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Date Player
5/6/2016 Goran Dragic, Mia, G
Dragic continued to step up with 20 points Thursday, but Miami fell 96-92 in overtime at Toronto in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Analysis: Dragic has averaged 23.7 points on 59.2 percent shooting - including 7 for 11 from 3-point range - over his last three games.
5/6/2016 Jonas Valanciunas, Tor, C
Valanciunas was a force inside again Thursday, finishing with 15 points, 12 rebounds, three steals and a block in a 96-92 overtime win in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Analysis: Valanciunas has totaled 39 points, 26 boards, five steals and four blocks in the first two games of this series.
5/6/2016 DeMarre Carroll, Tor, F
Carroll finished with 21 points and four steals in Thursday's overtime win over Miami in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Analysis: Carroll had been averaging 8.8 points over his previous eight playoff games.
5/5/2016 LeBron James, Cle, F
James did his part during a historic long-distance shooting performance by Cleveland in Wednesday's 123-98 home rout of Atlanta in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Analysis: King James finished with 27 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals. He also knocked down four of the team's NBA record 25 3-pointers - the most in any regular season or playoff game.
5/5/2016 J.R. Smith, Cle, G-F
Smith shined Wednesday with 23 points and seven 3-pointers in a rout of Atlanta in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Analysis: Cleveland ended up with an NBA record 25 3-pointers - the most in any regular season or playoff game.
5/4/2016 Klay Thompson, GS, G-F
Thompson scored 27 points and gave Golden State its first lead of the game on a 3-pointer with 5:33 left, and the Warriors rallied to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 on Tuesday night for a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series.

Analysis: Thompson, coming off a career playoff-high 37 points in Sunday's 118-106 Game 1 win, shot 7 for 20 with five 3-pointers.
5/4/2016 Damian Lillard, Por, PG
Lillard had 25 points and six assists in Game 2 on Tuesday.

Analysis: He's averaged 26.3 points despite shooting 36.8 percent in the last four playoff games.
5/4/2016 C.J. McCollum, Por, G
McCollum had 22 points in Game 2 on Tuesday.

Analysis: It was a nice bounce back from McCollum, who had 12 points in Game 1 on 5-of-17 shooting.
5/3/2016 LaMarcus Aldridge, SA, F-C
Aldridge kept rolling in Game 2 of San Antonio's second-round series against Oklahoma City on Monday, making 15 of 21 shots for 41 points.

Analysis: He scored 38 on 18-of-23 shooting two days earlier. On Monday, he made all 10 of his free throws, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked two shots.
5/3/2016 Russell Westbrook, OKC, PG
Westbrook went for 29 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in Monday's Game 2 of Oklahoma City's series against the Spurs.

Analysis: He made 11 of 25 shots to rebound from a 5-for-19, 14-point effort in Game 1.
5/3/2016 Kevin Durant, OKC, F
Durant made 11 of 19 shots for 28 points in Monday's Game 2 of Oklahoma City's second-round series against the Spurs.

Analysis: He bounced back from his poor performance in the opener in which he made 6 of 15 shots for 16 points.
5/3/2016 Steven Adams, OKC, C
Adams finished with 12 points and 17 rebounds on Monday.

Analysis: He made 5 of 6 shots and posted his third straight double-digit rebounding game this postseason.
5/3/2016 LeBron James, Cle, F
James finished with 25 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and five steals in Monday's opener against Atlanta.

Analysis: He made 11 of 21 shots and 2 of 4 3-pointers while also blocking a shot.
5/3/2016 Dennis Schroder, Atl, PG
Schroder scored a career playoff-high 27 points in Monday's loss to Cleveland.

Analysis: He made 10 of 20 shots and 5 of 10 3-pointers while finishing with six assists and five turnovers.
5/3/2016 Paul Millsap, Atl, F-C
Millsap finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks on Monday.

Analysis: He had a bit of a rough shooting night, making 6 of 19 shots.
5/3/2016 Kyrie Irving, Cle, G
Irving finished with 21 points in Monday's opener against Atlanta.

Analysis: He made 8 of 18 shots and dished out eight assists.
5/3/2016 Stephen Curry, GS, G
Curry has won the Magic Johnson Award, given by the Professional Basketball Writers Association to an NBA player who combines excellence on the court with cooperation with the public and media.

Analysis: Curry led the NBA with 30.1 points per game and a record 402 3-pointers in leading the Golden State Warriors to a 73-9 record, best in league history.
5/3/2016 Anderson Varejao, GS, F-C
Varejao insists he didn't deliberately trip Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal playoff series.

Analysis: Yet after watching the replay, he understands it sure looked like he did it on purpose - which is what Henderson thought. Varejao said it looked worse than it was. Portland coach Terry Stotts on Monday called it a "dirty play." Then Tuesday, the NBA ruled it a Flagrant 1 foul on Varejao.
5/3/2016 Goran Dragic, Mia, G
Dragic matched his postseason high with 26 points in Tuesday's 102-96 overtime win over the Raptors in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Analysis: Dragic made 10 of 20 shots and 3 of 4 3-pointers and finished with six rebounds.
5/3/2016 Dwyane Wade, Mia, G
Wade finished with 24 points, six rebounds and four assists to help the Miami Heat beat the Toronto Raptors 102-96 on Tuesday night in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Analysis: Wade also had three steals and two blocks while finishing 10 of 21 from the floor.
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