DFS NBA Optimal Lineups:  April 23 Cover Image
DFS NBA Optimal Lineups: April 23
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Rudy Gobert Headshot

Gobert (knee) has been upgraded to questionable for Sunday's Game 4 against the Clippers, Jazz radio play-by-play announcer David Locke reports.

Gobert came into Sunday with a doubtful designation, but must have seen some unexpected improvement overnight and has now been upgraded to questionable following the team's morning shootaround. Look for Gobert to test out the knee again during pregame warmups, meaning we should get final word on his availability shortly before tip off. If Gobert is ultimately cleared to play, there's a chance he sees some restrictions on his playing time in his first game back.
1:02 pm (EST)
Diamond Stone Headshot

Stone (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's Game 4 against the Jazz.

Stone continues to work back from a bone bruise in his left knee and with the Clippers unlikely to use Stone as a part of their regular rotation during the playoffs, there's no real reason to bring the rookie big man back into the fold. He'll remain sidelined yet again Sunday and is unlikely to be available at any point during the first round of the playoffs. That said, look for his status to be updated again ahead of Tuesday's Game 5.
12:46 pm (EST)
Marc Gasol Headshot

Gasol provided 16 points (5-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 5-5 FT), 12 rebounds, four assists and one block across 46 minutes Saturday in a 110-108 overtime win over the Spurs in Game 4 of the series.

Gasol didn't have a particularly noteworthy night from the field and committed seven turnovers, but he converted the most important bucket of the game, knocking down a floating jumper with less than one second remaining in overtime to help the Grizzlies even the series at 2-2. Mike Conley has been the clear alpha dog for the Grizzlies during the past three games, but Gasol has still been a decent contributor, chipping in 16.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.0 three-pointer per contest during that stretch.
9:49 am (EST)
Mike Conley Headshot

Conley erupted for 35 points (13-23 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 5-7 FT), nine rebounds, eight assists and one steal across 42 minutes in Saturday's 110-108 overtime win over the Spurs in Game 4 of the series.

Conley's performance may have been overshadowed by the Spurs' Kawhi Leonard -- who churned out 43 points, including the San Antonio's last 16 points of regulation -- but the point guard couldn't have picked a better time to turn in the best postseason performance of his career. After scoring just 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting in the series opener, Conley has been a nightmare for the Spurs in the last three contests, averaging 27.7 points and 8.0 dimes while shooting 51.9 percent from the field and 47.6 percent from three-point range.
9:45 am (EST)
Kawhi Leonard Headshot

Leonard registered 43 points (14-30 FG, 7-10 3Pt, 8-8 FT), eight rebounds, six steals and three assists across 44 minutes Saturday in a 110-108 overtime loss to the Grizzlies in Game 4 of the series.

Leonard almost willed the Spurs to a 3-1 series lead Saturday, scoring San Antonio's final 16 points of regulation to take the game to overtime and tying the game with 17 seconds remaining in the extra period on a clutch three-pointer. In addition to his offensive exploits, the two-time Defensive Player of the Year made things difficult for the Grizzlies wings with the six thefts, one short of his total from the previous seven games combined. The do-everything forward is now averaging 32.5 points (on 58% shooting), 6.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.5 three-pointers and 2.0 steals in 36.5 minutes per game during the series.
9:41 am (EST)
Andre Iguodala Headshot

Iguodala recorded 16 points (5-12 FG, 0-6 3Pt, 6-7 FT), seven rebounds and three assists across 36 minutes during a 119-113 win over the Trail Blazers on Saturday.

Iguodala had a great Game 3, as he was given his highest minute total since Jan. 29 with Kevin Durant (calf) and Matt Barnes (foot) sidelined again. His 16 points off the bench marked the third-highest scoring total on the team in the win. Iguodala will have increased opportunities to score for as long as Durant and Barnes are sidelined.
1:59 am (EST)
Stephen Curry Headshot

Curry totaled 34 points (10-25 FG, 5-14 3Pt, 9-10 FT), eight assists, four rebounds, two steals and one block across 39 minutes during a 119-113 win over the Trail Blazers on Saturday.

Curry eclipsed the 30-point mark for the first time this postseason and the eight assists also marked his highest total of the series so far. He shot below 50 percent for the third straight game, but got hot for 14 points in the fourth quarter to help the team seal the victory. Curry is shooting just 40.3 percent to start the postseason, but expect that percentage to rise soon.
1:59 am (EST)
C.J. McCollum Headshot

McCollum contributed 32 points (10-23 FG, 6-9 3Pt, 6-6 FT), six rebounds and two steals across 39 minutes during a 119-113 loss to the Warriors on Saturday.

McCollum scored more than 30 points for the second time in three games so far in the series as he posted a team-high 32 points in the loss. The six three-pointers made marked his highest total since Dec. 10. McCollum has been a great scorer so far in the series, but after he averaged 3.6 assists per game during the regular season, he has just a combined total of three assists so far in this series.
1:58 am (EST)
Jusuf Nurkic Headshot

Nurkic posted two points (1-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt), 11 rebounds, four assists and one block across 17 minutes during a 119-113 loss to the Warriors on Saturday.

Nurkic (leg) played in his first game since March 30, and hauled home 11 boards in limited minutes. Considering he only played 17 minutes, this was a fairly good line from Nurkic. The team's season is on the line for the rest of the series, so we'll see if the team plans to increase his workload slightly. Barring any setbacks, expect him to be starting again in Game 4.
1:58 am (EST)
Dennis Schroder Headshot

Schroder scored 27 points (10-22 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 4-6 FT) while adding nine assists, two rebounds and a steal in 31 minutes during Saturday's 116-98 Game 3 win over the Wizards.

He's been impressive so far in his first playoff series as the Hawks' starting point guard, averaging 25.0 points, 8.0 assists, 3.0 boards, 2.3 three-pointers and 1.0 steals through three games. The 23-year-old Schroder may need to find another gear if Atlanta is going to avoid a first-round exit, however.
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