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  • OKC Shooting Guard #21
    The Thunder will start Josh Giddey, Lu Dort, Aaron Wiggins, Jaylin Williams and Chet Holmgren against the 76ers on Tuesday.
    The Thunder will play this game without Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jalen Williams, which allows for Wiggins and Williams to fill the two open spots in the starting unit. This is a bigger starting unit than the Thunder usually have, and both new starters should have some fantasy upside in increased roles.
  • PHX Shooting Guard #8
    Grayson Allen (right ankle) was limited in practice on Monday and is questionable to play in Game 2 against the Timberwolves on Tuesday.
    Allen exited during the third quarter of Game 1 and did not return due to this ankle injury. If he is forced to remain on the sidelines for Game 2, Eric Gordon and Royce O’Neale should soak up his minutes, with O’Neale likely sliding into the starting unit.
  • PHI Point Guard #0
    Tyrese Maxey is questionable for Monday’s matchup with the Knicks due to an illness.
    Maxey put up a game-high 33 points in Saturday’s loss to New York in Game 1. His status is of vital importance ahead of Game 2, especially with Joel Embiid (knee) still banged up. If Maxey is unable to play, Cameron Payne and Buddy Hield would be in line for more playing time, and one of them would presumably replace Maxey in the starting five.
  • NOP Small Forward #25
    Trey Murphy logged 44 minutes in Sunday’s Game 1 loss to the Thunder, posting a line of 21 points (8-of-18 FGs), four rebounds, two assists, one steal, three blocks, and five 3-pointers.
    Once again starting for the injured Zion Williamson (hamstring), Murphy was excellent on both ends of the floor in Game 1. The third-year wing made some timely baskets as the Pelicans mounted a rally that fell two points short while racking up four “stocks.” Offseason knee surgery derailed Murphy’s progress early in the season, but he has played solid basketball recently, outside of the Pelicans’ regular-season finale against the Lakers. With Oklahoma City devoting much of their defensive attention to CJ McCollum and Brandon Ingram, Murphy and Herb Jones won’t lack opportunities to score. Jones struggled in Game 1, shooting 2-of-10 from the field and finishing with eight points, seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.
  • NOP Shooting Guard #3
    CJ McCollum shot 9-of-22 from the field in Sunday’s 94-92 loss to the Thunder, amassing 20 points, three rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block, and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes.
    Neither of New Orleans’ top two available scorers performed well in Game 1, with McCollum and Brandon Ingram (12/6/3/0/1 in 37 minutes) shooting a combined 14-of-39 from the field. The former had a chance to win the game in the final seconds, but his leaner from beyond the arc went long. Oklahoma City has multiple wing defenders capable of giving the Pelicans trouble, beginning with Luguentz Dort, and rookie Cason Wallace guarded McCollum well on the final possession. With Zion Williamson (hamstring) not being evaluated for another two weeks, McCollum and Ingram will have to do most of the heavy lifting if the Pelicans are to have any chance of winning the series. Game 2 is on Wednesday.
  • NOP Center #17
    Jonas Valanciunas finished Sunday’s 94-92 loss to Oklahoma City with 13 points (5-of-9 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), 20 rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 29 minutes.
    Valanciunas was elite on the boards in Game 1, with nine of his 20 rebounds being of the offensive variety. Those extra possessions added up, with the Pelicans attempting 11 more shots than the Thunder and outscoring them by a 24-11 margin in second-chance points. However, Oklahoma City was a plus-6 in points in the paint (42-36). Going back to Valanciunas, Zion Williamson’s hamstring injury protects his minutes, as there were multiple occasions during the regular season in which JV’s role was diminished in favor of a Zion/Larry Nance Jr. tandem. Nance played 19 minutes on Sunday, finishing with eight points, eight rebounds, and one steal. Expect a similar split regarding playing time in Game 2 on Wednesday.
  • OKC Power Forward #7
    Chet Holmgren amassed 15 points (6-of-14 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs), 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal, five blocks, and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes in Sunday’s win over New Orleans.
    Holmgren and the Thunder had their hands full with Jonas Valanciunas (20 rebounds), but the rookie power forward/center held his own on Sunday. Making his first postseason appearance, Holmgren recorded a double-double and blocked five shots. One of those five rejections was of a Larry Nance Jr. layup attempt that would have given New Orleans a two-point lead with a little under one minute remaining. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander would record a three-point play on the ensuing possession, giving OKC a lead it would not relinquish. Holmgren isn’t going to beat Valanciunas with brute strength, but his performance in Game 1 showed that he can impact the game in other ways. Game 2 is on Wednesday night.
  • OKC Small Forward #8
    Jalen Williams played 40 minutes in Sunday’s 94-92 win over New Orleans, accounting for 19 points (8-of-18 FGs, 2-of-3 FTs), seven rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one 3-pointer.
    The 94 points were the fewest Oklahoma City has scored in a win this season, but they all count just the same. Williams did everything except block a shot, but the rebounds, assists (tied for most on the team), and steals were quality for those who rostered JDub in DFS tournaments. He was one of only three Thunder players to finish in double figures, with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Chet Holmgren being the others. That trio will have to do a lot of the heavy lifting in the postseason, with their teammates chipping in at timely moments. Game 2 of the series is on Wednesday night.
  • OKC Point Guard #2
    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander shot 11-of-24 from the field and 6-of-7 from the foul line in Sunday’s 94-92 win over the Pelicans, scoring 28 points with six rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes.
    After seven blowouts, the final Game 1 of the weekend delivered the drama basketball fans craved. Gilgeous-Alexander didn’t have a great night shooting the basketball, but he and the Thunder did enough to defend the home-court advantage. The win was a nice capper to a big day for Gilgeous-Alexander, who was named a finalist for the Most Valuable Player and Clutch Player awards on Sunday. The Thunder will look to take a 2-0 series lead on Wednesday night.
  • IND Point Guard #0
    Tyrese Haliburton accounted for nine points (4-of-7 FGs), seven rebounds, eight assists, one steal, one block, and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes in Sunday’s 109-94 loss to the Bucks.
    Haliburton recorded a full stat line in his playoff debut, but his offensive impact was limited. He attempted seven shots, six fewer than backup point guard T.J. McConnell, who finished with 10 points, two rebounds, and one assist. Part of that was by design, as the Bucks aggressively denied Haliburton opportunities to operate in the open floor. Indiana needs to ramp up the pace in Game 2 on Tuesday because that changes everything regarding the quality of shots the team gets, from Haliburton on down.
  • IND Center #33
    Myles Turner shot 5-of-17 from the field and 4-of-6 from the foul line in Sunday’s 109-94 loss to Milwaukee, accounting for 17 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes.
    At first glance, Turner recorded a decent stat line in Sunday’s series opener. However, he was 3-of-10 from three and 5-of-17 overall, offering minimal value in the paint on both ends of the floor. Turner’s ability to hit perimeter shots is a valuable asset, but the Pacers may need a little more from him in the interior in this series. Also, he did not record a blocked shot after tallying at least one in his final 13 games of the regular season. Turner and the Pacers will look to rebound on Tuesday when the teams get together for Game 2.