Another ill-timed groin injury for Anthony Davis kept him out of Game 5 completely and limited him to just five minutes and zero field goal attempts in Game 6. Injuries were far from the only problem for the Lakers this season and they have a variety of areas they’ll need to improve on this offseason if they’re looking to make another championship run.New Orleans Pelicans
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It’d be very strange if Williams made up this story. It’d also be at least a little surprising if Durant so forcefully refuted this story if it were accurate.Sacramento Kings
Jokic was the first center to win the award since 2000 when Shaquille O'Neal earned it for the Los Angeles Lakers. Embiid is trying to be the first player to lead the Sixers to a title since 1983, when another center, Moses Malone, helped Philadelphia sweep the Lakers out of the Finals, coming through on his "Fo', fo', fo'" declaration.Memphis Grizzlies
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George pulled his usual postseason disappearing act with just one basket through three quarters and making only four in 17 shots for the game.
The most consecutive games he has ever played is 26, and that was almost three years ago, when he averaged a career-high 33.7 minutes a game. Since then, he has played no more than 12 straight in a February 2020 stretch that ended with a shoulder sprain. His longest stretch without injury or required rest this season — one in which his 31.1 minutes per game were fewer than Larry Nance Jr. — is nine games. Orlando Magic
The length of Simmons and Thybulle slowed Young a tad in the second half, as he spent more time moving east to west, in contrast to his north-to-south commutes before halftime. Young's reading proficiency of the court rates off the chart, but it's a tougher exercise against taller defenders. Both Rivers and Simmons were salty about how the Sixers' defenders were officiated against Young, who loves using a defender's physicality against him.
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