April 7, 2018, 12:38 amWillie Cauley-Stein - C - Sacramento Kings
Willie Cauley-Stein filled the box score on Friday night with 18 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in the Kings' 94-93 win over the Grizzlies.
WCS may not be an elite rebounder, after all he hasn't had a double-double since February 27. He has however been consistent, pulling down at least six rebounds for ninth straight game and scoring in double figures for the seventh straight game. As the season winds down, Cauley-Stein has become a guaranteed producer and those defensive stats are a nice cherry on top.
April 24, 2019, 2:08 amCJ McCollum - G - Trail Blazers
CJ McCollum put up 17 points (8-of-19 FGs), two rebounds, two assists, one triple and two blocks in 32 minutes in Tuesday's closeout win over the Thunder.
McCollum sat a little more than usual in the first half after getting his third foul early, though he also ended with three fouls in another example of why coaches should just leave players in until they get their fourth or fifth. CJ had been on fire in this series, averaging over 26 points coming into tonight's game. He and the Blazers now wait to see if they'll get the Nuggets or the Spurs in the next round.
April 24, 2019, 1:55 amEnes Kanter - C - Trail Blazers
Enes Kanter toughed out a 13-point, 13-rebound double-double over 32 minutes in Tuesday's Game 5 victory over the Thunder.
Kanter also had four assists and a block while shooting 6-for-9 from the floor tonight. He got pretty banged up in the first half, injuring his shoulder which was heavily wrapped after the game. Kanter averaged over 13 points and 10 rebounds in under 30 minutes for the series and he looks like one of the best mid-season signings in the league at this point.
April 24, 2019, 1:48 amMaurice Harkless - F - Trail Blazers
Maurice Harkless had 17 points on just nine shots with seven rebounds, an assist and a steal in 33 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Thunder.
It's not wise to rely on Harkless, but he can be the wildcard the Blazers need every few games. After closing out the Thunder tonight, they'll await the winner of the Spurs and Nuggets series.
April 24, 2019, 1:37 amPaul George - F - Oklahoma City Thunder
Paul George had a huge game with 36 points (14-of-20 FGs, 5-of-8 FTs), nine rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in Tuesday's 118-115 road loss to the Blazers.
George was feeling it early, making his first five shots. He battled through first-half foul trouble and likely some lingering pain from his injury. But it wasn't quite enough as Damian Lillard out-played him in this one to end the series in Portland.
Russell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
April 24, 2019, 1:24 amDennis Schroder - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
That makes it three straight games of 17 points and two threes for Schroder. It'll be interesting to see if he can carve out a slightly bigger role as he returns to OKC next season with the Thunder possibly looking to make some changes.
Jerami Grant - F - Oklahoma City Thunder
Jamal Murray - G - Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets
April 24, 2019, 12:46 amGary Harris - G - Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris helped set the tone early in Tuesday's Game 5 win over the Spurs and finished with 15 points (5-of-8 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), two rebounds, one assist, one block and three 3-pointers in 26 minutes.
Harris is looking more and more like his old self and he made a big difference by playing some effective defense on Derrick White in this one. Much of Harris' production came in the first half as the game was effectively decided for much of the second half.