Spurs' David Lee: Won't undergo surgery
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(5/26/2017) Lee (knee) will not have surgery on his sprained patellar tendon and is expected to be fully healthy in six weeks, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports.

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.


Celtics' Al Horford: Turns in eight points in series finale
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(5/26/2017) Horford tallied eight points (4-8 FG), three rebounds and one assist over 27 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

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.


Celtics' Marcus Smart: Modest showing in Game 5 loss
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(5/26/2017) Smart managed six points (2-7 FG, 2-5 3Pt), five rebounds, two assists and one steal over 25 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

After a breakout Game 3 performance in which he poured in 27 points, Smart hit the skids in Games 4 and 5, shooting just 3-for-16 while averaging 7.0 points, 4.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals. His lackluster efforts helped doom a Celtics squad in desperate need of offense after Isaiah Thomas' exit from the series with a hip injury. Despite the disappointing conclusion to the season, Smart's defensive prowess was a definite plus this season, and he also averaged career highs in points (10.6), assists, (4.6) and steals (1.6) while draining a career-best 81.2 percent of his free-throw attempts.


Celtics' Jae Crowder: Contributes 11 points in Game 5 loss
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(5/26/2017) Crowder (groin) posted 11 points (3-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-7 FT), six rebounds, three assists and one block over 29 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Crowder's groin injury didn't seem to be overly serious, as he was able to play a starter's amount of minutes before heading to the bench once the game was clearly out of reach. The 26-year-old managed four double-digit scoring efforts during the series, shooting 46.4 percent overall. He averaged a solid 13.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steals during the regular season and figures to once again be a key component of next season's roster.


Celtics' Gerald Green: Leads bench with 14 points in Game 5
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(5/26/2017) Green provided 14 points (4-8 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), two rebounds, two steals and one block over 21 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

With the lopsided second-half score, Green saw a series-high amount of minutes and parlayed them into his highest scoring total since Game 6 of the first-round series against the Bulls. The veteran was effective from long range throughout the postseason, draining 50 and 56.3 percent of his shots, respectively, in the conference semifinals and finals, and tallying four double-digit scoring efforts overall across just 14.8 minutes per game. The 31-year-old was reasonably effective this season in his return to Boston after a 10-year absence, but he now enters free agency with no clear indication of where he could end up next season.


Celtics' Avery Bradley: Leads team with 23 points in Game 5 loss
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(5/26/2017) Bradley registered 23 points (10-20 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds and one assist over 32 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Bradley once again took up the mantle of the go-to option on offense for Boston in the absence of Isaiah Thomas (hip), scoring over 20 points for the third time in the series. His 50 percent success rate from the field equaled his series-best tally from Game 1, and he drained multiple threes for the third time during the five-game set as well. Primarily due to Thomas' absence, Bradley finished the conference finals with an average of 19 shot attempts per contest, a definitive uptick from the first two rounds of the playoffs and the regular season. He'll head into the 2017-18 campaign coming off the best statistical season of seven-year career, having averaged 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals across 33.4 minutes.


Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson: Complementary presence again in Game 5
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(5/26/2017) Thompson posted six points (1-3 FG, 4-4 FT) five rebounds, one assist and one block over 29 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 win over the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

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.


Cavaliers' Deron Williams: Leads bench with 14 points in Game 5
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(5/26/2017) Williams poured in 14 points (5-6 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT) during Thursday's 135-102 victory over the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Williams was chucking away during his time on the court, posting his best shooting night of the postseason since Game 4 of the first round against the Pacers and draining his first three-pointers of the conference finals. The veteran point guard has proven to be a solid addition to the Cavs second unit and offers the security of an abundance of starting experience in the event of an injury to Kyrie Irving. As it has thus far in the playoffs, Williams' role in the Finals will likely fluctuate depending on game script, but he's likely to see minutes in the teens at a minimum in the majority of games.


Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving: Pours in 24 in series-clinching victory
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(5/26/2017) Irving supplied 24 points (9-15 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven assists, two rebounds and two steals over 32 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 win over the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

After a modest Game 1 of the series in which he only mustered 11 points, Irving bounced back to average 29.5 points over the remaining four games. His assist total Thursday also matched his series high, and he managed to drain at least 60 percent of his shots for the fourth straight contest. Irving excelled during last season's Finals confrontation with the Warriors (27.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 2.1 steals) and will likely need to duplicate or exceed that effort to help the Cavaliers clinch a second consecutive NBA championship.


Cavaliers' Kevin Love: Double-doubles in Game 5 win
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(5/26/2017) Love posted 15 points (5-13 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists, four steals and one block over 28 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 win over the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Love turned in his fifth double-double in as many games during the series to help close out the Celtics and send the Cavaliers back to the Finals for a third consecutive season. The 28-year-old finished the conference finals with averages of 22.6 points, 12.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks across 33.4 minutes. Looking ahead, he'll look to put together a much better effort than his lackluster performance in last season's Finals, when he finished with averages of just 7.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists over 22.6 minutes.


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