Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors goes up for a shot against the San Antonio Spurs during Game One of the NBA Western Conference Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 14, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)

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Longhorns in the NBA Playoffs: Conference Finals

Posted May 19th, 2017


Eight of the nine former Longhorns that play in the NBA qualified for the NBA playoffs. We’ll follow their progress throughout the postseason. Four advanced to the conference finals. Here’s a look at how they’ve performed thus far.

Kevin Durant, SF, Golden State—Durant and the Warriors remained undefeated through 10 games of the playoffs, taking the first two contests against the San Antonio Spurs in the conference finals. Durant helped the Warriors overcome a 25-point deficit in Game 1, scoring 34 points and making four blocks. He added 16 points in Game 2 as the Warriors dominated a shorthanded Spurs team. He’s shooting .548 for the series from the field.

LaMarcus Aldridge, PF, San Antonio—Aldridge led the Spurs with 28 points as they let a sure win slip away in Game 1 against the Warriors. The Spurs lost Kawhi Leonard, but letting such a large lead go to waste could prove costly. Even worse, Aldridge hardly showed up in the box score for the Spurs in Game 2. He had just eight points and four rebounds in the 36-point loss. If the Spurs want to get back in the series they’ll need Aldridge to play like he’s capable of, especially if they’re without Leonard in Game 3.

Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers rebounds the ball against Kelly Olynyk #41 of the Boston Celtics in the first half during Game One of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 17, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Tristan Thompson, C, Cleveland—Thompson and the Cavs look to be on a collision course with the Warriors as both teams remain undefeated in the playoffs. Thompson suffered from no rust after being off for nine days as he scored 20 points and pulled in nine rebounds in Game 1’s 117-104 win over the Boston Celtics. His presence was hardly felt in Game 2 because it wasn’t needed as the Cavs were simply on fire. They took a 41-point lead into halftime and won 130-86. Thompson played just 25 minutes in the win. He had seven points and two rebounds. The Cavs will look to close out the series, getting to play at home for the next two games.

Avery Bradley, PG, Boston—Bradley and the Celtics have come down from the high of winning Game 7 against the Washington Wizards on Monday. Bradley had nine points and three rebounds in that series-clinching victory, but things have been a lot tougher against the defending NBA champions. He had 21 points on 8 of 16 shooting in Game 1 against the Cavs, but it wasn’t nearly enough. Cleveland won that game 117-104, taking home-court advantage. Bradley scored 13 on just 35 percent shooting in Game 2’s embarrassing loss. He was just 6 of 17 from the field and didn’t have an assist, block or steal in the game. Though he’s averaging 17 points per game, his rebounds, steals, assists and blocks are all down this series.

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