• Hopefully all of our readers had the opportunity to multi-task last night while catching some NBA action and some future NBA studs battling it out in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.  Luckily, my Kansas Jayhawks live to fight another day after blowing another team.  They face the Oregon Ducks next on Saturday.

    Only a five-game slate last night, but plenty of notable stat lines to go around.

    Suns (98) @ Nets (126)

    The Suns current backcourt is logging some heavy minutes these days.  Devin Booker played 40 minutes and led with 28 points (9-for-26 FG), two rebounds, three 3-pointers and three steals.  Tyler Ulis played 45 minutes tonight with 10 points, 12 assists, five rebounds and two steals to his name.  Marquesse Chriss continues to be very valuable and logged a double-double of 23 points, 11 rebounds, two steals, three 3-pointers and one block tonight.  Alex Len was reliable for once with 11 points, 11 rebounds, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Brook Lopez led the Nets with 19 points, six rebounds, one 3-pointer and one block.  Jeremy Lin added 13 points, five assists and three rebounds.  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson only played 15 minutes, but contributed five points, 16 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block.  Trevor Booker (14 points), Quincy Acy (12 points), Justin Hamilton (10 points), Isaiah Whitehead (11 points), Archie Goodwin (12 points) and K.J. McDaniels (16 points) all came off the bench to contribute solid efforts and get the win.

    Raptors (101) @ Heat (84)

    DeMar DeRozan put the team on his back tonight with 40 points (14-for-25 FG, 12-for-13 FT), six rebounds, three assists and one steal.  He has been a monster with Kyle Lowry sidelined and I don’t expect that to change anytime soon.  Serge Ibaka was suspended for this game after throwing a punch at Robin Lopez the other night.  P.J. Tucker started in his place and posted nine points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal in 33 minutes played.  No other Raptors starter eclipsed the 30 minute mark and it was actually Delon Wright (13 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals) and Norman Powell (14 points, three rebounds, one steal and one block) off the bench that made the difference.

    Hassan Whiteside double-doubled with 16 points, 14 rebounds, two assists and two blocks.  Goran Dragic was ok with 13 points (5-for-18 FG), seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals.  Josh Richardson added 12 points, three assists and two blocks.  Rodney McGruder posted 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and one block.  James Johnson played 31 bench minutes and filled the stat sheet with 10 points (3-for-14 FG), four rebounds, three assists, two steals, four blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Clippers (95) @ Mavs (97)

    The Clippers barely got edged on the road with a double-double (14 points, 18 rebounds) from Deandre Jordan.  Chris Paul was less than his normal self with 15 points, six rebound, six assists and three steals.  Blake Griffin contributed 21 points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal. Austin Rivers added 13 points, two rebounds, two 3-pointers and one assist off the bench.

    Seth Curry led the way for the Mavs with 23 points, four assists, three 3-pointers and three rebounds.  Harrison Barnes added 21 points, two rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer.  Dirk Nowitzki logged 14 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals.

    Grizzlies (90) @ Spurs (97)

    LaMarcus Aldridge did the heavy lifting tonight with 23 points, eight rebounds, three blocks, one 3-pointer and one assist.  Kawhi Leonard added 19 points, seven rebounds,  four assists and one steal.  Tony Parker logged 30 minutes and added 13 points, seven assists, three rebounds and one 3-pointer.  Patty Mills chipped in 15 points, five assists, three 3-pointers, one steal and one block.

    Mike Conley tried to carry the load for the Grizzlies with 22 points, six assists, two rebounds and one 3-pointer.  Marc Gasol double-doubled with 13 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and one block.  Not much else from the Grizzlies supporting players and that’s probably why they lost.

    Knicks (95) @ Blazers (110)

    No Carmelo Anthony or Derrick Rose tonight, which meant plenty of Kristaps Porzingis on display.  He posted 18 points, nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks.  Willie Hernangomez got back in starting lineup, but only logged 21 minutes for 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks.  Courtney Lee played 41 minutes with 16 points, four assists, one steal and one rebound.

    For the Blazers, Damian Lillard continued his elite play with 30 points, five assists, four rebounds, four 3-pointers and two steals.  He has been a top player since the All Star break and that is likely to continue with the Blazers chasing a playoff spot.  C.J. McCollum added 20 points, four rebounds, two 3-pointers and one assist.  Jusuf Nurkic double-doubled with 16 pints, 10 rebounds and three assists.  Noah Vonleh contributed for once with four points, 12 rebounds, one steal and one block.

Fantasy News

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    In a recent fan question session Bucks' GM Jon Horst hinted towards signing Giannis Antetokounmpo to a supermax extension when eligible.

