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Horns in the NBA: 4/7 - 4/10

Are Durant and Golden State destined to three-peat or is there another Longhorn that can unseat the Western dynasty?

Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Clippers Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images

The 2018-19 NBA season in the rearview for Tristan Thompson and Avery Bradley. But for everyone else lucky enough to be in the postseason, it’s business as usual with some playoff previews sprinkled in.

LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs

  • Sun, 4/7 - Road win over the Cleveland Cavaliers: 18 points (6-14), 13 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Wed, 4/10 - Home win over the Dallas Mavericks: 34 points (15-21), 16 rebounds, 1 assist

Aldridge gave a retiring Dirk Nowitzki 34 points and 16 rebounds, while a couple of wins this week pitted this Spurs against the 2-seeded Denver Nuggets in round one.

Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors

Shocker. Durant and the Warriors will be playing in late April and probably into June. That said, the Warriors have some contenders in the West, and the East for that matter (the Rockets, Nuggets, Bucks, and Raptors come to mind).

As for his week, Durant was on restricted minutes in both games, only playing 18 against the Grizzlies.

Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers

  • Sun, 4/7 - Home loss to the Brooklyn Nets: 6 points (2-5), 4 rebounds, 0 assists
  • Wed, 4/10 - Road win over the Atlanta Hawks: DNP

Turner is day-to-day with apparent ankle soreness. According to Rotoworld Turner downplayed the injury, as he stated, “It’s just sore, I landed awkwardly.” Hopefully the center is healthy come Saturday’s playoff game with Boston.

Cory Joseph, Indiana Pacers

  • Sun, 4/7 - Home loss to the Brooklyn Nets: 12 points (5-9), 3 rebounds, 4 assists
  • Wed, 4/10 - Road win over the Atlanta Hawks: 6 points (2-7), 3 rebounds, 2 assists

Joseph scored in double figures for the first time in a while, and if he carries that into the playoffs then Indiana can come into round one with a little more confidence in its bench production.

Avery Bradley, Memphis Grizzlies

Bradley didn’t play at all this week due to injury. On the bright side, he has all offseason to recover, as the Grizzlies struck-out on the playoffs.

Season Recap: Bradley began the year with the Clippers and was traded to the Grizzlies at the trade deadline. That move was a renaissance in his season, as he took a bigger role in Memphis and ultimately averaged more points, assists, rebounds, steals, and shot better from the field and from three.

Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers

It’s the offseason for Thompson, so let’s relive his rollercoaster season. Thompson has his best statistical year since 2013-14. He averaged a double-double with points and rebounds, but this year will be remembered by injury. Thompson was sidelined for almost 40 games with a foot injury. The Cavs will have a high lottery pick this offseason, too, and Thompson will be valuable in next year’s playoff push.

Jarrett Allen, Brooklyn Nets

  • Sun, 4/7 - Road win over the Indiana Pacers: 12 points (6-10), 7 rebounds, 0 assists
  • Wed, 4/10 - Home win over the Brooklyn Nets: 1 point (0-4), 14 rebounds, 2 assists

It’s playoff time for the center, and he’s going to be absolutely crucial against the 76ers in round one. He’ll be pitted against Joel Embiid, which will be a tough task on both ends of the floor.

Mohamed Bamba, Orlando Magic

Bamba is still out indefinitely as the Magic head into the playoffs.

D.J. Augustin, Orlando Magic

  • Sun, 4/7 - Road win over the Boston Celtics: 11 points (4-11), 7 rebounds, 13 assists
  • Wed, 4/10 - Road win over the Charlotte Hornets: 18 points (7-13), 4 rebounds, 1 assist

The Magic squeezed into the final playoff picture as a 7 seed. They’ll play the 2-seeded Raptors in round one and Augustin will need a week like this one if they even want to whiff an upset.

P.J. Tucker, Houston Rockets

  • Sun, 4/7 - Home win over the Phoenix Suns: 12 points (4-12), 2 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Tue, 4/9 - Road loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder: 4 points (1-4), 6 rebounds, 0 assists

Golden State has been pushed to seven games in a playoff series only twice. Once against a prime-Lebron, but he missed the playoffs altogether this season. The other instance was last season against Tucker and the Houston Rockets, and they have the potential again this year to pull the upset.

As for Tucker, he can be a crucial piece in this series playing on-ball defense and knocking down shots efficiently.