Giannis Antetokounmpo
Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo: Drops game-high 34 points Thursday
Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF, MIL
4/27/2017
News: Antetokounmpo provided 34 points (13-23 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 7-13 FT), nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks across 47 minutes during Thursday's 92-89 Game 6 loss to the Raptors.

Antetokounmpo played all but one minute during Thursday's game, dominating on both sides of the ball on route to a new career high in playoff points in a game. Though he played with intensity and dominance, the Bucks ultimately couldn't get the victory as the Greek Freak struggled with his free-throws down the stretch. That being said, only two other players scored in double figures for Milwaukee -- Khris Middleton with 19 and Matthew Dellavedova with 12. Antetokounmpo's struggles from the charity stripe in Game 6 aside, he ultimately had not only a coming out party this series, but for the whole season. He finished the 2016-17 campaign averaging 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.6 steals while shooting 52.1 percent from the field across 35.6 minutes per game -- certainly worthy of Most Improved Player consideration.

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Serge Ibaka
Raptors' Serge Ibaka: Cleans glass Thursday vs. Bucks
Serge Ibaka, PF, TOR
4/27/2017
News: Ibaka finished with seven points (2-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds and two blocks across 31 minutes during Thursday's 92-89 Game 6 victory over the Bucks.

Though Ibaka struggled to find good looks and knock them down, he was the game's leading rebounder with 11 boards -- his best performance on the glass since Game 1, where he ripped down 14 rebounds. Ibaka also feasted on Milwaukee's lack of perimeter shooting throughout the series, averaging 2.4 blocks coming into Thursday's contest, where he swatted two shots. Depending on how coach Dwane Casey addresses the starting lineup during the Raptors' next series against the Cavaliers, he could be faced up against a tough offensive opponent in Kevin Love. Though, if coach Casey opts to keep rolling with Ibaka at center, he could be matched up against Tristan Thompson. Regardless, Ibaka will be forced to protect the glass, as both players are top-tier rebounding presences. Game 1 tips off Monday.

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Troy Williams
Rockets' Troy Williams: Assigned to D-League
Troy Williams, SF, HOU
4/27/2017
News: Williams was assigned Thursday to the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

The Vipers are currently fighting for a D-League championship, with Thursday marking the final game of the series. Williams will head down looking to help secure the trophy, but should be recalled shortly after to rejoin the Rockets for their own playoff run. That said, Williams didn't play a minute in the final four games of the Rockets' first-round matchup with the Thunder and is nothing more than emergency depth off the bench.

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Jimmy Butler
Bulls' Jimmy Butler: Will play in Game 6 despite knee soreness
Jimmy Butler, SF, CHI
4/27/2017
News: Butler will play in Friday's Game 6 despite experiencing soreness in his knee, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports.

Butler banged knees with a Celtics' player in the second half of Wednesday's game. Although the Bulls are downplaying the knee issue, it is worth noting that Butler attempted only two fourth-quarter shots after the injury in Game 5 and failed to score in the quarter. He could also be seen favoring the knee at times and using an electronic stimulation machine on it during postgame interviews. Nevertheless, Butler will play in Game 6, and he will need to play well with Rajon Rondo (thumb) likely out and Chicago's season on the line.

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Jason Smith
Wizards' Jason Smith: Game-time decision Friday vs. Hawks
Jason Smith, PF, WAS
4/27/2017
News: Smith (calf) is considered a game-time decision for Friday's Game 6 against the Hawks, J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.

Smith suffered a bruised left calf during Wednesday's Game 5, leaving the contest and heading to the locker room after just 16 minutes. He underwent treatment on Thursday and will travel with the team ahead of Game 6 on Friday, but his status remains uncertain at this time. With Ian Mahinmi (calf) also expected to be sidelined, the Wizards could have some serious depth issues in the frontcourt, so look for Smith to do everything he can to get on the court. Another update should be available once Smith is able to test the calf out during pregame warmups.

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Gerald Green
Celtics' Gerald Green: Only sees 12 minutes from Game 5 start
Gerald Green, SF, BOS
4/27/2017
News: Green started the Game 5, but posted only two points (1-3 FG, 0-2 3Pt) and one rebound from a scant 12 minutes in Wednesday's 108-97 win over the Bulls.

Consider this a token start for Green, who certainly deserved the opportunity after his hot Game 4. This marks three straight starts for Green, as regular season stalwarts Jaylen Brown and Amir Johnson continue to ride the pine. Expect coach Brad Stevens to again start Green in Friday's Game 6, but Green will need a hot shooting hand early to stay on the floor for meaningful minutes.

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Jae Crowder
Celtics' Jae Crowder: Rough shooting, tough D in Game 5 win
Jae Crowder, SF, BOS
4/27/2017
News: Crowder posted eight points (2-11 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal from 35 minutes in Wednesday's 108-97 Game 5 win versus Chicago.

Crowder was also one of three Celtics to play 30+ minutes without a turnover. The Boss Man's eight rebounds may have been his biggest contribution, as the Celtics narrowed the rebounding gap to just 42-38, an area in which Boston has struggled. Crowder is averaging 12 points per game through five playoff games, a slight tick below his 13.9 point average during the regular season, despite taking more 1.6 more shots during the playoffs. He may be due for a breakout playoff game if he can straighten out his three point shooting.

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Paul Millsap
Hawks' Paul Millsap: Posts double-double in Game 5 loss
Paul Millsap, PF, ATL
4/26/2017
News: Millsap scored 21 points (8-19 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 5-6 FT) with 11 rebounds and two assists across 35 minutes in a 103-99 Game 5 loss to the Wizards on Wednesday.

Millsap recorded his third double-double of his last five games in the losing effort in Game 5. The All-Star forward is now averaging 23 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists in the series, all of which are improvements on his regular season averages. Blocks and steals haven't come particularly easy for Millsap against the Wizards, and he finished Wednesday's game without a block or a steal for the second time in the series.

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Otto Porter
Wizards' Otto Porter: Chips in 17 points in Game 5 win
Otto Porter, SF, WAS
4/26/2017
News: Porter scored 17 points (3-4 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 9-10 FT) with five rebounds, two steals, one block and one assist across 31 minutes in Wednesday's 103-99 Game 5 win over the Hawks.

Porter was Washington's most efficient scorer on the day scoring a majority of his points from the charity stripe. His 17 points were a series-high, and he has now pushed his post-season average into double-digits with 10.2 points per game.

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Jaylen Brown
Celtics' Jaylen Brown: Active and available for Game 5
Jaylen Brown, SF, BOS
4/26/2017
News: Brown (illness) will be active and available to play in Wednesday's Game 5 against the Bulls, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.

Brown sat out of Tuesday's practice with an illness, but after receiving treatment over the last 24 hours or so, he's feeling better and will be available to play Wednesday. However, the fact that Brown is averaging just 5.5 minutes over the first four games of the series likely means he's set to spend most of the game on the sidelines, so he won't be a viable fantasy option for Wednesday's DFS slate despite being healthy.

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