Green provided exactly what the Heat needed off the bench on Sunday night, as he scored 16 points and grabbed three rebounds. His percentages from the floor were also solid, leading one to the conclusion that he will be more involved in the game plan going forward.
Deng played a solid game in Game 7 against the Hornets on Sunday night, as he scored 15 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and recorded four assists. Coming on late this season, Deng figures to be one of those junkyard dog types of players who will sellout on both ends of the floor. The translation here is that he likely won’t maintain fantasy value going forward,
: In typical Whiteside fashion, the hulking center posted well-rounded numbers, as he scored 12 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and recorded five blocks in Sunday night in Game 7 against the Hornets. Expect him to command a pretty hefty price tag on the open market this upcoming offseason, while he will continue to serve as an excellent weapon for the Heat for the rest of this postseason.
Dragic had himself a great Game 7 on Sunday night against the Hornets, as he scored 25 points, grabbed six rebounds, and recorded four assists. He was solid from the field, while his playoff experience showed in spades over his younger counterpart in Kemba Walker. In the next round, Dragic will have his hands full in the Heat next round, as Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors should prove to be much more difficult to maintain than the erratic Kemba Walker.
Kaminski was horrendous on Sunday night in a Game 7 against the Heat, as he shot a horrific 3-of-15 from the field, while his final stat line of just 12 points and six rebounds weren’t enough allow his Hornets to advance. It is tough to tell what we can expect from Kaminski next season, so it’s best to stay away from him until the waiver periods open next fantasy season.
In a do or die scenario, Kemba couldn’t have played much worse. He shot a dreadful 19-percent from the field, while he failed to score in double-digits. His six assists were a plus for any daily players, but were not near enough to even get the Hornets within striking distance of the Miami Heat. It’s back to the drawing board for this ever-improving Charlotte squad, as they will look to build their team even more through a strong draft and free agency period.
Bogut stepped up in Sunday’s Game 1 win, producing his best performance of these playoffs so far. The veteran big man controlled the boards while he was on the court and really got after it on the defensive end. Bogut is averaging 5.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks over six postseason games. He and the Warriors will host Game 2 on Tuesday night.
As most know by now, Stephen Curry (knee) is out with a knee injury and not expected to return until at least another week. Thompson, as a result, has taken over as the Warriors go-to guy on offense. The sharpshooting swingman has risen to the occasion and did so again in Sunday’s Game 1 matchup with the Blazers. Thompson was the game’s leading scorer, as he caught fire from three-point range and put up his second highest point total of these playoffs. He will look to stay hot Tuesday night.
Lillard’s production from Sunday’s Game 1 loss certainly was not lacking, but his overall shooting from the field definitely left something to be desired. The two-time All-Star has scored plenty of points across seven postseason games so far this year. However, he has yet to really find a rhythm with his shot. Lillard is averaging 23.1 points per game these playoffs, but making only 36.2 percent of his attempts from the field. He and the Blazers will look to even up this series in Game 2 on Tuesday night.
Green continues to follow up his stellar regular season with a sensational postseason, but Sunday’s performance was his best of these playoffs so far. The All-Star forward is now sporting per-game averages of 14.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 steals over six postseason games. The Warriors will carry a 1-0 lead into Tuesday night’s Game 2.