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
Hector Sanchez left Thursday's game after taking a foul tip to the neck.
We should get a better idea on Friday if this injury is serious or not, but even a brief absence could set Sanchez back in his roster battle with Andrew Susac. Susac is younger, and a better hitter and he could be useful in NL-only or if the Giants decide to play Buster Posey more at first base. Sanchez will never have much fantasy value regardless of role though he would probably be better for San Francisco's pitchers. Analysis: Steve Pimental
Ross Ohlendorf left Thursday's game with tightness in his right groin.
This isn't good news for Ohlendorf, especially after he's pitched so well this spring. Given his success, it seems as though the only way that he will be left off of the Rangers' Opening Day roster is if he is out for an extended period of time or has a setback. He will likely fill a long reliever role for Texas with the chance to make an occasional spot start. Analysis: David Kerr