October 2, 2017, 11:11 pm
The Kings opened preseason with a victory on Monday night, beating the Spurs 106-100. Wins aren’t necessarily the goal during preseason, but it’s always encouraging to see the team play as well as they did.
Sacramento started the game with all of their veterans, a move that many may not have expected but shouldn’t necessarily be all that surprising. Joerger will likely want his young players to earn their spot in the starting rotation, so he isn’t likely to hand it to any of them in the first game of preseason.
With that said, Joerger didn’t play any of the starters more than ten minutes, so he made sure to not rely on the vets too much.
Joerger put an emphasis on playing the young players, and most of them were able to seize the opportunity. Sacramento’s pair of rookie point guards had a terrific debut, with De’Aaron Fox scoring 16 points in just under 17 minutes, and Frank Mason dropping a team-high 17 points.
Despite being rookies, both Fox and Mason certainly didn’t play like they were. Fox making plays on both ends and showing some nice touch around the rim while Mason made his case for regular season minutes with his impressive shot-making ability.
Skal Labissiere managed 15 points and Buddy Hield looked solid too but both struggled to limit turnovers, committing a combined seven turnovers while only getting only two assists each.
Harry Giles (knee) sat out tonight, with ‘rest’ being cited as the reason behind it. It’s unclear when we’ll actually see him suit up for the Kings but the good news is that he’s been a full participant in all of Sacramento’s practices so far.
The team will now prepare for their first road game of the preseason when they head to San Antonio for a rematch against the Spurs. The Kings were able to pull out a win against the Spurs at the Golden One Center, but the Spurs will likely be a much tougher matchup on the road.
February 20, 2019, 11:43 pmAustin Rivers - G - Houston Rockets
Austin Rivers (sore right elbow) is being listed as probable for Friday's tilt vs. the Lakers.
Rivers has taken a step back ever since Chris Paul came back from his injury and has been posting value outside the top-200. As long as the Rockets' starting guards are healthy, Rivers can be left on the wire.
February 20, 2019, 11:34 pmTyus Jones - G - Minnesota Timberwolves
Tyus Jones, who is expected to practice on Thursday, says that he won't have restrictions once he's back, which could be on Friday vs. the Knicks.
Jones' return is something to watch especially by managers in deep leagues. He's been known to be a viable stream target for steals. That said, as long as Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose are healthy, Jones is not an option in standard leagues.
Source: Julian Andrews on Twitter
February 20, 2019, 8:28 pmTrey Lyles - F - Denver Nuggets
Trey Lyles hobbled off the court during the Nuggets' practice on Wednesday, so consider him questionable for Friday's game vs. the Mavs.
Lyles has not held much value while Paul Millsap is healthy and active and this news does not help his short-term outlook. You can consider dropping him in deep leagues for a more promising FA.
Source: Harrison Wind on Twitter
February 20, 2019, 8:22 pmGary Harris - G - Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris, who has missed the Nuggets' last seven games due to a right adductor strain, is available to play vs. the Mavs on Friday.
Harris has had a rocky 2018-19 season to say the least, dealing with an assortment of injuries that have kept him off the floor for multiple games. Hopefully, he can finally stay healthy for the second half of the season. He has a top-30 upside when at 100 percent health, so feel free to slot him in your active lineups.
Source: Christian Clark on Twitter
February 20, 2019, 8:16 pmEmanuel Terry - PF - Miami Heat
The Heat have signed undrafted D2 All-American forward Emanuel Terry to a 10-day contract.
Terry played in nine games for the Heat's G-League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce this season and posted averages of 16.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. He's currently not someone worth picking up in fantasy leagues.
Source: Anthony Chiang on Twitter
February 20, 2019, 7:50 pmTroy Brown Jr. - F - Washington Wizards
According to Candace Buckner, Wizards rookie Troy Brown Jr., who missed the last several games due to an ankle injury, has been looking "fresh and spry" while going through a shooting drill.
Brown has not made much of an impact in fantasy this season, but with the Wizards out of the playoff race, we could see Brown get some run. He's worth keeping an eye on in deep leagues for now.
Source: Candace Buckner on Twitter
February 20, 2019, 7:42 pmEmmanuel Mudiay - G - New York Knicks
Coach David Fizdale said that he's open to Emmanuel Mudiay (shoulder) and Dennis Smith Jr. together in the backcourt.
This would make for an interesting albeit the most inefficient scoring backcourt in the league. Even if Mudiay does share the floor with DSJ, he's not going to bring enough fantasy juice to worth an add outside of very deep leagues.
Source: Ian Begley on Twitter
February 20, 2019, 7:38 pmRobin Lopez - C - Chicago Bulls
Coach Jim Boylen said "We have not discussed a diminished role for him at all" in reference to Robin Lopez, who was shut own post-ASB last season.
Lopez looks like he'll be sticking it out with the rest of the Bulls starters until further notice. He's good for some points and boards with reasonable field goal shooting but that's about it. As long as you're not expecting to be wowed, Ro-Lo is a decent pickup in 16-team leagues or deeper. Cristiano Felicio is a drop as he won't hold value while Lopez is in play.
Source: KC Johnson on Twitter
February 20, 2019, 6:42 pmKris Dunn - G - Chicago Bulls
Kris Dunn (back contusion) is on track to play on Friday after going through Wednesday's practice.
Dunn missed the last game before the All-Star break but wasn't expected to miss any further time. Ryan Arcidiacono will move back to a bench role going forward.
Source: Mike McGraw on Twitter
February 20, 2019, 6:40 pmEmmanuel Mudiay - G - New York Knicks
Emmanuel Mudiay (strained left shoulder) will return to the lineup on Friday against the Wolves.
Mudiay won't be usurping Dennis Smith Jr.'s starting role, so he'll likely have to settle for battling with Frank Ntilikina for backup minutes. He's safe to cut in the vast majority of fantasy leagues.
Source: Zach Braziller on Twitter