October 18, 2017, 9:42 pm
The Kings kept the game close throughout, but were ultimately beaten 105-100 by the Rockets in Sacramento.
Houston were without starting point guard Chris Paul tonight, but the team was carried to victory by a terrific game from James Harden. Harden Led all players with 27 points and nine assists.
Clint Capela gave the Kings trouble all night, scoring 22 points and grabbing 17 rebounds in the matchup. The Kings don’t have much size inside, so players like Capela are going to give the team problems this season.
Sacramento played well defensively holding the Rockets under 40% from the floor, but Houston’s 27-of-29 performance from the free throw line helped get them the win. The Kings will need to learn to defend without fouling, but the energy and effort were both great throughout.
Justin Jackson got the first start of his NBA career, playing just under 20 minutes overall as the team’s starting small forward. Jackson only scored five points in the game, but he should be able to make more of an impact as he gets acclimated.
Head coach Dave Joerger went with a younger starting lineup overall with Skal Labissiere, Buddy Hield and Willie Cauley-Stein joining Jackson in the starting five. George Hill is most likely a lock for the starting lineup, but the team will probably try plenty of combinations with the other four spots early in the season.
Buddy Hield was particularly good in the third quarter, scoring 10 points after a tough start to the game. Hield needs to work on his consistency and shot selection, but he is still one of the best scorers on the team.
De’Aaron Fox had a terrific debut, scoring 14 points while racking up five assists and four rebounds. Fox will have plenty of growth to do as the year goes on, but he already looks comfortable on both ends of the floor.
Sacramento’s next matchup comes Friday night when they face the Dallas Mavericks on the road.
February 23, 2019, 1:05 amDonovan Mitchell - G - Utah Jazz
Donovan Mitchell went 14-for-35 from the field to finish Friday's 147-148 double-overtime loss to the Thunder with 38 points.
Mitchell added four boards, five dimes, four 3s and one steal to his line for the night. His inefficient scoring lately has dragged his value outside of the top-150 in 9-cat over the last couple of weeks, but knowing Mitchell, he should be able to heat up sooner than later.
February 23, 2019, 1:02 amRudy Gobert - C - Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert stepped up late for the Jazz on Friday and posted 26 points on 9-of-12 shooting with 16 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks in a loss to the Thunder.
Gobert is money when you're looking for those key big-man stats. He's also going to be a force come the fantasy playoffs given the Jazz's stacked schedule. Derrick Favors is a low-end option as well. He posted 24 points (10-of-11 shooting), 11 rebounds, two assists and three blocks tonight.
February 23, 2019, 12:59 amJae Crowder - F - Utah Jazz
Jae Crowder knocked down four 3s to finish Friday's loss to the Thunder with 20 points (6-of-14 shooting), eight rebounds, three dimes and one block.
He was the only Jazz reserve to crack double-digit scoring. Crowder's been a solid source of threes lately, averaging 2.8 triples over his last five games.
February 23, 2019, 12:56 amDennis Schroder - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Dennis Schroder played 35 minutes on Friday after missing the Thunder's last two games to welcome the birth of his child but struggled with his shot as he went 3-of-16 from the field to finish with nine points, two rebounds, seven dimes and one steal.
Schroder is a .426 shooter from the field on the season, so we're not too worried. We're chalking this ugly shooting night to some rust. He should bounce back closer to top-120 value as he finds his shot.
February 23, 2019, 12:52 amRussell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook was in the groove in Friday's 148-147 double-overtime win over the Jazz on Friday, dropping 43 points (15-of-29 shooting), 15 boards, eight assists, six triples, one block and two steals before fouling out in 43 minutes.
Westbrook has been holding steady as a top-20 play over the last couple of weeks in 9-cat. This is the second time he's scored 40-plus points in his last five games and is looking to finish strong as we head down the stretch this season.
February 23, 2019, 12:47 amJerami Grant - F - Oklahoma City Thunder
Jerami Grant (sprained right ankle) returned from a two-game absence on Friday and put up a solid performance with 18 points (6-of-10 shooting), four rebounds, one assist, three treys, two steals and three blocks.
Grant looked good as he logged 41 minutes in this double-overtime barn burner. Feel free to slot him into your active lineups and enjoy his late middle-round value moving forward.
February 23, 2019, 12:44 amPaul George - F - Oklahoma City Thunder
Paul George shook Joe Ingles to sink the game-winning floater in Friday's 2OT win over the Jazz and ended the night with 45 points (17-of-31 shooting), nine rebounds, seven dimes, five triples and a steal.
PG13 makes yet another case to be included in the MVP discussion with this amazing performance. Owners who trusted him late in the first or early in the second rounds of drafts are now cashing in his top-5 fantasy value all the way to the bank (and hopefullly a fantasy trophy).
February 23, 2019, 12:14 amEmmanuel Mudiay - G - New York Knicks
Emmanuel Mudiay (strained left shoulder) returned from a 12-game absence on Friday and showed no signs of rust as he delivered 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting and a full line.
The .375 shooting clip from the field was nasty but that's par for the course with Mudiay. It was a pleasant surprise to see him fill up the box score as he added six rebounds, one assist, two 3-pointers, three steals and a block to his line for the night. The Knicks' rotations have been a hot mess all season, so don't bank on Mudiay to deliver this kind of spread in the next one.
February 22, 2019, 11:42 pmJonathan Isaac - F - Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac had a game to forget in Friday's loss to the Bulls, scoring only four points (on 1-of-6 from the field) to go with a trey, three rebounds and two steals.
The money counters salvaged a bad night and despite this dud, Isaac has still been a top-35 play in 9-cat over his last five games. He played 31 minutes in this one so hopefully he can get back on track his next time out.
February 22, 2019, 11:31 pmDorian Finney-Smith - F - Dallas Mavericks
Dorian Finney-Smith chipped in 13 points (4-of-9 shooting), nine rebounds, one assist and two steals in Friday's 104-114 loss to the Nuggets.
DFS has been a top-140 play over the last couple of weeks and is a viable end-of-bench guy in standard leagues for the rest of the season. He's more of a plodder, albeit a reliable one, so don't expect too many explosive games on the horizon.