• The Kings fell to the Trail Blazers 116-109 on Tuesday.

    For the second time in just over two weeks, the Blazers didn’t need All-Star Damian Lillard in the fourth quarter to put away the lowly Kings. After playing no minutes in the final period in the last contest between the teams, Lillard touched the floor for just four minutes in the middle of the fourth on this occasion.

    But once again, it was all Lillard in the first half for the Blazers. Lillard had 19 points on 8-of-9 field goals to lead the charge for Portland.

    The Kings were within reach for much of the first quarter before Lillard decided to unleash. He finished the quarter with 15 points.

    Vince Carter led the way on defense for Sacramento in the second half as he was on the floor with a group of youngsters. The lineup was able to cut into the lead to begin the second quarter, getting it down to just four, but the Blazers layer used a 14-4 run to grab a 16-point lead. Portland led 66-53 at the break.

    Willie Cauley-Stein, who has spent much of the season looking inconsistent, had a good looking first quarter and finished with six points, two rebounds and one good block.

    That block, however, went right into the hands of Zach Collins. The play was a prime indicator of how the first half went for the Kings. Not only did the bounces not go their way, but the Trail Bazers seemed to hit their mark with every attempt.

    The Kings wrapped up the half shooting 46.7 percent and the Blazers were shooting a red-hot 58.1 percent.

    The Blazers went a ridiculous 9-of-15 from beyond the arc as well; Sacramento made just three of their 10 attempts.

    In the third period, the Kings made multiple attempts to keep the game close, but Portland responded to every Sacramento run and the kept the team an arm’s length away.

    Shabazz Napier had a big performance in the win as he came off the bench for Portland and scored 14 points in 19 minutes.

    The Kings defense wasn’t able to handle the speed of Napier or Lillard, who finished with 26 points and 12 assists on the night.

    The Kings lacked an ability to stop the Blazers on offense as they shot 52.5 percent on the night.

    Sacramento most recently fell to the Timberwolves and a large disparity of free throws was a main cause, but in this game it was 3-pointers where the Kings fell behind. The Blazers finished with 13 made long balls while Sacramento hit just six.

    The Kings have played three games in four nights, but it doesn’t get much easier for them as they now have to play three more games this week.

    Zach Randolph, who returned from a coach’s decision rest day, finished as the leading scorer for Sacramento with 20 points. Cauley-Stein ended with a string performance of 17 points and nine rebounds.

    Carter held down the fort in the second unit with 10 points as Buddy Hield struggles to find a rhythm and was noticeably hesitating on open looks by the end of the night. Hield finished with four points on 2-of-10 shooting.

Fantasy News

  • Jeff Teague
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jeff Teague (left ankle) is not expected to have any restrictions for training camp.

    Teague had a left ankle debridement procedure in April to help alleviate inflammation. Teague's ankles have given him trouble throughout his career and he only played 42 games last season. With a clean bill of health Teague will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing season.

    Source: Chris Hine of the Star Tribune

  • Derrick White
    PG, San Antonio Spurs

    Derrick White has reportedly passed the first concussion test after taking a nasty fall in Team USA's tuneup game vs. the Australian Boomers on Saturday.

    This is good news. White has worked hard for his Team USA roster spot and should provide some guard depth for them once he clears concussion protocols. He was an eye-opener last season and should still hold some fantasy value despite the return of a now-healthy Dejounte Murray.

    Source: Tom Orsborn on Twitter

  • Kyle Kuzma
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kyle Kuzma (sore left ankle) will not take part in the FIBA World Cup as Team USA announces its final roster.

    Kuzma sat out Team USA's final tuneup against Australia on Saturday as Marc Stein reports that he is flying back to Los Angeles to get treatment. We should still expect him to be ready for training and congrats to Mason Plumlee for making the team as many speculated that he would be the final cut.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Kemba Walker
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Kemba Walker scored 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting with four rebounds with two assists as USA Basketball had it's 78-game winning streak in tournament and exhibition games snapped on Saturday.

    Walker continues to assert himself as the team's best player but USA losing to Australia was the much bigger story in this one. Harrison Barnes also played well as he chipped in 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go with six rebounds. USA will take on Canada on Monday in their last exhibition before taking on the Czech Republic in the first official match of the tournament on September 1.

    Source: USAB.com

  • Derrick White
    PG, San Antonio Spurs

    Derrick White left Saturday’s game after tripping and hitting his head on the floor.

    White left without help but there is no word yet on whether he is dealing with a concussion. He finished with eight points, hitting 6-of-7 three throws in nine minutes with another update sure to come. The third-year guard put up top-125 per-game value, playing 25.8 minutes in his second season. Even with the return of Dejounte Murray, White should still be worth a roster spot in most standard leagues.

    Source: Jeff Garcia on Twitter

  • Marcus Smart
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart, sidelined for almost three weeks with calf tightness, returned to action on Saturday as USA lost to Australia in their exhibition.

    Smart only played nine minutes in this one but still managed to score 7 points with three assists days after being named one of the team’s co-captains. Coming off an NBA All-Defensive First Team selection, he produced top-100 per game fantasy value as it seems he may have finally fixed his shot after shooting under 40 percent from the field in his first four seasons. He also produced a career-high in both steals and triples with 1.8 and 1.6 respectively as his career seems to be on the up and up.

    Source: USAB.com

  • Patty Mills
    PG, San Antonio Spurs

    Patty Mills went off in the fourth quarter and finished with 30 points as Australia beat USA 98-94.

    Although it was only an exhibition, it was still a huge moment for Mills and the Australian team in front of a huge crowd as they handed the US team their first loss since 2006. Mills was serenaded with MVP chants as Joe Ingles also played well with 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting with four rebounds and seven assists while Andrew Bogut came off the bench for 16 points, nine rebounds and four assists in 20 minutes, shooting 7-of-8 from the field.

    Source: USAB.com

  • Kyle Kuzma
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Kyle Kuzma is out for Team USA's tuneup up game vs. Australia with a sore left ankle.

    Kuzma is being held out of this one for precautionary reasons. There's clearly no need for USA Basketball to risk him further injuring the sore ankle. This does not sound like a serious injury and should not affect his fantasy ADP on draft day.

    Source: USA Basketball on Twitter

  • Dwight Howard
    C, Memphis Grizzlies

    Dwight Howard has agreed with the Grizzlies on a buyout, and will sign a non-guaranteed contract with the Lakers.

    The Lakers are giving Howard an opportunity to be fantasy relevant. When given minutes, Dwight can produce double-doubles with the best of them, but he has been changing teams for years now. He will be worth a gamble at the end of your draft if camp with the Lakers goes well, but this is a non-guaranteed deal, and he only played nine games last season.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Marcus Derrickson
    PF, Atlanta Hawks

    The Hawks signed Marcus Derrickson to an Exhibit 10 contract on Friday.

    It looks like Derrickson will be a G-League option for the Hawks, so there's nothing to see here. At one point he was competing for the last roster spot on the team. We don't need to keep of track of every computer-generated player.

    Source: Chris Vivlamore on Twitter