• Sunday was a barnburner with 11 games on the schedule. James Harden went off for his 11th 40+ point game of the season in an entertaining must-win game for the Rockets. His beard won a ton of fantasy championships this weekend. Steph Curry (with the shot boyyy) made nine three-pointers last night, setting the bar at a record 378 on the season. He could break 400 if he plays the Warriors’ final five games. Meanwhile, shutdowns and DNPs are hitting fantasy teams left and right.

    Kyrie Irving was a no-show on Sunday with a tweaked ankle. The timing couldn’t have been worse. The Nets decided to shutdown Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young. The Suns kicked Brandon Knight to the fantasy curb for the rest of the season as well. On the injury front, Blake Griffin returned to the court for the first time in 45 games. He wasn’t exactly jumping over Kias for owners just yet.

    Nicolas Batum was injured on Sunday, but it doesn’t look to be serious. With a back-to-back on Tuesday and Wednesday, consider Batum day-to-day. Let’s dive in to the madness that was and wasn’t on Sunday in our Daily Dish

    PELICANS 106, NETS 87

    If you wanted any indication of what ‘Silly Season’ looks like this time of year, look no further than the starting lineups between the Nets and Pelicans:

    Both teams have a ton of guys on the “Stream Team,” depending on what you need. Need a point guard? Grab Tim Frazier. He took over the game with a career high in points and assists with a double-double to the tune of 7-for-11 shooting from the field and 3-for-4 from the line for 19 points with 13 dimes, two threes, two rebounds, three steals and no turnovers in 37 minutes. Frazier became the first NBA player since Chris Duhon in 2008 to have 13 assists and 0 turnovers off the bench. You can’t expect him to repeat these numbers, but he will have every opportunity to put up strong point guard stats for the Pelicans as they wind down the season.

    Need scoring? Luke Babbitt is at your service. Babbitt seemed to dominate the ball whenever he got a touch, shooting 8-for-15 from the first for 21 points on three threes with four assists, one rebound and one block.

    How about a guy who does a little bit of everything? Dante Cunningham is averaging 32 minutes per game with 1.0 threes, 13.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steal and 0.3 blocks per game over his last three outings. He can help in several ways.

    Big men problems? Alexis Ajinca started the second half for Omer Asik (4 minutes, 2 turnovers) and ended up with 29 minutes, shooting 7-for-9 from the field for 16 points, six rebounds, four blocks, one assist and one steal. Kendrick Perkins made a cameo in this one too, which gives you an idea about how anyone from the stands was able to get in to the game. He could make noise in your “Where are they now?” leagues, but I’d still pass. The Pelicans seem to have owners covered on all fronts.

    When news broke early on Sunday that the Nets will protect their investments and shut down Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young for the final six games of the regular season, owners dove to their computers to add Thomas Robinson. Rightfully so. T-Rob went for an 11-point, 15-rebound double-double. He can be huge for owners down the stretch if you can survive his poor free throw shooting. Henry Sims can be useful as well, as he started and played 30 minutes, shooting 5-for-11 for 12 points with seven boards, one assist and one steal. I prefer T-Rob over Sims, but there is plenty of opportunity here with Lopez and Thad out the rest of the way.

    Shane Larkin capped off his five-game week with a bit of a struggle to shoot the rock (3-for-12 FGs) but had a helpful showing with nine assists, four rebounds and two steals. Donald Sloan (illness) was out sick today but Larkin has the keys to the offense and is a good source for dimes.

    It was nice to see Rondae Hollis-Jefferson start out well, hitting a trey early on, but he finished the game with only 19 minutes for eight points, two rebounds, one steal and two blocks. He was the best talent out there but his limited minutes are a concern. The Nets do schedule RHJ for occasional rest days so if you are an owner, monitor his status before every game.

    ROCKETS 118, THUNDER 110

    With the Rockets one game behind the Jazz going in to Sunday, they had to steal one at home against their old friends by any means necessary. James Harden made sure they did. He was cooking Sunday, going off for 41 points (12-for-25 FGs, 12-for-14 FTs) with five triples, nine assists, four boards, three steals, one block and five turnovers. He came through for owners in their championship weeks in a big way. The Rockets are very much alive in the playoff hunt and should deploy their starters the rest of the way.

    It seemed as though Harden did everything Sunday, and that was mostly true. Trevor Ariza played second fiddle, scoring 18 points with three treys, seven rebounds and three assists. Patrick Beverley added 12 points with two threes, two assists and two rebounds. Bev was in foul trouble early, so he should see better numbers moving forward. Don’t move on just yet.

