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Andre Roberson racked up the defensive stats during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Rockets, recording five blocks and two steals through 38 minutes of floor time.

Roberson also added 13 points, one triple, four boards and three turnovers to his stat line, and he did an excellent job of making life difficult for James Harden. Unfortunately, Billy Donovan refused to pull Roberson late when the Rockets started going with a hack-a-Roberson strategy, and Roberson proceeded to go just 2-of-8 from the charity stripe, which was a misstep that certainly factored into OKC blowing their fourth-quarter lead.
Apr 23 - 7:36 PM

Rudy Gobert (knee) is working out prior to Game 4, after which Utah's trainers will decide his availability.

Gobert looked good during his warmups and he played through some contact, so early indications are positive. We should have a conclusive update very soon.
Apr 23 - 7:29 PM

Russell Westbrook notched his third straight triple-double during Sunday's Game 4 loss to Houston, racking up 35 points, 14 boards, 14 dimes, three triples, three steals, one block and five turnovers in 39 minutes.

Westbrook already had his triple-double by halftime, and he became the first player in NBA history to record three straight 30-plus-point triple-doubles during the postseason. He scored 18 of his 35 points during the fourth quarter while posting an unfathomable 61.5 usage rate, but he also forced up a ton of shots and finished the game with just 10 makes on his 28 attempts. He'll assuredly again be posting an insane stat line in Tuesday's Game 5, but it's looking like that might be the last game of this MVP-series.
Apr 23 - 7:25 PM

Eric Gordon scored 18 points on 5-of-13 shooting in 36 minutes off the bench during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Thunder, adding four triples, eight boards, one assist, two blocks and one turnover.

Gordon hit some clutch 3-point shots during crunch time to ensure the win for Houston, and the Rockets' bench was absolutely crucial to their success tonight with most of the Houston starters struggling. Lou Williams was another spark plug with the second unit, netting 18 points in 32 minutes off the bench to go with seven boards, two assists, one 3-pointer, two steals and one turnover.
Apr 23 - 7:18 PM

Ryan Anderson went 2-of-5 from the field and 4-of-4 from the stripe on his way to nine points, three boards, one 3-pointer, one steal and three turnovers during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Thunder.

Anderson has been struggling mightily during this first-round series, owning meager averages of 8.8 points, 6.0 boards and just 0.8 triples per contest on 36.4 percent shooting, yet the Rockets are now up 3-1 with the series headed back to Houston. It's just a tough matchup for Anderson, and there are no guarantees he'll bounce back in Game 5. Clint Capela was also really bad tonight with just four points, five boards, one assist and two turnovers in 18 minutes.
Apr 23 - 7:12 PM

Trevor Ariza scored 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Thunder, adding three 3-pointers, five boards, three assists, three steals and one turnover in 43 minutes.

Ariza was the only Rockets' starter to make at least 50 percent of his shot attempts, and with his perfect 3-of-3 mark from the charity stripe, he turned in a sterling true shooting percentage of 75.1. Ariza, surprisingly, hadn't connected on a single 3-pointer through the first three games of this series, so tonight's stat line can be explained as a regression to the mean.
Apr 23 - 7:08 PM

James Harden didn't look great during the Rockets' Game 4 win over the Thunder, tallying 16 points, seven boards, eight assists, one steal, zero triples and seven turnovers through 39 minutes of play.

Harden struggled with his shot for most of the game, going 5-of-16 from the field, and he summed up his play as "terrible" during his postgame interview. He also said that he tweaked his ankle during Game 3, which may have factored into his less-than-stellar stat line, but considering the Rockets are off until Tuesday and he still managed to get on the floor for 39 minutes, it would be shocking to see him miss any time with this minor injury. We're expecting a bounce-back performance in Game 5.
Apr 23 - 6:58 PM

Patrick Beverley went 2-of-13 from the field during Sunday's Game 4 win, on his way to six points, two 3-pointers, three assists, five steals and three turnovers in 27 minutes.

Beverley has been connecting on just 10.5 percent of his shot attempts over the past two games, but there's no way he'll be this bad for an extended period. In general, he's been better at home this season, so he should be able to bounce back on Tuesday with the Rockets having an opportunity to close out this series on their home floor in Game 5. As a side note, Beverley screamed out an expletive towards the fans when the buzzer sounded, so he could be facing another fine.
Apr 23 - 6:49 PM

Nene was a perfect 12-of-12 from the field during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Thunder, scoring 28 points to go with 10 boards, one assist, one steal and one turnover in 25 minutes off the bench.

The 28 points were a playoff career-high for Nene, and his 12 makes without a miss tied an NBA playoff record. He was crucial to the Rockets pulling out the win tonight with James Harden struggling for most of the game, and in general, he's played very well through this first-round series with averages of 13.5 points and 6.5 boards while knocking down an insane 92.0 percent of his shot attempts.
Apr 23 - 6:35 PM

Cameron Payne will be inactive for Game 4 against the Celtics on Sunday.

Payne was on the floor for just four minutes of garbage time in Game 3, so his absence from the active roster won't have any consequence in fantasy hoops. Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams will pick up most of the point guard minutes while Rajon Rondo (thumb) is on the sidelines.

Kevin Durant (calf) is questionable to play in Monday's Game 4 against the Trail Blazers.

The Dubs are up 3-0 in the series, so they definitely have the luxury of holding Durant out as a precautionary measure, as they should be able to close this thing out on Monday night. We'll have a better idea on Durant's status based on what he's able to do during Monday morning's shootaround. Stay tuned.
Apr 23 - 5:12 PM

Ersan Ilyasova (calf) is probable to play in Monday's Game 4 against the Wizards.

He should continue to flirt with close to 20 minutes off the bench, but he won't be making a major impact on the box score with Paul Millsap healthy.
Apr 23 - 5:04 PM

Jerian Grant will remain in the starting lineup for Sunday's Game 4 matchup with the Celtics.

Grant wasn't very good at all in Chicago's Game 3 loss, but Fred Hoiberg likes that he can space the floor with his 3-point shot (something Michael Carter-Williams is incapable of doing), so he'll keep him in the starting five tonight. Joining Grant in the starting unit will be Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade, Nikola Mirotic and Robin Lopez.

Jusuf Nurkic (leg) has been ruled out for Monday's Game 4 against the Warriors.

Nurkic experienced some soreness in his leg after playing 17 minutes on Saturday, and with Portland falling into a 0-3 hole, there's not much incentive for him to risk suffering a setback with this series pretty much over. Noah Vonleh should be back in the starting lineup on Monday with Meyers Leonard, Moe Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu all spending some minutes at the five-spot.

LeBron James helped the Cavs complete their first-round sweep of the Pacers on Sunday with 33 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, four steals, two blocks, one 3-pointer and four turnovers in 45 minutes.

James has now won 21-straight first-round series, which is the longest streak by any player since 1984, and this was also his 10th sweep in a Best-of-7 playoff series which amounts to the most sweeps by any player in NBA history. He basically got whatever he wanted all game long, had an incredible chase-down block during the third quarter, and hit a dagger 3-pointer during the closing minutes; so, par for the course for King James.
Apr 23 - 4:30 PM



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