Amir Johnson PF/C TOR 4 hours ago
Johnson grabbed a double-double with 14 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block in 33 minutes of action in Game 3 against the Wizards.
Johnson has been fairly consistent in the Playoffs, averaging 14.0 points and 8.3 rebounds so far. He'll have a chance to help the Raptors avoid a sweep in Game 4 at Washington.
DeMar DeRozan SG/SF TOR 4 hours ago
DeRozan posted 32 points, six rebounds, six assists, and one steal in 41 minutes of action in Game 3's loss to the Wizards.
DeRozan caught fire, but unfortunately it wasn't enough to help the Raptors rack up their first win in the series. Down 0-3 to the Wizards, DeRozan will need to continue to play well for the Raptors to have a chance at a win in Game 4.
Kyle Lowry PG TOR 4 hours ago
Lowry (leg) struggled in a Game 3 loss to the Wizards, going just 5-for-22 from the field for 15 points, four rebounds, seven assists, and four steals in 38 minutes of action.
Lowry had been ailing prior to Friday's game, and it showed in his poor performance. The Raptors are now down 0-3 to the Wizards, and Lowry will need to take charge soon in order to avoid getting swept.
Tyson Chandler C DAL 4 hours ago
Chandler posted eight points, eight rebounds, and one block in 34 minutes of action in Game 3 against the Rockets.
Chandler is averaging 10.0 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks in the series so far, but it hasn't been enough to help the Mavericks rack up a win. He's been a consistent option for the Mavericks, and he'll look to help prevent a sweet in Game 4.
Dirk Nowitzki PF DAL 4 hours ago
Nowitzki posted 34 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and one block in 36 minutes of action in Game 3 against the Rockets.
Nowitzki bounced back from a poor 3-for-14 performance from the field in Game 2, but it wasn't enough to get the win in Game 3. He's had a strong Playoff record throughout his career, but he's now fighting to avoid getting swept in the first round against the Rockets.
Monta Ellis G DAL 4 hours ago
Ellis posted 34 points, two rebounds, nine assists, and three steals in 39 minutes of action in Game 3 against the Rockets.
Ellis has been torching the Rockets in the series so far, scoring 16, 24, and 34 points over the first three games. Still, this hasn't been enough to rack up a win for the Mavericks, and he'll need to rely on his teammates to avoid getting swept for the series.
Josh Smith F HOU 4 hours ago
Smith posted 19 points, three rebounds, and four assists off the bench in 27 minutes of action in Game 3 against the Mavericks.
Smith has played well in his bench role during the postseason, averaging 14.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 1.0 blocks per game. He's been a strong factor for the Rockets of late, and he's certainly helping them at the right time, now taking a 3-0 series lead against the Mavericks.
Dwight Howard C HOU 4 hours ago
Howard scored 13 points and grabbed a career Playoff-best 26 rebounds in Game 3's win against the Mavericks. He added three assists, two steals, and two blocks in 38 minutes of action.
In spite of a shaky regular season, Howard has been dominant in the postseason so far, averaging 17.3 points, 14.3 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks per game so far. He's a force to reckon with in the post and on defense, and it's a good sign that he's healthy moving forward.
James Harden SG HOU 4 hours ago
Harden exploded for a career Playoff-best 42 points (15-24 FG, 7-7 FT, 5-7 3Pt) to go with five rebounds, nine assists, and one steal in 36 minutes of action in Game 3 against the Mavericks.
Harden's dominant performance put the Rockets up 3-0 in the series, and it's becoming pretty evident that Harden's one of the frontrunners for MVP. He's averaging 30.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 8.7 assists, and 1.0 steals per game in the postseason so far, and will likely continue to dominate moving forward.
Nikola Mirotic PF CHI 5 hours ago
Mirotic (quad) is not expected to play in Game 4 Saturday against the Bucks, ESPN Chicago reports.
Mirotic already missed Game 3 and it's not encouraging that he isn't even able to run again yet. The Bulls have a chance to eliminate the Bucks Saturday, which would be big for Mirotic as he would have time for extra rest before the next round would begin. Even if the Bucks do force a Game 5, it's unclear if Mirotic would be able to return.