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Michael Porter Jr. notched 14 points (3-9 FG, 1-6 3PT, 7-8 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal, and two turnovers in Friday's huge loss to the Lakers.

Fantasy Impact: After shooting 0-for-2 from the field and laying a goose egg in Game 7 against the Clippers, Porter Jr. bounced back nicely tonight, despite the blowout loss. His shooting could have been better, but he was able to register a team-high eight free-throw attempts. If he can start getting 30+ minutes of action the rest of the way, he could be worth a look in DFS, but for now he is simply a dart throw due to his extremely low floor.

Jamal Murray chipped in 21 points (7-12 FG, 3-5 3PT, 4-4 FT), one board, five assists, and three turnovers in Friday night's blowout loss to the Lakers.

Fantasy Impact: Murray was able to produce another efficient shooting night, and now averages 60.8% from the field in his last three games. He could've had a bigger game had he not sat out the entire fourth quarter, but with the Nuggets down by so many points, coach Michael Malone rightfully opted to rest his starters. Murray will hope to record his fifth straight 20+ point effort on Sunday and help Denver even up the series.

Nikola Jokic recorded 21 points (8-14 FG, 5-7 FT), six rebounds, two assists, one block, and four turnovers in Friday's loss to the Lakers.

Fantasy Impact: Jokic actually ended up seeing merely 25 minutes of action tonight, as he picked up three fouls in the first quarter and sat out the entire fourth quarter due to the large deficit. He was still able to register a solid performance, and continues his consistency regardless of the opponent. The Nuggets will need him to stay on the court much longer if they hope to even the series on Sunday evening.

Jaylen Brown scored 21 points (8-14 FG, 3-4 FT) along with six rebounds, two assists, two triples, and one turnover in 39 minutes in a 106-101 Game 2 loss to Miami on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Brown had an efficient night offensively but, for the first time in five games, failed to register a steal. He only attempted 14 shots in both games of the Eastern Conference Finals, so the Celtics will need more offense out of him to remain competitive in the series. Brown will look to build on this performance for Game 3 on Saturday.

Jayson Tatum played 42 minutes and contributed 21 points (6-12 FG, 0-2 3PT, 9-11 FT) and added five rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block, and five turnovers in a 106-101 loss to the Heat on Thursday night.

Fantasy Impact: Tatum had his lowest shot output of the 2020 playoffs, only getting 12 shots in 42 minutes. The Celtics need Tatum to be the alpha if they're going to take Game 3 and have a chance to get back in the series. Still, Tatum had a productive fantasy night, getting 34 points in Fanduel and 34.75 in Draftkings, good for top-5 in DFS on Thursday.

Kemba Walker paced the Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, scoring 23 points (9-19 FG, 4-11 3PT, 1-2 FT) along with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block, and five turnovers across 34 minutes of play in a 106-101 loss to the Miami Heat.

Fantasy Impact: Walker scored 14 of his 23 points in the first half and hit a couple of big triples in the fourth quarter but ultimately fell short in Game 2. Walker was aggressive from the tip and showed up again on the defensively, extending his block streak to three games. He'll continue getting opportunities to score with the Heats' focus on stopping Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Walker will get plenty of scoring chances as the series wears on, and his play warrants consideration in DFS lineups.

Tyler Herro continued his stellar play off the bench, scoring 11 points (4-12 FG, 1-8 3PT, 2-2 FT) with nine rebounds, five assists, one steal, and three turnovers in 32 minutes in a Game 2 win over the Celtics.

Fantasy Impact: Though Herro didn't shoot well from the perimeter, the 6'5" shooting guard was active on the glass and a steady playmaker for the Heat in Game 2. He grabbed four offensive rebounds and has pulled down at least eight rebounds in his past three games. He's deservingly getting the most minutes off the bench, and he'll look to keep up his momentum heading into Game 3 on Saturday.

Jimmy Butler tallied 14 points (4-11 FG, 0-1 3PT, 6-6 FT) along with four rebounds, three assists, a game-high four steals, and one turnover across 36 minutes in a win over the Celtics.

Fantasy Impact: Butler struggled to find his rhythm through the first three quarters but turned it up late, scoring six points in the final three minutes of the game. He continues to play with poise, control, and pace and often likes to get his teammates involved before looking for his shot. However, his defense and late-game shooting helped propel the Heat to a 2-0 lead over the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. Butler finished the evening as a top-5 performer in DFS, scoring 34.3 points in Fanduel and 31 points in Draftkings.

Duncan Robinson lit up the Celtics in 32 minutes with six three-pointers, shooting 6-12 from the field and scoring 18 points. He also chipped in four assists, two rebounds, and one block in a Game 2 victory.

Fantasy Impact: Robinson got hot from deep and hit 6+ three's for the third time in the 2020 NBA playoffs on Thursday. He's become one of the best three-point shooters in the NBA and has the green light to fire away. His four assists were a new playoff career-high. He typically won't offer much in other categories, but his contributions were timely in a critical comeback victory over the Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Bam Adebayo produced 21 points (10-16 FG, 1-2 FT) along with 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block, and two turnovers across 35 minutes in a 106-101 win over the Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Fantasy Impact: Adebayo notched the top DFS performance on Thursday, scoring 46 points on both Fanduel and Draftkings. Adebayo is averaging 19.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks while shooting 52% from the field. Adebayo is the center to own as he continues to be a force against the Boston Celtics.

Goran Dragic led the way for the Heat scoring 25 points (10-19 FG, 3-7 3PT, 2-2 FT) and adding five assists, three rebounds, and two turnovers across 34 minutes in a 106-101 Game 2 win over the Boston Celtics.

