Description: Nets small forward Thaddeus Young shot 50 percent of the field with 18 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and a steal in the Game 3 victory, 91-83, over the Hawks in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Saturday.
Insight: Young had a very disappointing Game 2 versus the Hawks with just two points, so it was good to see him back to his usual self. If Brooklyn is going to pull the upset, they need this type of production from Young.
Description: Bulls forward Taj Gibson played 29 minutes in the double-overtime Game 3 win and appears to be over his shoulder and ankle issues.
Insight: Gibson only attempted eight shots, but was solid on the boards as usual with 10 rebounds. With Pau Gasol, Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose doing most of the scoring, Gibson is likely to concentrate on hitting the glass for the rest of the series.
Description: Mavericks guard Monta Ellis put in 34 points Friday night.
Insight: Ellis had a look to send the game into overtime, but bricked it badly. He shot 15-of-25 from the field, 1-of-2 from the line, and 3-of-5 from downtown. Ellis also recorded nine assists, two rebounds, three steals, and just one turnover.
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James posted a double-double on Thursday night.
Insight: He shot 13-of-26 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line for 31 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer, four steals, two blocks, and four turnovers. Cleveland now has a commanding 3-0 series lead.
Description: Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday (sore right leg) was hard at work during Wednesday's practice and appears like he'll be ready to play in Game 3 against Golden State.
Insight: Given his lengthy injury history it's still no guarantee. he averaged 14.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 6.9 apg, 1.6 spg this season over 40 games, but the team played just as well with Tyreke Evans as the lead point guard.
Description: Grizzlies guard Mike Conley scored a team-high 18 points during Wednesday's Game 2 victory against the Trail Blazers.
Insight: He shot 6-of-11 from the field, 4-of-4 from the line, and 2-of-3 from downtown. Conley also had six dimes, one rebound, one steal, and two turnovers in 29 minutes of action. Courtney Lee also had a team-high 18 points.
Description: Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge posted a double-double during Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Grizzlies.
Insight: He shot just 7-of-20 from the field, but did go 9-of-10 from the line for 24 points, 13 boards, one assist, one 3-pointer, four blocks, two steals, and four turnovers. If Portland loses this series, it will be interesting to see if Aldridge bolts in free agency this summer.
Description: Nets guard Jarrett Jack scored a team-high 23 points on Wednesday night.
Insight: He did so off the bench and shot 9-of-13 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line. Jack also managed five rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers, one steal, and four turnovers in 29 minutes of action.
Description: Nets point guard Deron Williams had a weird stat line during Wednesday's loss versus Atlanta.
Insight: Williams scored just two points on 1-of-7 shooting from the field, and missed a wide open baseline jumper that would have tied the game with under 30 seconds left. He also had 10 boards, eight assists, two steals, and three turnovers.
Description: Mavericks point guard Rajon Rondo (back) is out indefinitely.
Insight: It is being reported he sustained a back injury in Game 2, but we feel it does deeper than that. The Rondo-Dallas experiment has not gone according to plan, and we may have seen him in a Mavericks' uniform for the final time.
Description: Mavericks point guard Rajon Rondo will not return to Dallas next season if Rick Carlisle remains the Mavericks head coach according to Yahoo Sports.
Insight: No surprise here. Rondo hit rock bottom with the Mavericks in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals, playing just 10 minutes, scoring four points and committing four fouls. Rondo in Dallas has been a disaster from the start, and it would be very surprising if owner Mark Cuban chose him over a championship winning coach.
Description: Mavericks guard Monta Ellis led Dallas with 24 points in the Game 2 loss to the Rockets in the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Insight: Dallas offense was all out of wack in Game 2. Ellis didn't shoot well, though, going 8-for-23 from the field, including 2-of-8 from downtown. He also had five rebounds, three assists and one block. Ellis needs to take fewer shots, and Dallas needs more from Dirk Nowitzki and Rajon Rondo, who only played 10 minutes on Tuesday because of foul trouble.
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving had 26 points, six assists and five rebounds in Game 2 versus the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Insight: Irving was 8-for-18 from the field, including 3-of-8 from the 3-point line. He also had a block. Irving is averaging 28.0 ppg in his first two playoff games, and Cleveland leads the series, 2-0. So much for the Cleveland's lack of playoff experience being an issue.
Description: Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas came off the bench to lead Boston with 22 points in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Insight: Boston rallied in the fourth quarter, but they fell short, 99-91. Thomas was 6-for-14 from the field and a perfect 10-of-10 at the line. He also had seven assists in the loss. Cleveland leads the series, 2-0.
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James led Cleveland with 30 points in the, 99-91, victory in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus the Celtics.
Insight: With the 30 points, James passed Jerry West for seventh on the all-time postseason scoring list. He was 11-for-22 from the field and also had nine rebounds, seven assists and two blocks. James also had six turnovers, which helped keep the Celtics in the game, but the Cavaliers ultimately had too much. Cleveland leads the series, 2-0.
Description: Bucks forward Khris Middleton scored a team-high 22 points in the Game 2 loss to the Bulls in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Monday.
Insight: Middleton shot 8-for-20 overall, including 3-of-7 from downtown. He also had six rebounds, one steal and one black. Milwaukee will need more scoring from Middleton and other if they are going to come back to beat Chicago. The Bulls lead the series, 2-0.
Description: Pelicans G/F Tyreke Evans (left knee) is questionable for Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals Monday against Golden State.
Insight: Evans (16.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 6.6 apg) will be a game-time decision after saying he still couldn't run at full speed. Jrue Holiday and Norris Cole woukld see huge increases in playing time if Evans can't run.
