Jonah Bolden F FA 3 hours ago
Philadelphia president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo acknowledged Tuesday that Bolden could join the 76ers during the 2018-19 season, Brian Seltzer of Sixers.com reports. "With respect to the players we selected last year, players who we anticipated would be parts of the future here, I think it's most likely that the player you might see here early on is Jonah Bolden, who had a really good season at a EuroLeague level of competition playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv," Colangelo said.
Bolden, the 36th overall pick in 2017, turned some heads while playing with the 76ers' summer-league entry shortly after being drafted, then locked down a starting role in the frontcourt for Maccabi and averaged 7.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 21.1 minutes per game. The forward is lauded for his above-average athleticism and seven-foot wingspan, which could make him a valuable rotational big man for the 76ers if the team elects to bring him back stateside. Bolden's performance in the Las Vegas Summer League in July will likely have a heavy influence on the 76ers' decision whether or not to add him to the roster in 2018-19.
Kevon Looney F/C GSW 5 hours ago
Looney drew the start for Andre Iguodala (knee) and supplied just four points (2-6 FG), five rebounds, one assist and one block across 26 minutes during Golden State's 95-92 loss to the Rockets in Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Tuesday.
The fourth-year big man's line ultimately wasn't any different from those he'd produced off the bench during the prior two games when he came off the bench and logged under 20 minutes. Looney's lack of production wasn't necessarily due to poor shooting as much as it was to modest usage, as his six shot attempts were easily the fewest among the first unit. With Iguodala having been upgraded to questionable prior to Tuesday's contest before ultimately sitting out, it's certainly conceivable -- but still uncertain -- that he returns for Thursday's Game 5, a development that would presumably push Looney back to the bench.
Draymond Green F/C GSW 5 hours ago
Green finished with 11 points (4-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 14 rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one block across 45 minutes during Golden State's 95-92 loss to the Rockets in Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Tuesday.
Green's final line was once again impressive, although he did miss a key free throw with 37.7 seconds remaining and the Warriors trailing, 94-92. The 28-year-old did manage to churn out a second consecutive double-double, and he's now notably upped his offensive usage over the last two games by taking a combined 17 shots during that span. He'll undoubtedly play a key role in the Warriors' efforts once again when they attempt to take a 3-2 series lead in Thursday's Game 5.
Kevin Durant F GSW 5 hours ago
Durant collected 27 points (9-24 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 8-8 FT), 12 rebounds and three assists across 43 minutes during Golden State's 95-92 loss to the Rockets in Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Tuesday.
Durant certainly did his part on his way to his first double-double since Game 1 of the semifinal round against the Pelicans. The All-Star forward did endure his worst shooting night of the postseason, however, draining just 37.5 percent of his attempts. Naturally, sheer volume and frequent visits to the free-throw line are pretty much iron-clad guarantees for Durant during the postseason, keeping his scoring totals robust even when his shot isn't at its sharpest. He'll look to bounce back when the Warriors attempt to take a 3-2 series lead in Thursday's critical Game 5 showdown.
Stephen Curry G GSW 5 hours ago
Curry managed 28 points (10-26 FG, 6-13 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, two assists and two steals across 39 minutes during Golden State's 95-92 loss to the Rockets in Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Tuesday.
Curry was sharp from in distance, but he had trouble getting his shot to fall consistently overall, save for an impressive third quarter during which he scored 11 consecutive points and compiled a total of 17 points. The All-Star guard has now shot under 40.0 percent in two of the first four games of the series, although he's compiled his two best scoring totals in the last pair of contests. With the series now having reached a pivotal stage, Curry will look to up his efficiency in Thursday's pivotal Game 5.
Eric Gordon SG HOU 6 hours ago
Gordon poured in 14 points (4-14 FG, 1-8 3Pt, 5-5 FT) and added one rebound, one assist and one block across 35 minutes during Houston's 95-92 win over the Warriors in Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series. Tuesday.
Gordon once again led the second unit in scoring, not an especially difficult feat Tuesday with only he and Gerald Green seeing the floor among the Rockets reserves. The veteran guard's stat line was particularly scoring-dependent Tuesday, and his shot was off for the second consecutive game. However, the fact he continues to see a steady allotment of over 30 minutes per contest figures to help Gordon to continued respectable scoring totals at a minimum.
Clint Capela PF/C HOU 6 hours ago
Capela totaled eight points (2-5 FG, 4-5 FT), 13 rebounds and two blocks across 24 minutes during Houston's 95-92 win over the Warriors in Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series.
Capela's scoring contributions continue to fluctuate, but he's provided double-digit rebounds in the two games thus far in the series during which he's failed to accomplish the feat in the scoring column. The inverse has been true in the other two contests, keeping Capela's contributions steady and well-rounded overall. The 24-year-old projects to continue producing in similar fashion as a complement to the efforts of Chris Paul and James Harden, who both are even more involved offensively than during the regular season. Capela will look to keep his solid series going with another strong effort in Thursday's critical Game 5 showdown.
PJ Tucker SG/SF HOU 6 hours ago
Tucker delivered four points (0-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 16 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block across 44 minutes during Houston's 95-92 win over the Warriors in Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Tuesday.
Tucker exploded for a season-best rebounding effort, helping to make up for his minimal offensive contributions. The veteran forward's value isn't always accurately reflected on the stat sheet, as he brings a defensive presence and energy that isn't always quantifiable. However, he clearly remains capable of putting up spectacular numbers on both the scoreboard and the glass in any given night, making him a quintessential tournament play for DFS postseason contests. He'll look to once again play an important complementary role when the Rockets attempt to take a series lead in Thursday's Game 5.
Chris Paul PG HOU 6 hours ago
Paul collected 27 points (10-20 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 2-4 FT), four assists, two rebounds and one steal across 42 minutes during Houston's 95-92 win over the Warriors in Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Tuesday.
Paul continues to battle through foot soreness, making Tuesday's effort all the more admirable. The multi-time All-Star checked in second only to James Harden in scoring on the Rockets for the night on his way to his best point total since a decisive Game 5 of the semifinal round against the Jazz. Paul also enjoyed his best shooting night overall -- including from distance -- since that contest, a caliber of effort he'll look to replicate in Thursday's pivotal Game 5 back on his home floor.
James Harden G HOU 6 hours ago
Harden provided 30 points (11-26 FG, 3-12 3Pt, 5-5 FT), four rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks across 43 minutes during Houston's 95-92 win over the Warriors in Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Tuesday.
Harden helped spearhead numerous Rockets comebacks throughout the game, including in both the first and fourth quarters. He paced the team in both shot attempts and scoring in the process and put together his second-best point total of the series despite once again struggling from three-point range. Now sporting averages of 29.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.5 steals across 36.3 minutes over the first four games versus the Warriors, Harden will look to keep his hot hand going in Thursday's pivotal Game 5.