Klay & KD combine for 63 points in W
Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant put on a show as the Dubs’ put an end to their four-game skid during Friday’s 125-97 win over Portland, with Thompson registering 31 points on 12-of-21 shooting (3-of-3 from the stripe) to go with four 3-pointers, seven rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and four turnovers across 33 minutes; and The Durantuala popping off for 32 points (13-of-21 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs), eight boards, seven dimes, two treys, two steals, three swats and five turnovers in 38 minutes. This was surprisingly just the second time that the pair had each scored 30 points as teammates, and overall, Golden State looked much more in sync in what was a convincing win against one of the best teams out West. Winning tends to cure all, and while I do suspect that KD will leave the Warriors this summer (not necessarily because of the Draymond drama); I think he’ll be doing so with three championships under his belt.
Anthony Davis took a spill and hurt his hip/quad during Friday’s loss to the Knicks, and while he was able to return for the final few minutes of the game after getting checked up in the locker room, I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see him sit out Saturday’s matchup against the 6-12 Wizards. He was spotted receiving treatment on his upper-quad/hip area after the game, and this is the sort of thing that could get worse overnight – particularly with New Orleans needing to catch a flight to Washington. If he does sit out Saturday’s game, Jahlil Okafor and Cheick Diallo would be in line for more minutes, while Jrue Holiday, Nikola Mirotic, E’Twaun Moore and Julius Randle would all be asked to do a bit more on offense. Unfortunately, the Pelicans won’t host a shootaround with it being the second leg of a back-to-back set, so owners likely won’t get another update until just prior to tip-off.
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Jabari Parker posted his second straight double-double during Friday’s 103-96 loss to Miami, scoring 23 points on 8-of-18 shooting (7-of-8 from the stripe) to go with 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and three turnovers across 39 minutes. While it’s true that he’s played extremely well over the past few games, and just can’t imagine he’ll be able to keep this up once Lauri Markkanen (elbow) and Bobby Portis (knee) get back to the court. Right now he’s getting all the run he can handle with zero depth behind him, and he’s essentially operating as the No. 2 option on offense (23.6 usage rate), but given his struggles to man the three-spot, I think his production will drop off in a big way once the team gets healthy. His true role with this club will basically be fighting for the reserve PF minutes with Portis behind Markkanen, and he really doesn’t bring much to the box score outside of points, boards and turnovers (his horrific 0.72 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks in the bottom of the league amongst starters). If you’re a Jabari owner, now would be a great time to try and sell high.
Enes Kanter put up a 17-point, 12-board double-double during Friday’s win over New Orleans, to go with two assists, one steal, three swats and one turnover through 33 minutes as a starter. There’s no denying that Kanter can rack up the stats when given the minutes, but I’m concerned about what his playing time will look like as we approach the second half of the season. The Knicks have no shot of making the playoffs, and Kanter will likely leave as a free agent this summer, so it would make sense to eventually give ample minutes to their first-round pick Mitchell Robinson – which would come at Kanter’s expense. Flipping him for someone like Jaren Jackson Jr. would make sense to me.
Devin Booker started at point guard over Isaiah Canaan on Friday and led the Suns to their fourth win of the season, scoring 29 points on 13-of-26 shooting (2-of-2 from the stripe) to go with seven assists, four rebounds, one 3-pointer, three steals and three turnovers in 39 minutes. Meanwhile, Canaan bricked all five of his shots on his way to three assists and one rebound across 17 scoreless minutes. I don’t understand why Canaan started for as long as he did, but hopefully, Igor Kokoskov is finally ready to abandon that experiment. It just makes way more sense for Booker to operate at the one, as it allows Mikal Bridges (No. 10 overall pick) to start, and it’s not like the Suns are competing for a playoff spot anyway. This team is all about player development, so allowing Booker to develop at the point guard position while giving Bridges starter experience is a win-win for the club.
Speaking of Bridges, he was limited to just four points, three rebounds and one 3-pointer in his 24 minutes, which was his second game in a row being confined to single digits in the scoring department. He’s a talented dude, but his production is too volatile for standard leagues.
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On the Radar
Jeremy Lin posted a 19-point, 10-assist double-double in 30 minutes off the bench, to go with two triples, five rebounds, three steals and one turnover. He’s been heating up over the past few weeks with averages of 14.3 points, 4.0 assists, 2.0 triples, 1.1 steals and 2.0 turnovers per game on 56.1% shooting, and he could see some more minutes falling his way if Kent Bazemore (ankle) needs to miss time. The sky-high shooting isn’t sustainable, but he’s worth a look in deep leagues while he’s this hot.
Allen Crabbe scored 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting to go with three 3-pointers, five rebounds, one assist, one block and one turnover across 30 minutes. He’s been playing relatively well since moving into the starting lineup with averages of 12.2 points, 3.3 boards, 3.0 triples and just 0.7 turnovers per game on 42.4% shooting, and he should continue to start for however long Caris LeVert (foot) is out. He’s on the radar as a 3-point specialist in deep leagues.