Description: Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph had a double-double in the, 100-86, victory over the Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Sunday.
Insight: Randolph finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds in 39 minutes. Memphis was ahead by so much in the second half, the Grizzlies were able to get some guys rest. The Grizzlies lead the series, 1-0.
Description: Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 32 points in the blowout loss in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals versus the Grizzlies.
Insight: Aldridge was 13-for-34 on his way to 32 points and 14 rebounds. He also had four blocks in his 42 minutes. Memphis' defense was suffocating Portland in the first half and at one point, the Trail Blazers were behind by 28 points. It could be a short series for Aldridge and the Trail Blazers.
Description: Grizzlies center Marc Gasol nearly had a triple-double in the, 100-86, victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Trail Blazers on Sunday.
Insight: The game wasn't as close as the score indicates. At one point, Memphis led by 28. With the big lead, some of the Grizzlies starters didn't play long, but Gasol still played 39 minutes, scored 15 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished seven assists. He also had three blocks and a steal. Memphis has a, 1-0, lead in the series.
Description: Hawks forward/center Al Horford dislocated his right pinky finger in the, 99-92, victory over the Nets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Sunday.
Insight: Horford left but did return to Game 1 and finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Atlanta led by 12 at the end of the third quarter, but the Nets comeback made things too interesting for the Hawks. For a team so dependant on all five starters, it will be interesting to see how Horford responds to this injury in Game 2.
Description: Nets center Brook Lopez had a double-double in the, 99-92, loss to the Hawks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Sunday.
Insight: Lopez was 6-for-7, but Nets fans would probably like to see Lopez more invovled in the offense. Lopez was clearly the team's best player down the stretch and was the main reason the Nets made the playoffs. He finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds on Sunday.
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love recorded a double-double in his playoff debut on Sunday against the Celtics.
Insight: Love shot 5-for-14 with two 3-pointers on his way to 19 points and 12 rebounds. He also had four assists and a steal. It was a great start for Cleveland, who leads Boston, 1-0, in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James had a solid all-around game in the, 113-100, victory over the Celtics on Sunday.
Insight: James turned in 20 points, seven assists, six rebounds, two steals, one 3-pointer and one block. The victory gives Cleveland the early, 1-0, series lead over Boston in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
Description: Boston really couldn't have asked for more from Isaiah Thomas off the bench in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Sunday.
Insight: Thomas led the team with 22 points and 10 assists. He shot 6-for-14 from the field, including 2-for-5 at the 3-point line, 8-for-8 at the foul line while also having five rebounds. His 22 points was as many as starting guards Marcus Smart and Evan Turner had combined.
Description: Pelicans forward Anthony Davis had a big ga,e in his playoff debut.
Insight: He did so in a losing effort versus Golden State, but did almost lead a fourth quarter comeback. Davis shot 13-of-23 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line for 35 points, seven boards, one assist, four blocks, one steal, and five turnovers.
Description: Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan posted a double-double during Saturday's OT loss to the Wizards.
Insight: DeRozan shot just 6-of-20 from the field and 3-of-5 from the line for 15 points, 11 boards, six assists, one steal, and three turnovers. Amir Johnson scored a team-high 18 points off the bench.
Description: Wizards small forward Paul Pierce did it again in the playoffs.
Insight: Pierce scored a team-high 20 points in Saturday's OT win. He shot 7-of-10 from the field, 2-of-2 from the line, and 4-of-7 from downtown, and also managed four rebounds, one steal, one block, and one turnover.
Description: Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons missed the last six games of the regular season, but should be ready to go for Game 1 versus Houston.
Insight: Parsons was a full participant in Friday's practice. He averaged 15.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.0 spg this season. He could spend some time defending James Harden which might limit his offensive production.
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose is ready to go for the opening game of the playoff series.
Insight: It's been since 2011-12 since he played in a playoff game and he should be pretty excited. With Rose, you always have to worry about his health, but he averaged 17.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.9 apg this season.
Description: Warriors forward David Lee will miss Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals Saturday against New Orleans due to back spasms.
Insight: More playing time for Draymond Green which is a good thing for the Warriors defense. Lee has averaged 7.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg in a backup role. Festus Ezeli and Marreese Speights will also see additional minutes.
Description: Raptors guard Kyle Lowry appears to be healthy at the right time after posting 26 points in the regular season finale.
Insight: Lowry and the Raptors are injury-free entering the series with Washington. The point guard will have to lead the way for Toronto to advance. he averageds 18.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 7.63 apg in Raptor wins this season.
Description: Pistons guard Reggie Jackson had 24 points and 11 assists in the, 112-90, victory over the Knicks on Wednesday.
Insight: Jackson was 9-for-16 from the field and 6-of-9 at the line. He also had four rebounds and three steals. Jackson really excelled in Detroit after the trade from Oklahoma City, averaging 17.4 ppg, 9.1 apg and 4.7 rpg.
Description: Heat forward Michael Beasley scored a team and season-high 34 points during Wednesday's victory against the 76ers.
Insight: Beasley played all 48 minutes and shot 12-of-27 from the floor and 10-of-11 from the line. He also managed 11 boards, eight assists, two steals, and three turnovers. It'll be interesting to see if a team signs him this offseason.
Description: Miami forward Henry Walker took advantage of his playing time on Wednesday night.
Insight: With Miami resting almost everyone, Walker played the entire game, with all of his field goal attempts coming from downtown. He shot 6-of-10 from deep and 3-of-5 from the line for 21 points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal, and two turnovers.