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  • Khris Middleton MIL SF
    Bucks' Khris Middleton: Briefly exits Tuesday
    6m ago

    Middleton left Tuesday's game versus the Pacers with 6:21 remaining in the first quarter but had his ankle re-taped in the locker room and has returned to Milwaukee's bench, Jamal Collier of ESPN.com reports.

    Middleton came up limping after making contact with Pacers forward Pascal Siakam, causing him to briefly exit Tuesday's contest. However, it appears the veteran forward has avoided a serious injury and should be available for the remainder of Game 2.

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  • Kawhi Leonard LAC SF
    Clippers' Kawhi Leonard: Good to go for Game 2
    36m ago

    Leonard (knee) will be available to play in Tuesday's Game 2 against the Mavericks, Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    Leonard participated at the morning shootaround and went through his usual warmup Tuesday, and the Clippers had been very optimistic about his return prior to getting the official green light. The Clippers haven't been very transparent with this injury, and it's unclear if Leonard will face restrictions Tuesday evening.

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  • Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL PF
    Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo: Puts up shots Tuesday
    2h ago

    Coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday that Antetokounmpo (calf) was able to get on the floor to put up shots and is getting closer a return, Eric Nehm of The Athletic reports.

    Antetokounmpo has already been ruled out for Tuesday's Game 2, marking his fifth straight absence due to a left calf strain. The Bucks were able to secure the victory in Game 1 over Indiana, which gives Antetokounmpo more time to return for Milwaukee's first-round series.

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  • Kyle Anderson MIN SF
    Timberwolves' Kyle Anderson: Available for Game 2
    2h ago

    Anderson (hip) is available for Game 2 against the Suns on Tuesday, Kellan Olson of ArizonaSports.com reports.

    Anderson was able to practice Monday and will shake off his questionable tag ahead of Game 2 after his hip issue forced him to leave early in Game 1. There's no word of any restrictions heading into tipoff.

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  • Tyrese Maxey PHI PG
    76ers' Tyrese Maxey: Named Most Improved Player
    2h ago

    Maxey was awarded the 2023-24 Most Improved Player on Tuesday.

    Maxey enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2023-24 after taking over the lead ball-handler role due to the departure of James Harden from Philadelphia. Maxey was able to improve his season averages of 20.3 points, 3.5 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 33.6 minutes from 2022-23 to 25.9 points, 6.2 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 37.5 minutes in 2023-24. While the 23-year-old's shooting splits decreased from 48.1/43.4/84.5 to 45.0/37.3/86.8, his jump as a playmaker and volume scorer helped him form one of the NBA's most dynamic duos alongside Joel Embiid.

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  • Kawhi Leonard LAC SF
    Clippers' Kawhi Leonard: Optimistic to play Tuesday
    2h ago

    The Clippers believe Leonard (knee) will be able to play in Tuesday's Game 2 against the Mavericks, Jared Greenberg of NBA TV reports.

    Leonard is officially listed as questionable for Tuesday's contest after sitting out Game 1 with right knee inflammation. However, the star forward was able to participate in shootaround. If Leonard is able to suit up against Dallas, he will likely replace Amir Coffey in the starting lineup.

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  • Nikola Jokic DEN C
    Nuggets' Nikola Jokic: Posts triple-double in Game 2 win
    10h ago

    Jokic closed Monday's 101-99 win over the Lakers in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals with 27 points (9-16 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 7-7 FT), 20 rebounds, 10 assists and two steals across 41 minutes.

    Jamal Murray might have grabbed most of the headlines after draining a buzzer-beating, game-winning shot to lift Denver to victory, but Jokic's contributions can't be overlooked, as the MVP favorite posted a triple-double while dealing with the menace of Anthony Davis on both ends of the court. Jokic extended an impressive run that has seen him record a double-double or a triple-double in each of his last 16 games, a span in which he's averaging 28.3 points, 13.4 rebounds and 8.4 assists per game.

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  • Anthony Davis LAL C
    Lakers' Anthony Davis: Leads Lakers in Game 2 defeat
    10h ago

    Davis ended Monday's 101-99 loss to the Nuggets in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals with 32 points (14-19 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal over 39 minutes.

