• Threes, threes, and more threes. There were a lot of threes made in the four-game slate we had on Thursday. While 3-pointers made may have been the highlight stat of the night, there were some other interesting plays and performances of note.

    Quick Like a (De’Aaron) Fox

    De’Aaron Fox stole the show with his putback slam at the buzzer that lifted the Kings to victory over the Heat, 89-88. It was epic. Aside from his last-second heroics, Fox also scored 14 points and dished out four assists.

    It was a nasty four-quarter implosion by the Heat, blowing a 20-point lead. On the fantasy end of things, Buddy Hield shined for the Kings with 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field in 29 minutes off the bench.

    Hassan Whiteside grabbed 14 boards but had trouble getting his offensive game going in this one. Goran Dragic returned from a two-game absence and delivered a strong performance 23 points. Wayne Ellington continued to impress, well pretty much everyone with yet another big game. He made 6-of-13 threes en route to his 20-point explosion in 34 minutes off the bench. He’s been hot in recent weeks and is a must-own guy right now.

    A Thunderous Defense Takes the Cake

    Russell Westbrook led the Thunder on the offensive end with 46 points, six rebounds, and six assists; but it was the great defensive effort put up by Paul George, Steven Adams, and Andre Roberson anchored the win. In the end, the Thunder prevailed over the Wizards 121-112.

    On the Wizards’ side of things, Bradley Beal tried his best to out-duel Russell Westbrook but his 41-point, 12-rebound game was not enough. Not even John Wall’s 21-point, 12-assist game was not enough of a complement to push past the Thunder’s stifling defense.

    Markieff Morris made a rare appearance and showed up with 20 points and nine rebounds, while Marcin Gortat was nowhere to be seen in his 21 minutes on the floor.

    Join the Mile High Harris Club

    The Nuggets backcourt performed well in their 130-118 victory over the Knicks. Jamal Murray had an 18/5/5 performance and Gary Harris chimed in with a game-high 23 points. Not bad for a guy playing on a bruised foot. The Nuggets’ frontcourt was not to be outdone as well. Nikola Jokic who flirted with a triple-double with 18 points, seven rebounds, and 10 assists. Mason Plumlee was on-point all game long and did not skip a beat nor did he miss a shot, from anywhere. Trey Lyles came alive off the bench with 21 points, five rebounds and three assists.

    Kristaps Porzingis returned from a one-game absence due to a sore knee and delivered with a 21-point performance. Unfortunately, he fouled out in the fourth quarter and the Knicks fell apart. Enes Kanter and Michael Beasley stepped up 20 and 21 points respectively. Tim Hardaway Jr. had a rest day and Courtney Lee had a low-scoring game.

    Oh, by the way, SURPRISE! Trey Burke busted out an 18-point, 11-assist gem. It’s a bit early to go out and grab him just yet, even in deep leagues. Play the wait-and-see game for now and see if he can make a habit of this. Just don’t hold your breath.

    When it Rains (Threes), it Pours

    The Warriors rained down 21 threes on the Timberwolves to come away with the 126-113 win. At the center of the action, on both ends of the floor, was Kevin Durant who dropped his second triple-double of the season with 28 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, six treys, two steals and three blocks. He literally did everything and he made it count. The Splash brothers did their thing, scoring 25 points apiece. Steph Curry hit five threes, while Klay Thompson knocked down six triples of his own.

    The offense was a tidal wave that swept over the T-Wolves. Not even Karl-Anthony Towns’ 31 points, 11 rebounds and five assists were enough. Jeff Teague filled up the stat sheet and Andrew Wiggins bombed, horribly, making just 4-of-18 shots from the field. The Wolves were missing their Alpha, Jimmy Butler, who was out again with a sore right knee.

Fantasy News

  • Alen Smailagic
    PF, Golden State Warriors

    Alen Smailagic (right ankle sprain) has been cleared to begin accelerated on-court basketball activities and will rejoin the Warriors over the weekend.

