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Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (calf) did not practice on Friday, but plans to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. It doesn't sound like this calf injury is serious, and Iggy should be ready for Game 1. Kevin Durant (calf) is most likely going to be sidelined for the beginning of this series. Iggy will be asked to play some big minutes in the Finals without Durant available.
Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins (quad) was able to go through a scrimmage on Friday. Head coach Steve Kerr said that Cousins looks good, but they still haven't announced a timetable for his return. Cousins has made fantastic progress lately and honestly could have a chance at playing in Game 1 or 2.
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (calf) has not been able to do on-court work yet. Durant is unlikely to suit up for Game 1, and it's unclear if he's even going to play in the Finals. The Warriors are going to be careful with Durant, so they won't rush him back on the court. Durant is a free agent after the season, so he's going to pick his career over playing in the Finals. Stay tuned for more information once a timetable for his return is announced.
Toronto Raptors shooting guard/small forward Kawhi Leonard bounced back after a quiet 19 points in Game 4 to score a team-high 35 points in the big road win on Thursday in Game 5. He added seven rebounds with nine assists and two steals as he dominated down the stretch making big shots and having some solid defensive plays. Leonard still looked to be favoring his left leg and continued to apply heat packs to his left quad on some timeouts. We can assume the issue is not too serious and we can expect him to come out firing in Game 6 on Saturday in hopes of closing out the series.
Toronto Raptors point guard Fred Vanvleet played hero on Thursday when he went off for 21 points off the bench in the 105-99 win over the Bucks in Game 5. VanVleet found his rhythm from three where he nailed 7-for-9 and connected on 7-for-13 shooting overall with one assist and a steal in 37 minutes of action. The timing could not have been better with Danny Green struggling in this series and VanVleet has now connected on 10 of his last 12 three-point attempts over his last two games after making just three of 24 in his previous nine games. He will be a popular play on Saturday in DFS assuming he can keep his hot hand going.
Toronto Raptors shooting guard/small forward Danny Green missed some shots early on and never got things going in the Game 5 win to the Bucks on Thursday. Green missed all three of his shots and did not score while he added just a single rebound and a single steal to his line in 16 minutes of action. The Raptors went with a Kyle Lowry and Fred Vanvleet backcourt for much of the night with VanVleet catching fire. Green is averaging just 4.3 points a game on 21.4% shooting from the floor in this series and with this, he should be avoided in Game 6 back in Toronto on Saturday.
Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam started slowly as he had two fouls early on and struggled from the floor, but he still managed to provide a full line in the 105-99 win over the Bucks. Siakam scored 14 points on 5-for-15 shooting and added 13 rebounds with two assists and three blocks with a steal. Although he was a bit quiet on the offensive end, he provided some crucial blocks and played a large part again in slowing down Giannis Antetokounmpo. Siakam has struggled on offense much of this series but has still been provided solid supporting numbers to his lines, so keep him on your radar for Game 6 on Saturday.
Milwaukee Bucks guard/forward Giannis Antetokounmpo provided 24 points with six rebounds and six assists with two blocks in 39 minutes of action in the Game 5 loss to the Raptors. Antetokounmpo tweaked his right ankle late in the game and was not on the court for some crucial possessions in the game's final moments. He did finish the game on the court and looked okay. The Raptors once again did a superb job containing the Greek Freak from getting momentum with getting to the hoop and he again struggled at the line making just 4-for-9. The Bucks will need to make some serious adjustments if they plan on returning back to Milwaukee for a Game 7.
Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard/small forward Khris Middleton struggled with his shot on Thursday but still managed a double-double, but with rebounds and assists in the Game 5 loss. Middleton could not find his groove with his shot as he nailed just 2-for-9 from the floor for just six points but salvaged his night with 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Middleton was coming off a sizzling 30 point performance in Game 4, but consistency again took it's a toll on Middleton as he was nowhere to be found on the offensive end in this one. He is a tough play for Game 6 as we do not know which Middleton will show up.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon moved back into the starting unit for Game 5 on Thursday and he provided a full line in 34 minutes of action in the six-point loss to the Raptors. Brogdon scored eight of 18 points in the first quarter and added 11 rebounds with six assists and a steal with three turnovers. Brogdon was arguably the Bucks' best player on this night as he was a team-best plus-22 while he was on the floor and we can assume he will remain in the starting unit for Game 6 back in Toronto on Saturday.
