March 30, 2018, 3:44 am
It was a small five-game spread on Thursday, but it did not lack for injury news and hot-headed ejections.
Joel Embiid is going to undergo surgery to address an orbital bone fracture and does not have a timetable to return.
Spin: This timing could not come at a worse time. Embiid is likely out for the remainder of the fantasy playoffs, with the Sixers inclined to preserve him for the playoffs. Richaun Holmes is looking like a good add right now, but expect him to share those minutes with Amir Johnson.
Otto Porter got hurt in the Wizards’ loss to the Pistons. X-rays came back negative and he’s been diagnosed with a “mild” ankle sprain. That’s the good news.
Spin: That said, he could be held out of their next game, bumping the value of Kelly Oubre Jr., who responded with 14 points in 32 minutes.
Blake Griffin is set to undergo an MRI for his ailing ankle.
Spin: Anthony Tolliver started and filled up the stat sheet with an efficient game. The Pistons have an upcoming back-to-back set and Tolliver is worth a streaming slot.
Hassan Whiteside (hip) returned from a 9-game absence, played 19 minutes against the Bulls and recorded eight points, seven boards and two blocks.
Spin: His minutes will be slowly increased and as those go up, expect to see a dip in value from both Kelly Olynyk and Bam Adebayo. Olynyk is worth a hold, but Adebayo can be dropped in deeper leagues.
Robin Lopez got two technical fouls and was thrown out of the Bulls-Heat game. Bobby Portis struggled with both his shot and with taking care of the rock.
Spin: Lopez has not been relevant in quite a while. Look to both Noah Vonleh and Portis for some rebounds when perusing the Bulls lineup for some additional or streaming value.
LaMarcus Aldridge shook off his knee injury and powered the Spurs to a 103-99 win over the Thunder with 25 points, 11 boards and two blocks. *Special mention goes to Dejounte Murray who had an amazing game with five steals and a stufffed stat sheet.
Spin: This is great news for his owners who were worried he’d be out for a while with that ailing knee. This performance is reassuring us that he’s healthy enough to stay productive and deliver early-to-mid round value.
Victor Oladipo had ice in his veins as he was clutch in the dying minutes of the Pacers-Kings game and delivered Dipo-esque line with 24 points, five boards, two assists, two threes, three steals and a block.
Spin: Oladipo is going to fly off draft boards in the second round next season. Get in line, peeps. Get in line. He’s mine.
Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield shined for the Kings with 21 and 20 points, respectively. Sweet.
Spin: They’ve both been the most consistent players for the Kings in recent weeks. While that isn’t saying much because we’re talking about the Kings, but still both guys have been must-own since coming out of the All-Star break and are on track for strong finishes.
Quinn Cook dropped a career-high 30 points on the Bucks with 80 percent shooting from the field, five triples and other goodies.
Spin: With Steph Curry out for the regular season, Cook projects to be one of the biggest impact pickups for the fantasy playoffs.
Cook stepped up after Kevin Durant (rib cartilage fracture) got tossed for getting too close to a ref while arguing what he thought was a foul that wasn’t called. He ended up with 10 points in 14 minutes.
Spin: The good news is he’s healthy. Bad news is that this was a wasted game for his owners. Expect him to get a “cool it” talk from Steve Kerr after this 107-116 loss to the Bucks. Kevon Looney got some extra burn with three blocks in 23 minutes off the bench.