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Joe Ingles comes up big as Utah takes Game 4

Utah Jazz guard/forward Joe Ingles racked up 8 points, 11 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block in 38 minutes of action on Sunday as the Jazz scored a 105-98 win to take Game 4 over the Los Angeles Clippers.

What It Means:

It was by far the best game of the playoffs so far for Ingles, who is now averaging 8.5 points, 5.3 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 34.4 minutes per game. Sunday's win tied the series at 2-2, and Game 5 will go down on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Ingles finished Sunday's win ranking fourth among Jazz players with an 11.3 nERD, per numberFire Live.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Clippers drop Game 4 despite Chris Paul flirting with a triple-double

Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul went off for 27 points, 12 assists, 9 rebounds and 1 steal in 38 minutes of action on Sunday, but it wasn't enough as the Clippers lost 105-98 to the Utah Jazz.

What It Means:

Paul has at least 10 assists in each game of the series so far, averaging 26.8 points, 10.8 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals in 36.1 minutes per game. The series is tied at 2-2, and the Clippers will host the Jazz on Tuesday for Game 5.

Paul finished Sunday's loss with a 16.6 nERD, per numberFire Live.

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Jamal Crawford gets hot from the field as Clippers drop Game 4

Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Jamal Crawford went had 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting, adding 2 assists, 1 rebound and 1 steal in 31 minutes of action on Sunday as the Clippers fell 105-98 to the Utah Jazz.

What It Means:

Crawford hasn't been overly productive for LA in Round 1, averaging 13.0 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 27.9 minutes per game. The series is tied at 2-2, and Game 5 will be played in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Crawford finished Sunday's loss with a team-high 26.3 nERD, per numberFire Live.

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Bulls lose to Boston despite a big game from Jimmy Butler

Chicago Bulls guard/forward had 33 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 turnover in 46 minutes of action as Chicago dropped Game 4 104-95 to the Boston Celtics on Sunday.

What It Means:

Butler has been huge for the Bulls in this series, averaging 24.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.0 blocks in 42.0 minutes per game. The series is tied at 2-2, and will continue with Game 5 in Boston on Wednesday.

Even in defeat, Butler posted a game-high 40.9 nERD on Sunday, per numberFire Live.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Gerald Green comes up big for Boston in Sunday's victory

Boston Celtics guard/forward Gerald Green played 23 minutes as a starter on Saturday, going 7-of-13 from the field (including 4-of-9 from 3-point range) for a playoff career-high 18 points as Boston secured a 104-95 victory.

What It Means:

After playing only six minutes combined in the first two games of the series, Green has played 20-plus minutes in both of his starts. After dropping to 0-2 to start the series, Boston has now tied things up, effectively making this a best-of-three series with their next game coming at home on Wednesday.

Green ranked fourth among Celtics players with a 13.6 nERD in Sunday's win, per numberFire Live.

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Bulls expand Isaiah Canaan's role in Game 4 loss

Chicago Bulls guard Isaiah Canaan played 34 minutes on Sunday, starting the second half and finishing with 13 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals as the Bulls fell 104-95 to the Boston Celtics.

What It Means:

After jumping out to a 2-0 lead, the Bulls -- having lost Rajon Rondo to a thumb injury -- have dropped two straight and allowed the Celtics to tie the series. Game 5 will be played in Boston on Wednesday.

Canaan's 3.8 nERD was good for second among Bulls players in Sunday's loss, per numberFire Live.

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Isaiah Thomas' strong performance helps Boston even the series

Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas went 10-of-21 from the field on Sunday, finishing with 33 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 1 steal in 36 minutes of action as the Celtics took Game 2 104-95 over the Chicago Bulls.

What It Means:

Thomas has played his usual big role for the Celtics in the playoffs so far, averaging 25.5 points, 6.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game as Boston has climbed back to even the series at 2-2 after dropping the first two games at home.

Thomas finished Sunday's Game 4 win with an 18.7 nERD, per numberFire Live.

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Rudy Gobert (knee) will play Sunday for Utah

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (knee) will play in Game 4 on Sunday, according to Jazz beat writer Tony Jones.

What It Means:

While we are still awaiting official confirmation from the team, all signs point to Gobert to returning to the lineup on Sunday. If he does start, either Boris Diaw or Derrick Favors will go back to the bench. Favors was the one in a reserve role in Game 1. With Blake Griffin out, Gobert will have a big impact as Utah tries to even up the series at two games apiece.

Gobert is projected for 13.2 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks in 33.6 minutes on Sunday by NumberFire's algorithms.

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Russell Westbrook's triple-double not enough as Thunder lose

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook notched his third straight triple-double during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Houston Rockets, racking up 35 points, 14 boards, 14 dimes, three triples, three steals, one block and five turnovers in 39 minutes.

What It Means:

Westbrook notched the triple-double by the half as he became the first NBA player to record three consecutive 30-point trip-dubs in the postseason. While he scored 18 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter, Westbrook ended up making just 10-for-18 shots for the game for 35.7%. The Thunder are now down 3-1 and will have to win one in Houston to stay alive in the series.

Westbrook has averaged 35.0 points, 11.8 rebounds, 11.3 assists, and 3.0 steals per game while shooting 37.3% from the field this postseason.

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James Harden off his game on Sunday, Rockets still win

Houston Rockets guard James Harden didn't look great during the Game 4 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, tallying 16 points, seven boards, eight assists, one steal, and seven turnovers.

What It Means:

Harden went 5-for-16 from the field and missed all seven of his three-point attempts as he had his lowest scoring game of the postseason. The MVP-candidate tweaked his ankle in Game 3, possibly contributing to the poor shooting effort. Harden will have a day off to rest the ankle before returning home to Houston for Game 5 on Tuesday.

Harden is averaging 33.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 7.8 assists, and 2.5 three-pointers per game while shooting 43.9% from the field in the series.

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