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Pascal Siakam put up a line of 26 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 46 minutes against the Warriors. He tied Kyle Lowry for the team lead in scoring.

Fantasy Impact: Siakam's struggles from three-point range in The Finals were well documented but he silenced that narrative with a 3-for-6 performance when it mattered most. A G-League Champion and Finals MVP back in 2017, Spicy P also looks like the odds-on favourite to be the NBA's most improved player of the year. You can now add NBA Champion to that list. What an amazing progression - a great career surely lies ahead for the 25-year-old.

Kawhi Leonard put up a line of 22 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in a Championship-clinching Game 6. He was named MVP of the NBA Finals for the second time in his career.

Fantasy Impact: The Klaw was a great presence on both ends once again and on top of that, he received incredible support from his teammates as he was one of four Raptors with 20 or more points. A season ago Kawhi played just nine games. There were questions and doubts, but those have certainly been put to rest now. He is a champion once again.

Fred VanVleet broke through for 22 points, his highest total of the playoffs, on 6-for-14 shooting, including 5-for-11 from three-point range. He added two rebounds and one steal.

Fantasy Impact: VanVleet came up big with 12 fourth quarter points, seemingly carrying the Raptors with his shot-making at a crucial stretch of the game. VanVleet goes from undrafted free agent signing in 2016 to a NBA champion that received a vote for Finals MVP. What an incredible story.

Draymond Green filled it up Thursday night recording his second triple-double of the finals as the Warriors lost the series to the Raptors. He scored 11 points to pair with a game-high 19 rebounds, and 13 assists. He also recorded three steals and two blocks. He had some head-scratching turnovers, especially down the stretch, logging a team-high eight on the night.

Fantasy Impact: Green was playing his usual role while Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry did most of the heavy lifting on offense. Thompson injured his knee late in the third quarter and never returned. As a result, Green was forced to step up on offense and pressed a little too hard at times, hence the high turnover mark. Even with the turnovers he played with a ton of heart and was solid on defense, per usual. The season ends on a sour note for Green and the Dubs after falling short of achieving their fourth title in five years.

Marc Gasol put up a solid line of 17 points, eight rebounds and two assists on just six field-goal attempts. This was in spite of him dealing with foul trouble throughout the game; he finished with five personal fouls.

Fantasy Impact: Gasol was leaned on heavily in the early going for the Raptors. The three-point shots weren't falling, so they established the big man and he shouldered the load. He scored the first seven points of the game for the Raptors and led the team in scoring until he was overtaken by Kawhi Leonard midway through the second quarter. Following the loss, Gasol and the Raps will look to respond at Oracle Arena on Wednesday.

Kyle Lowry had a good look from the three-point line with seconds left but hit the side of the backboard and the Warriors came away with a 106-105 victory on Monday night. The Raptors were up six points with two minutes left but failed to close out the series and win their first NBA championship in Toronto. It was a heartbreaking loss for the team but they will look to re-group for Thursday’s game six matchup in Golden State.

Fantasy Impact: Lowry had a strong game, finishing with 16 points, four rebounds and six assists. Unfortunately he made a bad turnover with a couple minutes left and failed to hit the last shot of the game. Look for Toronto to be much better from the three-point line on Thursday and put in another good effort against a Warriors team that will be without superstar Kevin Durant.

Klay Thompson played a phenomenal game on Monday logging a team-high 42 minutes to go along with 26 points, six rebounds, and four assists. He shot 9-for-21 from the field and 53.8 percent from three (7-for-13).

Fantasy Impact: Thompson had all the right moves for the Warriors on Monday night as he came up clutch to knock down big shots whenever the Warriors needed it in the second half. His final three-pointer was a dagger inside of a minute to play, which proved to be the nail in the coffin for the Raptors. Klay's performance was all the more impressive as he's still recovering from the strained hamstring he suffered earlier in the series. Thompson looks like a man on a mission as the series returns to Oakland for game 6 on Thursday. Get your popcorn ready.

Steph Curry put up 31 points, seven assists, and eight rebounds in a gutty win over the Toronto Raptors. The Warriors head back to Oracle Arena down 3-2 in the series.

Fantasy Impact: Curry came out on fire in the first half but slowed down during the later stages of the game. However, he came up clutch with a huge three-pointer to tie the score at 103 apiece late in the fourth quarter. With Kevin Durant likely out for Game 6, Curry and his teammates will need to play stellar offense again to force a Game 7.

Ibaka put up his highest point total of the 2019 playoffs to date with 20 points in just 22 minutes. He was very efficient in doing so, going 9-for-12 from the field, while also adding four rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

Fantasy Impact: Mafuzzy Chef was cooking in Game 4 and it couldn't have come at a better time. On a night where Marc Gasol, Danny Green and Kyle Lowry provided just 22 combined points, Ibaka came up big with a spark off the bench. That's just the way the Raptors have been in these playoffs - if someone has an off night offensively, another guy steps up. It's a big reason why they'll have a chance to seal the Championship on Monday night in Toronto.

