NBA Playoff Preview: Rockets vs Jazz (Video)
Justin Fensterman breaks down each playoff match-up and keys in on some players to watch during the series!
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P. McCaw - SG
Head coach Nick Nurse said McCaw (thumb) is probable for Friday's game against the Magic, Eric Koreen of The Athletic reports.
McCaw has not played since March 30, but it looks like the swingman will be making his playoff debut for the Raptors on Friday night. Look for McCaw's status to be confirmed at some point prior to tip-off.
Added 10:25 am (EST)
P. Beverley - PG
Beverley amassed just six points, one rebound, and one steal in 18 minutes during Thursday's 132-105 loss to the Warriors.
Beverley has very little impact Thursday, unable to repeat his performance from Monday. Kevin Durant exploded for 38 points with Beverley struggling to contain him despite the best efforts. Given the outcome, head coach Doc Rivers may look to switch things up Sunday with JaMychal Green potentially coming into the starting lineup to put more size in front of Durant.
Added 6:05 am (EST)
D. Gallinari - SF
Gallinari produced just nine points (2-13 FG, 0-8 3Pt, 5-5 FT), six rebounds, and three assists in 26 minutes during Thursday's 132-105 loss to Golden State.
Gallinari made just 2-of-13 from the field in Thursday's blowout loss, finding himself riding the pine down the stretch as the Clippers went with their reserved to close out the game. He had been much better than this coming into the game and will need to get things going once again if the Clippers hope to level the series at 2-2 Sunday.
Added 6:01 am (EST)
I. Zubac - C
Zubac finished with 18 points (8-12 FG, 2-3 FT), 15 rebounds, one steal, and one block in 17 minutes during Thursday's 132-105 loss to the Warriors.
Zubac was basically the only bright spot for the Clippers on Thursday, ending the game with 18 points and 15 rebounds in just 17 minutes. The Clippers were unable to repeat their comeback victory from Game 2, falling behind early and never recovering. Zubac would typically not be this good but the blowout afforded him some additional playing time.
Added 5:58 am (EST)
A. Iguodala - SG
Iguodala ended with 15 points (5-6 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-4 FT), three assists, two rebounds, and two blocks in 22 minutes during Thursday's 132-105 victory over the Clippers.
Iguodala was in fine form Thursday, bringing his A-game as the Warriors bounced back after an embarrassing loss in Game 2. This type of production is certainly not unexpected from the veteran who typically turns things on during the postseason.
Added 5:55 am (EST)
A. Bogut - C
Bogut totaled eight points (4-5 FG), 14 rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block in 25 minutes during Thursday's 132-105 victory over the Clippers.
Bogut moved into the starting lineup with DeMarcus Cousins (quad) expected to miss the rest of the post-season. He amassed just eight points but added a game-high 14 rebounds to go with five dimes. The addition of Bogus prior to the playoffs is looking like a masterstroke and he arguably allows the Warriors to function at a higher level, as opposed to having Cousins on the floor.
Added 5:52 am (EST)
K. Durant - SF
Durant finished with 38 points (14-23 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 7-8 FT), seven assists, four rebounds, one steal, and one block in 30 minutes during Thursday's 132-105 victory over the Clippers.
Durant was on a mission Thursday, atoning for his lackluster effort in the Game 2 loss. Durant appeared dialed in from the opening ti, ending with a game-high 38 points in 30 minutes. His line could have been much bigger had the game been even remotely close. The Warriors as a whole were certainly focused on getting the victory and will look to extend to a 3-1 victory in Game 4 on Sunday.
Added 5:47 am (EST)
C. LeVert - SG
LeVert logged 26 points (10-17 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block in 28 minutes during Thursday's 131-115 Game 3 loss to the 76ers.
LeVert was electric, making things happen on both ends of the court. He has now surpassed 20 points in two of the three games thus far this series despite remaining in a reserve role and averaging just under 24.0 minutes per game here in the playoffs.
Added 2:32 am (EST)