January 9, 2019, 10:34 pmJaren Jackson Jr. - F/C - Memphis Grizzlies
Jaren Jackson Jr. picked up four fouls in 18 minutes on Wednesday night, limiting him to 12 points, two rebounds, two threes and a block.
Every time JJJ posts a muted line with lots of fouls, your buy-low senses should be tingling. He's already a middle-round player, albeit a frustrating one, and could be a true game-changer if he figures out how to defend within the rules in the second half. Go get him.
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.
Leonard got the start over Enes Kanter before the start of the game and responded well by scoring 16 points. Though quite 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 7 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
May 18, 2019, 12:19 pmAnthony Davis - F/C - New Orleans Pelicans
Pelicans owner Gayle Benson is denying previous rumors that she prohibited GM David Griffin from trading Anthony Davis to the Lakers.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN previously reported, "We have been told, I think, through channels – most of us have heard this same scuttlebutt – that Gayle Benson has basically told him, 'To the Lakers, over my dead body,'" Benson is now denying this report, calling it "totally absurd" and "completely untrue." The Celtics, Lakers and Knicks remain the frontrunners to land Davis if David Griffin cannot convince him to stay with the Pelicans during their expected meeting next week.
Source: Fletcher Mackel on Twitter
May 17, 2019, 11:52 pmBrook Lopez - C - Milwaukee Bucks
Brook Lopez followed up his monster 29-point performance in Game 1 with six points on 1-of-7 shooting in Friday's Game 2 blowout win over the Raptors.
He missed all four of his attempts from beyond the arc and added four rebounds and three assists to the box score. The Bucks are such a good team that even when Lopez, Eric Bledsoe, and Khris Middleton combine for 26 points, they are able to win by 22 points in the Eastern Conference Finals.
May 17, 2019, 11:48 pmMalcolm Brogdon - G - Milwaukee Bucks
The dynamic duo off the bench for the Bucks of Malcolm Brogdon and George Hill combined for 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting in a Game 2 win over the Raptors on Friday.
Brogdon scored 14 points and Hill scored 13 points, and it is becoming more and more clear every game that these two are the most important bench players in the rotation. Although Ersan Ilyasova did steal their shine for this game with 17 points, the bench as a whole scored 54 of the Bucks' 125 points. If the bench continues to play this well, it is hard to imagine the Bucks losing this series.
May 17, 2019, 11:43 pmNikola Mirotic - F - Milwaukee Bucks
Nikola Mirotic put up 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting with six rebounds in Game 2 win on Friday.
He had a similar performance to Game 1, but he is fitting into his role perfectly for the Bucks. Although he once again had one of the lowest plus/minus numbers on the entire team with a plus-2, he is making timely shots and showing up when the team needs him most. This starting lineup is working, so expect Mirotic to remain a starter for the entire Eastern Conference Finals.