Brett Talley

Tristan Thompson scored eight points (3-6 FGA, 2-4 FTA) with 14 rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in 40 minutes in Game 1’s win over Atlanta.

Thompson did was he is paid to do on Monday and that is rebound. His offense is mostly an after thought though the eight points he posted in the game were the highest all post-season for the big man. 14 is the most boards in one game for him since the first game of April and then the middle of March before that. If rebounding is what you’re looking for, Thompson is your man, however consider yourself forewarned that his offensive numbers are lacking as he averages just 4.6 PPG during the playoffs.
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LeBron James scored 25 points (11-21 FGA, 1-1 FTA) including 2-4 3PA with nine assists, seven rebounds, five steals, and one block in 41 minutes on Monday in a Game 1 win.

What exactly can’t LBJ do on a basketball court? It was his fifth straight post-season 20-point game and seventh straight including the last two played in the regular season. It was a season-high for him in steals as he came close to a triple-double. Atlanta doesn’t have an answer for him when he is playing like this and it could be a great series for him and a quick one for the Hawks. He is averaging 22.8 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 6.8 APG, and 1.8 SPG during the post-season to this point.
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Kevin Love scored 17 points (4-17 FGA, 6-7 FTA) including 3-9 3PA with 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 38 minutes on Monday night in a 104-93 win.

Love has been a double-double machine this post-season with five straight now including Monday’s. He has however, struggled from the field in three of the those five including the last two in which he is a combined 7-for-32 from the field. His ability to draw fouls and hit the long shots help buoy his offensive numbers but if he wants to keep his roll going, his shot is going to have to start falling at a better rate. He is a must play candidate right now, though news on his ankle that was injured in Game 1 may dissuade you from that decision.
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Dennis Schroder scored 27 points (10-20 FGA, 2-2 FTA) including 5-10 3PA with six assists, and three rebounds in 29 minutes off the bench on Monday night in Game 1.

Monday was a career-high for Schroder as he came off the bench and gave the Hawks the boost their offense needed to make things tight in the middle parts of the game. He had his best game by far but he did turn the ball over five times and rack up five fouls in the 29 minutes he was on the court. Jeff Teague is in no danger of losing more minutes to Schroder unless this happens again in Game 2 but even reserves can have career nights every once in a while too.
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Al Horford scored 10 points (4-13 FGA, 2-2 FTA) with six rebounds, three blocks, two steals, and one assist in 36 minutes on Monday night against Cleveland in Game 1.

Horford had trouble finding his stroke on Monday night shooting just .308 from the field. He was in foul trouble much of the night and wound up just one shy of fouling out of the game. He did still manage to fill up the stat sheet pretty solidly however. Horford is having a down playoffs compared to the regular season averages with just 12.5 PPG compared to the 15.2 from the regular season but he is still finding ways to contribute in multiple categories in just about every game.
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Kent Bazemore scored 16 points (6-14 FGA, 1-2 FTA) including 3-10 3PA with 12 rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 36 minutes on Monday night against the Cavs in a 104-93 loss.

The second Hawk recording a double-double on Monday was Bazemore with his 16 and 12 night. He also got into the steals column once again for the first time in three games. The fourth-year small forward has also notched his third straight double figure game. His 14.0 PPG and 7.0 RPG during the playoffs are both better than his season averages. He is a solid play at the moment and with his consistent play he is worth that much more.
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Paul Millsap scored 17 points (6-19 FGA, 5-8 FTA) with 13 rebounds, four blocks, three assists, and two steals in 40 minutes in a Game 1 loss on Monday night.

Monday was Millsap’s second straight 17-point game but this time it was part of a double-double. However his double-double wasn’t enough to power the Hawks to a Game 1 win in the second round series. He has been up and down this post-season with as many as 45 points and as few as eight in a game but he remains a productive player nonetheless with the ability to fill up all the categories of in a stat sheet. He averages 16.3 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 2.7 APG, 2.7 BPG, and 1.2 SPG during the seven games this post-season making him a must-play option in all formats.
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Kevin Love said he is fine after he injured his ankle in Game 1.

It would take a lot to keep Love out of a playoff game, but it is possible the injury will affect him even if he plays. If Love does miss any time, Tristan Thompson and Channing Frye would likely split Love's minutes.
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George Springer went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk against the Twins on Monday.

Springer hit his fifth home run of the year and drove in his 11th run. He still has just one stolen base this season, which is much fewer than many expected by this point of the season. He is on a bit of a cold streak, but his time is coming. Springer is streaky and he’s due for a classic power binge.
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