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P. George - SF
George delivered 22 points (3-16 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 14-17 FT), six rebounds, six assists and one steal across 41 minutes during the Thunder's 120-108 win over the Trail Blazers during Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Friday.
George endured an absolutely forgettable night from the field, but he salvaged his final line to a large extent with a game-high 17 visits to the free-throw line. The veteran wing has scored at least Friday's 22 points in each of the series' first three games, although he's been far from efficient overall. George has now shot well under 40.0 percent in two contests against the Trail Blazers, and he's posted a sub-30.0 percent success rate from three-point range in each of Games 1-3. Although George has insisted his troublesome shoulder isn't bothering him, there seems to be plenty of evidence to support the notion it's having an adverse impact to some degree.
Added 2:10 am (EST)
R. Westbrook - PG
Westbrook registered 33 points (11-22 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 7-8 FT), 11 assists, five rebounds and one block across 38 minutes during the Thunder's 120-108 win over the Trail Blazers in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Friday.
After a forgettable Game 2 performance that Westbrook himself termed unacceptable, the perennial All-Star bounced back in fine fashion Friday. Westbrook's scoring total was a series high, while his assists tied his series-best Game 2 tally in that department. The veteran point guard now has two strong shooting performance over the first three games of the series, and he'll look to stay hot in Sunday's Game 4 as OKC looks to even the series at 2-2.
Added 2:02 am (EST)
C. McCollum - SG
McCollum totaled 21 points (7-16 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 2-4 FT), seven rebounds, seven assists and one steal across 36 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 120-108 loss to the Thunder in Game 3 of their Western Conference playoff series Friday.
McCollum wasn't quite as efficient overall as he'd been in Game 2, when he'd drained 54.5 percent of his shots on his home floor. However, he was very impressive from behind the arc Friday, with his 62.5 percent success rate from three-point range his best since March 15. McCollum has actually been sharp from distance since the series began, as he's drained no less than 42.9 percent of his three-point attempts during the first three games.
Added 1:44 am (EST)
D. Lillard - PG
Lillard turned in 32 points (10-21 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 9-10 FT), six assists, four rebounds and two steals across 37 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 120-108 loss to the Thunder on Friday in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.
Lillard's final line was certainly impressive, but he amassed 25 of his 32 points in the third quarter. That meant he came up particularly small in the fourth, when he netted just three points as the Blazers looked to close in. Irrespective of the imbalance, Lillard is still enjoy an excellent series overall, as he's scored no fewer than 29 points in any of the first three games. He also has back-to-back 47.6 percent shooting efforts, and he'll look to set the bar even higher in Game 4 on Sunday.
Added 1:39 am (EST)
T. Young - PF
Young ended with 11 points (5-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-4 FT), nine rebounds, three assists, three steals, and one block in 37 minutes during Friday's 104-96 loss to the Celtics.
Young fell just one rebound short of a double-double in Friday's loss, putting up a line almost exactly the same as the previous game Wednesday. The Pacers continue to struggle on the offensive end, scoring just 12 points across the entire third quarter. Young has had a nice season in both fantasy and reality after there had been early season fears surrounding his exact role. The Pacers will be hoping a number of players can step up Sunday as they attempt to force the series back to Boston for Game 5.
Added 1:27 am (EST)
T. Evans - SG
Evans totaled 19 points (6-10 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), two rebounds, and one assist in 22 minutes during Friday's 104-96 loss to Boston.
Evans led all Pacer players with 19 points in just 22 minutes Friday, shooting the ball well again, albeit in a losing effort. The Pacers simply do not have anyone who can score 30 points on demand without Victor Oladipo and the initial fears heading into the playoffs are certainly justified right now. Game 4 will be on Sunday in Indiana with the Pacers looking to extend the series to a fifth game.
Added 1:22 am (EST)
B. Bogdanovic - SF
Bogdanovic finished with 15 points (6-17 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 40 minutes during Friday's 104-96 loss to the Celtics.
Bogdanovic was impactful once again Friday despite shooting just 35 percent from the field. The Pacers were well and truly in this game but a 12 point third quarter is certainly going to be mentioned in the post-game notes. The Pacers need to win Game 4 on Sunday if they are to extend their season and at this stage, it would appear the end is near. On a more personal note, Bogdanovic has had a career-best season and is likely to be drafted in almost every format come September.
Added 1:18 am (EST)
J. Tatum - SF
Tatum contributed 18 points (8-16 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-4 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 33 minutes during Friday's 104-96 victory over Indiana.
Tatum finished with 18 points in Friday's Game 3 victory, a game in which four of the five starters scored in excess of 16 points. The balanced scoring attack was just enough for the Celtics to take a stranglehold on the series with just one victory now standing between them and the second round of the playoffs. Tatum and Jaylen Brown finished a combined 4-of-12 from the charity stripe, a number that will need to increase if they are to make any real noise in the playoffs.
Added 1:13 am (EST)