    Like teammate Kevon Looney, Smailagic will practice in the G League this week with an eye toward getting back during the weekend. Smailagic is not a recommended pickup, but he could conceivably carve out a role on a depleted Warriors team when he gets up to speed.

    Source: Warriors PR on Twitter

  • Jacob Evans
    SG, Golden State Warriors

    Jacob Evans (left adductor strain) will be re-evaluated again in 2 weeks after a test revealed improvement on Tuesday.

    Evans has some appeal with Stephen Curry (hand) out for a while, but will need to get healthy first. He is a name to consider in the coming weeks when he gets back in the fold on a depleted Warriors team.

    Source: Warriors PR on Twitter

  • Carmelo Anthony
    PF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Carmelo Anthony is starting at PF against the Pelicans on Tuesday per Marc J. Spears of ESPN.

    What a turn of events for Melo in the past week. Melo may realistically be the second option on offense in his debut behind C.J. McCollum with Damian Lillard. With Melo seeing a reported 20 minute cap, his upside is limited, but Melo was never ne to shy away from shooting.

    Source: Marc J. Spears on Twitter

  • Kevon Looney
    PF-C, Golden State Warriors

    The Warriors have announced that Kevon Looney (neuropathy) has been cleared to begin accelerated on-court basketball activities and he is expected to rejoin the team over the weekend.

    Earlier today it was announced that Looney was assigned to the Warriors G League affiliate and now we have a clear reason as to why. Looney played just 11 minutes in the season opener before going down, but there's not much in the way of him getting minutes on a depleted Warriors team so long as he can stay healthy. He is worth an add and stash on IR until he returns.

    Source: Warriors PR on Twitter

  • Kevin Love
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Kevin Love (lower back contusion) is probable to face the Heat on Wednesday after missing Monday's clash with the Knicks.

    Love looks like he'll be ready to go and may be tasked with going up against Bam Adebayo with Tristan Thompson (rest) sitting and Larry Nance Jr. (thumb) quetionable. Love is putting up top-25 value in both 9/8 cat leagues. Feel free to get Love back in your lineups.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Larry Nance Jr.
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Larry Nance Jr. (left thumb sprain) is questionable vs. MIA on Wednesday.

    If Nance can shake his thumb injury he has a good chance to be inserted into the starting with Tristan Thompson resting. If Nance cna't go Ante Zizic and Kevin Porter Jr. will see additional time.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Tristan Thompson
    C, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Tristan Thompson (rest ) is being listed as out for Wednesday's matchup with the Heat.

    With Thimpson out and Larry nance Jr. (thumb) questionable, Ante Zizic may find himself in the starting unit. The Cavs can also go small and keep Kevin Porter Jr., who is coming off his best game of the season, in the starting lineup.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Ricky Rubio
    PG, Phoenix Suns

    Ricky Rubio (back spasms) is going to test his back out in pregame warmups to determine if he can give it a go against the Kings on Tuesday.

    If Rubio can't go, Jevon Carter would likely get another start while Tyler Johnson and Cam Johnson would see extra minutes. Devin Booker would get a usage boost in an inviting matchup with a four-game slate on tap for DFS.

    Source: Kellan Olson on twitter

  • Vince Carter
    SG, Atlanta Hawks

    Vince carter has been removed from the Hawks injury report ahead of Wednesday's game with the Bucks.

    Carter missed the past few games due to the birth of his baby girl. Carter could see extra minutes if Jabari Parker can't go.

    Source: Brad Rowland on Twitter

  • Evan Turner
    SG, Atlanta Hawks

    Evan Turner (left Achilles pain) is questionable to face the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Turner recently returned from the lingering injury, but it looks like he may have suffered a setback. With Jabari Parker also questionable, the Hawks could use Turner a secondary playmaker.

    Source: Brad Rowland on Twitter