While Collins has had a great playoffs particularly on the defensive end, his offensive involvement has diminished by the game. He has only taken 10+ shots once in the past six games and has gone under in five of those games.
While still a critical cog in the Suns defence, Bridges involvement on offence has dropped in the last four games. His field goal attempts in that time have been 7, 8, 6 and 5 with Booker and Paul leading the way and Johnson scoring off the bench, he will struggle to clear this mark.
Young has been one of the breakout stars of this seasons NBA Playoffs. Late in game three though he suffered an ankle injury which has since been diagnosed as a bone bruise. It can be a challenging injury and Young struggled with it down the stretch, which we expect will continue in game four.
One of the greatest players to never have made the Finals, CP3 is one win away from reaching the final championship round. Since returning from a COVID protocols layoff, Paul has had 2 of his 4 worst shooting performances of the season. But he has been playing huge minutes and getting a lot of looks, and we project his shooting will normalise and he will lead the Suns to the Finals.
After having a limited role in the first two rounds, Zubac has played big minutes against the Suns. He is averaging 28.3mpg and 12.7ppg so far in the series and we expect the matchup with Ayton will keep him on the floor.
After a team worst -14 in game 1 the decision on how much to play Lopez is an interesting one. He can only play in a drop coverage which feeds straight into the hands of Atlanta's best player Trae Young. This has an air of Enes Kanter about it and I can't see how Lopez plays more than 20 minutes in this must win Game 2.
With his team down 0-2 and still no Kawhi Leonard, it's go time for Paul George in the first Clippers home game of the series. Since Kawhi went down, PG has averaged 42mpg and 31ppg while shooting relatively poorly from the field. He has traditionally shot better at home and in such a critical game we project him to get plenty of shots up.
In game one Mann dropped off hard from his previous career high in game 7 of the previous round. With only four field goal attempts in game one, it was easy to see that the matchup troubled him and we project he will go under again.
Terance Mann had the game of his life to help the Clippers overcome the absence of Kawhi Leonard, which has prompted a big jump in his line. Through the first 12 games this playoffs he averaged just 4.6ppg and hadn't cleared this line once. We project he will come back down to earth in game one against the Suns as the two teams feel each other out.