• The Sacramento Kings dropped their fourth straight game Saturday night, losing to the Los Angeles Clippers 121-115 at the Golden 1 Center.  Sacramento dug a big hole for themselves early, getting outscored 40-24 in the first quarter. The team was far more competitive the rest of the way through, even outscoring the Clippers 30-17 in the fourth quarter, but were ultimately brought down by their early deficit.

    The Clippers have been one of the best teams in the NBA this season, so the loss isn’t necessarily very surprising, although that doesn’t soften the blow of having a 4-9 record.  Sacramento’s struggles this season have been mostly on offense, but tonight the team seemed to have no ability to stop the Clippers from scoring.

    Here are some notes from the game:

    • Darren Collison came off the bench once again, which is relatively surprising given his strong play to this point.  Ty Lawson doesn’t appear to be a good fit with the starting lineup, and it seems that Collison would be a significant boost.  Considering the circumstances, it’s tough to say when Collison will be moved into a starting role or if the team plans to do that at all.
    • DeMarcus Cousins had another great game, scoring 38 points to go along with 14 rebounds and seven assists.  Sacramento will need to try and find ways to help Cousins, and at this point it appears that the team may need to look outside of the organization to fill this need.

    The loss puts Sacramento in a pretty deep early season hole, and puts a lot of pressure on them to turn things around.  The team still doesn’t seem to have much of an identity offensively beyond DeMarcus Cousins, and will need to figure that out sooner rather than later if they plan to make a serious run at a postseason spot.

Fantasy News

  • Andre Drummond
    C, Detroit Pistons

    Andre Drummond (lip laceration) is available to play during Saturday's game versus the Nets.

    Drummond has missed the last two games but should be in line for his usual run in what is a fantastic matchup versus the Nets. Thon Maker will be relegated back to the bench.

    Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter

  • Alex Len
    C, Atlanta Hawks

    Alex Len (right hip flexor) is being listed as out for Sunday's game versus the Wizards.

    With Len out Bruno Fernando will likely draw another start. Len is a borderline standard league guy and without an IR spot he's hard to own.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Paul George
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Paul George (left knee soreness) is being listed as out for Sunday's game versus the Magic.

    George will continue sitting as he hasn't played since January 5. With George out Kawhi Leonard will continue being the alpha dog, while Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams see increased usage as well.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Patrick Beverley
    PG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Patrick Beverley (sore right groin) is being listed as questionable for Sunday's game versus the Magic.

    This will be Beverley's third straight game missed and with him out Landry Shamet will take on a larger role.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Marcus Smart
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart (left hand sprain) is being listed as probable for Sunday's game versus the Pelicans.

    Smart had a rough night shooting versus the Magic and maybe his hand injury was the cause of this. The injury doesn't appear to be anything serious and Smart should be in line for his normal workload.

    Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter

  • Jayson Tatum
    SF, Boston Celtics

    Jayson Tatum (right groin strain) is being listed as questionable for Sunday's game versus the Pelicans.

    Jaylen Brown and Tatum find themselves on the injury report once again. Gordon Hayward and Kemba Walker would pick up a ton of usage of one or both Brown and Tatum sit, while Marcus Smart would be expected to draw the start.

    Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter

  • Jaylen Brown
    SG, Boston Celtics

    Jaylen Brown (right ankle sprain) is being listed as questionable for Sunday's game versus the Pelicans.

    Jayson Tatum is also being considered questionable and if one or both are forced to sit Gordon Hayward and Kemba Walker will be tasked to handle the heavy lifting.

    Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter

  • Nicolas Claxton
    PF, Brooklyn Nets

    Nicolas Claxton (left shoulder contusion ) is available to play during Saturday's game versus the Pistons.

    DeAndre Jordan is set to miss another game and this should open up a few minutes for the young big man. Jordan won't be out for much longer and Claxton has little to no value in standard leagues with the logjam in the frontcourt.

    Source: Nets PR on Twitter

  • DeAndre Jordan
    C, Brooklyn Nets

    DeAndre Jordan (dislocated right middle finger) will remain out of Saturday's game versus the Pistons.

    Jarrett Allen has been holding down the fort with Jordan out and should continue to see his minutes in the upper-20's while he's out.

    Source: Nets PR on Twitter

  • Emmanuel Mudiay
    PG, Utah Jazz

    Emmanuel Mudiay (right ankle soreness) has been ruled out of Saturday's game versus the Mavs.

    With Mudiay out Jordan Clarkson will be expected to take on more of a role as Mike Conley is still working himself back from injury.

    Source: Jazz PR on Twitter