Even without Paul for Game 1, the Suns are 4-point favorites to win the game and -225 to win the series, according to our partners at PointsBet.
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Tobias Harris scored four points and shot a playoff career-low 18.2 percent from the floor (2 for 11). He didn’t have an immediate answer for why the team let two large leads vanish in succession. Rivers had deemed Game 4 a “golden opportunity" down the drain, and Wednesday night was worse. Chicago Bulls
Brown is a 7-2 center who could slide right into the Celtics rotation. He’s the main player of value acquired by Boston in this deal, as Horford doesn’t really fit well on this team.
Asked later if Simmons could be a point guard on a championship team, Rivers did not offer an endorsement of a player he praised so often this season for valuable non-scoring contributions. Houston Rockets
"Just seeing our fans and how they stayed to the end and how they were cheering, it just felt good," Lue said. "The team has been starving for success and the team has been doing the same thing.Phoenix Suns
Paul's status for Game 2 remains unknown, while the Clippers have not given a timetable for Leonard's return.San Antonio Spurs
Leonard will miss Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Utah Jazz with a right knee sprain. He is out indefinitely, which means he could miss the remainder of the series.