    Davis has led the Lakers in scoring in each of the first two games of the series, but despite producing back-to-back 30-plus point efforts in the matchup against Nikola Jokic, the Lakers have fallen short of victory both times. Davis will likely land on the injury report ahead of Game 3, but given the situation and the workload he's handled in the first two games of the series, the star big man shouldn't have problems being active for Game 3 on Thursday.

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  • Joel Embiid PHI C
    76ers' Joel Embiid: Records double-double in 39 minutes
    14h ago

    Embiid totaled 34 points (12-29 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 8-12 FT), 10 rebounds, six assists and one block over 39 minutes during Monday's 104-101 loss to the Knicks in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

    Despite laboring up and down the court at times, Embiid showed no ill effects of his lingering knee injury and logged a full workload in the loss, but his prolific line wasn't enough to turn the tide. Embiid and Tyrese Maxey got no help from their teammates as the rest of the roster ended with fewer points than Embiid alone.

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  • Jarrett Allen CLE C
    Cavaliers' Jarrett Allen: Owns boards in 20-rebound game
    23h ago

    Allen finished with 16 points (6-10 FG, 4-8 FT), 20 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals over 39 minutes in Cleveland's 96-86 win over Orlando in Game 2 of the first-round playoff series.

    Allen did it all to help Cleveland take a commanding 2-0 series lead, leading all players in Monday's contest in rebounds while pacing the Cavaliers in blocks to go along with a pair of steals in a double-double performance. Allen has owned the glass over the first two games of the opening-round series, recording at least 18 rebounds and a double-double in both contests.

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  • Anthony Davis LAL C
    Lakers' Anthony Davis: Officially active
    23h ago

    Davis (back) has been cleared to play in Monday's Game 2 against Denver, Ryan Ward of LakersNation.com reports.

    Davis was labeled as probable for Monday's matchup due to low back soreness, and he's since been given the green light to suit up. He'll need another big performance in Game 2 for LA to even the series.

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  • Joel Embiid PHI C
    76ers' Joel Embiid: Officially active Monday
    1d ago

    Embiid (left knee injury recovery) has been cleared to play in Monday's Game 2 against the Knicks, Chris Haynes of Turner Sports reports.

    Embiid and Tyrese Maxey (illness) will suit up Monday, although coach Nick Nurse noted that Maxey will operate at less than 100 percent while still dealing with symptoms. Embiid logged 37 minutes of action despite briefly exiting Saturday's contest before halftime, so he'll likely be leaned on even if gimpy.

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  • Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL PF
    Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo: Puts up shots Tuesday
    2h ago

    Coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday that Antetokounmpo (calf) was able to get on the floor to put up shots and is getting closer a return, Eric Nehm of The Athletic reports.

    Antetokounmpo has already been ruled out for Tuesday's Game 2, marking his fifth straight absence due to a left calf strain. The Bucks were able to secure the victory in Game 1 over Indiana, which gives Antetokounmpo more time to return for Milwaukee's first-round series.

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  • Giannis Antetokounmpo MIL PF
    Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo: Officially ruled out
    4h ago

    Antetokounmpo (calf) has been ruled out for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Pacers.

    As expected, Antetokounmpo has been downgraded from doubtful to out while he continues to recover from a left soleus strain. Without their star player, the Bucks were able to win Game 1 behind a stellar first-half performance from Damian Lillard, affording Antetokounmpo some extra rest, but if Milwaukee drops Game 2 at home, there may be added pressure for the MVP candidate to return Friday, when the series shifts to Indiana for Game 3.

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  • Zion Williamson NO PF
    Pelicans' Zion Williamson: Hopeful to return in postseason
    5h ago

    Williamson (hamstring), who will be re-evaluated in one week, says it is "realistic" he returns in the postseason, Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com reports.

    Williamson exited the Pelicans' first Play-In Tournament game against the Lakers with a hamstring strain and has not played since. However, Williamson says he is hopeful to eventually make his postseason return, which would likely require a second-round matchup. Despite not having Williamson available for Game 1 against the top-seeded Thunder, the Pelicans kept it close, losing 94-92. How quickly the medical staff clears him may depend on how the remainder of the series plays out.

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  • Franz Wagner ORL PF
    Magic's Franz Wagner: Nears 20 points in balanced outing
    23h ago

    Wagner tallied 18 points (5-17 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 6-7 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal over 38 minutes in Orlando's 96-86 loss to Cleveland in Game 2 of the first-round playoff series.

