Whiteside is back on the bench for the Heat. Although he seems to be fine, the team's primary center was suffering from a bruised right thigh that he suffered in Game 3 against the Hornets in Miami's first round playoff series.
He went to the locker room briefly but is now back on the bench. He looks to be fine.
It is sounding like he will need to put on a good performance in practice on Thursday to have a chance to play as early as Game 3. The team seems content to let their star get close to 100% before utilizing his skills. Even when he comes back to play, he will be on a minutes limit. The team is saying that their series record will have no effect on the timing of his return to action, but if the Warriors are winning, the need for him to return may be lessened and the kid glove approach will continue.
Patterson is being replaced by DeMarre Carroll at power forward for the game against the Heat on Tuesday, as the Raptors try to counter the Miami small-ball game. Patterson is the first big man off the bench, though, so do not forget about him in daily leagues. Patterson should still play enough to be a viable fantasy player, and is expected to see 24-27 minutes on the court.
Powell came on strong in the final month of the regular season, but was forced to the bench when DeMarre Carroll resumed his starting role at small forward. For the game against the Heat on Tuesday, however, Carroll will take over at power forward, and Powell will step in at the other forward position.
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.