With a six-week timetable, Lee should be able to resume basketball activities by early-to-mid July. That gives him plenty of time to get in shape prior to training camp.
The veteran big man turned in his lowest point total of the series and scored in single digits for the first time since Game 2 of the first-round series versus the Bulls. The reduced output was essentially explained by the fact that Horford played just 27 minutes equaling his low-water mark in playing time during the postseason. The 30-year-old had an up-and-down first season in Boston and finished with averages of 14.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.3 blocks over 68 games. Notably, he shot a career-low 47.3 percent, while his scoring average was his lowest since his rookie 2007-08 campaign.
With the Cavs' Big Three hitting on all cylinders once again, Thompson played a definitively complementary role for the third time in the series' five games. The 26-year-old stepped up offensively during the series when called upon, logging double-digit scoring efforts in Games 1 and 3, including a double-double in the latter. Thompson was very solid on the boards in particular during last season's Finals versus the Warriors, hauling in 10.1 rebounds over the seven games. Therefore, he's likely to play a pivotal part in the rebounding department at a minimum in what should be a tough matchup down low versus Zaza Pachulia during the upcoming series.
Amir Johnson is expected to miss Tuesday's game with a shoulder injury, so coach Brad Stevens has opted to go with Olynyk as his replacement in the top unit. Olynyk has averaged just 15.7 minutes over the first three games of the series, but should push for a much bigger role during Game 4. Jonas Jerebko also figures to see an uptick in minutes in the frontcourt off the bench.
With the NBA Finals starting on June 1, the big man will have plenty of time to rest and let his bruised heel recover. While the news is coming from Pachulia himself rather than the medical staff, it seems reasonable to believe his word given the timetable. He should be expected to play and start at center for the Warriors during Game 1.
McGee was very effective in limited playing time during his Game 3 start, posting 16 points in just 13 minutes while filling in for Zaza Pachulia (heel). While Pachulia remains sidelined, the Warriors will go with a slightly smaller lineup featuring Draymond Green at center and Patrick McCaw at small forward. McGee shouldn't see a huge decrease in minutes despite the move to the bench.
Pachulia continues to work his way back from a bruised heel, but with the Warriors owning a 3-0 lead in the series and on the brink of eliminating the Spurs, they're going to play it safe with Pachulia and give him another game off for rest. JaVale McGee is expected to start at center for the second straight contest after recording 16 points, one rebound and a block across 13 minutes during Game 3. That said, the Warriors are also considering going small with Draymond Green at center and promoting Patrick McCaw to the top unit, so it will be a situation to monitor up until tip off.
The Clynyk was a big part of the second half rotations that helped Boston eliminate a 21-point third quarter deficit. With Isaiah Thomas out, coach Brad Stevens probably prefers Olynyk's offensive skill set relative to Amir Johnson's gritty defense. Johnson also suffered a shoulder strain during Game 3. Look for Olynyk to again play 20-plus minutes during Tuesday night's Game 4 in Cleveland.
Horford stat line should have included one extra trey, as he drained a key triple late in the fourth, but the refs incorrectly called it a two. This marks the second game of the playoffs where Big Al gathered only two boards, but his dimes, low turnovers (1) and solid defense made up for the lack of rebounds. Boston hopes to even the series on Tuesday night at Cleveland. Sunday's win guarantees the series will return to Boston for at least one more game.
Lee has already been ruled out of Game 4 against the Warriors on Monday, so this is merely an update on the severity of his injury. He's set to be reevaluated again later this week, which will determine whether or not he'll undergo surgery on his knee. A timetable has yet to be given for Lee's return, but additional updates should be provided over the summer as he goes through the rehabilitation process.