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Avery Bradley scored 23 points on 10-for-20 shooting with four rebounds, two three-pointers, and one assist over 32 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Fantasy Impact: Bradley took over the scoring load for the Celtics with Isaiah Thomas out for the playoffs. It wasn't enough though as the Celtics were eliminated by the Cavs. The shooting guard had his best year in 2016-17 with averages of 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals.

Al Horford scored eight points on 4-for-8 shooting with three rebounds and one assist over 27 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Fantasy Impact: Horford could not come through with the Celtics facing elimination. He ended the playoffs similar to his regular season. Inconsistent. He has been frustrating for fantasy owners and expect his value to drop to a mid round pick in drafts next season.

LeBron James passed Michael Jordan for the most points in the postseason in NBA history. Also, in this game James passed Manu Ginobili for third-most three-pointers made in the postseason in NBA history. James returns for his seventh straight NBA Finals appearance and will look to repeat as champions. James finished this game with 35 points, eight boards, eight assists, three steals and one block.

Fantasy Impact: James is now the NBA's all-time leading scorer in the postseason only cementing his legacy even more. He now faces Kevin Durant and the Warriors for the third straight season and will remain a must-start in DFS play.

Kyrie Irving scored 24 points in Game 5's win over the Cetics. Irving shot 9-of-15 from the floor, 4-of-8 from three and 5-of-8 from the line. Irving added seven assists, two boards and two steals to just three turnovers.

Fantasy Impact: Irving will have to be sensational for the Cavaliers to repeat against the Warriors this season. Expect his usual 20 plus points per game and he's always a solid DFS play.

Deron Williams played well off the bench in Game 5 against the Celtics scoring 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Williams failed to add any additional stats but made 2-of-3 from three.

Fantasy Impact: Williams will be leaned on in the NBA Finals as a scoring option off the bench and maybe even in a two-guard tandem with Kyrie Irving. At best, he's a cheap DFS punt play.

Kevin Love posted his fifth straight double-double against the Celtics as the Cavaliers closed out the Celtics and move onto the NBA Finals for the third season in a row. Love finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Love added four steals, three assists and one block.

Fantasy Impact: Love had the Celtics number in this series but faces a much tougher challenge in the NBA Finals against Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. Look for Love to take a step back in the NBA Finals.

Kevin Durant has a big Game 4

Tue, May 23rd 11:51am EDT
By Justin Grasso


Kevin Durant had a solid Game 4 as the Warriors beat the Spurs to advance to the Finals. He shot 10-for-13, scoring 29 points from the field. He also had 12 rebounds on defense to notch the double-double.

Fantasy Impact: Durant has been pretty big for the Warriors in the last three series. He should be a lock for DFS when the Finals come around. Durant has plenty of time to rest as the Warriors wait to see who they will play against in the championship.

Klay Thompson closed out the Western conference finals with a slow game. He scored 10 points off 13 shots. He also only had one assist with six rebounds.

Fantasy Impact: Thompson closed out the series struggling from the field. He is only averaging 13 points in the last five games, which is shocking for Thomson. Although his production didn’t affect the Warriors much, he will need to step it up for the Finals.

Draymond Green had a solid Game 4 as the Warriors advance to the NBA Finals. Green shot 5-for-10, scoring 16 points with eight assists. He also had eight rebounds and two steals on defense.

Fantasy Impact: Green had a pretty slow series against the Spurs but this shouldn’t worry anybody. This series has been fairly easy for the Warriors so Draymond did not have to go above and beyond. Expect him to be a good play for the Finals as they come back with a vengeance.

Steph Curry had a big night as the Warriors swept the San Antonio Spurs to advance to the NBA Finals. He scored the game-high of 36 points. He had plenty of shooting opportunity, taking 13 three-pointers, draining five of them. He also collected six assists and five rebounds.

Fantasy Impact: Curry had an excellent playoff run so far. The Warriors opponent in the Finals will determine whether he is worth paying up for in Fantasy or not. Although he is hot, Cleveland seems to have his number since last seasons series went downhill.

J.R. Smith played well in Game 3, finally, scoring 13 points while grabbing eight rebounds. Smith shot 4-of-8 from three point land while dominating the two guard minutes with 33.

