1. Stud- Nate Hinton
Nate Hinton started out Monday's game on a tear, picking up where he left off against the Utah Jazz on Sunday. In case you forgot, Hinton was unstoppable against Utah, finishing with 27 points, five steals, five rebounds, and five 3-pointers, drawing the praise of NBA legend Dwyane Wade.
In the first quarter of Monday's championship game, Hinton dropped nine points on 4-of-7 shooting, to go along with three rebounds. In fact, it seemed like Hinton was the only player who wasn't a no-show for the Rockets, especially early in the game.
Hinton finished with team-highs in scoring and rebounds, dropping 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Hinton was the only Rockets player with a double-double and was one of only two players to post a double-double among both teams, with Isaiah Mobley being the only other one to accomplish the feat.
Hinton went 7-of-13 from the field and even nabbed five offensive rebounds, which was tied with Mobley for a game-high. All in all, Hinton made a strong case to secure a two-way deal with the Rockets.