    Disappointment and Dwight Howard have been synonymous around the league, and Sunday was no different. Howard was 2-for-6 from the field for four points, eight boards, two assists and one steal. He played just 20 minutes and suffered from foul trouble. Clint Capela spelled Dwight and actually played more, logging 23 minutes and was productive with nine points, six boards, two steals and four blocks. Capela can be ignored.

    Michael Beasley also let down owners Sunday with only nine minutes of play. Beasley only played 16 minutes in the last Thunder matchup so it looks like a trend against the Thunder for match up purposes. Give Beasley a small leash for one more game.

    The two-headed monster came to play for the Thunder, albeit it wasn’t enough on the scoreboard. Kevin Durant put up a full line with 33 points (10-for-22 FGs, 10-for-10 FTs), eight boards, two assists, one steal, one block and six turnovers. Russell Westbrook nearly had another trip dub, posting 23 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists, two steals and a whopping eight turnovers. Eight-cat leagues loved these outputs and I’m sure 9-cat guys would take these lines too. Thunder coach Billy Donovan is uneasy about resting his players but I can see him resting his guys a few more times down the stretch. It’s all a guessing game at this point.

    The front court was split as usual for the Thunder. Serge Ibaka was modest with eight points, eight rebounds and one block in 30 minutes. Steven Adams put up six points, nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Adams has posted late-round value lately and is worth a look if you want a safe source of blocks and boards. Enes Kanter made the most of his 18 minutes, going 7-for-10 from the floor and 2-for-2 from the line for 16 points, six rebounds and one steal. There’s not much else to see here.

    As a side note, it would be a treat to see these two teams in a series. The Rockets are favored to win most of their final games, but jumping up three games out of the sixth seed is a pipe dream.

    MAVS 88, T’WOLVES 78

    J.J. Barea madness is ruling the championship round and savvy owners are reaping the benefits. With Deron Williams (left abdominal strain) out and day-to-day, Barea has reach must-own status with all the minutes he can handle. Barea played 34 minutes on Sunday in the Mavs win, shooting 8-for-19 from the field for 21 points with three treys, six assists, three boards, one steal and one turnover. Raymond Felton (groin) gave it a go for 18 minutes, but he was still looking like a gimpy guy who is on the floor because his team is in a playoff race.

    Wesley Matthews was key in the Mavs win, hitting six treys for 19 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal. Keep riding him through the Mavs quest for a playoff spot. Dirk Nowitzki continued to trail off again with only 13 points on 4-for-18 shooting, adding two threes, four rebounds and one assist. It’s been a grueling season for Dirk and the push for the postseason is catching up to him. He will fight to play, so you have to keep rolling Dirk out there. Devin Harris played 31 minutes on Sunday, but that was largely due to Felton’s injury. He was useful with 16 points, three treys, three assists, two rebounds and two steals. Keep an eye on Harris, but keep him at arm’s length.

    The Mavs played musical chairs as usual at the center spot, starting Zaza Pachulia in the first half and Salah Mejri in the second half. Just stay away. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle has his reasons, and they won’t help your fantasy team unless you feel like playing roulette.

    The Timberwolves are investing in their future these days, and the duo of Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony-Towns is making it look bright. Wiggins was unconscious on Sunday for 30 points on 12-for-21 shooting from the field, adding one three, four boards, two assists and two steals. KAT was just one assist shy of a triple double, going off for 11 points, a career-high 21 rebounds, nine assists, one steal and three blocks. From the T’Wolves perspective, I’ll go out on a limb and say that things are looking up for the next several years.

    Ricky Rubio must be spending time with Zach LaVine lately, because he cooled off in this one. Rubio had an excellent matchup but disappointed owners on Sunday, scoring nine points with one three, five assists, two rebounds and one steal. LaVine figured out how to shoot a bit better finally, but it wasn’t up to par. LaVine is coming off of 1-for-15 shooting for three points in his last two games combined. Ouch. He followed it up Sunday with 4-for-11 shooting from the field for 11 points, two threes, three rebounds, one assist and one steal. Not good, but better.

    Gorgui Dieng rounded out any fantasy relevancy on the Minnesota roster and it wasn’t too pretty. Dieng had eight points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal. His decline has been more about a chance for the T’Wolves to get a look at their depth. His potential is too great to drop now. Stick with him.

