Coach Tyronn Lue has jettisoned Mozgov from the rotation during the postseason, as the Cavaliers have embraced smaller lineups with more spacing and three-point shooters. Those skills aren't really a part of Mozgov's repertoire, so don't expect to see much of him outside of blowout games in the vein of Wednesday's game.
Frye played more minutes than starter Tristan Thompson, but this was likely due to the game being a complete blowout. Still, Frye has been seeing some time at center as the Cavaliers continue to go small and shoot a lot of threes. After sitting out the first postseason game against the Pistons, Frye has averaged 4.6 points and two rebounds in 17 minutes during the last five contests. There were two straight scoreless showings thrown in there, but Frye is averaging 10 points per game against the Hawks here in round two.
Whiteside slipped in the first quarter of Tuesday's game and took a while to get up, but there was never really any concern that the center wouldn't be able to go Thursday, seeing as he finished Game 1 with 39 minutes played. The Heat will need 7-0 big man to stiffen up defensively against Jonas Valanciunas, who went off for 24 points and 14 rebounds in Game 1. Whiteside himself gathered 17 rebounds and added nine points, and he will remain a high-level DFS option going forward in the playoffs.
Olynyk was limited to just 32 total minutes in the Celtics' Round 1 series against the Celtics due to a shoulder injury, which he re-aggravated during Game 1. While he played in each of the final three games of the series, he was clearly hampered and was held scoreless in each contest. The specifics of Olynyk's injury are still somewhat unclear, but GM Danny Ainge confirmed Wednesday that surgery may be an option. Regardless, the 25-year-old figures to be available by the time training camp rolls around in the fall.
Nogueira hasn't played in any of the Raptors' eight postseason games to date, and he'll likely remain inactive throughout the playoffs so long as none of the team's other players succumb to an injury.
Valanciunas appeared to be hobbling a bit down the stretch, but he remained on the court regardless. Raptors' backup big man Bismack Biyombo was highly ineffective during his 12 minutes of action, which was likely part of what led to coach Dwane Casey giving Valanciunas such heavy minutes. Expect him to stay aggressive as Toronto tries to even the series in Thursday's Game 2.
Whiteside left the game momentarily after losing his footing and landing awkwardly on his leg, but he returned to the contest to log heavy minutes. Whiteside will be badly needed for the Heat to contain Toronto's Jonas Valanciunas, who has picked up his level of play in the postseason. Without any other reliable rim protectors on the active roster, staying healthy and out of foul trouble will be crucial for Miami's shot-blocking double-double machine.
Ezeli, who didn't play in Game 1 of the series, was the unlikely spark that fueled a Golden State comeback from an 11-point deficit entering the fourth quarter. He entered Tuesday's game in the third period and promptly controlled the boards while hitting all four of his shots as Golden State outscored the Trail Blazers, 34-12, in the final quarter. The backup big is normally a bit player, but he's elevated his offensive capabilities this season and has earned the confidence of the coaching staff.
Whiteside initially sustained the injury during Game 3 of the Heat's first-round series against Charlotte, but it hasn't caused him to miss any time. The big man concluded the series with averages of 13.1 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game, so if he was bothered by the thigh it certainly didn't show in the box score.
Though Mohammed was active for the contest, he's still viewed as the 13th man on the roster, which will prevent him from taking the court most nights. Mohammed has played in just two of the Thunder's seven postseason games and only seven of the team's 27 games in total since signing with the team in early March.