News: Paul (Hamstring) may not play in the Clippers' Game 1 matchup against the Rockets on Monday according to head coach Doc Rivers, Yahoo! reports.
Impact: Rivers went on to note that if he had to say right now, he'd guess Paul would not play Monday. Paul suffered the injury in an impressive Game 7 victory over the reigning NBA champion Spurs, and his performance was clearly affected by the injury. Even if he does play, Paul likely won't hit the nearly 40 minutes per game he's been averaging in the playoffs, and teammate Austin Rivers figures to see a big bump in playing time.
News: Crawford scored 16 points (7-15 FG, 2-5 3Pt) with two rebounds and three assists in the game seven win over the Spurs on Saturday.
Impact: Crawford played the majority of the fourth quarter, as Doc Rivers was forced to pull his starting center to avoid the Spurs employing the Hack-A-DeAndre strategy. He came up with a big game-tying layup down the stretch, and looks ready to resume his role as a volume scorer off the bench. Look for Crawford to get extra minutes in game one in Houston with Chris Paul (hamstring) on the sidelines.
News: Rivers failed to score (0-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt) with one rebound and one assist in the game seven win over the Spurs on Saturday.
Impact: After a big game four performance, Rivers has been mostly a non-factor in the final three games. He'll continue to pick up limited backup minutes behind J.J. Redick in round two against Houston.
News: Barnes scored 17 points (7-13 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 0-1 FT) with five rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 28 minutes Saturday in Game 7.
Impact: Barnes had been a non-factor through the first six games, but came up huge on both ends of the court in Game 7. With the Clippers not trusting their bench, Barnes should continue to play around 30 minutes per game moving forward, and always is a threat to put up decent lines.
News: Davis (ankle) played his usual bench role Saturday, scoring six points (3-5 FG) with three rebounds and two blocks in 11 minutes in Game 7 on Saturday.
Impact: Davis is Doc Rivers' preferred big man option off the bench, with Spencer Hawes not seeing the court in Game 7 at all, but his production doesn't make him much of a viable option for postseason fantasy formats.
News: Griffin scored 24 points (7-14 FG, 10-11 FT) with 13 rebounds and 10 assists for his second triple-double in this first round series in Game 7 on Saturday in 40 minutes.
Impact: Griffin has been monstrous throughout the playoffs and was instrumental in the Clippers victory in Game 7, registering his second triple-double in the last six games. Against the Rockets, Griffin should continue to have his way with an overmatched frontcourt, although the presence of Dwight Howard may makes things a little more challenging.
News: Paul gutted his way through a hamstring injury, scoring 27 points (9-13 FG, 5-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT) with two rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block in 37 minutes in Game 7 on Saturday. Doc Rivers stated that he thinks Paul won't play Game 1 on Monday against the Rockets, the Houston Chronicle reports
Impact: In addition to playing out the 37 minutes on what amounted to one leg, Paul also hit the shot that sent the CLippers into round two, on off balance bank shot with one second remaining. If Paul does miss Game 1, Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford will get an increase in playing time and fantasy value.
News: Paul (hamstring) returned to the court midway through the second quarter, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Paul left partway through the first quarter due to the injury, but has returned to the floor. It's not a big surprise given the importance of the game, but hamstring issues don't normally disappear, so the training staff will likely be monitoring him.
News: Paul suffered a left hamstring injury in the first quarter of Game 7 on Saturday, and the TNT telecast reports his return is questionable.
Impact: Paul was clearly grabbing behind his left leg as he left the floor and went to the locker room, but he did return to the bench later. It's unclear if he'll return Saturday, and questions lie beyond that as well if the Clippers were to advance.
News: Davis' left ankle feels better, and he may be able to play Saturday against the Spurs, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Davis sustained a low ankle sprain Thursday and was already deemed questionable for Saturday's Game 7. If he's able to take the court, he may not approach the 13 minutes per outing that he's averaged in the first six contests of the series. However, the Clippers' lack of depth could force him to muster a decent minutes load off the bench.