    Wagner struggled to find his shot a bit in Monday's defeat but still provided a lift offensively by ending two points shy of the 20-point mark while leading all Magic players in rebounds in a balanced performance. Wagner has put together back-to-back strong showings for Orlando to start the opening-round series, posting 18 points and seven boards in both contests.

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  • Paolo Banchero ORL PF
    Magic's Paolo Banchero: Leading scorer in Game 2 loss
    23h ago

    Banchero notched 21 points (9-20 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block over 41 minutes in Orlando's 96-86 loss to Cleveland in Game 2 of the first-round playoff series.

    Banchero led all Orlando players in scoring while handing out a trio of rebounds and assists and swiping a team-high pair of steals in a losing effort in Game 2. Banchero has done all he can to help the Magic in the first two games of the series against the Cavaliers, surpassing the 20-point mark while recording at least three rebounds and steals in both outings.

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  • Jarred Vanderbilt LAL PF
    Lakers' Jarred Vanderbilt: Takes part in Monday's practice
    1d ago

    Vanderbilt (foot) "exerted himself at a high level" following the Lakers' morning shootaround but will remain out for Monday's Game 2 against the Nuggets, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reports.

    Head coach Darvin Ham noted in his pregame press conference that the team will wait to see how Vanderbilt responds Tuesday before determining his next steps toward a return. Vanderbilt hasn't played since Feb. 1 due to a right mid-foot sprain.

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  • Khris Middleton MIL SF
    Bucks' Khris Middleton: Briefly exits Tuesday
    6m ago

    Middleton left Tuesday's game versus the Pacers with 6:21 remaining in the first quarter but had his ankle re-taped in the locker room and has returned to Milwaukee's bench, Jamal Collier of ESPN.com reports.

    Middleton came up limping after making contact with Pacers forward Pascal Siakam, causing him to briefly exit Tuesday's contest. However, it appears the veteran forward has avoided a serious injury and should be available for the remainder of Game 2.

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  • Kawhi Leonard LAC SF
    Clippers' Kawhi Leonard: Good to go for Game 2
    36m ago

    Leonard (knee) will be available to play in Tuesday's Game 2 against the Mavericks, Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    Leonard participated at the morning shootaround and went through his usual warmup Tuesday, and the Clippers had been very optimistic about his return prior to getting the official green light. The Clippers haven't been very transparent with this injury, and it's unclear if Leonard will face restrictions Tuesday evening.

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  • Kyle Anderson MIN SF
    Timberwolves' Kyle Anderson: Available for Game 2
    2h ago

    Anderson (hip) is available for Game 2 against the Suns on Tuesday, Kellan Olson of ArizonaSports.com reports.

    Anderson was able to practice Monday and will shake off his questionable tag ahead of Game 2 after his hip issue forced him to leave early in Game 1. There's no word of any restrictions heading into tipoff.

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  • Kawhi Leonard LAC SF
    Clippers' Kawhi Leonard: Optimistic to play Tuesday
    2h ago

    The Clippers believe Leonard (knee) will be able to play in Tuesday's Game 2 against the Mavericks, Jared Greenberg of NBA TV reports.

    Leonard is officially listed as questionable for Tuesday's contest after sitting out Game 1 with right knee inflammation. However, the star forward was able to participate in shootaround. If Leonard is able to suit up against Dallas, he will likely replace Amir Coffey in the starting lineup.

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  • Kawhi Leonard LAC SF
    Clippers' Kawhi Leonard: Present at shootaround
    7h ago

    Leonard (knee) is officially listed as questionable but was present for the Clippers' morning shootaround before Tuesday's Game 2 against the Mavericks, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com

    Leonard was ruled out for Sunday's Game 1 win, his ninth consecutive absence, but has a chance to return Tuesday. The Clippers will likely decide the veteran's availability closer to the 10 p.m. ET tipoff after seeing how he fares in pregame warmups. If Leonard is ruled out again, expect Terance Mann and Amir Coffey to pick up extra minutes.