P.J. Tucker put up 11 points, eight rebounds, three treys, two dimes, one steal and one turnover across 44 minutes in Friday’s overtime loss to the Pistons. He’s not the most exciting guy to own, but he’s locked into big minutes as the starting four-man in Houston and should do enough with the triples and steals to warrant ownership in most leagues.
Reggie Bullock hit 3-of-5 shots for eight points, five rebounds, two 3-pointers, two assists, two steals and one turnover in 39 minutes. He got off to a horrendous start this season, but he’s been sneaky good over the past six with averages of 13.0 points, 3.0 triples, 3.3 assists, 1.3 steals and just 0.5 turnovers per game on 49.1% shooting. There isn’t anyone on the roster to truly challenge him for minutes, and he’s getting a ton of wide-open shots with teams focusing most their attention on Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond in the post, so he should be a reliable source of 3-pointers this season. The steals probably aren’t sustainable, but he’s on the radar in deep leagues.
Noah Vonleh came through with a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double to go with a career-high tying four trey-bombs, five dimes, two steals, two swats and two turnovers through 37 minutes as a starter. He’s been surprisingly good over the past three with averages of 14.7 points, 11.7 rebounds, 33.3 dimes, 1.7 steals, 2.0 blocks and just 0.7 turnovers per game on 55.6% shooting from the field and 60% from the stripe, so as long as he’s starting in New York, it looks like he’ll be worth owning. That said, David Fizdale’s rotations have been a nightmare and there’s no telling how long he’ll stick with the starters, so I wouldn’t recommend cutting anyone with long-term upside to nab him.
Emmanuel Mudiay produced 27 points (10-of-20 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs), seven rebounds, one 3-pointer, two assists, four steals and two turnovers in another start on Friday. The point guard rotation in New York has been a disaster, and Mudiay has never been much of a factor in fantasy hoops, but he’s played well over the past five games with averages of 15.8 points, 3.6 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.2 triples, 1.2 steals and 1.6 turnovers per game while hitting an unsustainable 55.6% of his shots. He’s on the radar in ridiculously deep leagues if you’ve got some garbage on your roster, but don’t be surprised if he comes out with a 0-of-9 shooting performance his next time out.
Collin Sexton helped the Cavs pull out a 121-112 win over the 76ers on Friday with 23 points (10-of-18 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), five rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and two turnovers in 32 minutes. He’s been solid since entering the starting lineup, posting averages of 18.3 points, 2.7 assists, 1.3 triples and 2.0 turnovers per game on 47.7% shooting from the field and 83.3% from the stripe, so he’s worth owning everywhere. George Hill (shoulder) is on the cusp of a return, put with the Cavs sitting on a 3-14 record, I don’t think his return would necessarily result in Sexton heading back to the second unit. The focus in Cleveland will be on player development, so Sexton is looking at nothing but opportunity.
Jordan Clarkson scored 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting to go with three rebounds, two treys and one turnover in 20 minutes off the bench. His stat lines tend to be pretty empty, but he’s on the radar in deep leagues as a cheap source of points and triples.
The good Cedi Osman came to play on Friday, as he came through with 20 points (7-of-14 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs), eight rebounds, two 3-pointers, two assists and one turnover in 42 minutes. He’s been hit-or-miss this season, but over the past two, he’s logged minutes in the 40s to go with averages of 20.5 points, 3.5 triples, 7.5 boards, 2.0 assists and just 0.5 turnovers per contest on 51.9% shooting. He’s on the radar in deep leagues.
Markieff Morris had another solid game off the bench, netting 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting (4-of-4 from the stripe) to go with two treys, five boards, three dimes, one steal, one block and zero turnovers across 29 minutes. He really benefits whenever Dwight Howard (gluteal soreness) is out of the lineup, and over the past two he’s turned in averages of 14.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 triples, 2.5 dimes, 1.0 steal, 1.0 block and 0.5 turnovers per game on 34.8% shooting. As long as D12 is out, Morris will be worth owning.
Wayne Ellington hit 3-of-9 shots for eight points, two 3-pointers, two rebounds, four assists, four steals, two blocks and zero turnovers through 34 minutes as a starter. He should continue to flirt with minutes in the 30s while Goran Dragic (knee) and Tyler Johnson (hamstring) are out, so he’s worth a look for anyone seeking some steals and triples. He’s been a sneaky top-60 producer since entering the rotation with averages of 11.8 points, 3.2 trey-bombs, 1.9 dimes, 1.6 steals and 1.1 turnovers per game on 39.1% shooting.
Dwyane Wade hit 5-of-10 shots for 10 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and four turnovers in 24 minutes off the bench. The Heat need him with their backcourt banged up, so he should offer some low-end value while Dragic and Johnson are out.
