It was another up game for DeRozan following a down game on Friday. The last four games of the opening round series have been a real roller coaster for him. He also managed to fill up the stat sheet pretty impressively with better than a couple in most categories. He has been a monster all season against Miami, who they face next, averaging 29.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 4.5 APG, and 1.3 SPG in four games.
Indiana’s defense kept Lowry in check for much of the series and Sunday was no different with just the 11 points scored. His assist totals have been good throughout however and he has also registered a steal in every game of the series. Toronto now faces the Heat in the next round and against them in the regular season he averaged 16.8 PPG, 5.0 APG, 5.0 RPG, and 2.3 SPG making him a good play DFS formats.
Sunday was only the second double figure outing for him in the series and came in his shortest workload too. Patterson is more of a role player for the deep Raptors roster and that has shown again in the playoffs as he posted similar numbers to his season averages. He can be avoided come draft time next season as he simply doesn’t produce enough.
The big fella had another big double-double in the closeout game of the first round series on Sunday. He was in double figures every game but one in the series but only went over 16 points once. His average of a 13.6 PPG, 11.9 RPG double-double is better than his season long averages and gives hope that he can take the next step next season. The big man is a very good center against Miami averaging 15.3 PPG and 9.3 RPG with a handful of assists and steals per game too.
Just as he started the series he is ending it. Bookend back-to-back double-digit games in the series for Ellis but unfortunately for him they weren’t enough to power the Pacers past the Raptors. The seven assists on Sunday were also his highest total of the series. He averaged 11.6 PPG, 4.3 APG, 3.9 RPG, and 2.1 SPG in the playoffs making him around his season averages as well. Ellis was okay during the season but certainly is not a standout fantasy option. He has value in deeper formats as a consistent SG option.
Sunday was his second highest point total of the series and fifth double figure effort. There wasn’t much else on the stat sheet however making him hard to rely upon again. In the playoff series he averaged 13.6 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 2.1 APG, and 0.9 SPG which are around his season averages. There is a lot up in the air at the PG spot for Indiana heading into next season making George Hill a potentially risky pick unless his playing time is known.
George was at it again on Sunday with his sixth 20-point game in the series and third double-double. He was everywhere for the Pacers gathering in steals as well, though only dishing out a single assist. In the playoffs he averaged 27.3 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 4.3 APG, and 2.0 SPG elevating his game in everyway from his season totals. There is no reason not to think of George as a first round pick in next season’s drafts as he is clearly a top-5 player in the league.
Drury logged his second three hit game of the season on Sunday and his first since the extra innings affair on the 24th of April. He also launched his fifth homer of the season and raised his average to .315 from .294 before the game. Drury is expected to get more playing time coming up as he gets time at third, left, and right. Four of his five homers have come in the last seven games along with a .346 AVG and .885 SLG, six RBI, and seven runs scored. Tuesday’s series opener against Justin Nicolino and the Marlins looms next and though he has never faced the Miami starter he is hitting .276 (8-for-29) off southpaws this season.
Miller has been an abject disaster in Arizona to this point and it didn’t get any better on Sunday as he lasted just 3 2/3. There has been a lot wrong so far between his 8.49 ERA, 1.97 WHIP, 19:19 K:BB ratio, or that he has pitched just 23 1/3 innings over six starts. With his start to the season there is no reason that he should be started until he proves that he has turned it around significantly.
He earned his sixth save of the season in his seventh chance so far. However that doesn’t mean that his numbers are terribly great. One bad early season outing can skew numbers heavily, and that’s what’s going on here with his 6.23 ERA and 1.85 WHIP over the 8 2/3 he’s pitched. Jake McGee was brought in to be the closer and he is in no danger of losing the job right now but another five-run, 2/3 IP outing could change that in a hurry. For right now though he can still be played regularly.