The veteran point guard was on the receiving end of an errant DeMar DeRozan elbow in the second quarter, which required three stitches on the inside of his lip and five on the outside during halftime. The in-game injury notwithstanding, Dragic put together his third straight performance with at least 20 points, which have all featured at least 50 percent success rates from the field for the Yugoslavian-born sharpshooter. After averaging a solid 14.1 points in the first round against the Hornets, Dragic is off and running against the Raptors with averages of 23.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 0.5 blocks over the first two games of the conference semifinals.
The 15-year veteran continued a shooting cold streak that began in Game 7 against the Hornets in the first round. Johnson shot well under 40 percent for the third straight game, and his three misses early in overtime were part of the reason that the Heat couldn't get any appreciable momentum going in the extra period. On the positive side, the struggles haven't affected the 34-year-old's aggressiveness on offense, as he's taken 41 shot attempts over the last two games. Johnson will attempt to get back on track in Game 3 on Saturday at American Airlines Arena, where he's averaged 51.4 percent shooting over 12 games this season as both a Brooklyn Net and a member of the Heat.
Wade suffered a bruised knee during Game 1 after banging knees with a player on the Raptors. He received treatment on Wednesday and went through shootaround Thursday without any issues, so he'll be back in the starting lineup for Game 2. Unless he suffers any in-game setbacks, Wade should be in line to take on his normal allotment of minutes. In Game 1 on Tuesday, Wade matched a playoff-high of 37 minutes played, adding 24 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Curry was considered doubtful going into Thursday's practice, and should be monitored on a similar basis until Saturday's Game 3 against the Trail Blazers. The Warriors will have one more practice before that game to evaluate Curry's status. Curry has yet to test his knee by cutting or driving in practice since he sprained his right knee in the Warriors' first-round series against the Rockets. Should Curry miss practice on Friday, it is likely that he will sit out of Game 3 with the Warriors up two games to none despite his absence.
According to a release from the Wizards, Wall will begin rehabbing immediately and is expected to have no trouble being available for the start of the 2016-17 season. The team also announced that Wall underwent another arthroscopic procedure on his right knee in order to "remove loose bodies." Washington did not provide any sort of concrete return timeline, and at this point it's unclear if Wall's availability for Team USA minicamp next month will be impacted.
Jones hit his lone three-point attempt with 2:24 left in the fourth quarter, establishing a new single-game postseason record by knocking down the Cavs' 24th three-point of the evening. The Cavs did most of their damage from deep in the first half with 18 three-pointers, which allowed Jones to pick up some rare run in garbage time. He's not expected to be a part of the rotation during the postseason when games are more competitive.
Shumpert saw a little extra run Wednesday with the Cavs turning the game into a blowout by halftime, but he's still only averaging 15.8 minutes across six postseason outings. With starting shooting guard J.R. Smith thriving thus far in the playoffs and LeBron James taking on more minutes than he did in the regular season, there doesn't appear to be much room for Shumpert to pick up extra playing time.
Hardaway ended up seeing his most minutes of the postseason Wednesday, but it's not exactly an encouraging sign that it came during a contest in which the Hawks trailed by 36 points at halftime. The shooting guard still seems to be a member of coach Mike Budenholzer's rotation, but he's probably only hanging on to a spot by a thread. He's averaging just 2.3 points on 26.9 percent shooting from the field in eight playoff games.
After ceding minutes to the hot-shooting Dennis Schroder in the Hawks' Game 1 loss, Teague saw less than 30 minutes for the fourth straight postseason contest, but it certainly wasn't the point guard's own doing this time. While Teague didn't help matters by shooting only 3-for-10 from the floor, the Hawks could do absolutely nothing to counter the Cavs' historic proficiency from three-point range, as the opponents hit an astonishing 18 three-pointers in the first half to go into the break with a 74-38 lead. That huge advantage prompted coach Mike Budenholzer to concede defeat and rest Teague and his other starters for much of the second half. The Hawks should be more competitive as the series shifts to Atlanta for Friday's Game 3, but Teague will probably need to step up his game in a big way if his team is to claim a win in the second round.
Smith accounted for a hefty portion of the Cavaliers' NBA record-breaking 25 three-pointers in Wednesday's Game 2 massacre. Smith has been scalding hot during the playoffs, with averages of 14.8 points (49.2 FG, 52.8 3Pt), 4.7 threes, 4.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and one steal across 35 minutes per contest.