With the Raptors on the road for the first time in the NBA Finals, Danny Green looked more than comfortable as he finished with an impressive line of 18 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block. He shot a sparkling 6-of-10 from three-point range.

Fantasy Impact: Finals Danny Green has officially arrived. After posting a solid 5-for-12 clip on three-point attempts between games one and two, the marksman exploded for six more on Wednesday. We’ve grown accustomed to seeing him heat up in the Finals in the past, and this year is clearly no exception. There’s no reason to believe he won’t be an efficient source of three-pointers the rest of the way.

DeMarcus Cousins put up a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds in a victory over the Toronto Raptors. He also threw in six assists to boot and helped tie the NBA Finals one game apiece.

Fantasy Impact: After a surprise start, Cousins rewarded his team with physical play in the paint and crisp passing. The center overcame early foul trouble and got better as the game continued, as he even played in the crunch time of the fourth quarter. His 28 minutes of action was probably more than what Coach Steve Kerr intended, but injuries to Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney made his impact all the more important. In fact, his plus-minus rating of +12 tied for the team lead along with Draymond Green and Steph Curry. Though it's unlikely he fully recovers from his quad injury in this series, his production in this game bodes well for the Warriors as they look to take a 2-1 lead in Oakland this Wednesday.

Al Horford accumulated nine points on 4-of-13 shooting, with seven rebounds, six assists, one steal, and one turnover in 35 minutes in Wednesday's Game 5 116-91 loss to the Bucks.

Fantasy Impact: Horford struggled from the field, but was able to contribute both solid rebound and assist totals in Wednesday's Game 5 loss. In five games of this playoff series, Horford averaged 16.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 0.8 blocks, and 0.4 steals in 34 minutes.

Marcus Morris scored 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting, with 11 rebounds, three assists, and one turnover in 30 minutes in Wednesday's Game 5 116-91 loss to the Bucks.

Fantasy Impact: Morris posted his second straight double-double, and was one of the few bright spots in the Celtics Game 5 loss to the Bucks. Despite coming off the bench, he still played 20 more minutes than teammate Aaron Baynes. In the five games of this playoff series, Morris averaged 14.8 points and 9.4 rebounds in 30 minutes.

Kyrie Irving poured in 15 points on 6-of-21 shooting, with one assist, two steals, and three turnovers in 33 minutes in Wednesday's Game 5 116-91 loss to the Bucks.

Fantasy Impact: Irving shot 7-of-22 from the field in Game 4, and came out ice cold shooting a dreadful 6-of-21 in Game 5. The Celtics made the Eastern Conference Finals without him last year, and couldn't get out of the second round with him this year. After an early exit, rumors of Irving leaving Boston may get louder as the off-season approaches.

Jayson Tatum accumulated 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting, with 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and two turnovers in 35 minutes in Monday's Game 4 113-101 loss to the Bucks.

Fantasy Impact: Tatum posted his second straight double-double after being a non-factor in Games 1 and 2 of this series. In his last four games, he's averaging 11.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.25 blocks, and 1.0 steal in 32 minutes. Tatum has been inconsistent, but he will look to continue his recent strong play in Wednesday's Game 5 against the Bucks.

Gordon Hayward accumulated 10 points on 2-of-8 shooting, with seven rebounds, five assists, and two turnovers in 33 minutes in Friday's Game 3 123-116 loss to the Bucks.

Fantasy Impact: Hayward posted a solid stat line while finishing third in minutes played in Friday's loss. He has now reached double digits in scoring three of the past four games. Hayward bounced back from his poor outing on Tuesday, and will look to keep the solid play going for Monday's Game 4 against the Bucks.

The Nuggets continue to roll with Torrey Craig in the starting lineup with Will Barton coming off the bench in Game 2. Craig scored seven points and grabbed four rebounds in 20 minutes. Craig added one three-pointer and one steal.

Fantasy Impact: Craig is a weak punt play in daily lineups as his minutes are low despite the starting nod.

Nikola Jokic posted solid numbers despite a loss to the Blazers in Game 97-90 on Wednesday. Jokic finished with a team-high 16 points and 14 rebounds to go along with seven assists. He added one steal in 37 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Jokic scored 37 in Game 1 so he was bound to fall back some in the scoring column. Jokic is a premier fantasy option in all leagues no matter the matchup.

Jamal Murray aggravated a right thigh injury in Game 2 against the Blazers while scoring just 15 points on 6-for-18 shooting and 2-for-8 from three. Murray added seven boards, one assist, and one steal in 35 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Murray finished out the game but wasn't himself struggling with his jump shot. Murray will questionable headed into a pivotal Game 3 as the series is now tied 1-1.

Jaylen Brown scored 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting, with six rebounds, three assists, and two turnovers in 33 minutes in Tuesday's Game 2 123-102 loss to the Bucks.

Fantasy Impact: Brown continued his solid play on Tuesday, finishing second in the team in scoring behind only Marcus Morris. Brown is averaging 17.8 points, 5.75 rebounds, 1.25 assist, and 2.25 triples in his last four games.