Fantasy Alarm Starting 5: December 5
Jon Impemba brings you the top five players to build your lineups around for tonight's main slate
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B. Forbes - PG
Forbes finished with 10 points (3-6 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, one assist, and one block in 28 minutes during Saturday's 117-103 Game 4 loss to the Nuggets.
Forbes has reached double figures in scoring in three of four games thus far in this playoff series. He's primarily on the court because of his ability to space the floor from beyond the arc. Nevertheless, Forbes earns enough minutes to make sporadic contributions in other categories as well.
Added 12:11 am (EST)
P. Mills - PG
Mills supplied 12 points (3-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 6-8 FT), three assists, two rebounds, and one steal in 18 minutes during Saturday's 117-103 Game 4 loss to the Nuggets.
Mills was as energetic as usual despite dealing with a hyperextended left thumb, and he scored more points in this one than he had in the first three games of this series combined (nine). Mills is normally a reliable low-end source of threes and assists. With that being said, he continues to see limited minutes lately, as he's seen a noticeable drop in playing time (from 23.3 minutes per game in the regular season to 19.3 through four playoff games).
Added 12:05 am (EST)
W. Ellington - SG
Ellington had 13 points (4-9 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, and two steals in 39 minutes during Saturday's 119-103 loss to Milwaukee.
Ellington played a team-high 39 minutes Saturday, ending the loss with 13 points including three triples. He has been a solid pickup for the Pistons after they lost Reggie Bullock mid-season, as a player who can hit multiple threes while also chipping in a few steals from time-to-time. There is a decent chance the Pistons season comes to an end Monday in Game 4 with everyone needing to step up if they are to send the series back to Milwaukee.
Added 12:05 am (EST)
R. Jackson - PG
Jackson tallied 15 points (6-15 FG, 3-8 3Pt), eight assists, six rebounds, and one steal in 30 minutes during Saturday's 119-103 loss to the Bucks.
Jackson came away with 15 points and eight assists Saturday as the Pistons once again fell to the Bucks in Game 3 of their playoff series. Jackson has put together two straight strong performances, although, the efficiency has not been spectacular. It would seem as though the Pistons are almost done for the season with only one loss standing between them and the end of their season.
Added 12:01 am (EST)
J. Poeltl - C
Poeltl pitched in eight points (3-5 FG, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, and one block in 30 minutes during Saturday's 117-103 Game 4 loss to the Nuggets.
Poeltl was one of two Spurs to earn at least 30 minutes, and he continues to spend the majority of contests covering Nikola Jokic. Poeltl has now seen 30-plus minutes in consecutive tilts, and he's been posting solid rebounding numbers here in these playoffs. Still, his production across most categories remains limited.
Added Yesterday 11:57 pm (EST)
B. Griffin - PF
Griffin amassed 27 points (10-24 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 5-5 FT), seven rebounds, six assists, and two steals in 31 minutes during Saturday's 119-103 loss to Milwaukee.
Griffin made his first appearance of the playoffs Saturday, ending the loss with 27 points in 31 minutes. Despite being cleared to play, Griffin was clearly hampered by the knee injury and the fact he was even on the floor was quite surprising. He was sporting a large brace on his knee and his final numbers certainly don't tell the full story when it comes to gauging his courage. Unfortunately, it was to no avail as the Pistons fell comfortably to the Bucks and are now only one game away from losing in four. There is certainly some doubt as to whether Griffin is able to back up for Monday's game with his availability likely being a game-time call.
Added Yesterday 11:56 pm (EST)
A. Drummond - C
Drummond finished with 12 points (5-14 FG, 2-8 FT), 12 rebounds, four steals, three blocks, and two assists in 30 minutes during Saturday's 119-103 loss to the Bucks.
Drummond had his best all-around game of the playoffs, putting up a double-double to go with a combined seven steals and blocks. Brook Lopez certainly impacted Drummond's production on the offensive end as he went just 5-of-14 from the field. However, it was on the defensive end that Drummond did most of his damage, much like he has done throughout the season. The Pistons welcomed back Blake Griffin but was once again outclassed and now need to win Game 4 on Monday to avoid a clean sweep.
Added Yesterday 11:51 pm (EST)
L. Aldridge - PF
Aldridge collected 24 points (10-18 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), nine rebounds, two steals, one assist, and one block in 29 minutes during Saturday's 117-103 Game 4 loss to the Nuggets.
Aldridge filled up the stat sheet despite not seeing the floor at all in the fourth quarter. Coach Gregg Popovich stated in his post-game press conference that Aldridge isn't injured. With the series tied at two games apiece, Aldridge seems likely to receive a heavy load of minutes in Tuesday's Game 5.
Added Yesterday 11:50 pm (EST)