February 4, 2019, 4:39 am
I hope everyone had a safe Super Bowl Sunday. We saw the Blazers execute a trade, while Tom Brady won his sixth NFL Title. He’s the GOAT by too many measures to mention.
On the NBA side of the house, the Blazers added a top-180 asset in Rodney Hood, moving him into the top-5 of Blazer’s fantasy producers, behind Al-Farouq Aminu and the Blazers trio of scorers. Considering Moe Harkless’ continued struggles, it won’t be a surprise to see Hood look to take over the starting small forward slot for the Blazers. Hood’s primary contributions will come from beyond the 3-point line where he’s shooting 36 percent on the season, placing him as the fifth most precise shooter on his new squad. To summarize, if Rodney hood plays the fifth most minutes per game, he should be the fifth most productive player while hitting the fifth highest percentage of threes if all things hold. He has some top-120 upside if he can get up to three triples a game, but that would require Hood’s health to hold, a feat he’s struggled with.
A Manhattan affair
The Grizzlies are a team in flux. With their rumored interest in trading, Marc Gasol and Mike Conley for assets each and every game can be viewed as an interview, especially against a Knicks team that recently acquired Dennis Smith Jr. fresh off a triple-double in MSG. The Grizzlies won 96-84 in the matinee affair, Conley scored 25 points with eight boards, seven assists, three steals, a block and two triples. Not to be forgotten, a three-time All-Star, Gasol delivered 24 points, nine boards, five assists, a triple and a steal. Recently acquired Justin Holiday scored 19 points with five triples, five boards and two assists, he was acquired for a similar two second-round selections as Hood. New acquisition Bruno Caboclo logged his first start of the season but fizzled with a steal and no other noteworthy contributions. He could be a streaming option post-deadline.
The Knicks had three new players debut on Sunday, with DeAndre Jordan making the biggest splash with 12 points, 12 rebounds, a steal and a block in 29 minutes, a similar line to what was expected in Dallas. The real danger in New York is Coach Fizdale has benched various productive players on a whim. Wes Matthews profiles as the most likely Knick to earn that distinction, which further increases his likelihood of being bought out at some point. Matthews only scored five points in 28 minutes but rookie Kevin Knox picked up the slack with 17 points, two boards, and three triples, shooting 5-of-18 from the field. Knox was a bit too aggressive, possibly overplaying his hand with a few new mouths to feed. Dennis Smith Jr. earned the start, logging 26 minutes with eight points, six assists, three boards, a steal and a block. The defensive stats can add up for Smith so hopefully, he keeps up the aggression. Luke Kornet hit three triples with three blocks while scoring 11 points, he should be on your radar in 12-team leagues as a streaming option.
The Celtics got the party started in New England on Sunday with a 134-129 win over the Thunder in Boston. Led by Kyrie Irving’s 30 points, 11 assists, four boards and four threes in 28 minutes the Celtics saw everyone who played score in double-figures, save one Gordon Hayward. The Marcus’ did their jobs, with Smart scoring 18 points with two steals, seven assists, four triples and four boards. Marcus Morris scored 19 with seven boards and two triples. The Celtics gave their fans the most exciting NBA game of the night and then had the enjoyment of the Super Bowl.
The Thunder came up short on Sunday, while most will treat Russell Westbrooks streak of consecutive triple-doubles as a feat, we’ll be sure to point out that his late-game mistakes cost his team a solid opportunity to win. Russ scored 22 points with 12 boards, 16 assists, two steals, four turnovers and a triple. Steven Adams continued his work with 16 points, nine boards and two steals. Paul George and Dennis Schroder both shot under 41 percent. George hit 11-of-27 shots while Schroder hit 5-of-13 shots, finishing with 37 points and 16 respectively. George bought his multi-cat abilities, with a box score brimming at the seams with five triples, four assists, four boards, a steal and a block.
In Canada, it’s just another regular Sunday
The Raptors closed out the Clippers on Sunday 121-103, in such a manner that no starter logged over 26 minutes. Kawhi Leonard who played that team-high 26 minutes finished with 18 points, three triples, five boards and a block. C.J. Miles had himself a game with three triples, a steal, a block, 15 points, four boards and an assist. It’s unlikely he filled the box again this year. Serge Ibaka recorded his sixth straight double-double, his longest such streak of the season. Pascal Siakam is a gem, in 22 minutes he still delivered 15 points, four boards, a block and a triple. He could be better than Leonard by the end of Leonard’s extension (if he resigns in Toronto), but we have a long way to go till my prediction matters.
All eyes on South of the border… U.S.A.