Richaun Holmes had another productive game in 17 minutes off the bench, tallying 12 points (4-of-4 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs), four rebounds, one steal, two blocks and one turnover. He’s been heating up over the past three games with averages of 12.0 points, 4.3 boards and 1.7 swats per contest on 76.2% shooting (dunking?) and 50% from the stripe. He’s only been earning 17.8 minutes a night during that span, so it could be tough for him to keep this up, but he’s worth a look in deep leagues if you’re desperate for a center.
Terrence Ross drilled another four 3-pointers on his way to 18 points, one assist and two turnovers in 24 minutes off the bench. He won’t do much for you outside of points and triples, but with averages of 13.3 points, 2.3 treys, 1.7 assists and 1.4 turnovers on 44.9% shooting this season, he’s worth owning in most leagues.
Quinn Cook netted 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting to go with five triples, five rebounds, two assists and zero turnovers across 30 minutes. Stephen Curry (groin) will not play Saturday against the Kings, so Cook will earn at least one more start, making him someone to think about streaming. Through five starts this season, he’s come through with averages of 15.6 points, 4.2 dimes, 3.6 boards, 2.4 triples and 1.4 turnovers per game on 49.2% shooting.
Victor Oladipo (sore right knee) missed his third game in a row on Friday, and he should be considered questionable for Monday’s game in Utah. Tyreke Evans will continue to start while he’s out, and there will be more opportunity for guys like Bojan Bogdanovic and Cory Joseph. Myles Turner (ankle) also missed Friday’s game, which resulted in Domantas Sabonis drawing the start – he’s the primary beneficiary with Turner on the sidelines.
Jimmy Butler exited Friday’s game during the fourth quarter with an ankle issue and did not return, putting him in danger of missing Sunday’s game against the Nets. If he needs to miss time, Landry Shamet could move into the starting lineup and Ben Simmons will see a nice uptick in usage.
Donovan Mitchell exited Friday’s game with a rib contusion and did not return, finishing with four points, three rebounds, one assist, two steals and two turnovers in 12 minutes. The injury didn’t seem too serious, but if he needs to sit out Sunday’s game against the Kings, Royce O’Neale would likely draw the start and there would be more opportunity for Alec Burks. Burks did have a nice game on Friday, contributing 17 points, five rebounds, one 3-pointer, one steal and two turnovers in 22 minutes off the bench, so he’ll be someone to consider streaming if Mitchell gets ruled out vs. Sacramento.
Gary Harris left Friday’s game during the third quarter with a left ankle/Achilles issue and did not return, ending his evening with nine points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and two turnovers across 25 minutes. The Nuggets are officially listing his injury as ankle soreness, but head coach Mike Malone said after the game that it could be an Achilles issue, so I wouldn’t expect him to play on Saturday against the Thunder. If he is forced to the sidelines, I could see Malik Beasley getting the start, and there will be more shots to go around for the rest of the starters. Per NBAwowy.com, Nikola Jokic’s usage rate spikes to 37.8 with Will Barton (hip) and Harris off the floor, so he’ll be an attractive DFS target if Harris is indeed out.
Dwight Howard (gluteal soreness) missed his second game in a row on Friday and should be considered doubtful for Saturday’s game against the Pelicans. Thomas Bryant should continue to start while he’s out, and Markieff Morris will see a boost.
Al Horford (knee) sat out Friday’s game and should be considered questionable for Saturday’s matchup with the Mavericks. Marcus Morris got the start with him out, but he only saw 24 minutes of action during the blowout. Aron Baynes, Daniel Theis and Morris will all benefit if Horford is out again on Saturday.
Kent Bazemore exited Friday’s game with a left ankle sprain and did not return, although he was initially deemed available to return after getting his ankle re-taped in the locker room, so it doesn’t seem like it’s a serious ankle sprain. Still, he could certainly miss Sunday’s game against the Hornets, which would translate to more minutes for Kevin Huerter and Jeremy Lin, with Lin offering a bit more upside.
Alex Len (back) was back in action following a one-game absence and posted 17 points, two rebounds and two triples in 20 minutes off the bench. He’s only a low-end big to own in deep leagues.
Dwight Powell (knee) did not practice Friday and should be considered doubtful for Saturday’s game against the Celtics. Wesley Matthews (hamstring), however, was able to practice, so maybe he’ll be able to get back out there against the Celtics. Dorian Finney-Smith will return to the bench once Matthews is cleared.
Alex Abrines (illness) did not play Friday and he should be considered questionable for Saturday’s game against the Thunder. Terrance Ferguson (ankle) and Hamidou Diallo (ankle) won’t be back for a few weeks.
C.J. Miles (adductor) and OG Anunoby (wrist) were back in action on Friday night, with Miles producing nine points, two rebounds, one 3-pointer and one turnover in 18 minutes off the bench; and OG putting up 15 points, three triples and one assist through 19 minutes with the second unit. Neither of these guys are worth owning.
Chandler Hutchison (back) missed his second game in a row and should be considered questionable for Saturday’s game against the Timberwolves.
Tony Parker (ribs) did not play Friday and should be considered questionable for Sunday’s game against the Hawks.