February 28, 2018, 12:25 am
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.
January 26, 2020, 12:25 amZach LaVinePG, Chicago Bulls
Zach LaVine was an offensive juggernaut in Saturday's 118-106 win over the Cavs scoring 44 points, on 16-of-30 shooting, while chipping in 10 rebounds, eight assists and a steal.
LaVine is averaging nearly 29 points a game in the month of January and has notched 40-plus points in three games this month. Beyond the scoring he has been very efficient during the stretch while also providing across the board in other categories. Remarkably, he is averaging just shy of two steals a game putting him in top-40 territory, in terms of return on investment.
January 26, 2020, 12:24 amAnthony DavisPF-C, Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis shot 13-of-22 from the field and 2-of-5 from beyond the arc on his way to scoring 31 points with seven rebounds, two steals and one block in a 108-91 loss to the Sixers on Saturday.
Davis was questionable with a glute injury, but he was able to play and show why he's the number one player in 9-cat this season. Davis is a fantasy stud and should be a top-2 player ROS.
January 26, 2020, 12:20 amKris DunnPG, Chicago Bulls
Kris Dunn notched his fifth-straight double digit scoring effort with 10 points in Saturday's win over the Cavs, chipping in five rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Dunn's minutes have crept up a bit in the month of January and he has responded by averaging nearly two steals a game to go along with respectable countable numbers. The low scoring output is ok in this one as he made four of the six shots that he attempted, providing an semi-efficient game as he made all two of his shots from the charity stripe.
January 26, 2020, 12:17 amLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James scored 29 points on Saturday to pass Kobe Bryant for third place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.
James added eight assists and seven rebounds on this historic night but was unable to get the win as the Lakers lost 108-91 to the Sixers. LeBron will continue to chug along with top-10 value ROS and is now only behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone on the all-time scoring list.
January 26, 2020, 12:12 amTomas SatoranskyPG, Chicago Bulls
Tomas Satoransky scored 19 points, on 8-of-11 shooting, in Saturday's win over the Cavs, chipping in six rebounds, six assists and three steals.
After failing to score in double digits in the past five games, Satoransky woke up and dropped 19 in this one. This is his highest scoring output this month and it was paired well with an all-around efficient game, not to mention the three steals. With so many backcourt options it is hard to trust him on a night-to-night basis but this one reminds fantasy owners of what he is capable of producing.
January 26, 2020, 12:10 amKyle KuzmaPF, Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma flopped on Saturday with four points (2-of-6 from the field) and five rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench.
Kuzma posted a dud and his fantasy value is tied heavily to his scoring. He's outside the top-220 the past month with 14.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 threes per game. He's a late-round value at his best and is worth trying to sell high since his name value may be greater than his fantasy value.
January 26, 2020, 12:06 amThaddeus YoungPF, Chicago Bulls
Thaddeus Young scored 11 points in Saturday's win over the Cavs, chipping in three rebounds, two assists, three steals and a block in 35 minutes of game play.
With both teammates Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. injured, Young is not only getting the start but also playing major minutes in their absences. He is definitely worth a look in the short-term as he is a nice source of defensive statistics while not fantasy owners in any particular area.
January 26, 2020, 12:03 amBen SimmonsPG, Philadelphia Sixers
Ben Simmons flourished on Saturday with 28 points (12-of-15 shooting), 10 rebounds, eight assists and four steals in a 108-91 victory over the Lakers.
LeBron James passed Kobe Bryant on the career scoring list, but Ben Simmons ruined his night and dominated on both ends of the court in an impressive win for a short-handed Sixers team. Simmons was already on a roll with Joel Embiid out and will be even better with Josh Richardson also sidelined. Ben Simmons owners will enjoy the next few weeks.
January 25, 2020, 11:56 pmTobias HarrisSF, Philadelphia Sixers
Tobias Harris scored a team-high 29 points while shooting 10-of-20 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line to go with eight rebounds and three triples on Saturday.
Harris is inside the top-50 on the season as an efficient scorer averaging 19.5 points per game while shooting .478 from the field and .801 from the line. He was an 86 percent free throw shooter last season and is shooting .838 the past month so he's trending up in that area too.
January 25, 2020, 11:45 pmMatisse ThybulleSG-SF, Philadelphia Sixers
Matisse Thybulle swiped five steals on Saturday and added six points, one block and two triples in 36 minutes.
If you're rostering Thybulle, it is for defensive stats like this. Thybulle has increased value in the short-term with Josh Richardson and Joel Embiid sidelined and he's averaging 2.6 steals and 1.6 blocks in 30.8 minutes the past seven games.