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Jeremy Lin scored nine points on 4-for-8 shooting, adding two steals.

Fantasy Impact: Lin wasn't a big factor tonight and it may have had something to do with the Heat complaining to the league office about him receiving favorable calls. In any case, Lin had some good games in this series and has a player option for next year.

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Marvin Williams disappeared again, scoring just five points on three shots in 32 minutes. (Source: Ethan J. Skolnick on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hornets' coach Steve Clifford mentioned that Williams had been playing through an elbow injury throughout the series. His offense could have been the difference in the series for the Hornets, as he was a big reason they were so good leading up to the playoffs. He will be a free agent this summer and an interesting later-round target depending on where he lands.

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Al Jefferson scored just four points on 2-for-7 shooting on Sunday along with two rebounds and an assist in just 18 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Jefferson played the least minutes of the series in this one likely due to the game getting out of hand in the third quarter. Big Al was effective in this series, but he has become more of a role player on this team. He may be worth a late-round pick next year.

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Nicolas Batum shot 3-for-9 from the field, scoring just ten points with two assists and five rebounds.

Fantasy Impact: Batum was clearly not himself, and played well over the minute allotment of seven to eight minutes each half set by coach Steve Clifford before the game. He's been battling injuries, but will become a free agent after the season and a solid middle-round pick wherever he lands.

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Kemba Walker scored nine points on 3-for-16 shooting on Sunday, adding six assists, two rebounds and a steal in 36 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Walker just didn't have it tonight, but a lot of credit should go to the Heat defense. He was fantastic in this series and the regular season, and will be a great early-round pick heading into the next year's fantasy season.

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Aminu finished Game 1 with 15 points on 6-for-13 FG and 3-for-8 3PT. He added four rebounds, two blocks and one assist.

Fantasy Impact: Aminu needs to be more involved on the offensive side with Harkless and McCollum struggling. Let's see if they can grab Game 2 from the Warriors. Aminu is an all around player so he's worth a look in DFS.

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Mason Plumlee scores only one point as the Blazers lose Game 1 118-106 to the Warriors. Plumlee couldn't convert on any of his shots going 0-for-7 FG. He did grab 12 rebounds, dish out six assists and block two shots.

Fantasy Impact: Plumlee struggled early in the last series. I expect him to start putting up double-doubles in this series as early as Game 2.

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C.J McCollum struggles from the field in Game 1 and scored only 12 points. He went 5-for-17 FG, 0-for-4 3PT and 2-for-2 FT. McCollum added three rebonds, three assists, one steal and one block.

Fantasy Impact: McCollum needs to step up on both sides of the floor as Klay Thompson crushed them scoring 37 points on 50% shooting. Look for McCollum to bounce back but I'm starting Thompson in DFS.

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Damian Lillard didn't disappoint in Game 1 against the Warriors. Lillard dropped 30 points on 8-for-26 FG, 4-for-8 3PT and 10-for-10 FT. Lillard added five assists and four steals.

Fantasy Impact: Lillard is the guy for Portland. They will go as far as he can lift them. However, he needed the rest of the starting lineup to step up. He is a great play in DFS with PG Steph Curry out for Game 2. Get him in your lineups.

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Gerald Henderson was tossed from Game 1 after an altercation with C Anderson Varajeo, who was also tossed. It doesn't seem like either player will receive a suspension, but Henderson is a solid role player for the Blazers off the bench. Henderson played 17 minutes and finished with five points, three rebounds, three assists and one block.

Fantasy Impact: Henderson isn't on the DFS radar.

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Johnson returned to the court on Sunday for the first time since January 26 to play six minutes in Game 7 on Sunday. Johnson scored five points shooting 2-for-4 from the field with two assists and one rebound.

Fantasy Impact: Now that Johnson has returned to the court look for him to start to be a bigger part of the Heat rotation in their next series. While he will start to get some minutes, Johnson is still not worth fantasy consideration.

