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While Sunday’s NBA schedule might be empty, there might be two decisive Game 7’s performed on Sunday. With the Mavericks and Suns already going the space, the Celtics and Bucks joined the occasion, thanks largely to the mastery of Jayson Tatum. And in Friday’s different matchup, Golden State closed out Memphis as “Game 6 Klay” made his triumphant return.
Celtics 108, Bucks 95 (sequence tied, 3-3)
For the second consecutive sport, Boston held a 14-point lead in the course of the second half. This time, nevertheless, they didn’t blow mentioned benefit with Jayson Tatum being the most important purpose as to why. Shooting 17-of-32 from the sector and 5-of-7 from the foul line, he tallied a playoff career-high 46 factors to go together with 9 rebounds, 4 assists, one blocked shot, and 7 3-pointers in 43 minutes. As a end result, this sequence is headed again to Boston for a decisive Game 7, which might be performed Sunday afternoon.
Boston was as soon as once more with out beginning middle Robert Williams, who’s nonetheless coping with soreness in his left knee that is been brought on by a bone bruise. Prior to the sport, Celtics coach Ime Udoka mentioned that Williams will not be again within the lineup till he is 100%, so there isn’t any assure that he’ll be obtainable for Game 7. Grant Williams (2/5/1/2 in 28 minutes) stays the popular fill-in for Williams, however Derrick White (9/5/2/2 with one 3-pointer in half-hour) has been the higher different for DFS gamers (he and Grant W. clearly do not have the identical place eligibility).
Al Horford (2/10/3/1/4) was quiet offensively, taking pictures 1-of-6 from the sector, however made up for that (to a sure extent) with the 5 “stocks.” DFS gamers ought to really feel safe in slotting the veteran middle into their lineups, particularly with the Time Lord sidelined. Jaylen Brown (22/5/4/0/1 with 4 3-pointers) and Marcus Smart (21/5/7 with 5 3-pointers) supplemented Tatum’s offensive masterclass, offering extra worth than Milwaukee’s secondary choices.
Milwaukee caught with Grayson Allen (3/3/1) in its beginning lineup, however he continues to supply little in the best way of manufacturing. Playing 22 minutes, he shot 1-of-7 from the sector and didn’t play in any respect in the course of the fourth quarter. Pat Connaughton (14/4/2 with two 3-pointers in 33 minutes) was Mike Budenholzer‘s most well-liked choice in crunch time and with good purpose, as he has been productive offensively and the Celtics cannot “hunt” him defensively as they’ve Allen. The beginning lineup might stay the identical for Game 7, however DFS gamers could be higher served to roll with Connaughton when in search of low-cost choices.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (44/20/6/1/2 with two 3-pointers in 41 minutes) did what he might to place the Bucks on his again and finish the sequence, however he did not get sufficient assist offensively. In FanDuel, the reigning NBA Finals MVP racked up a powerful 80 factors, and that with six turnovers on his stat line. Antetokounmpo shot 14-of-30 from the sector and 14-of-15 from the foul line on Friday, and he’ll as soon as once more be the centerpiece of many lineups in Game 7. Jrue Holiday (17/2/4/3/2 with three 3-pointers) shot 7-of-17 from the sector, and he is now taking pictures 35.5% from the sector on this sequence.
The high quality of seems to be that Holiday has been in a position to get on this sequence is among the many examples of why the injured Khris Middleton is so vital to the Bucks. Maybe he’ll be capable of return for the convention finals, which can start Tuesday evening in Miami, however Milwaukee has to get there, and that will not be simple. Outside of Holiday and Antetokounmpo, no different Bucks starter scored in double figures. They’re going to want extra from Brook Lopez (6/3/0/1), who solely performed 19 minutes, and backup Bobby Portis (4 factors, 10 rebounds in 29 minutes).
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Warriors 110, Grizzlies 96 (Warriors win, 4-2)
Both groups have been down rotation gamers resulting from harm on Friday, with Ja Morant (knee) remaining sidelined for the Grizzlies and Golden State’s Otto Porter (foot) sitting as properly. The Warriors would shut out the sequence, pulling away within the fourth quarter as Klay Thompson had his greatest sport of the sequence. Shooting 11-of-22 from the sector, “Game 6 Klay” scored 30 factors to go together with eight assists, two steals, three blocks, and eight 3-pointers in 41 minutes. Thompson’s massive evening helped the Warriors win regardless of committing 17 turnovers, and Stephen Curry (29/7/5/1/2 with six 3-pointers) and Jordan Poole (12/3/2/0/1 with two 3-pointers) mixed to shoot 14-of-42 from the sector.
After scoring 21 factors or extra in three of Golden State’s 5 video games within the first spherical, Thompson had only one such effort previous to Friday’s second-round sequence finale. And one can not ignore the influence that the Warriors’ lineup change had on the result. Kevon Looney was again within the beginning lineup, giving the Warriors a greater matchup for Steven Adams (4/10/3/0/1), and he was unquestionably a star in his position. Looney might have scored simply 4 factors, however he corralled 22 rebounds whereas additionally tallying 5 assists, and one blocked shot in 35 minutes.
His DFS potential within the convention finals will probably rely upon who the opposition is. If it is Phoenix, then Looney’s rotation minutes ought to be safe. Dallas, alternatively, will be trickier since they actually do not have a “true” middle of their rotation.
Andrew Wiggins (18/10/0/1/3 with three 3-pointers) was particularly impactful defensively, as he helped restrict Tyus Jones (7/9/8/2 with one 3-pointer) to 2-of-12 taking pictures from the sector. Draymond Green (14/16/8/1) was additionally a beast on the glass, hitting double figures within the rebounding class for the third time on this sequence. Porter’s absence meant that the Warriors went with a shorter rotation, as Jonathan Kuminga was a DNP-CD. Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals is not till Tuesday, which provides Porter a little bit further time to get again (or at the least shut) to full energy.
Once once more enjoying with out Morant, Memphis did not have a lot margin for error on the offensive finish of the ground. Jones’ struggles put the Grizzlies in a tricky spot, as did the inefficiency of Dillon Brooks (30/4/1/3/1 with seven 3-pointers) and Jaren Jackson Jr. (12 factors, 4 rebounds, 4 blocks, and one 3-pointer). Those two mixed to shoot 16-of-47 from the sector, and Brandon Clarke (8/4/4/1) additionally struggled, going 2-of-10. The concern for Brooks and JJJ from a fantasy standpoint is the field-goal proportion class, as they shot 43.2 and 41.5 % from the sector, respectively, in the course of the common season. Becoming extra environment friendly scorers would make these two way more harmful gamers, whether or not we’re speaking fantasy basketball or their significance to the Grizzlies’ rotation.
Desmond Bane (25/7/2/0/1 with 4 3-pointers) regarded nearly as good as he did at any level on this sequence, as he has been bothered by a again harm. A top-50 participant in each 8- and 9-cat codecs, that looks like Bane’s ground heading into 2022-23, fairly than his ceiling. There are some elements to consider, most notably whether or not or not the aforementioned Jones (who might be an unrestricted free agent) returns to Memphis. His exit might imply extra time on the ball for Bane, particularly if De’Anthony Melton would not see a rise in alternatives to run the present.