Milwaukee Bucks guard George scored seven of his 12 points in the third quarter in the Game 5 loss to the Raptors on Thursday night. Hill was an efficient 5-for-8 from the floor and grabbed eight rebounds with an assist but was team-worst minus-22 when he was on the floor across 29 minutes of action. Hill bounced back after recording just five points in Game 4 and the veteran will again be leaned on for heavy minutes in the crucial Game 6 back in Toronto making him worth a look with Hill having experience in these types of high-pressure games.
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (calf) is unlikely going to be ready for Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Durant still hasn't begun on-court work, so that's not a great sign going forward. These injuries usually take a little over a month, but each person is different. The Warriors don't want to rush Durant back to the court until he's ready to play.
Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins (quad) expects to be able to return at some point during the NBA Finals. He's been making fantastic progress from his torn left quad and actually was able to go through a full practice on Thursday. He probably won't be ready for Game 1, but he hasn't been officially ruled out yet. The Warriors are likely going to limit his minutes once he's ready.
Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (hand) is still in a lot of pain, but is battling through the issue, according to head coach Nick Nurse. Lowry is not on the injury report and is fully expected to play on Thursday. Lowry has actually been playing well this series despite the hand issue. It sounds like it's going to take a lot more than a hand issue to slow down Lowry.
Toronto Raptors shooting guard/small forward Kawhi Leonard got to take a bit of a backseat on Tuesday with five other Raptors' scoring 13-plus points in the 120-102 win over the Bucks. Leonard managed just five points by the half and finished the night with 19 points while adding seven rebounds with four steals and two blocks. The positive was that he played just 34 minutes after a career-high 52 minutes in Game 3. The negative was that he was regularly limping and favoring both his left and right leg and applied heat packs on every timeout to his quads. It is not clear with what he is dealing with, but the lesser minutes tonight can only mean he will be ready to go in Game 5.
Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry dropped 15 of his 25 points in the game's opening five minutes that led to a 120-102 win over the Bucks to even the series at two games apiece. Lowry was efficient on the night as he made 6-for-11 from the floor and made all ten of his shots at the line with six dimes and five rebounds across 34 minutes of action. Lowry continues his run of inconsistencies as he scored just 26 points in Game 3 and 4 combined after putting up 30 in Game 1. We can assume Lowry will come out firing in Game 5 on Thursday, so keep him on your radar as he is probably the better play with much of the Bucks' backcourt struggling on this night.
Toronto Raptors power forward/center Serge Ibaka brought some serious energy with him on Tuesday as he recorded a huge double-double in 24 minutes of action in the Game 4 win. Ibaka did his work on the glass with four of his 13 rebounds coming on the offensive end and he scored 17 points on 7-for-12 shooting of some nice pick and pops and putbacks at the rim. The Raptors are 7-0 this postseason when Ibaka scores 10-plus points and Raptors fans can only hope this version of Ibaka shows up for the crucial Game 5 that is in Milwaukee on Thursday night
Toronto Raptors shooting guard/small forward Norman Powell provided another solid line in this series on Tuesday when he scored 18 points to help secure the 18-point victory to even the series. Powell was extremely aggressive as he took 18 shots but actually only connected on six of them with four coming from three and he added five rebounds with three assists while being a game-high plus-29 across 32 minutes of action. Powell has stepped things up for the Raptors in his last three games where he is averaging 17.0 points in those games and is still worth a play for Game 5 if his price tag is still fair.
Toronto Raptors guard Fred Vanvleet managed to score in double digits for the first time since Game 1 in his club's series with the Magic as he contributed 13 points on Tuesday in the win. VanVleet did not stop there as he added six assists with a rebound and a steal in 25 minutes of action. VanVleet has recorded just 10 points in the series' previous three games on 20 shots, so this was a massive boost for the young guard. The newfound confidence could have been from him becoming a new father on Monday, but whatever the reason may be, he is worth an add to your roster's for Game 5 with his user-friendly price tag.
Milwaukee Bucks guard/forward Giannis Antetokounmpo bounced back offensively in Game 4 as he made nine of 17 shots to score 25 points in the 120-102 loss to the Raptors. Antetokounmpo filled out his line with 10 rebounds and five assists with three blocks and a steal while making just 6-for-10 from the line. Antetokounmpo was once again continually swarmed by outreached arms from the Raptors' defense but was more aggressive at taking the ball to the rim then he was in the previous game. If he hasn't been scoring, he has been doing other things, so he is never a bad play in your lineups.
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