DFS NBA Optimal Lineups:  April 24 Cover Image
DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: April 24
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Damian Lillard Headshot

Lillard posted 34 points (12-24 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 8-9 FT), six assists, one rebound and one steal across 42 minutes during a 128-103 loss to the Warriors on Monday.

Lillard was the only starter to reach double figures as the team's season came to an end in the blowout loss. He clearly wasn't part of the problem in the first round sweep, as he scored more than 30 points in three of the four games. There is no reason to expect that Lillard won't come back next season even better.
1:31 am (EST)
Al-Farouq Aminu Headshot

Aminu contributed 25 points (7-12 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 6-8 FT), seven rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block across 35 minutes during a 128-103 loss to the Warriors on Monday.

Aminu was just one point shy of his season high in scoring as he finished with 25 points and matched a season high with five three-pointers made. He was the only player on the team other than Damian Lillard to score more than 14 points. Aminu had an up and down season, and this performance came in a somewhat meaningless game, as the team was getting blown out for the entire game.
1:30 am (EST)
Stephen Curry Headshot

Curry went for 37 points (12-20 FG, 7-11 3Pt, 6-7 FT), eight assists, seven rebounds and two steals across 30 minutes during 128-103 win over the Trail Blazers on Monday.

Curry turned in his second-consecutive 30-point effort in his best all-around performance of the playoffs so far. He was just two assists and three rebounds shy of a triple-double, and drained a series-best seven three-pointers. Curry had a very strong first round, with averages of 29.8 points on 45.1 percent shooting, 6.5 assists, 5.3 rebounds, 4.8 three-pointers and 2.3 steals per game.
1:30 am (EST)
Draymond Green Headshot

Green recorded 21 points (7-11 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 2-4 FT), six rebounds, four assists, three blocks and one steal across 33 minutes during a 128-103 win over the Trail Blazers on Monday.

Green excelled as he helped the team finish off its first round series. He was in rare form on the offensive end, as the 21 points marked his third-highest scoring total so far this season, and the five three-pointers made matched a season high. Green had a phenomenal first round, with averages of 13.8 points on 50 percent from the field, 9.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 4.3 blocks and 1.5 steals per game.
1:30 am (EST)
Kevin Durant Headshot

Durant totaled 10 points (4-7 FG, 2-2 3PT), three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal across 20 minutes during a 128-103 win over the Trail Blazers on Monday.

Durant (calf) returned to the court and looked good after he had missed the previous two games of the series. He was on a minutes restriction as he played just 20 minutes. But it wasn't as if he needed to play big minutes as the team destroyed Portland. The team now gets a break before its second round series begins, so it wouldn't be a surprise if Durant is back to a full workload soon.
1:29 am (EST)
Kyle Lowry Headshot

Lowry (back) collected 16 points (4-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 6-6 FT), 10 assists, three rebounds, and three steals in 36 minutes during Monday's 118-93 win over the Bucks in Game 5.

Lowry's back issue didn't seem to bother him much, as he played a team-high minutes load and was superb in every aspect. Lowry may receive treatment in advance of Thursday's Game 6 if his back becomes stiff again, but it's unlikely he'll allow it to keep him out.
12:02 am (EST)
Norman Powell Headshot

Powell provided 25 points (8-11 FG, 4-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT), four rebounds, four assists, three steals, and one block in 34 minutes during Monday's 118-93 win over the Bucks in Game 5.

Powell has been a man possessed since entering the starting lineup for Saturday's Game 4, and he is now eight-for-nine from beyond the arc in the series. Powell matched season highs in scoring and made treys, and the lineup change has helped the Raptors win two straight to reclaim a 3-2 lead heading into Thursday's Game 6. In his two playoff starts, Powell is averaging 18.5 points (on 61.1 percent), 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.0 block in 34 minutes per game compared to 15.6 points (on 49.8 percent), 3.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steal, and 0.3 blocks in 31.9 minutes during 18 regular season starts in 2016-17.
Yesterday 11:50 pm (EST)
Paul Millsap Headshot

Millsap delivered 19 points (6-15 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 6-8 FT), nine rebounds, seven assists and two steals across 36 minutes during Monday's 111-101 win over the Wizards.

Millsap led an evenly-distributed Atlanta attack in scoring despite struggling from the field, finishing tied for first in assists and second in rebounding in an effective all-around performance. He also played quite well on the defensive end and held Markieff Morris to just nine points after the two exchanged words following Game 3. Millsap has been terrific in the series to this point and is now averaging 23.5 points, 8.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game heading into Game 5 on the road.
Yesterday 11:44 pm (EST)
Dwight Howard Headshot

Howard finished with 16 points (6-14 FG, 4-5 FT), 15 rebounds, one assist and one block across 30 minutes of run during Monday's 111-101 win over the Wizards.

After recording just 18 combined points in the first three games, Howard as much more effective on the offensive end in this one and rounded out his double-double by leading the team in boards. His strong play also his breaking of the 30-minute barrier for the first time in four games and he led all Hawks starters with a plus-eight rating. Howard will need to deliver more performance such as this for his team to stand a chance of pulling out this hotly-contested series, as he is still averaging just 8.5 points and 11.8 rebounds per game in the postseason despite this most recent development.
Yesterday 11:38 pm (EST)
Malcolm Brogdon Headshot

Brogdon had 19 points (7-11 FG, 5-7 3Pt), three assists, two rebounds, and one steal in 33 minutes during Monday's 118-93 loss to the Raptors in Game 5.

Brogdon drained a career high five treys and was extremely effective on offense, posting a playoff career high in scoring. Having made just six-of-28 from the field over the last three games, Brogdon's performance was one of the lone bright spots for the Bucks on a night when they were blown out. Expect the rookie to receive ample minutes once again in Thursday's Game 6.
Yesterday 11:33 pm (EST)
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