He has been reluctant to shoot 3s, though, and has shot a shockingly poor 24.4 percent on them. The issue here is that the Raptors held opponents to a lower percentage on those 3s than anybody else and the Bucks are matched up with a team that is almost completely devoid of shooting. Any storylines there? Portland took Game 1 over the No. The same is true for Jayson Tatum, who has either become a superstar or is growing into one, depending on whom you ask. The Heat are equipped to mess up their sets with switching -- or their 2-3 zone -- and Indiana had a rough showing in this matchup last Monday, a 114-92 loss. 6-keys: media/spln/nba/reg/free/stories, at Acccording to John Schuhmann of NBA.com, Melo is one of the 10 "most intriguing" free agents this offseason. LeVert has helped his stock in Orlando, even if he remains a questionable fit next to Durant and Kyrie Irving next season. It will all start at 1:30 p.m. Los Angeles was the third-best defensive team in the regular season, and, according to Cleaning The Glass, ranked first against the top-10 offenses in the league. Damian Lillard to Leave Playoffs Bubble for Injury Examination, Quinn’s Bold Prediction Tabs Blazers as a Candidate to Trade Up. That was the point of bringing in Mike Conley and replacing Derrick Favors with Bojan Bogdanovic, but Bogdanovic is now sidelined and Conley just left the bubble for the birth of his son. We bring sports news that matters to your inbox, to help you stay informed and get a winning edge. Predictably, Caris LeVert has put up numbers -- 25 points, 6.7 assists, 5.0 rebounds -- as the Nets' undisputed No. Lillard then went on to score 31 points to go with 10 assists to win the play-in game, giving the Trail Blazers a full head of steam heading into the postseason. His 37.6 points per game average came on the heels of one 60-point game, one 50-point game, two 40-point games and a 30-point game, helping him earn the Seeding Games Most Valuable Player award. If the Trail Blazers find a way to win without their All-Star guard, it does not seem likely that he'll return at all in this series, according to Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes. Lillard's availability to return to the Orlando campus is yet to be determined. Andre Roberson used to defend Harden as well as anybody, but the last time the two matched up was on Christmas Day in 2017. Despite all of that injury-related uncertainty, I'd argue the most fascinating thing to watch is how Paul deals with Houston's switching defense. Mitchell can be better than he's been in past playoff series, sure, but he can't do it all himself. The 2020 NBA playoffs are here, which is a strange thing to say in August, 10 months after opening night. Embiid and the 76ers need everybody else to be ready to shoot when he's double-teamed, make a decent percentage of their 3s and prevent them from being annihilated when he's on the bench. He has played a total of 987 career minutes of professional basketball, including preseason/scrimmage games, and he will have to keep up his insane efficiency to make up for his defensive deficiencies. That was one of the strangest games of the season, though, the first the Lakers played after the death of Kobe Bryant. To preview what's about to happen at Disney World, here are a dozen questions about these eight matchups: Hmmm, James Harden and Russell Westbrook's Houston Rockets are facing Chris Paul's Oklahoma City Thunder in the playoffs? The Raptors know how much Brooklyn depends on LeVert, and you can expect them to do everything in their power to make him uncomfortable: blitzes, help defense from every angle, a box-and-one, whatever coach Nick Nurse feels is necessary. Shams Charania of The Athletic broke the news. After a second MRI, the injury was diagnosed as a sprained knee. The Pacers' future will look a whole lot less compelling, though, if Miami shuts their offense down. They are not facing elite competition yet, and they might not even see a real high-pressure situation until the second round. An initial MRI proved inconclusive. The best version of Butler shoots spot-up 3s without hesitation, and Indiana will have a tough time if he's making them, getting to the line and creating easy looks for others. Now he needs to stay poised under difficult circumstances. "Speaking for myself, I don't give a damn what anybody says," Butler said. The Blazers and Lakers are set to face off for Game 5 on Thursday, Aug. 26. 10:39 am ET. Trail Blazers star guard Damian Lillard has been diagnosed with a sprained right knee and is listed as out for Game 5 against the Lakers. Portland finished the regular season 27th in defense and was even worse in the seeding games. Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard is leaving the Orlando bubble and the 2020 NBA Playoffs, returning to Portland for an examination of his injured right knee. This time, Brown once again has to make them into a different team, but without a star creator on the perimeter and without their most versatile defender. The Portland Trail Blazers announced that Damian Lillard has been diagnosed with a sprained right knee and will not play in Game 5. They won't have to deal with a typical playoff atmosphere, either, with no crowd to affect the energy of the game. Also important: Will Bam Adebayo and Duncan Robinson's two-man game stay smooth under playoff scrutiny? Does the 36-year-old Andre Iguodala still have a playoff gear? With the Blazers down 1-3 in the seven-game series, the point may be moot even if the playoffs do return from today’s boycott. Bogdanovic is desperately missed, and the Jazz now have to rely on Jordan Clarkson and Georges Niang making shots. One might argue that the Ben Simmons injury, as unpleasant as it may be, actually clarifies things.