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|5/29/2016||Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mil, SF|
|Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks battled it out in Athens in a game of streetball Sunday, watched by a crowd of 5,000.
Analysis: Antetokounmpo led his team with 64 points.
|5/29/2016||Kristaps Porzingis, NY, F-C|
|Porzingis of the New York Knicks and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks battled it out in Athens in a game of streetball Sunday, watched by a crowd of 5,000.
Analysis: Porzingis scored 21 points but was overshadowed by team member Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Giannis' older brother, who scored 69.
|5/28/2016||LeBron James, Cle, F|
|James scored 33 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers advanced to their second straight NBA Finals by beating the Toronto Raptors 113-87 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday night. For James, it's his sixth straight trip to the Finals, including four with Miami.
Analysis: He broke the 30-point barrier for the first time this postseason and finished with 11 rebounds and six assists. James will be the eighth player in NBA history to appear in six consecutive finals and the first who didn't play for the Boston Celtics.
|5/28/2016||Kyrie Irving, Cle, G|
|Irving finished with 30 points, nine assists and three steals in Friday's win that sent the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals for the second straight season.
Analysis: Irving has averaged 26.3 points on 51.6 percent shooting in his last three games.
|5/28/2016||Kevin Love, Cle, F-C|
|Love had another solid effort Friday with 20 points and 12 rebounds in Friday's 113-87 win at Toronto. The win gave Cleveland its second consecutive Eastern Conference championship.
Analysis: Love has totaled 45 points on 13-of-21 shooting in the past two games after scored a combined 13 on 5-of-23 shooting in the previous two.
|5/28/2016||Kyle Lowry, Tor, PG|
|Lowry finished with 35 points while hitting 6 of 12 from 3-point range, but it wasn't enough as Toronto's season came to an end with a blowout loss to visiting Cleveland in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Analysis: After a slow start, Lowry averaged 24.1 points and made 41.8 percent from beyond the arc in his last nine postseason contests.
|5/28/2016||Bryce Dejean-Jones, NO, G|
|Dejean-Jones was fatally shot after breaking down the door to a Dallas apartment.
Analysis: Sr. Cpl. DeMarquis Black said in a statement that officers were called early Saturday morning and found the 23-year-old player collapsed in an outdoor passageway. He was taken to a hospital where he died. Black says a person living at the apartment was sleeping when he heard his door kicked open. The man retrieved a handgun and fired when Dejean-Jones began kicking the bedroom door.
|5/28/2016||Klay Thompson, GS, G-F|
|Thompson scored a career playoff-high 41 points to help defending champion Golden State force a Game 7 in the Western Conference finals with Saturday's 108-101 victory at Oklahoma City.
Analysis: Thompson went 14 of 30 from the field, with a playoff-record 11 of those makes coming on 18 3-point attempts. The two-time All-Star hit five 3s during the Warriors' 33-point fourth quarter, the last of which put them up 104-101 with 1:35 to play.
|5/28/2016||Stephen Curry, GS, G|
|Curry overcame a slow start to finish with 31 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in a Game 6 win at Oklahoma City. He went 6 for 13 from 3-point range in the must-win situation.
Analysis: Curry has totaled 62 points, 17 rebounds, 15 assists and seven steals in his last two games.
|5/28/2016||Kevin Durant, OKC, F|
|Durant struggled for most of the night as Oklahoma City missed out on a great opportunity to advance to the NBA Finals. He finished with 29 points, but missed 21 of 31 shots in a 108-101 loss in Game 6.
Analysis: Durant has averaged 31.7 points in his last three games, though he's shot just 34.9 percent.
|5/28/2016||Russell Westbrook, OKC, PG|
|Westbrook finished with 28 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds Saturday, but he shot just 10 for 27 from the field in a 108-101 home loss to the Warriors in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals.
Analysis: Westbrook has averaged 31.3 points, 10.5 assists and 8.8 rebounds in the past four games of this series. He'll have to come up big if the Thunder hope to bounce back in Game 7 at Golden State.
|5/27/2016||Bismack Biyombo, Tor, C|
|Biyombo faces a suspension for a potential Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals after picking up a flagrant foul in the first quarter of Game 6 on Friday night.
Analysis: Biyombo's flagrant foul 1 for elbowing Cleveland's Kevin Love gave him four flagrant foul points in the postseason, which would trigger a one-game suspension unless it is rescinded by the NBA. Biyombo has started all six games of the series in place of Jonas Valanciunas, who sprained his right ankle in Game 3 against Miami in the previous round.
|5/24/2016||Russell Westbrook, OKC, PG|
|Oklahoma City moved within one win of eliminating defending champion Golden State, thanks in part to Westbrook's first career postseason triple-double.
Analysis: The star point guard, who had 18 triple-doubles in the regular season, finished with 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in Tuesday's 118-94 home win that gave the Thunder a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals.
|5/24/2016||Kevin Durant, OKC, F|
|Durant contributed 26 points and 11 rebounds in Tuesday's blowout win over Golden State.
Analysis: Durant is averaging 29.9 points and 7.4 rebounds in his last nine games for the Thunder, who are one win away from getting back to the NBA Finals.
|5/24/2016||Andre Roberson, OKC, G-F|
|Roberson stepped up with 17 points, 12 rebounds, five steals and two steals in Tuesday's 118-94 home win over Golden State in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
Analysis: Roberson set career highs in points and steals, while matching one in rebounds. He averaged 4.8 points during the regular season.
|5/24/2016||Klay Thompson, GS, G-F|
|Thompson tried to keep Golden State in Tuesday's blowout loss, finishing with 26 points while hitting 4 of 11 from 3-point range.
Analysis: The Thunder, however, have done a nice job against him and Stephen Curry. Thompson has shot 8 for 27 from beyond the arc over the past three games.
|5/24/2016||Stephen Curry, GS, G|
|Curry didn't look much like himself again Tuesday. He finished with 19 points on 6-of-20 shooting in a 118-94 loss at Oklahoma City in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
Analysis: Curry doesn't seem to be over his recent injuries. He's gone just 5 for 21 from 3-point range in the past two games - both blowout defeats.
|5/23/2016||Kyle Lowry, Tor, PG|
|Lowry scored 35 points, including a driving layup in the final minute, as the Toronto Raptors evened the Eastern Conference finals by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-99 in Game 4 on Monday night.
Analysis: Lowry, who had 20 points in Toronto's Game 3 victory, scored 18 while shooting 8 of 28 over the first two games of the series.
|5/23/2016||DeMar DeRozan, Tor, G-F|
|DeRozan finished with 32 points on 14-of-23 shooting in Monday's 105-99 win over Cleveland that evened the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2.
Analysis: DeRozan's early postseason woes seem to be behind him as he's averaged 27 points on 48.1 percent shooting over his last seven games.
|5/23/2016||LeBron James, Cle, F|
|James finished with 29 points, nine rebounds and six assists Monday, but it wasn't enough in a 105-99 loss at Toronto in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Analysis: James hasn't scored less than 20 points in any playoff games this season. He's also shooting 64.4 percent over his last four games.
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