• Nikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets

    Nikola Jokic had a tough time against the Thunder on Saturday, going 6-of-20 from the field for 16 points, six rebounds, five assists and a steal.

    Jokic and Steven Adams kept each other in check tonight, which is a little bit of a shame. The Joker might not finish in the first round of the fantasy rankings again this year, but that has far more to do with the elite talent around the league than his own performance. He's not going to dip very far into round two.

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  • Giannis Antetokounmpo - F - Milwaukee Bucks

    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points with six rebounds and six assists on Thursday as the Bucks fell to the Raptors in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

    Antetokounmpo continued to struggle from the free throw line, hitting just four of nine free throw attempts. It seemed like he really got beat up trying to take the ball to the basket late in the game. Even more puzzling, GA wasn't in the game for some key moments late in the game. He'll need to lead from the front for the Bucks to bring this back to Milwaukee.

  • Pascal Siakam - F - Toronto Raptors

    Pascal Siakam played 36 minutes, scoring 14 points (on 15 field goal attempts) with 13 rebounds and four defensive counters on Thursday night.

    Siakam wasn't efficient on the offensive side including a sequence of three missed 3-pointers on the same possession during the Raptors' sluggish start. He was pivotal to the fourth quarter defensive effort especially when protecting the rim against Giannis late in the game.

  • Fred VanVleet - G - Toronto Raptors

    Fred VanVleet was on fire again in Thursday's Game 5, scoring 21 points with all his points coming from seven 3-pointers.

    The distance shooting was huge for the Raptors as VanVleet outscored the Bucks' bench by six by himself. VanVleet could definitely be the key to the Raps' efforts to close this series out on Saturday. We'll see if he can keep finding his shooting stroke.

  • Kyle Lowry - G - Toronto Raptors

    Kyle Lowry played 39 minutes on Thursday, scoring 17 points to go along with seven rebounds and six assists.

    Lowry has been dealing with a thumb injury which may be part of the reason he's struggled with his shot at times in the postseason. Still, most guys are banged up at this point in the season and he's just going to continue to tough it out with the NBA Finals on the horizon.

  • Kawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors

    Kawhi Leonard was something else on Thursday night, leading the Raptors with 35 points, seven boards and nine assists despite not being 100 percent in Game 5.

    It was Leonard's show in this one and he really took control of this game down the stretch. The Raptors have a chance to close this out on Saturday and earn a trip to the NBA Finals with Leonard leading from the front.

  • Mike Budenholzer - Team - Milwaukee Bucks

    Coach Budenholzer told the media that he is thinking about making a change to the starting lineup for Game 5 on Thursday.

    The Bucks were able to win the first two games of the series and were talked about as if they had already made the NBA finals. Unfortunately for the team, they traveled to the Raptors and experienced what it was like to be on the road against a very hungry team. The saying goes that the series doesn't start until a road team wins a game. Will coach Bud make some changes to his starting lineup Thursday in order to continue the home team dominance we've seen thus far. Stay tuned for starting lineup announcements closer to tip-off.

    Source: Josh Lewenberg on Twitter

  • Klay Thompson - G - Golden State Warriors

    Klay Thompson reacted Thursday for not being selected to an All-NBA team.

    Kemba Walker beat out both Bradley Beal and Klay Thompson for the last guard spot on the All-NBA third team. Thompson was clearly frustrated when learning that he didn't receive enough votes from the media. He expressed that he doesn't believe that there are 10 guards better than him in the NBA and that making five straight NBA Finals warrants having more than two All-NBA guys on the roster. Another reason why this is important for Thompson is that he would have been eligible for a supermax contract had he earned the honor of making an All-NBA team. Therefore, Thompson will not be able to earn as much on his next contract because the media members didn't believe that he was one of the best 10 guards in the NBA.

    Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter

  • Draymond Green - F - Golden State Warriors

    Draymond Green told the media that he "should've been first" when asked about his selection to the All-Defensive second team.

    This is Green's fifth selection to an All-Defensive team. He earned a first team selection in the three seasons from 2014-2017 while earning second team selection the past two seasons. Every single season that Green has earned All-Defensive team honors, the Warriors have made the NBA finals. Green struggled at times during the regular season but elevated his performance in the playoffs. He may end up with the best individual playoff performance from this year when it is all said and done. Green has come a long way since being drafted in the second round in 2012.

    Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter

  • Andre Iguodala - G/F - Golden State Warriors

    Andre Iguodala (left calf tightness) didn't practice on Thursday, but Steve Kerr expects him to be ok by Game 1 of the NBA FInals.

    Iggy missed Game 4 against the Blazers due to the calf injury he first sustained in the Rockets series. Iguodala has another week to get right before the NBA finals start.

    Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter

  • DeMarcus Cousins - C - Golden State Warriors

    DeMarcus Cousins (torn left quad), who was able to go through a full practice on Thursday, said he is feeling better but there is not a set game for his return as of yet.

    Cousins also mentioned that he was unsure what his role would be if/when he does return. With the Raptors and Bucks deadlocked at two games apiece, Cousins still has a week to get right before the start of the series. We will have a better timeline of his return after he and teammate Kevin Durant get re-evaluated next Wednesday.

    Source: Nick Friedell on Twitter