DFS NBA Playbook:  April 28 Cover Image
DFS NBA Playbook: April 28
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Jason Smith Headshot

Smith (calf) was on the court for 11 minutes in Friday's Game 6 against the Hawks, pulling down a pair of boards but missing his lone field goal attempt in the 115-99 road win.

While Smith didn't change the scoreboard at all, the Wizards used him with 7:33 left in the first quarter as the result of Marcin Gortat picking up two early fouls. Washington's a bit thin up front with Ian Mahinmi still trying to make his way back from a calf injury of his own, but he and Smith will have more time to fully work past their respective ailments since the Wizards have advanced to the second round.
Yesterday 11:32 pm (EST)
Jimmy Butler Headshot

Butler collected 23 points (9-17 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 5-5 FT), seven rebounds and three steals across 31 minutes in Friday's 105-83 loss to the Celtics in Game 6.

Butler was dealing with knee soreness coming into Game 6, but it didn't seem to affect him too much as he had to pick up the slack for the rest of his struggling team. Robin Lopez was the only other player on the team to score double-digit points, and after leading 2-0, the Bulls are sent packing with four straight losses to the one-seeded Celtics and their phenomenal defense. Butler wasn't great shooting in this series, but compared to the rest of the team, he was easily the best player on the court for them, which speaks to their early playoff exit.
Yesterday 10:55 pm (EST)
Gerald Green Headshot

Green recorded 16 points (6-13 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three assists and two rebounds across 27 minutes in Friday's 105-83 victory over the Bulls in Game 6.

Green played the most minutes of any game in the series on Friday and turned it into a respectable outing from the floor. After playing just six minutes Game 1 and not at all in Game 2, Green got more chances with the team's back against the wall down 2-0, and he contributed in a positive way. He should see minutes more closely resembling the last four games in the next series against the Wizards, especially with the fatigue the guards will accrue as the series goes on.
Yesterday 10:50 pm (EST)
Dwyane Wade Headshot

Wade tallied two points (1-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt), three rebounds, three assists and one steal across 19 minutes in Friday's 105-83 loss to the Celtics in Game 6.

After leading the team with 25 points in the Game 5 loss, Wade disappeared in the final defeat of the season. He was abysmal shooting the ball and didn't contribute in any other way, including his leadership and ability to rally a team. The Bulls are sent home after being up 2-0 in the series, which is disappointing for fans and the team alike. It'll be interesting to see how Wade responds in the offseason and next year after exiting on such a low note.
Yesterday 10:44 pm (EST)
Avery Bradley Headshot

Bradley scored 23 points (9-12 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-4 FT) while adding five rebounds and three assists across 31 minutes in Friday's 105-83 victory over the Bulls in Game 6.

Boston rallied from a 2-0 deficit to take the series in six games, largely due to Bradley's performances over the past two games. After averaging 12.3 points in the first four games, Bradley averaged 23.5 points in the final two games while shooting over 67 percent from the floor. If the Celtics can get that efficiency from Bradley on a consistent basis in the next round, Isaiah Thomas will have help going up against John Wall and Bradley Beal in a guard-heavy second-round playoff matchup.
Yesterday 10:40 pm (EST)
Paul Millsap Headshot

Millsap recorded 31 points (13-23 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 10 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and one block across 46 minutes in Friday's 115-99 loss to the Wizards in Game 6.

Millsap did not leave these playoffs quietly as he stuffed the stat sheet in a loss that proved to be season-ending. He outperformed his season averages in this series, nearly averaging a double-double with 25 points per contest as the top option on offense for the team had to carry a lot of the weight with no one else really helping to the cause. He did have six turnovers and shot 20 percent from three, which will have him a little frustrated, but he has nothing to be upset about in the way he performed in the 2017 playoffs.
Yesterday 10:35 pm (EST)
Dennis Schroder Headshot

Schroder collected 26 points (8-18 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 7-8 FT), 10 assists, two steals and one rebound across 40 minutes in Friday's 115-99 loss to the Wizards in Game 6.

Although the Hawks have been eliminated from the playoffs, Schroder didn't go down without a fight. His play in the series (averaged 24.5 points) was way better than his season averages would have suggested, as he emerged as the true second option to Paul Millsap on offense. He also limited his turnovers against opponent John Wall, so Schroder has a lot to hang his hate on after this series and the Hawks should be very happy with the German-product's performance and be excited for his future.
Yesterday 10:30 pm (EST)
Bradley Beal Headshot

Beal tallied 31 points (11-17 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 7-8 FT), three rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block across 34 minutes in Friday's 115-99 win over the Hawks in Game 6.

Beal didn't play as many minutes as his fellow guard John Wall, but he made the most of his time, picking up three steals defensively and limiting himself to just three turnovers. The efficiency and superb defense resulted in the highest plus-minus ratio on the team, which was a whopping positive 32. If Beal can continue to limit his mistakes, and he and Wall continue to play and score like they did in this series, they will have a good chance against the guard-led Celtics.
Yesterday 10:25 pm (EST)
John Wall Headshot

Wall dropped 42 points (16-25 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 9-10 FT), eight assists, four steals, two blocks and one rebound across 44 minutes in Friday's 115-99 victory over the Hawks in Game 6.

Wall did not miss the opportunity to close out the series Friday night, as he put up his highest point total of the series and shot his best percentage from the floor in any of the six games. Although he did have seven turnovers, Wall did enough on the offensive and defensive end to get his team into the next round, where they will square off against the winner of the Bulls and Celtics, which means a potent point guard matchup against either Rajon Rondo or Isaiah Thomas.
Yesterday 10:19 pm (EST)
Zach Randolph Headshot

Randolph, a pending unrestricted free agent, was asked about his future with the Grizzlies and indicated that he'd like to return, Ronald Tillery of Sports56 reports. "That's my goal," said the veteran power forward.

Randolph saw roughly five fewer minutes per game on average compared to last season, though he still managed a respectable 14.1 points per appearance and even had a modest spike in rebounds (8.2). He's already spent eight seasons in Memphis and that's his longest with any team since Portland drafted him 19th overall in 2001.
Yesterday 10:13 pm (EST)
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