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DFS NBA Playbook: April 28
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Rudy Gobert Headshot

Gobert was removed from Friday's Game 6 loss to the Clippers in the fourth quarter with a mild left ankle sprain, but will be good to go for Sunday's Game 7, the Associated Press reports.

X-rays conducted on Gobert's ankle came back negative, and though he may still be dealing with some residual soreness once Sunday arrives, it's not anything that will result in his workload being limited with the Jazz needing all hands on deck to advance to the second round of the playoffs. Prior to his departure, Gobert enjoyed another productive outing, tallying 15 points (5-10 FG, 5-10 FT), nine rebounds, three blocks, two assists and two steals across 33 minutes.
10:58 am (EST)
Austin Rivers Headshot

Rivers started at shooting guard and supplied 13 points (5-10 FG, 3-7 3Pt), four rebounds, one assist and one block across 35 minutes Friday in a 98-93 win over the Jazz in Game 6 of the series.

Rivers was playing in just his second game after missing more than three weeks with a hamstring injury, but that didn't make coach Doc Rivers reluctant to move the younger Rivers up to the top unit and hand him major minutes. The 24-year-old looked far less tentative Friday than he did in his return to action three days earlier, as he provided some efficient scoring from beyond the arc, with one of his three treys helping the Clippers build a 14-point cushion with less than four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Expect him to start again and see another significant workload in Sunday's Game 7.
10:55 am (EST)
George Hill Headshot

Hill compiled 22 points (8-13 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 5-9 FT), five rebounds, three assists and one block across 32 minutes Friday in a 98-93 Game 6 loss to the Clippers.

A 80.1 percent free-throw shooter during the regular season, Hill is usually quite reliable from the charity stripe, but his four misses Friday proved costly in a game the Jazz had a chance to tie on their final possession. That won't prevent coach Quin Snyder from continuing to lean heavily on the point guard in Sunday's Game 7, as Hill remains the top sidekick to Jazz All-Star Gordon Hayward. Hill is averaging 16.8 points (on 47.4% shooting from the field), 4.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.7 three-pointers in 36.5 minutes per game through the first six contests of the series.
10:51 am (EST)
Chris Paul Headshot

Paul recorded 29 points (10-20 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 7-8 FT), eight assists, three rebounds and two steals across 38 minutes Friday in a 98-93 win over the Jazz in Game 6 of the series.

With Blake Griffin missing the last three games of the series with a season-ending toe injury, Paul has took it upon himself to carry the Clippers offense on his shoulders. He was once again masterful in Game 6 as both a scorer and distributor, providing at least 27 points for the third straight game and bumping his assist-to-turnover ratio up to 29:8 during that span. Paul should see another sky-high usage rate in Sunday's Game 7 as the Clippers aim to advance to the second round.
10:47 am (EST)
Gordon Hayward Headshot

Hayward provided 31 points (9-20 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 10-11 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and two steals across 42 minutes Friday in a 98-93 loss to the Clippers in Game 6 of the series.

The Clippers nearly ran away with the game after building their lead to 15 points with 3:58 left in the fourth quarter, but Hayward did his best to keep the final margin more respectable. He scored seven consecutive points for the Jazz during one stretch in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to three, but Utah was unable to draw any closer than that. Hayward has eclipsed the 40-minute mark in both of his appearances since recovering from a bout with the stomach flu and figures to be in line for extensive minutes in Sunday's Game 7 as the Jazz look to steal the series on the road.
10:43 am (EST)
DeAndre Jordan Headshot

Jordan amassed 13 points (5-8 FG, 3-11 FT), 18 rebounds and one assist across 38 minutes Friday in a 98-93 win over the Jazz in Game 6 of the series.

It wasn't the prettiest of outings for Jordan, who recorded five fouls and a season-high seven turnovers while having another unsightly showing from the free-throw line. Despite those foibles, he continued his series-long dominance on the glass, and converted just enough of his free throws to help him earn his 11th consecutive double-double. The Clippers will need another big effort from Jordan in Sunday's Game 7 in order to advance to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs.
10:39 am (EST)
Derrick Favors Headshot

Favors produced two points (1-6 FG), seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block across 15 minutes Friday in a 98-93 loss to the Clippers in Game 6 of the series.

Favors has come off the bench the last three games with Rudy Gobert returning from a two-game absence due to a knee injury, but after providing 17 points in Game 4, Favors has seen his offensive outputs dry up in the subsequent two contests. He's combined to produce six points on 3-of-9 shooting over that span, prompting coach Quin Snyder to hand Favors below 20 minutes in both contests. Expect the former starter to again see only a limited role off the bench in Sunday's Game 7, as he hasn't proven he's capable of returning to the form that saw him average 16.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game a season ago.
10:36 am (EST)
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)
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