Thompson did was he is paid to do on Monday and that is rebound. His offense is mostly an after thought though the eight points he posted in the game were the highest all post-season for the big man. 14 is the most boards in one game for him since the first game of April and then the middle of March before that. If rebounding is what you’re looking for, Thompson is your man, however consider yourself forewarned that his offensive numbers are lacking as he averages just 4.6 PPG during the playoffs.
What exactly can’t LBJ do on a basketball court? It was his fifth straight post-season 20-point game and seventh straight including the last two played in the regular season. It was a season-high for him in steals as he came close to a triple-double. Atlanta doesn’t have an answer for him when he is playing like this and it could be a great series for him and a quick one for the Hawks. He is averaging 22.8 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 6.8 APG, and 1.8 SPG during the post-season to this point.
Love has been a double-double machine this post-season with five straight now including Monday’s. He has however, struggled from the field in three of the those five including the last two in which he is a combined 7-for-32 from the field. His ability to draw fouls and hit the long shots help buoy his offensive numbers but if he wants to keep his roll going, his shot is going to have to start falling at a better rate. He is a must play candidate right now, though news on his ankle that was injured in Game 1 may dissuade you from that decision.
Monday was a career-high for Schroder as he came off the bench and gave the Hawks the boost their offense needed to make things tight in the middle parts of the game. He had his best game by far but he did turn the ball over five times and rack up five fouls in the 29 minutes he was on the court. Jeff Teague is in no danger of losing more minutes to Schroder unless this happens again in Game 2 but even reserves can have career nights every once in a while too.