Fantasy Impact: Smith has now scored 13 points in two games this postseason while scoring less than 13 in every other game so far. Leave him off your DFS rosters.

Tristan Thompson stepped up in Game 3 but it wasn't enough as Avery Bradley made the game-winning jumper. Thompson finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds including seven offensive boards. Thompson added one assist and one block in 42 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Thompson played the second most minutes of any player in Game 3 while also posting an impressive 12-of-15 from the line. Thompson remains a solid cheap DFS center play.

Jae Crowder scored 14 points on 6-for-14 shooting with 11 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two three-pointers in 40 minutes as the Celtics defeated the Cavaliers in Game 3.

Fantasy Impact: Crowder may not make a big impact on the offensive side of the ball but he does get across the board stats and his 11 rebounds are a playoff high. His main goal is to stop Lebron James but is still able to contribute to fantasy owners.

Jonas Jerebko scored 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting with five rebounds, one assist, two three-pointers and one block from 13 minutes in Sunday's 111-108 Game 3 win in Cleveland.

Fantasy Impact: After four straight DNPs, Jerebko has played in the last two playoff games for the Celtics. He definitely made a difference for the team in Game 3 as he was a spark off the bench that helped the team come back. With injuries to the front court expect Jerebko to continue to see the court but he will not see enough minutes to make a huge impact.

Kelly Olynyk scored 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting with three rebounds, one three-pointer and two assists from 23 minutes in Sunday's 111-108 Game 3 win in Cleveland.

Fantasy Impact: Olynyk's minutes have fluctuated wildly throughout the playoffs. But with Amir Johnson dealing with a shoulder injury and the Celtics needing more offense with Isaiah Thomas out expect the big man to see more minutes. If Olynyk gets in a groove he can put up points fast and makes for a good speculative play in DFS.

Marcus Smart started Sunday's 111-108 win over the Cavaliers, finishing with 27 points on 8-for-14 shooting with seven assists, five rebounds, seven three-pointers, two steals and one block across 41 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: The Celtics needed a spark in Game 3 and Smart provided it. With Isaiah Thomas out for the rest of the series more of the scoring load will fall on Smart. He is currently a great value in DFS and should see plenty of minutes for the rest of the series.

Jonathan Simmons scores 14 points in Game 3 while playing a team-high 34 minutes. Simmons shot 7-of-17 from the floor while missing all four three-point attempts. Simmons added five assists, one board and one steal.

Fantasy Impact: Simmons is averaging 16 points per game in this series and he should be to improve on his 22 point playoff career-high in Game 2. David Lee is out which means more for Simmons and Kyle Anderson along with Pau Gasol. Kawhi Leonard is unlikely to play in Game 4 so Simmons will start again.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 points in Game 3's tough loss against the Warriors on Saturday. Aldridge shot 7-of-17 from the floor while making one three-pointer and 3-of-4 from the line. Aldridge added five rebounds, one assist and two blocks in only 28 minutes of action.

Fantasy Impact: The Warriors were up big headed into the fourth quarter which limited Aldridge to just 28 minutes on Saturday. Aldridge will be one of the top DFS choices in Game 4 against the Warriors.

Manu Ginobili led the Spurs in scoring in Game 3's loss to the Warriors on Saturday. Ginobili finished with 21 points on an impressive 7-of-9 shooting and 5-of-8 from the line. Ginobili did so in just 18 minutes of action while adding two assists, one rebound and one steal.

Fantasy Impact: Ginobili will be leaned on again in Game 4 in what could be his final game as a Spur if he decides to retire this offseason. Ginobili is a solid DFS cheap play in Game 4 against the Warriors.

Kyle Anderson got the start in Game 3 against the Warriors while Pau Gasol came off the bench and LaMarcus Aldridge started at center. Anderson filled the stat sheets with six points, nine rebounds and five assists while adding one block.

Fantasy Impact: Anderson played well in limited minutes (20) in Game 3. With the Spurs looking at a sweep, the team will likely lean on Anderson and Pau Gasol more to force a Game 5.