Morris has yet to be charged with anything, but the Wizards' forward was stopped in the airport and detained on Thursday afternoon with suspected possession of marijuana. With the legal process just beginning, we won't speculate on a potential suspension for the 2016-17 season. However, once the legal ramifications are released, we should know more about how the Wizards will proceed with the situation. Morris has three years left on his current contract with the Wizards.
James played a game-high 32 minutes despite the contest becoming a blowout in the first quarter, and he has scored 20 points or more in all 13 playoff bouts. James has also swiped two or more steals in all but one of those postseason affairs, and he is producing an exemplary average of 23.9 points (on 54 percent shooting) to go with 8.5 rebounds, 7.1 assists, and 2.3 steals across 38 minutes here in the playoffs.
Love got back on track Wednesday after scoring just 13 points on five-of-23 from the field over the last two contests. This was the first time Love hit the 20-point mark since the previous series against Atlanta, and he now has five such showings through 13 playoff games. Love is struggling from the floor (39 percent) in the postseason, but he he has sunk 44 percent from beyond the arc while contributing 17.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists across 32 minutes.
With Stephen Curry returning from a knee injury to suit up for each of the last six games, McAdoo has been forced to occupy one of the Warriors' two inactive spots. Unless the team suffers another major injury to a rotation player, look for McAdoo to remain inactive for the rest of the playoffs.
The combustible Green was put on notice after his Flagrant 1 foul in Game 3 was upgraded to Flagrant 2, meaning one more will result in a one-game suspension. With that possibility looming, Green bottled up his emotions -- the joy and the frustration -- and was no longer the game-changing force we witnessed all season. In Games 3 and 4, Green shot 2-of-16 from the field with 12 points and 10 turnovers. And that usually stifling defense has become more passive. The 73-win Warriors are now on the brink as they prepare to host Game 5 on Thursday.
Durant made up for a rough shooting night by forcing his way to the free-throw line while contributing quality numbers in every category. Durant has scored 26 points or more in eight of the last nine contests, and he has failed to reach 20 points just twice through 15 postseason matchups. Durant has also turned in three blocks in back-to-back bouts, and this was his second double-double of the series after not achieving that once versus the Spurs or Mavericks.
Ibaka had his highest scoring night since Game 1 of the previous series against the Spurs, and this is just the third time in these playoffs that he has produced 17 points or more. This was also the first time since May 10 that Ibaka made at least half of his field-goal attempts, but the 26-year-old forward is doing an excellent job of spreading the floor and playing hard-nosed defense.
Powell appeared in training camp with the Bucks last fall, but was ultimately cut before latching with teams in Argentina and Puerto Rico during the 2015-16 season. The move to the National Basketball League, a second-tier league in China, may net Powell a bigger payday than he enjoyed a season earlier, but the odds are still against him making another NBA appearance, especially now that he's 33 years old.
The 14th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, Clark hasn't appeared in the league since 2014-15, when he logged 10 games with the Nets. He failed to win a spot with the club in training camp last fall, and ended up finishing the season as a member of the D-League's Delaware 87ers. Clark will look to reestablish some value in China before perhaps getting another look from NBA teams.
Though James was on the court for all but two minutes of the contest, he didn't see a significant jump in his shot attempts. That's been the case throughout the series, as James has attempted no more than 17 shots in any of the four contests to date. Any lack of offensive usage hasn't hindered James' production, however; he's averaging 25.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.3 steals across 36.8 minutes while shooting an impressive 64.4 percent from the field.