Enes Kanter
Thunder's Enes Kanter: Plays under 10 minutes for second straight game
Enes Kanter, C, OKC
9:14 AM
News: Kanter played a postseason-low six minutes in Thursday's 120-111 Game 5 loss to the Warriors, scoring one point (0-1 FG, 1-1 FT) and adding two rebounds.

Kanter has seen less than 10 minutes in both of the last two contests, as coach Billy Donovan has prioritized defense above all else from the center spot. While Kanter is a capable rebounder, he's not a rim-protecting presence on the same level of Steven Adams and Serge Ibaka, so expect those latter two players to continue logging the lion's share of the minutes at center over the remainder of the series.

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Steven Adams
Thunder's Steven Adams: Hauls in double-digit rebounds in Game 5 loss
Steven Adams, C, OKC
7:56 AM
News: Adams supplied eight points (4-6 FG), 10 rebounds, an assist and a block over 31 minutes during Thursday's 120-111 loss to the Warriors in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.

The 22-year-old big man hauled in double-digit boards for the third time in the series, and made the most of his limited opportunties on offense. Adams is not quite the contributor on offense he was in the semifinals versus the Spurs, but he's still managed averages of 10.4 points and 8.8 rebounds over the first five games against the Warriors.

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Andrew Bogut
Warriors' Andrew Bogut: Responds with Game 5 double-double
Andrew Bogut, C, GS
5:08 AM
News: Bogut scored 15 points (7-9 FG, 1-2 FT) with 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocked shots in 30 minutes as Golden State defeated Oklahoma City in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.

Golden State head coach Steve Kerr called out Bogut prior to the game, saying he needed the Aussie center to stay out of foul trouble. Bogut did just that; he didn't pick up his third foul until late in the fourth quarter and contributed series-highs in all the major categories. He protected the rim and helped make the Warriors competitive on the boards where they equaled the Thunder with 45 rebounds. The Warriors, down three games to two, travel to Oklahoma City for Game 6 on Saturday.

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Jonas Valanciunas
Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas: Scores nine points in 18 minutes during Game 5 loss
Jonas Valanciunas, C, TOR
5/26/2016
News: Valanciunas (ankle) had nine points (4-4 FG, 1-2 FT) and one assist across 18 minutes during the Raptors' 116-78 loss to the Cavaliers in Wednesday's Game 5.

Valanciunas made his return to action after sitting out the last eight games due to an ankle sprain, and the big man was fairly effective during his limited minutes, most of which came in garbage time. It's unclear how much further Valanciunas will encroach on Bismack Biyombo's court time over the rest of the series, but if the Raptors fall behind again early on in Game 6, coach Dwane Casey could call upon the Lithuanian big man right away to get a more offensive-minded center on the floor.

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Kelly Olynyk
Celtics' Kelly Olynyk: Out for five months post surgery
Kelly Olynyk, C, BOS
5/25/2016
News: Olynyk (shoulder) said that he will be out for about five months, Scott Souza of the Providence Journal reports.

Olynyk underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Monday after aggravating an existing injury in Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks. Recovery for Olynyk is said to take in the realm of five months, give or take, before he can resume contact drills. Being that Olynyk underwent surgery on Monday, that will put his tentative return at around the beginning of the 2016-17 NBA season in mid-October. Because Olynyk elected to have the offseason surgery, it means that he will not be able to suit up for the Canadian national team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

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Nazr Mohammed
Thunder's Nazr Mohammed: Sees the floor in garbage time in Game 4
Nazr Mohammed, C, OKC
5/25/2016
News: Mohammed played one minute and grabbed a rebound in Tuesday's 118-94 Game 4 win over the Warriors.

The 24-point margin of victory enabled Mohammed to see the floor for the first time this series. The Thunder typically count on Steven Adams, Enes Kanter and Serge Ibaka to handle all the minutes at center, so Mohammed probably won't be needed to play meaningful minutes in the postseason so long as those three options remain healthy.

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Tristan Thompson
Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson: Just two points over last two games
Tristan Thompson, C, CLE
5/24/2016
News: Thompson was held to two points (1-3 FG), nine rebounds and one steal across 29 minutes in Monday's 105-99 Game 4 loss to the Raptors.

Thompson has been even less of an offensive factor than usual in back-to-back losses for the Cavs, combining to produce just two points on 1-for-4 shooting. The Cavs don't often run many possessions through Thompson, who usually gets most of his points on put-backs and lobs, but with the energetic Bismack Biyombo controlling the glass for the last two games, Thompson has seen his opportunities dwindle.

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Channing Frye
Cavaliers' Channing Frye: Hits four three-pointers in Game 4 loss
Channing Frye, C, CLE
5/24/2016
News: Frye scored 12 points (4-8 FG, 4-8 3Pt) and added six rebounds and one assist across 21 minutes in Monday's 105-99 Game 4 loss to the Raptors.

Frye ended up taking on more court time in the fourth quarter with Kevin Love (knee) getting held out for the entire period, and as per usual, he provided the Cavs with some solid three-point production. He's now hit multiple three-pointers in five straight outings, but with coach Tyronn Lue already indicating that Love will be good to go for Wednesday's Game 5, Frye isn't expected to see his role grow much from here.

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Bismack Biyombo
Raptors' Bismack Biyombo: Plays 42 minutes, grabs 14 rebounds in Game 4
Bismack Biyombo, C, TOR
5/24/2016
News: Biyombo registered five points (2-4 FG, 1-4 FT), 14 rebounds, three blocks and one assist across 42 minutes in Monday's 105-99 Game 4 victory over the Cavaliers.

After snatching a Raptors postseason-record 26 rebounds in the Game 3 win, Biyombo wasn't quite as prolific on the boards Monday, but the team may have needed his defensive efforts more in Game 4, which was a much more competitive contest. Biyombo was at his best down the stretch, blocking a J.R. Smith three-point attempt that would have cut the Raptors' lead to one point, and then grabbing an offensive rebound on his team's subsequent possession in the final minute, which eventually led to a Kyle Lowry bucket. The Raptors kept Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) active for the contest for the first time since Game 3 of the second-round series with the Heat, but Biyombo continued to start while Valanciunas went unused off the bench. Valanciunas could see the court for brief spurts later in the series, but since he's still at less than full strength, Biyombo appears poised to see the lion's share of the minutes at center.

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Anderson Varejao
Warriors' Anderson Varejao: Plays six minutes in Wednesday's Game 2 win over Thunder
Anderson Varejao, C, GS
5/19/2016
News: Varejao posted four points (1-1 FG, 2-3 FT) and four rebounds across six minutes during the Warriors' 118-91 win against the Thunder in Wednesday's Game 2.

Varejao did not play in the series opener, and he has played just 36 minutes combined through six postseason appearances. Seeing as how Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli, and Marreese Speights are all ahead of Varejao on the depth chart, his role with the Warriors is minimal at best.

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