Dirk Nowitzki Headshot

Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) won't return against the Blazers.

Added 11/04/16 9:54 pm (EST)   Source
The Mavericks just cannot catch a break Friday. Starting center Andrew Bogut is away from the team dealing with a personal issue. Swingman Wesley Matthews exited the game earlier with a knee injury. Now, losing Nowitzki is obviously the biggest blow. If the veteran face of the franchise is out for any extended period, it could be incredibly costly.
Patrick Beverley Headshot

Beverley scored 15 points (6-10 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and added eight rebounds, three assists and one steal in 27 minutes during Tuesday's Game 5 105-99 win over the Thunder.

Added 1:55 am (EST)
After starting the series with two good offensive games, Beverley struggled with his shot in Games 3 and 4. He went a combined 2-19 (10.5%) from the floor in the contests, scoring a total of just seven points. He recovered in Game 5, outscoring the combination of all three of the other starters not named James Harden. Whether the Rockets face the Spurs or the Grizzlies in the next round, Beverley's defensive assignment will be easier than Russell Westbrook, the league leader in scoring.
Lou Williams Headshot

Williams scored 22 points (7-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 6-6 FT) and added five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 33 minutes during Tuesday's Game 5 105-99 win over the Thunder.

Added 1:46 am (EST)
Williams was the Rockets' second leading scorer on a night when James Harden struggled to connect from anywhere other than the free-throw line. Williams has played at least 30 minutes in three games straight, and has scored double-digit points in every game during the playoffs. As long as his minutes stay elevated, he is a strong option in daily formats.
James Harden Headshot

Harden scored 34 points (8-25 FG, 2-13 3Pt, 16-17 FT) and added eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks in 38 minutes during Tuesday's Game 5 105-99 win over the Thunder.

Added 1:40 am (EST)
Harden rolled his ankle in Game 3, but has played through the pain and not missed a game. The injury appears to have impacted his shooting, as he is a combined 13-41 (31.7%) from the field and 2-20 (10.0%) from behind the arc over the two games since the injury. Though his efficiency has suffered, he has continued rebounding and assisting at a high level. Until his ankle is healed, DFS players should consider his injury before using him.
Russell Westbrook Headshot

Westbrook scored 47 points (15-34 FG, 5-18 3Pt, 12-17 FT) and added 11 rebounds and nine assists in 42 minutes during Tuesday's 105-99 loss to the Rockets in Game 5.

Added 1:30 am (EST)
Westbrook closed his record-setting season with another box score that would look like a typo next to anyone else's name. It's hard to imagine Westbrook will be able to recreate his unprecedented 2016-17 production next season. The Thunder will have an entire offseason to build around him - most of the current team was structured around the combination of Westbrook and Durant. Offseason personnel moves may help the Thunder, but they will probably lead to Westbrook carrying a smaller load.
LaMarcus Aldridge Headshot

Aldridge totaled 12 points (5-13 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 38 minutes during a 116-103 win over the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

Added 12:22 am (EST)
Aldridge scored below 20 points for the fourth straight game as he nearly missed out on his second double-double of the series. He has posted fairly average numbers so far in the team's first round series, despite averaging 36.4 minutes per game, with averages of 14.4 points on 46.6 percent shooting and 6.4 rebounds per game.
Patty Mills Headshot

Mills produced 20 points (7-10 FG, 5-7 3PT, 1-1 FT), two rebounds and one assist across 22 minutes during a 116-103 win over the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

Added 12:21 am (EST)
Mills had by far his best game of the series, as Game 5 marked the first game this series in which he has scored more than 11 points. He knocked in five three-pointers, and was the team's second-leading scorer behind Kawhi Leonard. Mills is usually a fairly streaky player, but we'll see if he can follow up this effort with another good one in potential close-out game.
Marc Gasol Headshot

Gasol posted 17 points (6-12 FG, 0-1 3PT, 5-5 FT), seven assists and five rebounds across 41 minutes during a 116-103 loss to the Spurs on Tuesday.

Added 12:20 am (EST)
Gasol scored less than 20 points for the third time in five games so far in the series as he attempted 12 field goal attempts for the second consecutive outing. The seven assists marked a team high and his best total of the series so far. With the team facing a must-win situation now, it wouldn't be surprising to see Gasol get a bit more aggressive on the offensive end.
Mike Conley Headshot

Conley totaled 26 points (10-17 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-5 FT), six assists, four steals, two rebounds and one block across 35 minutes during a 116-103 loss to the Spurs on Tuesday.

Added 12:20 am (EST)
Conley kept up his torrid pace in the series as his 26 points were a team high. Tuesday's game marked the fourth consecutive game in the series that he has scored at least 24 points. His four steals were the most he's had so far in the series. Conley's offense is superb right now, as he's averaging 24.4 points per game in the series on 50.6 percent shooting.
Rajon Rondo Headshot

Rondo (thumb) is "preparing to attempt to play" in Wednesday's Game 5 against the Celtics, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

Added Yesterday 9:33 pm (EST)
Rondo was able to get some shots up at Tuesday's practice, but coach Fred Hoiberg reiterated that the Kentucky product would still miss Game 5. However, it appears the veteran guard has different plans, as he is preparing as though he will give it a go Wednesday. A final decision on his status is unlikely to be determined until closer to tip-off. If he does take the court, he figures to be limited in what he can provide offensively. If he does not, the Bulls would presumably give Isaiah Canaan another starting opportunity.
Dewayne Dedmon Headshot

Dedmon (illness) will come off the bench for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Grizzlies, Jeff McDonald of San Antonio Express-News reports.

Added Yesterday 7:23 pm (EST)
Dedmon has been a fixture in the Spurs' starting lineup throughout the later stages of the season, but a recent illness kept him out of Game 4 of the Spurs' first round series on Saturday. David Lee drew the start in his place, posting eight points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal across 33 minutes, and will remain with the top unit during Game 5 despite Dedmon being available. That said, with both players active, they'll likely be in a timeshare, which could mean a decrease in playing time all around, thus hurting their overall fantasy value.
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