The Lakers won and drew the Suns, entering the playoffs as favorites over No. 2-seeded Phoenix. By the middle of Game 3, it seemed like the Lakers were in control with a win in Phoenix and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. But injuries to Davis and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope derailed the Lakers' postseason, the Suns winning the final two games to advance.Detroit Pistons
Ainge was among those in the organization who were against the decision, sources say. Clearly, the organization ultimately sided with Ainge at the time and kept Stevens.
The Boston Celtics must make franchise-altering decisions after losing in five games to the Brooklyn Nets. So, where should they start?
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After an uber-competitive Game 1, Butler’s Heat fell hard to the Bucks in a four-game sweep. And while Butler enjoyed one of the best regular seasons of his career — when he played — he shot a combined 19-for-64 (29.7 percent) from the floor against Milwaukee, a far cry from Mimai’s run to the NBA Finals last year.Minnesota Timberwolves
In all, Doncic scored or assisted on 31 of Dallas' 37 made field goals (84 percent) on Wednesday. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Doncic is only the third player in NBA history to score or assist on 80 percent or more of his team's field goals in the postseason.
What does Damian Lillard have in store after his historic 55-point outing in Game 5? With the Blazers facing elimination, anything seems possible from Lillard. But as incredible as Lillard has been, Portland needs more from the supporting cast to force a decisive Game 7 back in Denver. While Lillard is averaging 35.6 points per game in the series, MVP favorite Nikola Jokic has been just as good for the Nuggets, scoring 32.4 points per game on 52.2% shooting from the field.Washington Wizards
The new generation is here, they are fun, and most importantly, they are ready for their moment. They proved as much in the first week of the playoffs, translating their games to the postseason so seamlessly that you would think they had been here for years.Charlotte Hornets
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