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  • Bam Adebayo racks up seven TOs in Game 4 defeat
    Bam Adebayo finished Friday's 108-95 loss to the Nuggets with 20 points (8-of-19 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one blocked shot in 44 minutes. 

    Advice: Adebayo has scored well in the NBA Finals, scoring at least 20 points in each of the four games. However, Game 4 was his worst performance when it comes to taking care of the basketball. After having four turnovers total in the first three games, Adebayo had a playoff-worst seven on Friday. Prior to Game 4, he had not turned the ball over more than four times in any game this postseason. With Miami's margin for error being extremely small due to its comparative lack of consistent scorers, Adebayo can ill afford to turn the ball over as much as he did in Game 4. He'll look to bounce back on Monday when the series shifts back to Denver, with the Heat needing a win to force a Game 6. Today, 12:14 am
  • Jimmy Butler records 25/7/7/0/1 line in Gm 4 loss
    Jimmy Butler played 45 minutes in Friday's 108-95 loss to Denver, accounting for 25 points (9-of-17 FGs, 6-of-9 FTs), seven rebounds, seven assists, one block, and one 3-pointer. 

    Advice: While Butler finished Game 4 with a solid stat line, it wasn't enough to keep the Heat from falling into a 3-1 hole. He's been able to take on a heavy workload, but the "Playoff Jimmy" performances haven't been there since Butler sprained his ankle during the second-round series against the Knicks. With Gabe Vincent and Max Strus combining to score two points on 1-of-10 shooting before being benched, the Heat needed even more from stars Butler and Bam Adebayo. Look for Butler to go for broke in Game 5 on Monday, but it may not matter due to the difference in firepower. Today, 12:03 am
  • Nikola Jokic posts 23/12/4/3/3 line in Game 4 win
    Nikola Jokic accounted for 23 points (8-of-19 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), 12 rebounds, four assists, three steals, three blocks, and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes in Friday's 108-95 win over Miami. 

    Advice: Despite dealing with a more active Miami defense and foul trouble, Jokic still managed to record a gaudy stat line. While the two-time MVP didn't post another triple-double, he did make some history. Jokic is the first player in league history to account for at least 500 points, 250 rebounds, and 150 assists in a single postseason. Simply put, the Heat haven't had an answer for Jokic. But we can say that about the entire NBA at this point. Jokic and the Nuggets will look to close out the series on Monday, with a win giving the franchise its first NBA title. Yesterday, 11:28 pm
  • Big payday coming: Bruce Brown shows out in Game 4
    Bruce Brown logged 29 minutes in Denver's 108-95 win over Miami on Friday, tallying 21 points (8-of-11 FGs, 2-of-3 FTs), four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block, and three 3-pointers. 

    Advice: Brown has proven to be one of the best free agent signings in the league this season, and his performance in Game 4 has helped push the Nuggets to within a game of their first NBA title. Despite being without Nikola Jokic for more than five minutes early in the fourth quarter due to foul trouble, Denver more than held its own, and Brown was huge. He shot 4-of-5 from the field in the fourth, with the Nuggets ultimately breaking even for the quarter. Of immediate concern for Brown is to help the Nuggets close out this series, which returns to Denver for Game 5 on Monday. Beyond that, he's in for a nice payday this summer as he's expected to opt out of the final season of his deal to become a free agent. Yesterday, 11:23 pm
  • Aaron Gordon scores playoff career-high 27 points
    Aaron Gordon shot 11-of-15 from the field and 2-of-3 from the foul line in Friday's 108-95 win over the Heat, scoring 27 points with six rebounds, six assists, two steals, and three 3-pointers in 41 minutes. 

    Advice: With Miami changing its defensive approach to get the ball out of Nikola Jokic's and Jamal Murray's hands as quickly as possible, the "others" needed to step up for Denver. Gordon led the charge in Game 4, establishing a new playoff career-high with 27 points. He shot the ball well on all three levels while also being impactful as a secondary playmaker. Murray was the only Nugget with more assists than Gordon, as he racked up 12 to go along with 15 points (5-of-17 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs), three rebounds, one steal, and two 3-pointers. Murray is the first player in NBA history to have at least 10 assists in each of his first four Finals games. And he's the second (Magic Johnson) to start a Finals series with four straight double-digit assist games. Denver will look to win its first NBA title in Game 5 on Monday. Yesterday, 11:16 pm
  • Report: Ismael Kamagate to stay in Europe next yr
    According to DNVR's Harrison Wind, Ismael Kamagate will remain in Europe for the 2023-24 season. 

    Advice: Selected with the 46th overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, Kamagate was picked by the Nuggets with the idea that he would remain overseas this season. And according to Friday's report, he'll be spending another season overseas. The 6-foot-11 center appeared in 34 league games for Paris this season, averaging 9.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks in 22.1 minutes, shooting 74.3% from the field. While the Nuggets do like Kamagate, he is reportedly not in the team's plans for next season. Yesterday, 8:30 pm
  • Malone: Michael Porter Jr. to remain a starter
    Ahead of Friday's Game 4, Nuggets coach Michael Malone ruled out the possibility of Michael Porter Jr. being removed from the starting lineup. 

    Advice: If anything, it would have been a major surprise if Malone made a change, even with Porter struggling offensively. Over the first three games of the series, MPJ is averaging just 7.0 points per game on 25.8% shooting from the field. However, he's also averaging 8.7 rebounds per contest in the series. As long as Porter can contribute in other areas while avoiding the occasional defensive lapse, he shouldn't be at risk of getting dropped out of the starting lineup. Yesterday, 7:06 pm
  • Grant Williams undergoes surgery on left hand
    According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Grant Williams underwent surgery on his left hand, but he's expected to be ready for training camp.

    Advice: Williams - who logged a career-high 25.9 minutes off the bench this season - is an unrestricted free agent this summer. His future with the Celtics is unclear, but regardless of the uniform he's wearing in the fall, he's expected to be back in action to prepare for the 2023-24 season. Williams initially suffered a ligament tear in his left hand in March. He would go on to aggravate the injury during Game 6 of the Celtics' conference finals series against the Heat. Yesterday, 4:27 pm
  • Undergoes offseason surgery
    Williams underwent successful surgery on his left hand Friday and is expected to be fully recovered by training camp in the fall, Adrian Wojnarowski of reports.

    Advice: Williams suffered the hand injury in March but decided to play through the issue during the Celtics' postseason run, which ended in the Eastern Conference Finals. The surgery shouldn't impact his availability for next season, but it's unclear where he'll be playing during the 2023-24 campaign, as Williams, who's coming off a career-best season, is a restricted free agent this summer. Yesterday, 1:32 pm