Fantasy Impact: Dragic was the closer and helped mount a 17-point comeback for the Heat in the third and fourth quarters. Now up 2-0, the Dragic continues to be the leading bucket getter for Miami. Dragic finished top-3 in DFS with 34.1 points in Fanduel and 36.75 in Draftkings. He's been consistent and should continue to be a good source of production throughout the Eastern Conference finals.

Montrezl Harrell played 25 minutes off the bench, scoring 20 points (7-10 FG, 6-9 FT) with three rebounds and one turnover as the Clippers fall to the Nuggets in Game 7, 104-89.

Fantasy Impact: His 25 minutes were the most he's seen all series against Denver. They came at the expense of Ivica Zubac, who saw just 14 minutes after averaging 30 minutes per game in his previous three games. The switch was interesting, but Doc Rivers was just trying to get some more offense on the floor. Harrell provided just that, but it wasn't enough to overcome the shooting woes of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, who combined to shoot just 25 percent from the field in Game 7. The Clippers' season has come to a close as they could not put the Nuggets away after taking a commanding 3-1 series lead.

Paul George scored just 10 points (4-16 FG, 2-11 3PT) with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block, and five turnovers across 38 minutes in a bad 104-89 Game 7 loss to the Nuggets.

Fantasy Impact: Coming off two consecutive impressive performances in Games 5 and 6, George couldn't buy himself a bucket in Game 7, shooting just 25 percent from the field and finishing as a -20 on the night. The Clippers now find themselves on their way out of Disney World as the Nuggets complete the comeback after facing a 3-1 series deficit. They'll face the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals beginning Friday night.

Kawhi Leonard struggled to score in an ugly Game 7 loss, netting 14 points on just 6-of-22 from the field (2-7 3PT) to go along with six rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block, and two turnovers in 43 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Leonard struggled all night and finished Game 7 as a -21. Unlike he did a season ago with the Raptors, he couldn't quite get the Clippers over the hump and into the Conference Finals. It wasn't all Leonard's fault however, as Paul George also shot just 4-of-16 from the field and 2-of-11 from deep. Between the two of them, they combined to shoot just 26 percent from the field, which isn't going to get it done in a critical Game 7 against a hungry Nuggets squad. It'll be the Lakers and Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals beginning Friday.

Gary Harris recorded 14 points (6-11 FG, 2-6 3PT), six rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block, and one turnover in Tuesday's series victory against the Clippers.

Fantasy Impact: Harris produced another solid performance, and appears to have shaken off the rust. His primary value comes on defense, but tonight's game marks his fifth double-figure scoring effort in the last six. As such, Harris is worth a look in DFS for Game 1 against the Lakers on Friday, but owners should still temper expectations.

Russell Westbrook played 36 minutes and produced 10 points (4-13 FG, 0-3 3PT, 2-6 FT) and added six assists, four rebounds, two steals, and three turnovers in a 119-96 Game 5 loss to the Lakers to be eliminated from the NBA playoffs.

Fantasy Impact: Westbrook has been inconsistent offensively throughout the series, and unfortunately, it carried into the elimination game on Saturday night. The Lakers' defense continued to challenge Westbrook, and he could not find his rhythm. Perhaps Westbrook's shooting woes are attributed to the quad injury that forced him to miss a few games in the first round, but he didn't look like himself all series. With Houston HC Mike D'Antoni on the hot seat, the Rockets may shake up their roster ahead of next season.

James Harden produced 30 points (12-20 FG, 2-8 3PT, 4-4 FT) and added six rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block, and six turnovers across 42 minutes in a 119-96 loss to the LA Lakers to be eliminated from the NBA playoffs.

Fantasy Impact: Harden did his best to keep the Rockets playoff hopes alive, but the team fell short, getting blown out in Game 5. He didn't receive much support as Russell Westbrook was the only other Rockets player to reach double figures with 10 points. Though Harden and the Rockets were eliminated from the playoffs, Harden did his part, averaging 29.4 points, 7.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 2.8 triples while shooting 47% from the field in the second-round series versus the Lakers.

Anthony Davis notched another double-double on Saturday, scoring 13 points (4-9 FG, 5-6 FT) along with 11 rebounds, four assists, one block, and six turnovers across 34 minutes in a Game 5 win over the Houston Rockets.

Fantasy Impact: Davis only took nine shot attempts but was able to hit double figures and collect his fifth consecutive double-double in the Lakers' second-round series against the Rockets. Davis was a force in every game besides this one as the Rockets' small-ball lineup had no answer for one of the most versatile and skilled big men in the NBA. The Lakers' next opponent has yet to be determined, but both teams offer more physicality and size in the frontcourt than the Houston Rockets. In his past five games, Davis is averaging 25.4 points, 12.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 0.8 steals 58.8% shooting.

LeBron James played 31 minutes and scored a team-high 29 points (9-18 FG, 3-8 3PT, 8-10 FT) along with 11 rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block, and four turnovers in a lopsided 119-96 victory over the Houston Rockets to earn a trip to the Western Conference Finals.

Fantasy Impact: James was dominant yet again and helped the Lakers close out the Rockets in only five games. James finishes the second-round series averaging 25.8 points, 10.4 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.8 steals, and 1.8 blocks while shooting 51% from the field. James and the Lakers will await the winner of the Clippers and Nuggets series to determine who they'll face in the Western Conference Finals.

Serge Ibaka chipped in 14 points (5-9 FG, 1-4 3PT, 3-3 FT) off the bench for the Raptors in 20 minutes of action and added eight rebounds in a 92-87 Game 7 loss to the Boston Celtics.

Fantasy Impact: Ibaka was arguably the most consistent player for the Raptors against the Celtics, shooting an efficient 51% from the field and 46% from three-point range across seven games. He'll be a free agent this offseason and will be a valuable commodity for team's looking for a stretch-four or five.