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DeMarre Carroll solid Sunday w/ Korver out 05-25-2015
DeMarre Carroll F ATL
DeMarre Carroll logged 41 minutes on Sunday to finish the Hawks' road loss with 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block. His lone block came on a LeBron James post-up, which is impressive enough, and he didn't commit any turnovers -- the Hawks as a team only had seven. Carroll's knee is "nowhere near" 100 percent but he's giving Atlanta everything he has in a tough matchup vs. LeBron, and his free agent value has steadily risen throughout the postseason. There's no reason to think he's at risk of missing Tuesday's must-win Game 4.
Mike Muscala starts 2nd half, goes scoreless 05-25-2015
Mike Muscala C ATL
Mike Muscala started the second half of Game 3 for the Hawks after Al Horford's ejection, but he finished scoreless with one assist, one personal foul and no other stats to his credit in nine minutes. Muscala's emergence in the rotation had led to DNP-CDs for Mike Scott (eight points, nine rebounds) in the playoffs, but the script has flipped in Games 2 & 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Muscala was ineffective in his limited minutes tonight and he's unlikely to play a major role on Tuesday unless the league decides that Al Horford's elbow-drop is worthy of a suspension.
Jeff Teague has 30 points, zero TOs in Game 3 05-25-2015
Jeff Teague G ATL
The Hawks lost Game 3 on Sunday despite Jeff Teague's personal playoff-best 30 points on 9-of-23 field goals and 9-of-9 free throws. Teague sank three 3-pointers while pitching in six rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and zero turnovers in 43 minutes of action. He benefitted from the absence of Kyrie Irving (knee) tonight yet his aggressive and efficient play wasn't enough to overcome the loss of Kyle Korver (ankle) as well as Al Horford's early ejection in Game 3. The Hawks' star PG should give another all-out effort vs. Cleveland's depleted backcourt on Tuesday, which is worth keeping an eye on in daily fantasy leagues.
Timofey Mozgov logs only 22 minutes Sunday 05-25-2015
Timofey Mozgov C CLE
Timofey Mozgov finished Cleveland's Game 3 home win with nine points, five rebounds and two blocks in 22 minutes of action. The Cavs' starting center got a bloody nose in practice courtesy of teammate Tristan Thompson, but that wasn't a limiting factor on Sunday. Al Horford was ejected in the first half which led to small-ball lineups from the Hawks, so coach David Blatt countered with a LeBron/Tristan Thompson frontcourt for most of the second half. Mozgov has played 30+ minutes just once this postseason so fantasy owners shouldn't be shocked when he's held to the low 20s.
LeBron gets 37-18-13 as Cavs win Game 3 in OT 05-25-2015
LeBron James F CLE
LeBron James fought through injury and exhaustion to finish Sunday's overtime Game 3 victory with 37 points, 18 rebounds, 13 assists and three steals, moving Cleveland to the brink of a Conference Finals sweep. LBJ began 0-of-10 from the field, his worst ever start in a playoff game, but he overcame the rough start as well as a knee injury suffered early in overtime. In the process he passed Karl Malone to become the sixth-leading scorer in NBA playoff history with 4,779 points, he passed Jason Kidd for second place on the postseason triple-double list, and he became the only player in NBA postseason history to record at least 37-18-13 in a game. LeBron is leading his team with 27.2 points per game in the postseason, in addition to the 21.3 points he's creating off assists, and will need to carry a similar load if Kyrie Irving (knee) isn't able to return in Game 4. We'll pass along updates on his knee injury but there's no reason to think he won't start Tuesday's potential elimination game.