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Celtics' Jaylen Brown (hip) is good to go for Game 5

Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown (hip) is good to go for Game 5 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday.

What It Means:

Brown is dealing with a right hip pointer and is clearly not 100%. However, with the Celtics' season possibly ending on Thursday, Brown will give all that he has against Cleveland. Expect between 15 to 20 minutes for the rookie in Game 5.

Our models project Brown for 8.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.1 assists on Thursday.

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Celtics' Jaylen Brown (hip) questionable for Game 5

Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown (right hip pointer) is questionable for Game 5 on Thursday versus the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What It Means:

With Isaiah Thomas (hip) out for the remainder of the postseason, the Celtics need Brown to be healthy and productive, although his production has fallen off in the last two contests with the increased production. He logged 20 minutes in Game 4 and could see even more if he's available on Thursday night. Otherwise, Boston will use a lot more Jonas Jerebko and Kelly Olynyk as head coach Brad Stevens figures to go bigger with his lineups.

Brown is averaging 9.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 0.8 steals in 19.1 minutes per game this series. He's shot just 3-of-8 from the field in the last two contests after making 12-of-18 attempts in Games 1-2.

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Kyrie Irving explodes for 42 as Cleveland bounces back to take Game 4

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving exploded for a playoff career-high 42 points, adding 3 rebounds and 4 assists as the Cavs scored a 112-99 win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday.

What It Means:

That gives Cleveland a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals, putting them one game away from another Finals berth. Irving has been excellent in this series, averaging 26.3 points, 5.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game while shooting .627 from the field and .500 from 3-point range.

Irving also finished Tuesday's win with a team-high 57.1 nERD, per numberFire Live.

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Celtics' Jae Crowder (thigh) says he's fine after Game 4

Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder has said that he is "fine" after straining his left thigh on Tuesday as Boston dropped Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What It Means:

Crowder was able to return to the game after suffering the injury, and he ended up playing 40 minutes in Game 4. Don't look for him to be limited at all in a do-or-die Game 5 on Thursday.

Crowder finished Tuesday's loss with a shaky -6.4 nERD, ranking sixth among the nine Celtics players to see the floor, per numberFire Live.

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LeBron James gets back on track with a strong showing as Cleveland goes up 3-1 on Boston

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James bounced back from a shaky Game 3 with 34 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block in Game 4 as the Cavs beat the Boston Celtics 112-99.

What It Means:

The way he has been producing in these playoffs, it was no surprise to see James bounce back after his first poor performance of the postseason. He is averaging 32.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.4 blocks per game in the playoffs, and Cleveland now holds a 3-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.

James finished fourth among Cavs players with a 6.6 nERD in Tuesday's win, per numberFire Live.

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Kelly Olynyk will start for Boston in Game 4

The Boston Celtics are starting Kelly Olynyk in place of Amir Johnson in Game 4 of their series with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What It Means:

After totaling just two points in Games 1 and 2, Olynyk found success with Isaiah Thomas sidelined, scoring 15 points in 23 minutes in Game 3. Expect the Celtics to lean on the big man to stretch the floor on Tuesday while seeing possibly his most extensive minutes of the postseason. Jonas Jerebko will back up Olynyk as Boston tries to even up the series.

numberFire's algorithms projected Olynyk for 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 19.8 minutes before word of the starting lineup change was announced.

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Celtics rule out Amir Johnson (shoulder) for Game 4

Boston Celtics forward/center Amir Johnson (right shoulder) will not suit up for Game 4 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, according to Michael Eaves of ESPN.

What It Means:

Johnson sprained his shoulder in the first quarter of Game 3, limiting him to just nine minutes played. Kelly Olynk could be moved into the starting lineup on Tuesday with Johnson out. Jonas Jerebko should see extra court time as well.

Johnson has averaged just 10.5 minutes this postseason while posting 2.7 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.

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Celtics' Amir Johnson (shoulder) to be a game-time decision for Game 4

Boston Celtics forward/center Amir Johnson (shoulder) will be a game-time decision for Game 4 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday.

What It Means:

Johnson suffered the injury in Game 3, though he was able to return to that game. He has also said that he is feeling better, and it looks like there's a pretty good chance he suits up on Tuesday. If he doesn't, look for Gerald Green to draw another start while Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko would stand to see increased minutes.

numberFire's models account for Johnson playing in a limited capacity, projecting him for 3.3 points and 2.5 rebounds in 9.7 minutes of action. We give Boston a 39.7 percent chance of winning Game 4 to even up the series.

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Manu Ginobili plays big minutes in Spurs' season-ending defeat

San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili went 6-of-12 from the field on Monday, finishing with 15 points, 7 assists and 1 rebound as the Spurs fell 129-115 to the Golden State Warriors, eliminating them from playoff contention

What It Means:

This was the first playoff game Ginobili has started since 2013, and the 32 minutes he played marked a season-high. Ginobili turns 40 over the summer, and while he still hasn't made any decisions, there's a very real chance this was the last game of the future Hall of Famer's career.

Ginobili finished the season averaging a career-low 7.5 points to go with 2.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals in 18.7 minutes per game. His 0.6 nERD ranked 123rd in the NBA and ninth among Spurs players.

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Stephen Curry's big game helps finish Golden State's sweep of the Spurs

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry went off for 36 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in 34 minutes of action as the Warriors cruised to a 129-115 win over the San Antonio Spurs, completing the series sweep and advancing to the NBA finals.

What It Means:

The Warriors' playoff run has been phenomenal, sweeping all three of their opponents so far for a perfect 12-0 record. Curry has averaged 28.6 points, 5.6 assists, 5.5 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 4.4 3-pointers in 34.3 minutes per game while posting a huge .675 true shooting percentage in the postseason.

Curry finished third among Warriors players with a 10.5 nERD in Monday's win, per numberFire Live. Our models give the Warriors an 81.8 percent chance of winning the NBA championship.

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