November 1, 2018, 11:48 amJimmy Butler - G/F - Minnesota Timberwolves
Jimmy Butler plans to play in Friday's game against the Warriors, per Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.
Butler sat out on Wednesday for "precautionary rest and general soreness" but it's being reported that it's his latest step in trying to force the Wolves to trade him. Amid rumors that Butler could eventually sit for an extended period of time, he'll be back out there on Friday night against the defending champs. Get him in all lineups for that one, but Butler has the looks of a headache for fantasy owners until a move gets made.
Source: The Athletic
D.J. Augustin - G - Orlando Magic
April 23, 2019, 9:59 pmAaron Gordon - F - Orlando Magic
Gordon had alternated games doing well then awful, so he kept the pattern strong by doing awful again. The Raptors did an excellent job slowing him down all series. Gordon is a bright young piece for this Magic team which really seems invested in him. He should only get better for dynasty owners moving forward.
April 23, 2019, 9:53 pmJonathan Isaac - F - Orlando Magic
Isaac has been awful over the past two games, totaling three points with just one cash-counter in Games 4-5. He was coming along very strong to end the season, but clearly the playoffs have taken things to another level. Isaac will still be fantasy relevant for his defense next season.
Nikola Vucevic - C - Orlando Magic
April 23, 2019, 9:42 pmMarc Gasol - C - Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol shot 2-for-5 from the field and 4-for-4 from the line for nine points with nine boards, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.
While it doesn't show up in the box score, Gasol has been a lock-down defender in the playoffs. He is playing with a lot of veteran grit in a role that seems to suit him very well. Gasol isn't asked to shoulder the load on offense as he had to do in Memphis, so he is focused on a very specific task to play big and be a presence. He is doing just that.
April 23, 2019, 9:34 pmKyle Lowry - G - Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry shot 6-for-10 from the floor for 14 points with four boards, nine assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes to put away the Magic on Tuesday.
Lowry had an extremely up-and-down series. Tuesday was a bit of a down game, but he didn't have to do much as the Raptors jumped out to a 20-point lead by halftime. Lowry did leave the first half early after hurting a finger on his right hand, so that could be something to monitor moving forward. The Raptors should get ample rest ahead of the second round.
April 23, 2019, 9:30 pmPascal Siakam - F - Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam shot 8-for-16 from the floor for 24 points with six boards, four assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes to eliminate the Magic in Game 5 on Tuesday night.
Siakam was as steady as they come in this series. He has fully emerged during the season and is now spreading his wings for a deep playoff run. The Raptors will likely face the Sixers in the second round, pending a Sixers win tonight.
April 23, 2019, 9:26 pmKawhi Leonard - F - Toronto Raptors
Kawhi Leonard shot 8-for-11 from the field and 6-for-6 from the line for 27 points with seven boards, two assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Magic in Game 5 on Tuesday.
Leonard has been ultra-efficient in this series and could not be contained by the young Magic defenders. After resting several games during the season in order to be healthy in the playoffs, his method is paying dividends as he looks fresh and ready to lead the Raptors on a deep run. The Raptors and Kawhi will get ample rest ahead of the second round.
April 23, 2019, 9:22 pmMike Scott - F - Philadelphia Sixers
Mike Scott (heel) will not return in Game 5 on Tuesday.
Scott looked a bit hobbled as he showed a slight limp coming off the floor late in the second quarter. The Sixers had to call a timeout to get him out of the game. He walked to the locker room under his own power. With the Sixers building a sizable lead by halftime, Scott could simply be resting.
Source: Derek Bodner on Twitter
April 23, 2019, 9:09 pmMike Scott - F - Philadelphia Sixers
Mike Scott (leg) went to the locker room in the second quarter on Tuesday.
Scott looked a bit hobbled as he showed a slight limp coming off the floor. The Sixers called a timeout to get him out of the game. He walked to the locker room under his own power. With the Sixers building a sizable lead by halftime, Scott could simply rest. Stay tuned for updates.
Source: Jon Johnson on Twitter