up in a big way and let Giannis hang back. He shot 8-of-13 and didn't attempt a single freebie. He even chose to give his legs a break and do damage from deep, hitting three 3-pointers, tying a season-high. If Boston shows up with some authority on Sunday or if the Bucks don't quite have the juice they had tonight, the Greek Freak will likely need to put the team on his back yet again. Luckily, he's more than capable of doing so.

Fantasy News

  • Luke Walton - Team - Sacramento Kings

    The Lakers offered to retain Luke Walton as head coach following Magic Johnson's resignation, but he declined because he was aware that Jeanie Buss previously gave Magic full authority to fire him.

    This is an interesting development as it seemed that Walton was a lame-duck coach for a while. Every loss exasperated the media and the hot seat grew hotter, as Lebron James' camp reportedly did not want Walton to stay. The report also states that the Lakers had no idea about the legal accusations being sanctioned on Walton. This new wrinkle would lend credence to those claims.

    Source: NBC Sports

  • Andre Drummond - C - Detroit Pistons

    After the Pistons were swept on Monday night, Andre Drummond said he hurt his quad in Game 1 and lacked explosion for the rest of the seriers.

    Even with the quad injury, Drummond was able to post a double-double in every game in the series with an average of 14.2 points, 13 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. Though, his 44.4 percent shooting did show he was a little off in his game. The Pistons were overmatched in this series, especially with Blake Griffin banged up, and it likely wouldn't have made a difference in the end-results.

    Source: Keith Langlois

  • Donovan Mitchell - G - Utah Jazz

    On the way home from practice prior to Game 4, Donovan Mitchell stopped to help as he witnessed a two-car crash in downtown Salt Lake City.

    Mitchell saw the accident and stopped driving to run over and assist a woman who's airbags went off and was falling out of the car. Mitchell called 911 and waited until the police and ambulances arrived. Maybe this good karma is what the Jazz needed for Mitchell to have his best game of the series and get their first win.

    Source: Yahoo Sports

  • Tyronn Lue - Team - Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Lakers have scheduled a second meeting with Tyronn Lue for Wednesday.

    The Lakers are closing in on their search for a new head coach, and it seems that the two likeliest choices are Lue and Monty Williams. With the Suns also expressing interest in Williams for their head coach vacancy, the Lakers have some incentive to move quickly with their decision.

    Source: LA Times

  • Andrew Bogut - C - Golden State Warriors

    Andrew Bogut plans on returning to the Sydney Kings of the NBL for the 2019-20 season, regardless of what happens the rest of the way during the NBA playoffs.

    Bogut agreed to a two-year pact with the Kings last April and he intends to honor that agreement and return to his native Australia, even though other NBA teams may be interested in his services. “The be all and end all is that I gave my word to the Kings,” Bogut said, via the NBL. “Someone outside of the Warriors could offer me a deal that would be pretty lucrative and a decent one-year deal. But I’m sold and locked in on coming to the Sydney Kings again to try and better what we did last season.” Bogut’s time in Australia has made wonders as he lost the extra weight and looks to be in tremendous shape for his age while averaging 4.7 points, 8.0 boards, 2.7 dimes and 1.0 blocked shots in 14.7 minutes against the Clippers. The Warriors will continue to rely on him and Kevon Looney with DeMarcus Cousins expected to remain sidelined throughout the playoffs.

    Source: Nbl.com

  • Juwan Howard - Team - Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Cavs have scheduled meetings this week with Mavs assistant coach Jamahl Mosley and the Heat’s Juwan Howard, a person familiar with the team’s plans told the Associated Press on Monday.

    Mosley has some connections with the Cavs, spending four seasons as an assistant with the club before joining the Mavs in 2014. He just completed his fifth season with Dallas, who promoted him to the position of defensive coordinator before last season. Mosley has risen through the coaching ranks and has extensive background in player development, an essential for the Cavs, who have a young roster. After a 19-year NBA playing career, Howard joined Erik Spoelstra’s Heat staff in 2013. He has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the Lakers’ vacancy while he interviewed for the Pistons’ opening last year. General manager Koby Altman has not put any timeline on a search that he promised would be expansive. The Cavs intend to speak with many assistants currently in the postseason, with the Nuggets’ Jordi Fernandez, the Jazz’s Alex Jensen and the Blazers’ David Vanterpool among the coaches expected to be contacted by Cleveland in the next few weeks.

    Source: Akron-Beacon Journal

  • Chauncey Billups - Team - Minnesota Timberwolves

    The Wolves are set to begin the next process in their search for a new President of Basketball Operations this week, as interviews will begin with four candidates.

    The Wolves will be speaking with Chauncey Billups, Nuggets assistant General Manager Calvin Booth, Rockets Vice President Gersson Rosas and Nets assistant General Manager Trajan Langdon. Owner Glen Taylor will be involved in the process and will have the final say over who is hired. The Wolves did identify a fifth candidate in the process, Clippers GM Michael Winger, but he will be staying in Los Angeles.

    Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • Lloyd Pierce - Team - Atlanta Hawks

    Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce was named to the USA Basketball Men’s National Team coaching staff on Monday.

    In his first season as an NBA head coach, Pierce led the Hawks to a five-win improvement over 2017-18, working closely with rookies Trae Young, Kevin Huerter and Omari Spellman. He joins Gregg Popovich’s staff that also includes Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and Villanova head coach Jay Wright as assistants. The staff will lead the USA National Team in the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China this summer.

    Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • Kevon Looney - F - Golden State Warriors

    Kevon Looney hopes that he will be able to play for the Warriors next season when they enter into Chase Center, their brand new area.

    Looney set career highs in games played (80), minutes (18.5 per game), points (6.3 points per game) and rebounds (5.2 per game), among other categories, during the 2018-19 regular season. He has averaged 11.7 points in the Warriors' three playoff games thus far and Steve Kerr made it clear on Friday that he was glad Looney did not leave upon becoming a free agent last summer. The valuable backup becomes an unrestricted free agent in July, the second consecutive summer he will hit the market. This time however, the Warriors have Bird rights on Looney, giving them considerable financial flexibility to pursue a new contract.

    Source: NBC Sports

  • Devin Booker - G - Phoenix Suns

    Shams Charania of the Athletic is reporting that the first two coaches the Suns will request permission to interview for their head coach opening are Monty Williams and David Vanterpool.

    The Suns seem to have their eyes set to Williams as both Suns GM James Jones and VP of basketball operations Jeff Bower have worked with him in the past. Vanterpool is a former NBA journeyman who has been an assistant coach with the Blazers since 2012.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter