Description: Clippers point guard Chris Paul toughed out an early hamstring injury, and played the role of hero to help Los Angeles advance to the Western Conference Semifinals.
Insight: Paul came up lame at the end of the first quarter, but after receiving treatment, he was able to get through the game. While he clearly struggled at times, it was Paul who hit the game-winner with one second left in the game. He finished with 27 points, six dimes, two rebounds, two steals, one block, and one turnover. Paul should be in the lineup for Game 1 against Houston, but owners should expect him to be under 100 percent.
Description: Clippers point guard Chris Paul had a huge second half to carry Los Angeles to a, 102-96, victory over the Spurs in Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Thursday.
Insight: The victory forces a Game 7 on Saturday. Paul scored 15 of his 19 points on the night in the second half. Paul also had 15 assists, four rebounds, and four steals. This is clearly been the best series of the first round, and it is a shame that either the Spurs or the Clippers will be going home on Saturday.
Description: Bucks guard Giannis Antetokounmpo was ejected from Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus the Bulls.
Insight: It was just an ugly, ugly game for Milwaukee. Antetokounmpo checked into Mike Dunleavy on a 3-point shot and received a flagrant 2 and ejection. The "Greak Freak" played 15 minutes and shot 2-for-6, finishing with five points. Milwaukee lost, 120-66.
Description: Bulls small forward Mike Dunleavy hit four 3-pointers in the, 120-66, victory over the Bucks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
Insight: With such a wide margin, Dunleavy only played 28 minutes and shot 5-for-7 from the field, including 4-of-6 from the 3-point line. He also had six free throws, five assists, four rebounds and one steal. Chicago advances to the next round to face the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Description: Nets guard Jarrett Jack had an incredible Game 5 in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals versus the Hawks on Wednesday.
Insight: At one point, Jack scored 12 straight points in the fourth quarter that helped Brooklyn get without one point of a tie. Jack finished with 18 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals. He was 7-for-13 from the field, but Brooklyn still lost, 107-97.
Description: Mavericks point guard Rajon Rondo will not be back with the Mavericks.
Insight: On a rather slow news day, we decided to state the obvious. Rondo and Mavericks have mutually decided to part ways. He will be a free agent, with the Lakers being one of the interested parties, albeit at a discounted price.
Description: Raptors guard Kyle Lowry scored a team-high 21 points during Sunday's Game 4 loss versus Washington.
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: Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (face) will need facial surgery.
Insight: Conley was ruled out for Game 4 earlier in the day, and now the news has broken that he will need surgery. There is no timetable for his return, but Russell Westrbook had a similar procedure earlier this season and missed just one game.
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving had 24 points and 11 rebounds in the, 101-93, Game 4 victory over the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Sunday. Cleveland completed the four-game sweep and will advance to the second round to play either Chicago or Milwaukee.
Insight: Irving was 8-for-19 from the field, hitting two 3-pointers. He also had three assists, one steal and one block. Irving looks just fine despite having no previous playoff experience.
Description: Warriors guard Stephen Curry hit six 3-pointers and scored 39 points in the, 109-98, victory over the Pelicans in Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Saturday. Golden State won the series, 4-0.
Insight: Curry shot 11-for-20 overall, and 6-of-8 from the 3-point line. He nearly had a triple-double with nine assists and eight rebounds too. Golden State will either play Memphis or Portland in the next round.
Description: Bucks guard O.J. Mayo led Milwaukee with 18 points as the Bucks beat the Bulls, 92-90, in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Saturday.
Insight: Mayo came off the bench and hit six field goals, four of which were 3-pointers, in 24 minutes. Mayo also had four assists, four steals and three rebounds. Despite the victory, Chicago still leads the series, 3-0.
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler scored 33 points to nearly lead Chicago to a comeback victory in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Bucks.
Insight: Milwaukee outplayed Chicago in the first half, but Butler kept the Bulls in the game and hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to tie the score at half time. In addition to the 33 points, he also had seven rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block, but Milwaukee hit its own buzzer beat to win the game, 92-90. Chicago leads the series, though, 3-1.
Description: Bucks backup guard Jerryd Bayless hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer to win Game 4 for Milwaukee, 92-90, over the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Saturday.
Insight: Bayless and the Milwaukee bench was huge for the Buck in Game 4, scoring 47 points, which was more than the Milwaukee starters. Bayless finished with 10 points and five assists. Chicago, however, still leads the series, 3-1.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.