Fantasy News

  • Jerryd Bayless
    PG, International

    Jerry Bayless has signed a deal with CBA club the Sichuan Blue Whales.

    Bayless may have a little bit left in his tank. However, given his mileage, it's unlikely that the 10-year veteran will be making a return to the NBA any time soon.

    Source: Sportando

  • J.J. Barea
    PG, Dallas Mavericks

    The Mavs have officially signed veteran J.J. Barea to a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum.

    Given his age (35) and the fact that he's coming off recovery from a torn right Achilles, we do not expect many fantasy-relevant minutes to be produced by the 12-year NBA vet.

    Source: Tim McMahon on Twitter

  • Cam Reddish
    PF, Atlanta Hawks

    In a survey conducted of the 2019 NBA rookies, Cam Reddish was voted as most likely to have the best career.

    Reddish came through with 19 percent of the vote, which does point to an even spread across multiple nominees. The result of the survey comes as a bit of surprise considering all the pre-draft hype that accompanied Zion Williamson. For what it's worth, Zion was voted most likely to win ROY. On Reddish's end, we'd like to see him address his current stat set issues, mainly associated with scoring efficiency, before anointing him as a top-tier dynasty league draft target.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    Bogdan Bogdanovic scored a team-high 28 points in Serbia's 85-80 win over Greece on Sunday.

    Serbia will be a tough team to beat in the 2019 FIBA World Cup thanks to Bogdanovic, Nikola Jokic and Nemanja Bjelica among others. Bjelica put up 18 points and 14 rebounds as well. They were able to beat Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 20 points. This is one of the teams that could sneak up on Team USA and pull out a win.

    Source: Eurohoops

  • Justin Anderson
    SG, Atlanta Hawks

    According to The Athletic, the Wizards and Justin Anderson are trying to work towards a training camp contract.

    Anderson averaged a career-low 9.6 minutes per game with the Hawks last season. The former first-round pick is looking to gain another opportunity on a thin Wizards team. He will likely not have much fantasy value if he manages to make the roster.

    Source: Fred Katz on Twitter

  • Victor Oladipo
    SG, Indiana Pacers

    Victor Oladipo is still rehabbing from his ruptured quad tendon in January, and is unsure if he will be an active participant at the Pacers' training camp when it opens in September.

    Our last update from Pacers POBO Kevin Pritchard had Oladipo aiming for December or January, and that timetable still seems doable. He is taking his leadership role seriously, connecting with the Pacers' new players this summer, and it seems likely that he will make his presence felt this year at some point. Oladipo had an outstanding campaign two years ago, but even before the injury he was a disappointment last season. Fantasy owners should proceed with caution, we may not see Oladipo's top form this year.

    Source: Indiana Pacers

  • Bol Bol
    C, Denver Nuggets

    Bol Bol stated that he has completely recovered from the left foot fracture that ended his college basketball career, and he is now working out twice a day for his upcoming rookie season with the Nuggets.

    The multi-talented center could put up big numbers if given the opportunity with the Nuggets, but the risk for another injury is real. With that in mind, Bol is not expected to receive a lot of minutes this season. If that somehow changes, it would be exciting to see his rare combination of blocks and 3-pointers in action.

    Source: Jim Slater of AFP

  • Dwight Howard
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    The Grizzlies are allowing the Lakers to speak with Dwight Howard.

    The news came out yesterday that the Lakers would seek permission and the fact that they were granted it suggests that Howard will not be on the Grizzlies for long. The aftermath of DeMarcus Cousins tearing his ACL left them in need of another center if they want to remain true to playing Anthony Davis exclusively at power forward. Joakim Noah is the other option on the Lakers' radar and has been a facilitator and role player in the past.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Moritz Wagner
    PF, Washington Wizards

    Moritz Wagner has been cut from Germany’s FIBA World Cup team.

    The move seems somewhat surprising given Wagner’s youth and notoriety, but Germany still has four NBA players on their roster despite cutting Wagner. The Wizards have plenty of depth in the frontcourt and Wagner is probably lower on the totem poll when it comes to receiving minutes.

    Source: Dario Skerletic of Sportando

  • Jonah Bolden
    PF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Jonah Bolden has opted to withdraw from Team Australia in the FIBA World Cup.

    Bolden becomes the fifth NBA player to skip out on playing for Australia in the World Cup, a trend that seems to be prevalent for several countries' national teams. Bodlen could be looking at an increased role as a backup center for Philly's thin bench this upcoming season. He is not expected to be a relevant fantasy option though.

    Source: Fox Sports Australia