• Depending on your league settings, tonight may have served as the trade deadline for your fantasy basketball league.  If you were as busy as I was heading in to the deadline, hopefully things worked out in your favor to make for an exciting finish to the end of the year.  The Thursday night slate was small, with only three games, but still offered some excitement as we head in to these final weeks of the regular season.

    Warriors (87) @ Bulls (94)

    With each loss comes the constant media attention regarding how much weaker this team is without Kevin Durant.  That is most definitely a true statement, but the media circus may not need to pound on this every night until the playoffs get here.  That being said, let’s see how the remaining Warriors’ All-Stars are holding up in fantasy land.

    Stephen Curry led the way for Golden State and this will likely be the case most nights.  He dropped 23 points, six rebounds, five assists, five steals and two 3-pointers.  Klay Thompson added 13 points, one rebound, one assist and one 3-pointer and will have to do more to help this team continue to find success.  Draymond Green had a well-round line of 12 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, two 3-pointers, two blocks and one steal.

    Patrick McCaw started tonight and played 29 minutes, adding 11 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block.  Not bad value from a waiver wire add.  However, one has to wonder how reliable his role is with Andre Iguodala coming off the bench for 10 points, seven rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes.  In addition, the Warriors added Matt Barnes, who played 12 minutes in his first appearance, for the remainder of the season.

    Jimmy Butler led the Bulls to this victory with 22 points, six assists, fix rebounds, four steals and one block.  A nice surprise tonight was Bobby Portis finally showing up after being promoted to the starting power forward, adding 17 points, 13 rebounds, two 3-pointers and one block in 31 minutes.  Nikola Mirotic was limited to 16 minutes tonight, but that is probably because Portis was rolling.  It may be tough to predict minute loads between these two most nights.  Dwyane Wade added 12 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals.  Robin Lopez played 22 minutes and contributed 10 points, three rebounds and one block.  The point guard situation is still a mess and its hard to find any reliable production in Chicago outside Wade and Butler most nights.

    Hornets (103) @ Suns (120)

    The outcome of this game is frustrating for both teams, as the Hornets drop in the playoff standings and the Suns drop in the draft spot standings.

    For the Suns, they received a balanced effort from a handful of players as they try to balance minutes between the first and second units while undergoing player development.  Marquesse Chriss led in scoring with 17 points, three 3-pointers, one rebound and one assist.  T.J. Warren added 16 points, eight rebounds, one assist and two blocks.  Eric Bledsoe was solid in 25 minutes with 14 points, seven assists, four rebounds, one steal and one block.  Devin Booker was the minutes leader with 30 played and added 15 points, nine assists, six rebounds and one 3-pointer.  Alan Williams came off the bench but played more minutes than starting center Alex Len, while adding 16 points, 12 rebounds, one steal and one block.  Tyler Ulis is playing backup point guard and is racking up assists lately, adding eight more tonight.  He may be a player to watch down the line if you need assists.

    For the Hornets, the center minutes were a little more split tonight between Frank Kaminsky and Cody Zeller.  Kaminsky played 32 minutes and contributed 16 points, two 3-pointers, two steals and one rebound.  Zeller played 24 minutes with six points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals.  Kaminsky has been hot over the past couple weeks, but watch out for Zeller gaining minutes.  Kaminsky also appeared to hurt his shoulder tonight, so keep an eye on that.

    Kemba Walker was solid again with 26 points, eight assists, four rebounds, three 3-pointers and two steals.  Nicolas Batum added 12 points, five assists, three rebounds and two 3-pointers.  Marvin Williams chipped in 19 points, four rebounds, three 3-pointers, one steal and one block in only 29 minutes.  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist adds value in different ways and tonight was no different with seven points, eight rebounds, six steals and one assist.

    Thunder (109) @ Blazers (114)

    This game wrapped up the night with an entertaining point guard battle.  However, Russell Westbrook and another one of his monster lines were not enough against this Portland squad.

    Westbrook led with 45 points, eight rebounds, six 3-pointers, four assists, one steal and one block.  No other starter scored in double digits.  Enes Kanter is back from injury and did double-double off the bench with 18 points, 10 rebounds and one steal.  Taj Gibson also got it going off the bench with 15 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks.  Interestingly, Doug McDermott logged 37 minutes, but only contributed 9 points, four rebounds, one 3-pointer and one assist.

    For the Blazers, Damian Lillard led the way with 33 points, four rebounds, five assists, three 3-pointers and one steal.  Jusuf Nurkic double-doubled with 18 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, five blocks and two steals.  He seems to be fitting in just fine post-trade.  C.J. McCollum added 18 points, six rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers.  Moe Harkless contributed 10 points and nine rebounds and Al-Farouq Aminu added 14 points, six rebounds, three steals, one block and one assists in 32 bench minutes.

     

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