Derrick Rose will be in full bloom Friday

Derrick Rose will be in full bloom Friday

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Derrick Rose will be in full bloom Friday

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(David Richard, USA TODAY Sports)
(David Richard, USA TODAY Sports)

Regardless of how you construct your FantasyScore lineups, make sure Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden are a part of them.

Check the status of Clippers point guard Chris Paul (hamstring), as well. He is a game-time decision for Game 3 against the Rockets, and if he can’t take the court, guard Austin Rivers ($2,500 salary, 5.0% of cap) becomes a worthwhile bargain play.

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Start

C Dwight Howard, Rockets at Clippers
$7,000 salary | 14.0% of cap

He followed up a 47.00-point fantasy effort in the series opener with 58.00 in Game 2.

G Derrick Rose, Bulls vs. Cavaliers
$5,800 salary | 11.6% of cap

Despite a horrible night shooting the ball, Rose still finished with 38.75 fantasy points in Game 2.

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F Trevor Ariza, Rockets at Clippers
$5,000 salary | 10.0% of cap

Ariza has been a matchup problem for the Clippers, topping 35.00 fantasy points in Game 1 and Game 2.

G Jamal Crawford, Clippers vs. Rockets
$4,400 salary | 8.8% of cap

He has scored more than 34.00 fantasy points in both games of this series and is a great source of cap relief regardless of whether or not Paul suits up.

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Bench

F Josh Smith, Rockets at Clippers
$4,900 salary | 9.8% of cap

Smith has been quiet in this series, averaging fewer than 20.00 fantasy points through the first two games.

G Iman Shumpert, Cavaliers at Bulls
$2,500 salary | 5.0% of cap

Thanks to a groin injury and the return of JR Smith from suspension, Shumpert's time as a useful bargain play have likely ended.

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