• Josh Akognon scored 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting (including three treys) with five assists and Michael Umeh scored 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting (all threes) as the Nigerians upset the Croatians on Saturday.

    Nigeria needs a Croatia loss and they need to beat Brazil on Monday if they want to sneak into the knockout round.  We’d like to see Akognon get a shot at the NBA level because he can be serviceable as a third string scoring point guard, and Umeh was unconscious from deep tonight.  Ike Diogu went for 10 and 12 with two blocks in the win.

Fantasy News

  • Jared Dudley - F - Brooklyn Nets

    Moments before Game 4 tipoff, the Nets unveiled that Jared Dudley and Caris LeVert will start over Rodions Kurucs and DeMarre Carroll.

    Carroll has been struggling mightily with his shot this series at 28.0 percent and Kurucs has been equally unimpressive so coach Keith Atkinson will make a change. Dudley played 28 minutes during the Nets Game 1 win and LeVert has been arguably their best player so far this series.

    Source: Serena Winters on Twitter

  • Joel Embiid - F/C - Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) is a go for Game 4 against the Nets on Saturday.

    Embiid averaged 22.6 minutes per game in Games 1 and 2 while missing Game 3 and his minutes will likely continue be monitored. This bodes as bad news for the Nets who have gotten used to being decimated by opposing centers all season. Perhaps that ends today with with legendary enforcer Charles Oakley seen speaking with Jarrett Allen during pregame warmups.

    Source: Kyle Neubeck on Twitter

  • Caris LeVert - G - Brooklyn Nets

    LeVert is expected to play more in Game 4 than the 23.7 minutes per game he has averaged this series.

    LeVert played 28 minutes last game, putting up 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, a block and three triples. He exceeded 30 minutes only once in the Nets' last 13 games but with the team in danger of falling into a 1-3 hole, giving him more minutes may not be a bad idea as he has arguably been their best player so far this series.

    Source: Greg Logan on Twitter

  • Joel Embiid - F/C - Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) is a game-time decision for Saturday's Game 4 against the Nets.

    With just a little more than an hour left before tip-off, Embiid's status is still in the air. Embiid missed Game 3 after playing in 1 and 2. He played only 22.6 minutes per game in those first two and the minutes will likely be monitored again if he does suit up. Coach Brett Brown said that Greg Monroe will draw the start again if Embiid cannot go. Monroe shot only 4-of-13 from the field in his Game 3 start and ended with nine points, 13 rebounds, a block and a steal in 25 minutes.

    Source: Dave McMenamin on Twitter

  • Tony Snell - G - Milwaukee Bucks

    Tony Snell (ankle) would be in an "emergency role" if he does play on Saturday according to coach Mike Budenholzer.

    Snell is still progressing according to the coach but he will not be rushed back after missing almost a month of action. The Bucks have routed the Pistons in each of the first two games in their series while Pat Connaughton and Sterling Brown should not be affected by Snell's return just yet.

    Source: Matt Velazquez on Twitter

  • Juwan Howard - Team - Miami Heat

    The Lakers will interview Juwan Howard on Tuesday for the vacant head coaching position.

    Howard, an assistant coach with the Heat since 2013, will be the third candidate the Lakers interview after Tyronn Lue and Monty Williams. It has also been reported that Lue and Williams will both return for second interviews that include Jeanie Buss and other senior management. Howard is the only one of the three without head coaching experience but his extensive tutelage under Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra should pay dividends and he does have the most playing career accolades.

    Source: ESPN.com

  • Russell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Russell Westbrook out dueled Damian Lillard on Friday as he notched a double-double with 33 points, 11 assists, five rebounds, four triples and one block as the Thunder beat the Blazers 120-108.

    The four threes were a welcome sight for Westbrook who described his play in this series prior to Friday night as "unacceptable." After being highly inefficient in the first two games, Westbrook shot 11-for-22 as he hit shot after shot in the fourth quarter to ice the win down the stretch. Oklahoma City will hope for more of the same as they look to even the series on Sunday.

  • Paul George - F - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Paul George labored through a 3-for-16 shooting night to score 22 points (14-for-17 from the free throw line), six assists, six rebounds and two threes on Friday.

    Friday's game marked the second time in three games that George has struggled with his shot, adding to the speculation that his right shoulder injury is holding him back. Fortunately for Oklahoma City, he stayed aggressive attacking the basket and was able to chip in 14 points from the charity stripe as well as his customary lockdown defense down the stretch.

  • Jerami Grant - F - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Jerami Grant scored a playoff career-high 18 points on 6-for-7 shooting also contributing four threes and two blocks in Friday's win over the Blazers.

    Grant caught fire at the perfect time as the shooting woes that plagued Oklahoma City in the first two games disappeared on Friday night. He was one of five teammates to make two or more threes as Oklahoma City was able to cruise to a victory.

  • Dennis Schroder - G - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Dennis Schroder logged 32 minutes with 17 points, six assists, five rebounds, two triples and two steals on Friday night.

    Shroder and the Oklahoma City guards were able to exploit Enes Kanter routinely in this one as the steady diet of points ultimately led to them notching their first win of the season. This group is much more confident at home – look for the same intensity as they attempt to even the series at two games apiece on Sunday night.