Jason Terry has averaged 28.6 MPG this post-season, a tremendous contribution to a team that battled in the Western Conference Finals. The sharpshooter scored 16 points on three separate occasions in the playoffs, hitting 35.4 percent of his three-pointers.
Jorge Gutierrez only played in the Game 6 thrashing laid down by Chicago in the first round. With the Bulls holding an insurmountable lead, Gutierrez played 12 minutes and finished with 2 points, 1 rebound and an assist as the Milwaukee Bucks were eliminated.
Strangely enough, Kris Humphries was not really part of Randy Wittman’s post-season rotation, and the former Nets forward saw incredibly limited minutes. Despite Humphries’ great reputation as a rebounder, he played just five minutes over 10 games for Washington.
Paul Pierce trash talked his way into a four-game sweep of Toronto in the first round and then just barely released late on a game-tying three attempt that would have sent Game 6 against the Atlanta Hawks into overtime. In between, Pierce hit big shot after big shot, including a buzzer beater against the Hawks in Game 3, en route to a solid 14.6 PPG on 49 FG% over 29.8 MPG. Now, Pierce must decide if he wants to return for his eighteenth NBA season.
Richard Jefferson’s role was diminished in the playoffs, averaging just 12.8 MPG in Dallas’ five game series against Houston. Although Jefferson didn’t feature in the eliminating Game 5 loss, he proved that he can still be a valuable contributor off the bench for a contender throughout the 2014-15 season.
Ryan Anderson played a large role in New Orleans’ success this season by spreading the floor and allowing Anthony Davis free reign in post. Anderson’s 26 point night almost helped lead the Pelicans to a crucial Game 3 win against Golden State in the first round. He’s proven to be a valuable piece moving forward for the young Western Conference squad.
Shaun Livingston burst into the national spotlight for what seems like the thousandth time during the Warriors’ ferocious second-quarter comeback against the Rockets in Game 1. The crafty veteran has been solid this post-season for Golden State, most notably in their small ball lineups. He snagged 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists over 29 minutes in Game 1 to become a playoff hero for Golden State. But to us, Shaun Livingston has always been a hero!
Courtney Lee averaged 33.4 MPG for Memphis this postseason as the starting shooting guard. While Mike Conley was out with an injured, Lee helped with the ball handling and facilitation of the Grizzlies’ offense. He finished with a respectable 13.3 PPG, 2.2 APG, 2.5 RPG and 1.1 SPG on 55% shooting.
Devin Harris was featured in a guard-heavy rotation following Rajon Rondo’s flameout in Dallas. After just playing 10 combined minutes in the first two games of the Houston series, Harris played 64 over the final three. He struggled with his shot this post-season, finishing just 35% from the field. Harris, J.J. Barea, and Monta Ellis put up a valiant effort against the runner-up MVP, but bowed out in five games.
Gerald Wallace was a non-factor over Boston’s four games against Cleveland. He played just four minutes, registering one rebound in the eliminating Game 4 loss. Although lauded as a leader in the locker room, Wallace never really cracked the rotation this season for the Celtics.
Jason Kidd had a successful foray in his first season with Milwaukee. Despite a season-ending injury to his prized rookie Jabari Parker, Kidd helped coach the Bucks to 41 wins and the 7th seed. His clever play-calling helped put a scare into the Bulls before their historical 120-66 loss in Game 5 this post-season.