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  • Michael Porter Jr. DEN SF
    Nuggets' Michael Porter: Goes for 22 points in Game 2
    10h ago

    Porter totaled 22 points (8-13 FG, 6-10 3Pt), nine rebounds, one assist and two steals in 38 minutes during Monday's 101-99 victory over the Lakers in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

    Porter sniffed a double-double for the second consecutive game after delivering a 19-point, eight-rebound effort in Game 1 on Saturday, and the forward continues to impact both ends of the court for Denver. Even though he doesn't get the same attention as Nikola Jokic or Jamal Murray, Porter is a key piece in the Nuggets' offensive scheme, and he's averaging 16.2 points with 7.3 rebounds per game in April, including regular-season contests.

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  • Grayson Allen PHO SG
    Suns' Grayson Allen: Good to go for Game 2
    3h ago

    Allen (ankle) is available for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Timberwolves, Gerald Bourguet of GoPHNX.com reports.

    Allen has been upgraded from questionable to available Tuesday despite dealing with a right ankle sprain. The 28-year-old guard failed to make a three in Game 1 but shot 46.1 percent on 5.9 three-point attempts per contest during the regular season. Allen won't operate on a minutes restriction.

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  • Terry Rozier MIA SG
    Heat's Terry Rozier: Won't suit up Wednesday
    6h ago

    Rozier (neck) has been ruled out for Wednesday's Game 2 against the Celtics, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.

    Rozier will now miss his eighth straight game, and it is unclear whether the team will look to rush him back for the remainder of the series without Jimmy Butler (knee). The 30-year-old is considered week-to-week and against the Celtics, so it would not come as a surprise for Rozier to miss the entirety of the series. With Rozier out, Delon Wright, Duncan Robinson and Patty Mills are all likely candidates to see an uptick in playing time.

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  • Jalen Suggs ORL SG
    Magic's Jalen Suggs: Expects to play in Game 3
    12h ago

    Suggs said after Monday's 96-86 loss to the Cavaliers that he doesn't think his sprained left knee injury will keep him from playing Thursday in Game 3 of the series, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.

    Suggs suffered the injury in the first quarter Monday, when he collapsed to the floor after making contact with Cleveland's Donovan Mitchell. Suggs grabbed his leg in visible pain after the play and didn't put any weight on his leg as he was assisted to the locker room, but he was able to return to the contest after halftime while sporting a compression sleeve on his leg. He ended up playing well down the stretch, finishing with nine points (2-5 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 5-7 FT), six rebounds, five assists and one steal in 29 minutes. Adrenaline might have played a part in Suggs feeling well enough to return, so the Magic will wait and see how his knee responds over the next two days before deciding whether he's fit to play in Game 3 with the Magic facing a 2-0 series deficit.

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  • Kelly Oubre Jr. PHI SG
    76ers' Kelly Oubre: Does little in loss
    13h ago

    Oubre logged four points (2-7 FG), two rebounds, three assists and three blocks across 26 minutes during Monday's 104-101 loss to the Knicks in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

    Oubre's unproductive evening marked his second consecutive subpar performance in the quarterfinals. He joined a mediocre group of starters who scored only 22 points compared to the 69 points accrued by Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey. Improved stat lines from Oubre will be necessary for the Sixers to even the series at home.

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  • Donte DiVincenzo NY SG
    Knicks' Donte DiVincenzo: Hits go-ahead three-pointer for win
    14h ago

    DiVincenzo totaled 19 points (5-10 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 5-5 FT), four rebounds, three assists and two steals across 37 minutes during Monday's 104-101 win over the 76ers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

    The Knicks mounted a late rally to get within striking distance and DiVincenzo sealed the win, thanks to a last-second miss from Joel Embiid. The efficient wingman failed to meet expectations in Game 1, but he shot 50 percent from the floor Monday night to help give the Knicks a 2-0 series lead.

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  • Gary Harris ORL SG
    Magic's Gary Harris: Strong from deep in loss
    23h ago

    Harris ended with 14 points (5-10 FG, 4-7 3Pt), four rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal over 34 minutes in Orlando's 96-86 loss to Cleveland in Game 2 of the first-round playoff series.

    Harris led all Orlando players in threes made while hauling in a quartet of rebounds and ending as one of four players with a double-digit point total in a losing effort. Harris bounced back in Game 2 after a disappointing performance in Game 1, during which the guard did not connect on a shot while being held scoreless. Harris will need to continue to provide a lift offensively for Orlando as it tries to erase a 2-0 series deficit entering Game 3.

