April 9, 2019, 11:47 pmPascal Siakam - F - Toronto Raptors
Though Pascal Siakam only delivered 10 points, four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a 3-pointer on Tuesday night, he still wraps up his breakout season with top-50 value.
Siakam should win Most Improved Player in a walk. He usurped a starting role on a 60-win team and emerged as a vital two-way piece for the Raptors, producing career-highs across the board with 17.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.0 threes on .548 from the field. The fact that Siakam played 80 games pushes him up to the top-30 in terms of total value, and he's likely the waiver pickup of the season — except for the Hoop Ball crowd, who picked him in the last rounds of drafts.
April 18, 2019, 11:46 pmDerrick White - G - San Antonio Spurs
Derrick White led the Spurs to a 118-108 Game 3 win over the Nuggets on Thursday with 36 points on 15-of-21 shooting while adding five rebounds, five assists, three steals, a block and a 3-pointer.
This was easily White's best game of his career and it came during the biggest game of the season. He had 26 points by halftime and he didn't take his foot off the gas. Coach Popovich definitely helped by running him off constant off-ball actions and screens to set him up against a slow-footed Nikola Jokic, but White made some incredible shots tonight. His defense was also swarming as he suffocated Gary Harris and Jamal Murray tonight and his breakthrough game tonight gives the Spurs a 2-1 series lead and the franchise a lot to look forward to.
April 18, 2019, 11:45 pmJarrett Allen - C - Brooklyn Nets
Jarrett Allen was quiet defensively but scored 15 points and added six boards in 21 minutes as the Nets fell 131-115 in Thursday's Game 3.
Allen was useful offensively but didn't do a whole lot to impact the game despite the absence of Joel Embiid. He hasn't been a big factor yet in the postseason and the Nets will need more from their starting center, especially if Embiid returns for Game 4.
April 18, 2019, 11:43 pmDeMar DeRozan - G - San Antonio Spurs
DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points on 9-of-18 shooting while adding four rebounds, five assists and three steals in Game 3 on Thursday.
DeRozan was 1-for-7 at the half with four points and came out in the second half red-hot. He made his first six shots to start the second half and looked nearly unstoppable. He hit some tough mid-range jumpers and the only 3-point attempt was because the shot clock was running down and he had to launch one. The Spurs are going to ride him and the mid-range shot until they die and so far it's working.
April 18, 2019, 11:41 pmLaMarcus Aldridge - F - San Antonio Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge double-doubled in Game 3 on Thursday with 18 points and 11 rebounds to go with five assists and a block.
Aldridge went 8-for-17 from the floor and the shots he made were tough. Paul Millsap tried every trick to bait Aldridge into offensive fouls and travels, but LMA was too crafty and hit him with his array of post fadeaways and spin moves. He came up with timely buckets and although he isn't the most flashy player, he showed his dependability tonight.
April 18, 2019, 11:39 pmJakob Poeltl - C - San Antonio Spurs
Jakob Poeltl tied a playoff career-high with 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting to go with seven rebounds, three assists and a steal in Game 3 on Thursday.
Poeltl logged 31 minutes and is going to have a heavy workload in this series as the Nuggets like to play big with Nikola Jokic and Mason Plumlee. It helps that he's punishing the Nuggerts with five offensive rebounds and has been rock solid defensively. Coach Popovich is opting for more Poeltl in this series but that could change in the next round depending on who they play.
April 18, 2019, 11:38 pmSpencer Dinwiddie - G - Brooklyn Nets
Spencer Dinwiddie played 26 solid minutes off the bench on Thursday, finishing with 15 points and four boards.
Dinwiddie forgot to pass the ball, but was otherwise solid as he usually is. Unfortunately the Nets' bench mob wasn't enough in this one as the Sixers found a way to close out Game 3. Dinwiddie and the bench will have to be special to give the Nets a chance.
April 18, 2019, 11:38 pmRudy Gay - F - San Antonio Spurs
Rudy Gay scored 11 points on 2-of-9 shooting with 11 rebounds, two assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in Game 3 against the Nuggets on Thursday.
Gay is one of the few Spurs players willing to take shots from deep, but with the way the team is playing they don't really need him to. Coach Popovich is fine with running Jakob Poeltl big minutes (31) since the Nuggets are playing big and it's led to a reduced role for Gay.
April 18, 2019, 11:35 pmNikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting while adding eight rebounds, seven assists and three 3-pointers in Game 3 on Thursday.
Jokic was the only Nuggets starter that played up to par and as a result they were handed a double-digit loss. He dealt with some early foul trouble and although he's been solid on the offensive end, the Spurs are relentlessly attacking him on defense. San Antonio's guards are constantly putting him in pick-and-roll situations and he's freezing up when having to guard DeMar DeRozan and helped paved the way to Derrick White netting a career-high 36 points. Obviously you have to play Jokic as he's the best player on the team, but they're going to have to figure out what to do defensively if they're going to take back control of this series.
April 18, 2019, 11:33 pmD'Angelo Russell - G - Brooklyn Nets
D'Angelo Russell led the starts with 26 points and added four boards, three assists and two steals on Thursday night against the Sixers.
Russell had a nice game but the Nets got caved in while he was on the floor (-22). He'll have to put in a Herculean effort to give the Nets a shot in this series.
April 18, 2019, 11:32 pmMonte Morris - G - Denver Nuggets
Monte Morris was solid in 25 minutes of action in Game 3 on Thursday, scoring 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting while adding two rebounds and seven assists.
Morris was at times the best guard on the floor tonight for the Nuggets, but coach Malone is going to stick with his guys in Jamal Murray and Gary Harris which is probably the right call. He's productive in spurts but will be capped as long as Murray is healthy.