September 5, 2016, 9:12 am
The Memphis Grizzlies wanted to go in a different direction, choosing to dismiss Dave Joerger despite a strong run of play that made Memphis a well-respected team around the league. They tabbed Heat assistant David Fizdale to replace him and hope that he can be the one to take the team to new heights.
Fizdale, for his part, wouldn’t have it any other way. In an interview with Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, Fizdale mentioned his desire to join an already-good team.
“I saw an opportunity to take a team from being good to great. If I could have any situation, that was the one I wanted.”
Memphis does present an intriguing opportunity as a team with a proven track record of success and a variety of steady veteran hands. They didn’t need to make a coaching change but maybe a new voice will give them an extra jolt this season. There’s certainly potential here with Chandler Parsons producing a more offensively-inclined group but health will be the major determinant once more for the Grizz.
On the flip side, Fizdale might find himself in a rebuilding project sooner rather than later. If the team doesn’t take strides in short order, management and ownership might give up the ghost and disband the current core. If that happens it’ll undoubtedly be a painful process considering any assets Memphis would want to sell are unlikely to return major, franchise-rejuvenating hauls. Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, Parsons and Zach Randolph are all valuable guys but each comes with a variety of concerns including age and injury risk that would cap their worth on the trade market.
Whatever the outcome, Memphis will be a fascinating team to watch in the immediate future.
January 25, 2020, 9:06 pmGoga BitadzeC, Indiana Pacers
Goga Bitadze missed Friday's game with an illness but is not listed on the injury report for Sunday.
Bitadze hasn't been able to carve out a role this season with Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis ahead of him. He isn't likely to have an impact in re-draft leagues this season.
Source: NBA Injury Report
January 25, 2020, 8:37 pmAllen CrabbeSG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Allen Crabbe appeared to hurt his knee then headed to the locker room on Saturday.
Crabbe has not been on the fantasy radar. Nevertheless, his minutes will likely go to Josh Okogie if he's unable to return.
Source: Chris Hine on Twitter
January 25, 2020, 8:25 pmMike ConleyPG, Utah Jazz
Mike Conley was a disappointment in his 19 minutes on the floor on Saturday, recording just six points on 3-of-9 shooting with four rebounds and one assist to his name.
Conley is not there yet. For the immediate horizon, expect low-end lines like this while he gets his legs back. The Jazz are preserving him as much as possible for a deep playoff run, so don't expect those minutes to rise until he's good and ready. He's a hold right now.
January 25, 2020, 8:21 pmShake MiltonSG, Philadelphia Sixers
With Josh Richardson sidelined, Shake Milton will get a crack at running with the Sixers starters on Saturday.
Milton will be an interesting DFS punt play, but has not been consistent enough to pique any interest in season-long formats.
Source: Jeff Zillgitt on Twitter
January 25, 2020, 8:19 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell went 5-for-11 from downtown en route to his team-high 25 points on 9-of-25 shooting to help power the Jazz over the Mavs on Saturday.
Mitchell rounded out his line for the night with eight rebounds, five dimes and two steals but also was responsible for five of the team's 13 turnovers. Ironically, he was a minus-3 on the +/- column. Joe Ingles was the best Jazz player in that area with a plus-14 as he quietly put up nine points on 3-of-7 shooting with one 3-pointer, four rebounds, five asssits and two steals of his own. The key difference was that Ingles did not turn the ball over at all in his 29 minutes of action.
January 25, 2020, 8:14 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert was phenomenal in the 112-107 dismantling of the Mavs on Saturday, crushing the Mavs with 22 points on 8-of-8 shooting from the field, adding 17 rebounds, two assists and five blocks.
Gobert was simply unstoppable. He even flashed some of his inner guard, pushing the ball down the court then dishing it out to an open Bojan Bogdanovic for the trey. He's one of the most reliable big men in fantasy right now and is an elite source of boards and blocks ROS.
January 25, 2020, 8:09 pmJarrett CulverG-F, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jarrett Culver will return to the starting lineup as the Wolves face off against the Thunder on Saturday.
Culver saw his role taken by Josh Okogie in the last one and he suffered with a low-end line. His return to the starting five should serve as a catalyst for a bounce-back performance.
Source: Jon Krawczynski on Twitter
January 25, 2020, 8:05 pmLuka DoncicPG-SF, Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic slowed down on Saturday, tallying just 25 points on 11-of-25 shooting from the field and a disappointing 1-of-5 run at the line, while also committing four turnovers for the game.
Doncic's 40 percent shooting from the stripe might have been slightly cringeworthy, but he did manage to do some damage in other areas like chip-in six rebounds, seven assists, two 3s and two steals. The free-throw shooting has finally regressed and some of his luster and shine has been smeared. Still, the multi-faceted fantasy gem is still shining brightly enough in other areas to clock-in with early-round value ROS.
January 25, 2020, 8:01 pmDelon WrightPG, Dallas Mavericks
Delon Wright logged heavy minutes (31) in Saturday's loss to the Mavs, posting 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting with eight rebounds, four dimes, one trey and zero turnovers.
Wright actually put up a semi-decent line tonight. He's been dealing with inconsistent usage, which has gutted his fantasy value. If you can deal with some frustrating statistical variance, Wright is still a serviceable play in 14-team leagues or deeper.
January 25, 2020, 7:58 pmSeth CurrySG, Dallas Mavericks
Seth Curry started for the Mavs on Saturday and was impressive as the second-leading scorer for the team, going 6-for-9 from the field for 19 points, four rebounds, four assists, four threes and one steal in 34 minutes.
Curry won't stay in the starting lineup for much longer as Willie Cauley-Stein is inbound and should slide in at center, sharing the paint with Kristaps Porzingis. Even with WCS in the fold, you can look to Curry for a boost in points, 3s and some assists.