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In 28 minutes, Whiteside scored 10 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked five shots for the Heat in their 106-73 blowout victory in Game 7 against the Hornets.

Fantasy Impact: Whiteside was a force down low all series with five double-doubles and a total of 24 blocks in the seven-game series. Whiteside will have a tougher matchup in the second round of the playoff against either the Pacers or the Raptors.

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Wade scored 12 points on 5-for-11 shooting in the Heat 106-73 Game 7 victory over the Hornets. Wade also chipped in with six rebounds and one assist in just 25 minutes of the blowout victory.

Fantasy Impact: With Goran Dragic leading the way for the Heat on the offensive end, Wade did not need to be as assertive as he was in Game 6. Wade and the Heat will face the winner of tonight's Pacers/Raptors game in the second round.

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Dragic scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Heat to a 106-73 blowout Game 7 win over the Hornets. Dragic went 11-for-17 from the field including two three-pointers to go along with six rebounds and four assists in 32 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Dragic picked the right time to have his best game of the series to help lead the Heat to a Game 7 win. The Heat will play the winner of tonight's Pacers/Raptors game in the second round of the playoffs.

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Kevin Durant scored 16 points on 6-of-15 shooting from the field on Saturday night. He added eight rebounds and six assists in the 124-to-92 blowout loss.

Fantasy Impact: This was never really a game as the Spurs had a 23 point lead after the first quarter. Kawhi Leonard will often be matched-up on Westbrook or Durant in the series so while Durant is an MVP-caliber player, the defense is a hard talent to ignore.

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Serge Ibaka had a surprisingly solid night shooting the ball, scoring 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field. He contributed two rebounds and a steal in the 124-to-92 loss.

Fantasy Impact: The Thunder as a whole are going to have a tough time competing against the Spurs defense. It is tough to ever recommend a player against them because of how shut down they are.

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Russell Westbrook had a poor night shooting scoring 14 points on only 5-of-19 shooting from the field. He claimed only two rebounds and nine assists in his 29 minutes from the field.

Fantasy Impact: Going up against Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs is the toughest assignment the Thunder have had all season, and Westbrook struggled all night. It's hard to ever recommend someone who has the possibility of being guarded by Leonard, so tread lightly.

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Deng had his shooting touch on Friday making 9-of-14 field goal attempts including going 3-for-4 from three-point range on his way to 21 points. Deng played 36 minutes in the 97-90 victory and also grabbed four rebounds and dished out two assists.

Fantasy Impact: Deng has had a very good series against the Hornets averaging 19.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Deng and the Heat will play Game 7 against the Hornets in Miami on Sunday.

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Jae Crowder's shooting woes continued during Boston's series-ending Game 6 blowout loss to Atlanta. The small forward was 5-for-15 from the field Thursday night, somehow still good enough to be Boston's second-leading scorer (15 points) for the night.

Fantasy Impact: Crowder was one of the biggest breakouts in fantasy in 2015-16 finishing the regular season with 14.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game. Known more for his defensive stopping ability, Crowder showed that he does have an offensive game. Unfortunately, an ankle injury towards the end of the season really slowed him down and it affected him in the playoffs. He will not be overlooked going into 2016-17 and should be a strong fantasy option at small forward.

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Jonas Jerebko was the lone bright spot early for the struggling Celtics during their series-ending Game 6 loss to Atlanta. But he faded in the second half, ending with 13 points (5-for-9 FG, 2-for-5 3Pt, 1-for-1 FT), two blocks and one rebound.

Fantasy Impact: Jerebko came alive in the playoffs starting the last five games of the playoff series against the Hawks. He was not a factor most of the season scoring just 4.4 points a game on an average of 15 minutes. Will he continue the role he had in the playoffs going into next season? It is very doubtful but he should be looked at in deeper leagues as the Celtics may use him more when they want a faster lineup and may see an uptick in minutes over this past year.

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