Richardson was bugged by the shoulder in round one and even went for an MRI following Game 6 of the series however he should be good to go for the start of the series against Toronto. The rookie played nicely in the opening round but only put up numbers equivalent to a middle of the road option no matter the format. Toronto should be a much bigger challenge than Charlotte was as they open the second round series on Tuesday.
Love was banged up in Monday's Game 1 and eventually left the game with from a shoulder and ankle injury. The fact he has no lingering soreness is good news for Cavs fans as their big man has been dominant in the playoffs so far with five straight double-doubles. Game 2 is Wednesday in Cleveland and it should be another good performance out of Love.
While it may seem like he really stuffed the stat sheet in Game 2, Leonard shot under 50% from the field for only the second time this postseason. Last night was also the first time that he didn't make a 3PA since April 10. LaMarcus Aldridge may be racking up the points for the Spurs, but if they want to get by the Thunder they need to stick with their original success with Kawhi and the Big 3.
For the second straight game, Aldridge went absolutely off against the Oklahoma City Thunder. After having 38 points on 18-23 shooting in Game 1, to do what he did last night is extremely impressive. The Spurs lost the game, but after averaging just 18 PPG in the regular season, it shows that San Antonio has no shortage of offensive weapons on this team.
Adams continues to be a bright spot for the Thunder this postseason, but Game 2 against the Spurs was very impressive. He only averaged eight points and 6.7 rebounds in the regular season, so 12 points with 17 (!) rebounds is huge against a San Antonio team that rebounds the ball well. If the Thunder are going to take this series, then they are going to need some big time play out of someone other than Durant and Westbrook, and Steven Adams could be that guy.
Like Westbrook, Durant silenced the critics by busting out 28 points in Game 2 while giving San Antonio just their second home loss of the season. Durant's 28 PPG this postseason is well above the 24 PPG he averaged in the regular season. It seems that the Thunder play their best when Westbrook and Durant share the spotlight and score evenly as opposed to one outscoring the other by a large margin. These two will have to continue to complement each others games if they want to take down the 2-seed in the West.
Russell Westbrook scored 29 points (11-25 FGA, 6-8 FTA) going 1-for-6 from three-point range with seven rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one block over 37 minutes in Monday's 98-97 win against the Spurs.
Although struggling from the three-point line, Westbrook certainly did his part in the Thunder's win in Game 2. After shooting 5-19 for 14 points in embarrassing Game 1 loss, he really stepped up to make sure Game 2 wasn't a repeat. Westbrook is shooting around 43% from the field and owns a 24.7 PPG and 10.7 APG average this postseason.
Smith is known for being the three-point specialist on the Cavs and right now his shot is working pretty well. Since the ugly first game against Detroit he has shot 19-for-33 from deep and threes have been the only shots he’s made including from the charity stripe. He has found ways to sporadically chip in in other ways but as it stands right now he is a risky play because if his shot isn’t on, neither is his point total.
Kyrie had another stellar performance to open the second round on Monday posting his fifth straight 20-point game of the playoffs. The eight assists in the most he has since the third to last game of the regular season though he only had one or two stats in the other categories. In the first round he averaged 27.5 PPG, 4.8 APG, 2.3 RPG, and 1.3 SPG against Detroit and there is very little reason why he can’t put up those numbers once again.
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.