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  • Tyrese Maxey PHI PG
    76ers' Tyrese Maxey: Named Most Improved Player
    2h ago

    Maxey was awarded the 2023-24 Most Improved Player on Tuesday.

    Maxey enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2023-24 after taking over the lead ball-handler role due to the departure of James Harden from Philadelphia. Maxey was able to improve his season averages of 20.3 points, 3.5 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 33.6 minutes from 2022-23 to 25.9 points, 6.2 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 37.5 minutes in 2023-24. While the 23-year-old's shooting splits decreased from 48.1/43.4/84.5 to 45.0/37.3/86.8, his jump as a playmaker and volume scorer helped him form one of the NBA's most dynamic duos alongside Joel Embiid.

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  • Jamal Murray DEN PG
    Nuggets' Jamal Murray: Sinks game-winning shot Monday
    10h ago

    Murray ended Monday's 101-99 victory over the Lakers in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals with 20 points (9-24 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, five assists and two blocks across 39 minutes.

    Even though Nikola Jokic stole the show with a triple-double, it was Murray who ended up being the hero for the Nuggets, as his buzzer-beating fadeaway gave Denver a massive win despite the team trailing by as many as 20 points at one point in the third quarter. Murray has scored at least 20 points in each of his last six appearances dating back to the regular season, and the star floor general should handle a prominent role in Game 3 on Thursday as the series shifts to Los Angeles.

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  • D'Angelo Russell LAL PG
    Lakers' D'Angelo Russell: Shows improvement in Game 2
    10h ago

    Russell logged 23 points (8-16 FG, 7-11 3Pt), three rebounds and six assists across 39 minutes during Monday's 101-99 loss to the Nuggets in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

    Russell delivered a much-improved effort compared to Game 1 when he notched 13 points while shooting poorly from the field (6-20 FG, 1-9 3Pt). However, his strong contributions were not enough Monday, as the Lakers wasted a 20-point lead and lost the game on a buzzer-beater from Jamal Murray. Nonetheless, the uptick in efficiency is nice to see from Russell, who should have a pivotal role on offense in Thursday's decisive Game 3.

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  • Tyrese Maxey PHI PG
    76ers' Tyrese Maxey: Records 35/10 double-double in loss
    14h ago

    Maxey notched 35 points (12-22 FG, 5-11 3Pt, 6-6 FT), nine rebounds and 10 assists in 44 minutes during Monday's 104-101 loss to the Knicks in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

    Maxey scored 15 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and was the primary catalyst in a massive rally that erased the Knicks' lead. His three-pointer with 1:09 remaining appeared to seal a Game 2 win for the Sixers, but New York's defense turned the tables in the end. Although Joel Embiid is rounding back into form, Maxey's production will be essential to get the team back into the series. The Maxey-Embiid duo also needs help from the rest of the supporting cast, who scored only 32 points in the loss.

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  • Jalen Brunson NY PG
    Knicks' Jalen Brunson: High scorer despite poor shooting
    14h ago

    Brunson posted 24 points (8-29 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 7-9 FT), eight rebounds and six assists over 38 minutes during Monday's 104-101 win over the 76ers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

    A productive night at the charity stripe and decent secondary production helped mask Brunson's dreadful shooting night. The usually prolific guard has converted only 29.1 percent of his shots in the quarterfinals, and although the Knicks have pulled off a 2-0 lead amid the slump, the team's outlook will be much better if his shooting stroke gets back on track.

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  • Darius Garland CLE PG
    Cavaliers' Darius Garland: Leads from deep in Game 2 win
    23h ago

    Garland posted 15 points (5-11 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four assists, three rebounds and one steal over 32 minutes in Cleveland's 96-86 win over Orlando in Game 2 of the first-round playoff series.

    Garland had a strong showing from deep in Cleveland's second straight victory to begin the series, connecting on a team-high mark from three while handing out a team-high-tying assist total and ending as one of four Cavaliers with 15 or more points. Garland has provided a nice boost for Cleveland through two games in the first round, posting at least 14 points, four assists and three rebounds in two straight outings.

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