    Horst mentioned that he cannot technically discuss an extension until he is eligible, but said Antetokounmpo will be a Buck for a long time. The Greek Freak will be eligible next summer and is all but sure to get a supermax extension.

    Source: Fox Sports Wisconsin on Twitter

  • Tacko Fall
    C, Boston Celtics

    Tacko Fall (mild knee sprain) is expected to miss one week after a collision in workouts.

    With training camp two weeks away, Fall should be ready to roll by then. He is currently on an Exhibit 10 contract, battling for the final roster spot with Javonte Green (partially guaranteed) and Kaiser Gates (Exhibit 10). Fall is an intriguing talent at 7'7" but is not expected to be fantasy relevant in his first season even if he does make the team with the Celtics already carrying four center eligible players on guaranteed contracts.

    Source: Jared Weiss on Twitter

  • Nicolas Batum
    SG, Charlotte Hornets

    According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, Nicolas Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist have been informed that, "The agenda is youth and development."

    The article adds that both players will have a chance to compete for minutes but the Hornets' top priority will be to develop their younger players which bodes well for Dwayne Bacon, Miles Bridges, Devonte Graham, P.J. Washington and Willy Hernangomez. Miles was already putting up near top-100 value to close the season at around 25 minutes per game while the rest of the players could all produce fantasy value if given the minutes so they should at least be put on the watch list to see how the preseason plays out.

    Source: Charlotte Observer

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    Bogdan Bogdanovic finished with 32 points on 10-of-17 shooting and drained seven triples as Serbia topped Czech Republic 90-81 to finish in 5th place.

    Bogdanovic also added four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block and was certainly one of the most impressive players in the tournament. Although he has the talent to be a successful full-time starter, the 27-year old will likely be relegated to a similar 25-27 minute, off-the-bench role he played last season with Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes and newly added Trevor Ariza also on the wings. Nikola Jokic also did his usual thing this game with seven points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. Boban Marjanovic and Nemanja Bejlica were not really involved in this one, playing only two and eight minutes, respectively.

    Source: FIBA

  • Donovan Mitchell
    SG, Utah Jazz

    Donovan Mitchell scored 16 points with 10 assists as US beat Poland 87-74 on Saturday to finish seventh place in the tournament.

    Mitchell was an efficient 5-of-6 from the field and 4-of-4 from downtown but the bigger story of course was USA's disappointing showing as this was only the second time that they finished outside the top-3 in the FIBA World Cup since 1978. Kemba Walker (neck), Jayson Tatum (ankle) and Marcus Smart (hand/quad/calf) all sat out the final game as they now have two weeks to rest before the start of training camp.

    Source: FIBA

  • Evan Fournier
    SF, Orlando Magic

    Evan Fournier scored 16 points to lead France in their semifinal loss to Argentina by the score of 80-66.

    This was a really poor showing all around in an elimination game by the French team. Fournier scored an inefficient 16 and was joined by Frank Ntilikina's 16 as two of just three French players in double figures.

  • Rudy Gobert
    C, Utah Jazz

    Rudy Gobert was invisible in France's loss to Argentina in the semifinals of the FIBA World Cup, scoring just three points and pulling down 11 rebounds in 29 minutes.

    This just wasn't enough from Gobert, who couldn't impose his will against a weaker Argentina squad on paper. Joining him in the "forgot there was a game" club was Nicolas Batum, who consistently finds a way to do nothing in heavy minutes. Batum's line in this one was a paltry three points (1-of-6 shooting), five boards, one assist and a block.

  • Patty Mills
    PG, San Antonio Spurs

    Patty Mills was the star for Australia, scoring 34 points and hitting four triples against Spain, but Australia fell in double overtime 95-88.

    Mills did as much as he could but he just didn't get enough help from his supporting cast. Joe Ingles couldn't find the basket and only had four points (to go along with 10 rebounds and seven assists). With that off night of shooting from Ingles, the Aussies needed someone like Matthew Dellavedova (six points) or Aron Baynes (six points) to step up.

  • Ricky Rubio
    PG, Phoenix Suns

    Ricky Rubio approached a triple-double in the semi-final win over Australia with 19 points, seven boards and 12 assists in 38 minutes.

    It was another big line for Rubio in the semis, who has been a stalwart for this Spanish run to the finals. He was inefficient from the field (6-of-19) but ran the offense well and should be a factor again in the final game.

  • Marc Gasol
    C, Toronto Raptors

    Marc Gasol carried Spain to the FIBA World Cup Final in a double-OT win over Australia, finishing with 33 points, six rebounds and four assists.

    Gasol had a great outing to lift Spain here and they should have a great shot at winning the title against Argentina. We'll see how this high workload summer affects him going into the new season.