It's a rare night when Curry has more shot attempts than points or more turnovers (six) than assists, but the reigning MVP almost never does both of those things in the same game. It's possible his elbow is negatively affecting him, and the Thunder were extremely aggressive with their coverage of the reigning two-time MVP. As the series shifts back to Golden State for Game 5, don't expect Curry and the Warriors to go quietly into the night. However, he is clearly struggling through the first four games, with averages of 24.3 points on just 42 percent shooting to go with 5.5 assists to 4.3 turnovers, 4.5 rebounds, and two steals in 35 minutes.
Thompson carried the load for Golden State on offense, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Thunder's onslaught. Thompson got especially hot in the third quarter, but foul trouble forced him to sit out a few more minutes than he may have otherwise. With the Warriors on the brink of elimination, expect Thompson to receive heavy minutes during Game 5.
Roberson played the third most minutes for Oklahoma City behind Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, who each saw 41 minutes of action. After struggling to start the series, Roberson is now scoring more than twice his season average (10.5 points) while shooting 59 percent from the field and 55 percent from beyond the arc. Considering the circumstances, this was Roberson's best game of his career, and coach Billy Donovan's faith in him has really paid off.
Westbrook has handed out double-digit assists in five straight contests, and he continues to attack the Warriors on both ends of the floor. This was actually Westbrook's first triple-double of the postseason, but he has managed 12 double-doubles through 15 playoff games thus far. Expect the Thunder guard to remain aggressive in Game 5 as Oklahoma City goes for the knockout punch against the defending champs.
The 2013 second-round pick has only played in 24 games at the NBA level since his selection, and spent all of 2015-16 with Shanxi Zhoungyu. He averaged 34 points per game during his time with the club and figures to remain one of the top scorers in the league.
The Nets can technically match any offer Karasev, a restricted free agent, receives, but it doesn't seem either side is interested in a reunion. The former first-round pick played only 73 games in his two seasons with the Nets, and saw his court time decline in 2015-16, despite the team being well removed from playoff contention by midseason. With the 22-year-old failing to show much ability from distance during his first three seasons in the league, it's doubtful many teams will be interested in bringing him aboard on a multi-year contract. If that's the case, Karasev may opt to return to Russia to continue his career.
Irving demonstrated marked improvement over his 3-for-19 showing from the field in Saturday's Game 3 loss, but his efforts weren't enough to aid the Cavaliers to a victory. He's now scored 20-plus points in five of the last six games, so expect that to be more of the norm for Irving over the remainder of the series.
It's the fewest minutes Shumpert has seen in the series, as the close nature of the contest prompted coach Tyronn Lue to lean more heavily on LeBron James than usual. Shumpert has registered just one double-digit scoring outing in the postseason and seems unlikely to make many waves offensively whenever he takes the court.
DeRozan's back-to-back 32-point efforts has helped the Raptors even the series on their home court, and he was particularly instrumental in the fourth quarter Monday to salt the game away. He tallied 12 points in the final period, including a key bank shot with 1:33 left to push the Raptors' advantage to four points. After hitting just 35.5 percent of his shots in the first two rounds of the playoffs, DeRozan has been much more efficient in the Eastern Conference Finals, tallying 26.0 points per game on 52.4 percent shooting from the field.
It's the fourth time this postseason that Lowry has surpassed the 30-point plateau, but this was by far his best shooting outing in any of those contests. While he's still hit only 38.9 percent of his shots during his 18 playoff contests, Lowry is hovering around his regular season marks with 18.6 points, 6.1 assists, 4.9 rebounds, 1.9 three-pointers and 1.7 steals across 38.6 minutes.