Eight of the nine former Longhorns that play in the NBA qualified for the NBA playoffs. We’ll follow their progress throughout the postseason. Seven remained after the first round. Here’s a look at how they’ve performed thus far.
Kevin Durant, SF, Golden State—Durant and the Warriors remained undefeated as they swept the Utah Jazz in the second round of the playoffs. Durant scored 38 points, his most in a game in these playoffs, to go with 13 rebounds in the 102-91 win in Game 3. He had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists in the closeout game on Monday. He’s set to take on the Spurs beginning Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on ABC.
— NBA (@NBA) May 7, 2017
LaMarcus Aldridge, PF, San Antonio—Aldridge had arguably his best game as a Spur to close out the Rockets with a stunning 114-75 win on Thursday. He scored 34 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the team, which was without Kawhi Leonard due to an ankle injury. In the thrilling Game 5 win on Tuesday, Aldridge notched his third double-double of the postseason, scoring 18 points to go with 14 rebounds. He played 42 minutes in the overtime victory. He’ll face another former Longhorn in the Western Conference finals as he takes on Durant and the Warriors.
Tristan Thompson, C, Cleveland—Thompson and the Cavs appear to be on a collision course with the Golden State Warriors as both teams are undefeated in the playoffs. Thompson had six points and seven rebounds in the series-clinching win over the Raptors on Sunday. He’s averaging 7.8 points and 10.6 rebounds in the playoffs. He and the Cavs await the winner of the Celtics-Wizards series, which is going to a Game 7 on Monday.
Avery Bradley, PG, Boston—Bradley and the Celtics are tied 3-3 with the Washington Wizards after falling 92-91 on Friday. He played well, scoring 27 points to go with four steals and three rebounds. He hit a shot late in the game to give the Celtics a two-point lead, but a couple of free throws and a 3-pointer by John Wall lifted the Wizards to the win. Bradley had his worst game of the series on Sunday, scoring just five points, but he responded well in Game 5. He led the Celtics with 29 points, a playoff career high, to pick up the crucial win.
Avery Bradley rises up to end the first half! pic.twitter.com/zcWX2XMV9r
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) May 13, 2017
Cory Joseph, G, Toronto—Joseph did his best to keep the Raptors alive with his 20-point, 12-assist performance in Game 4 of the conference semifinals, but it wasn’t enough. The Raptors were swept by Cleveland and Joseph finished averaging 7.9 points and 3.1 assists in the playoffs.
P.J. Tucker, SF, Toronto—Tucker went out fighting as well, scoring 14 points and hauling in 12 rebounds in 46 minutes. Add to that, four steals and 4 for 7 from 3-point range. He averaged 5 points and 5.7 rebounds in the playoffs.
Isaiah Taylor, PG, Houston—Taylor played in 10 total minutes in the playoffs. He didn’t score on 0 for 2 shooting and played in garbage time for the most part as the Rockets fell 4-2 to the Spurs.
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