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Atlanta has offered Pau Gasol $11M-plus a year.

Well no wonder Gasol turned down $10 million form the Lakers. The big guy hasn't stated yet if he is ready to move on from the Lakers, so if they still want him, it is evident that they just need to pony up a little extra coin. It's probably safe to assume that Gasol will make his decision sooner than later.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Danny Green scored 11 points (4-8 FGA) going 3-for-6 from three-point range with six rebounds, two assists and three steals in Friday's 100-73 win over the Clippers.

Green is off to a slow start in the postseason as he is now averaging 8.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 three-pointers through three games. If the Spurs want to get by the Clippers, Green will have to pick up his game from behind the arc considering he is one of the better three-point shooters in the game.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Kawhi Leonard scored a game-high 32 points (13-18 FGA, 3-3 FTA) going 3-for-5 from three-point range with four rebounds, one assist, three steals and two blocks in Friday's 100-73 win over the Clippers.

Leonard has been on fire this postseason as he is now averaging 24.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals through three games. He is clearly the go-to- option in the Spurs offense at this point in his career and should only get better form here at the age of 23.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Blake Griffin scored 14 points (6-15 FGA, 2-3 FTA) with 10 rebounds, five assists and one block in Friday's 100-73 loss to the Spurs.

Griffin, along with the whole Clippers roster, had an off night on Friday as he hit on just 40.0 percent of his field goals resulting in his worst performance of the playoffs. With the Clippers now down 1-2 to the Spurs, expect to see Griffin bounce back in an effort to advance to the next round.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Marcin Gortat scored a team-high 24 points (11-15 FGA, 2-5 FTA) with 13 rebounds, five assists and four blocks in Friday's 106-99 win over the Raptors.

Gortat had himself a monster game on Friday night as he managed to lead the Wizards to a 3-0 series lead over the Raptors. It is unlikely he will put up numbers like this on a nightly basis, but he is still a threat for a double-double in the very least.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

John Wall scored 19 points (5-15 FGA, 9-10 FTA) with five rebounds, 15 assists, one steal and one block in Friday's 106-99 win over the Raptors.

Wall is now averaging 18.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 13.3 assists as he continues to play a major role in the Wizards' postseason success. With a 3-0 lead over the Raptors expect Wall to keep up the pace and capture a first round series win in the upcoming days.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 32 points (11-29 FGA, 7-7 FTA) going 3-for-6 from three-point range with six rebounds, six assists and one steal in Friday's 106-99 loss to the Wizards.

DeRozan had his best game of the postseason on Friday night but it wasn't enough to hold off the Wizards from taking a 3-0 series lead. Whether or not the Raptors are able to scratch back in this series DeRozan remains an elite shooting guard in the league given his ability to score at will on a nightly basis.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Andrew Cashner allowed two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out six batters over seven innings against the Dodgers on Friday.

Cashner suffered his third loss of the season Friday after his offense failed to give him any run support through seven strong innings. He is now a 2.63 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and a 26:7 K:BB rate through four starts (24.0 innings), which is more than enough to warrant must-start status even if his luck doesn't turn around in the win/loss column. The Padres righty will look to keep up the pace when he takes on the Astros on Wednesday. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Yimi Garcia notched his first save of the season after tossing a scoreless ninth inning striking out two batters against the Padres on Friday.

Garcia has pitched well out of the Dodgers bullpen this season as he is now sitting on a 0.93 ERA and 0.62 WHIP with a 16:3 K:BB rate through his first nine appearances. Although it was nice to see him earn a save Friday his fantasy value will be short-lived outside of holds leagues once Kenley Jansen returns to the mix.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Zack Greinke improved to 3-0 after tossing seven scoreless innings allowing four hits and three walks while striking out seven batters against the Padres on Friday.

Greinke continued his hot start Friday night as he managed to work through seven strong innings to notch his third win of the season. The 31-year-old is now the proud owner of a 1.35 EA, 0.79 WHIP and a 21:5 K:BB rate through 26 2/3 innings, which is by far the best start he has has since coming to the Dodgers. He will look to keep the ball rolling when he takes on the Giants on Wednesday. Analysis: Matthew Beck

Carl Crawford went 2-for-4 connecting on his first home run of the season, a solo-shot, against the Padres on Friday.

Crawford may not be having a season to remember, but he managed to be an asset to the Dodgers on Friday when he helped build on a lead that turned into the team's first win in three games. However, he is now slashing .244/.262/.390 with just four extra-base hits and two RBI which makes him an NL-only option at best moving forward.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Marcus Semien went 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored during Friday’s extra-inning loss to the Astros.

Semien tried as hard as he could but his two-run shot in the 11th inning got the A’s close but they just couldn’t catch the Astros after having come back once already in the 10th inning. He’s now got three-straight two-hit games and now has three home runs, 11 RBI and two stolen bases on the season. He’s already a must-start in AL-only play and is gradually becoming a solid play in mixed leagues as well. Analysis: Howard Bender

Scott Kazmir tossed seven scoreless innings and allowed five hits and three walks with seven strikeouts against the Astros on Friday.

Coming into the game, Kazmir was sporting a 10.18 K/9 while the Astros were striking out 27.1-perecent of the time against lefthanders, so his dominance for seven innings should have come as no surprise. He tossed 106 pitches (69 strikes) and just dared the Astros to hit him. He threw 20 of his 29 first pitches for strikes and kept the Astros guessing the entire time. He’s now allowed just three runs over 27 1/3 innings with a 30:9 K:BB so with a match-up against the Angels next week, consider him a must-start. Analysis: Howard Bender

George Springer went 2-for-6 with a double, one RBI and a run scored against the A’s on Friday.

Things have been downright brutal for the once and still-heralded youngster. He’s not delivering the way we had hoped he would by now, but he has hit safely in five of his last six games and has two doubles, one home run, three RBI and two stolen bases in that span. We’d like to see him lock down some multi-hit games so hopefully this little run can serve as a catalyst for bigger and better things to come. Analysis: Howard Bender

Chad Qualls got the third out of the 11th inning to earn the save in the Astros’ 5-4 win over the A’s on Friday.

It was just a brief, one-out save in the 11th inning after closer Luke Gregerson blew the save in the bottom of the 10th inning. Qualls was once a closer but remains in a set-up role for the Astros which is where he’ll stay. The leash on Gregerson will be fairly long so don’t go crazy and think that picking up Qualls is a savvy move to get a closer. Analysis: Howard Bender

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