LaMarcus Aldridge became the first NBA player with 30-plus points, 13-plus rebounds, 100 FT% (min. 10 FT) in a playoff game since Tim Duncan (5/28/05 vs. PHO) as he and the Blazers eliminated the Rockets from the playoffs on Friday.
While Damian Lillard will get most of the media's attention, and rightfully so after he had an outstanding serious capped by nailing the series-winning triple with no time left on Friday, LMA was just as influential in the first round upset of the Rockets as he averaged about 30 points, 11 boards, and three blocks.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Titans head coach Mike Mularkey said the team is giving Marcus Mariota more chances to run the football.
One of the bigger surprises this fantasy season has been the lack of running by Mariota, considering he came from a read option offense in Oregon. However, the rookie quarterback has still been a solid fantasy option despite the lack of running, so this will give a slight boost to his value if he is able to churn out a few yards on the ground. It’s always a tough situation when quarterbacks run more as they open themselves up for injury, but the Titans must feel confident that Mariota will know how to protect himself when he decides to take off and run. Analysis: Phil Backert