The Clippers were blown out on Super Bowl Sunday in Toronto with the biggest development including a banged up Tobias Harris who can’t wait for the All-Star break to get here. He scored 13 points on 5-of-18 shooting and seems to be struggling most from deep due to a right shoulder strain. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander stepped up though with a team-high 19 points, five boards, three assists, a steal and two blocks in 26 minutes. Shai is Canadian, and this was his first game on Canadian soil. Montrezl Harrell fouled out in 30 minutes with 10 points, four blocks, a steal and three boards. Boban Marjanovic continued his streak of games in 17 minutes on Sunday, scoring 10 points with nine boards and two steals. Sweet Lou Williams scored his normal 18 points off the bench but the line was hollow with just two boards and three assists.
February 21, 2019, 7:03 pmDante Exum - G - Utah Jazz
Dante Exum (sprained left ankle) has been ruled out ahead of Friday's matchup with the Thunder.
Exum missed practice to get his ankle re-evaluated today so this is a bit of a disappointment. It's been over a month on the sidelines for Exum, who will slide back into the backup point guard role whenever he is ready to return. There's not a ton of fantasy appeal here.
Source: Andy Larsen on Twitter
February 21, 2019, 7:02 pmNikola Mirotic - F - Milwaukee Bucks
Nikola Mirotic (right calf strain) will make his Bucks debut on Thursday against the Celtics and will be on a minutes limit.
No word on what the restriction is but it'll be good to see Mirotic on the floor either way. Middle-round numbers are a safe expectation for Mirotic, who looks like a seamless fit with the Bucks on paper. He'll be returning from an 11-game absence so some rust is to be expected but he should be in all fantasy lineups going forward.
Source: Matt Velazquez on Twitter
February 21, 2019, 6:58 pmGordon Hayward - F - Boston Celtics
Gordon Hayward (right ankle sprain) will not play in Thursday's game against the Bucks.
Hayward wasn't expected to play, and here's confirmation. He sustained the injury in a one-on-one game over the break and it isn't expected to keep him out for long. It's a tough break considering Hayward had strung together some nice games, so hopefully he can pick up where he left off.
Source: Adam Himmelsbach on Twitter
February 21, 2019, 6:56 pmKelly Oubre Jr. - F - Phoenix Suns
Kelly Oubre is expected to move into the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Cavs.
No exact word on who will be moving to the bench, but it sounds like Josh Jackson is the guy. Oubre has been must-start since joining Phoenix but this might give him a small boost even further up the rankings. His shooting percentage won't always be pretty but the other numbers will be there. There's no word on if this arrangement will last once T.J. Warren (right ankle) returns, but Oubre shouldn't lose much value as a result either way.
February 21, 2019, 6:54 pmDe'Anthony Melton - G - Phoenix Suns
De'Anthony Melton (sprained right ankle) is expected to arrive at the arena in time to play in Thursday's game against the Cavs.
Melton is ready to return from his injury after nine games on the sidelines but he'll need to rush to meet with the Suns after a quick G-League assignment. Melton's appeal took a big hit when the Suns acquired Tyler Johnson but he'll still be a deep-league option for steals.
Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter
February 21, 2019, 6:52 pmDerrick Jones Jr. - F/G - Miami Heat
Derrick Jones Jr. (right knee bone bruises) is on the active roster for Thurday's game against the Sixers.
That doesn't mean Jones will play, as Erik Spoelstra has been very forward about the Heat's returning injured players needing some more work before getting on the court. Jones' stat set is extremely fun and he'd be a nice target if the playing time is there. We'll see.
Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter
February 21, 2019, 6:46 pmGoran Dragic - G - Miami Heat
Goran Dragic (right knee) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Sixers.
Dragic is close to a return but the Heat want him to get some more work in before they put him back into game action. If you've been thinking about stashing him away this looks like your last chance.
Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter
February 21, 2019, 6:45 pmBoban Marjanovic - C - Philadelphia Sixers
Boban Marjanovic is in the starting lineup on Thursday night, taking Joel Embiid's spot at center.
Embiid is battling left knee soreness and has been shut down for a week, so Boban will get a chance to shine. If you've been looking for a reason to get him into your lineups, it might not ever get any better than this. Just keep your fingers crossed and hope that he's able to stay on the floor.
Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter
February 21, 2019, 5:46 pmTony Parker - G - Charlotte Hornets
Tony Parker (back strain) is no longer on the injury report.
Consider Parker good to go for Friday's tilt with the Wizards, not that fantasy owners should care.
February 21, 2019, 5:45 pmTomas Satoransky - G/F - Washington Wizards
Tomas Satoransky (personal) has been removed from the injury report and will play on Friday against the Hornets.
Satoransky missed two games before the break but wasn't expected to miss any time beyond that. Make sure he's in your lineups.