• The Sacramento Kings took on the Houston Rockets Friday night at the Golden 1 center, and despite some great efforts by a few key players, the Kings were undone by an early 29 point deficit.

    James Harden was able to get a triple-double, but Sacramento did a great job of containing him.  Harden made just six of his 18 attempts on the night, and was forced into five turnovers.  Houston’s victory was largely due to 21 made threes on an NBA-record 50 attempts.  Some very hot shooting to start the game got the Rockets enough of a lead to keep them firmly in control throughout the game.

    Here are some notes from the loss:

    • Garrett Temple locked down James Harden for most of the game, and is doing a great job of showcasing his defense and versatility.  Temple appears to be one of the team’s most valuable players at this point, and is likely headed towards more minutes moving forward.
    • Omri Casspi had a fairly large role tonight, playing over 28 minutes and scoring seven points to go along with four rebounds and five assists. Casspi had some understandable rust to shake off early, but he appears to be a good fit with the second unit.  His defensive intensity and shooting ability would likely be welcome additions to a group that desperately needs more of both.
    • Sacramento came out looking incredibly sluggish offensively, and head coach Dave Joerger couldn’t get things going on that end until eventual lineup changes brought some life back into the team.  The offense has been stagnant at times this year, and Sacramento will want to look into getting more players involved.

    DeMarcus Cousins tried to bring the team back into the game late, scoring 16 points in the fourth quarter alone, but his late-game heroics were ultimately not enough to bring the Kings back into the fold.  The Sacramento Kings officially finished with a 2-3 record on the home stand, and now move on to Brooklyn for a game Sunday night against the Nets.

Fantasy News

  • Eric Bledsoe
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    Bucks GM Jon Horst relayed that the team is not interested in trading Eric Bledsoe saying, “We have no[t] talked to any teams about trading [Bledsoe], since the day that we traded for him.”

    The Bucks have the best record in the league at 39-6 and sit 7.5 games ahead of the number two seed Miami Heat. The team does not need to make a huge splash to compete for the NBA Championship this season, but if they again fail to show up in the postseason, and Bledsoe fails to show up in the playoffs again, it could cause ripple effects on Giannis Antetokounmpo's future.

    Source: NBC Sports

  • Jeremiah Martin
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Jeremiah Martin and Chris Chiozza are being listed as available to play against the Lakers on Thursday.

    The Nets will call up both of their two-way players ahead of a stretch of three games in four nights. Neither of these guards is on the fantasy radar.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Chandler Parsons
    SF, Atlanta Hawks

    Forward Chandler Parsons of the Hawks remains in the NBA's concussion protocol as he continues to receive treatment in California, while also covering and rehabbing from whiplash and a cervical disc injury suffered after being involved in a car crash.

    This is a genuinely saddening story as not only is Parsons' playing career in doubt, but he is said to have suffered permanent damage after being struck by another driver who has been charged with a DUI. We wish Parsons all the best and pray he can make a full recovery.

    Source: Marc J. Spears on Twitter

  • Wesley Matthews
    SG, Milwaukee Bucks

    Wesley Matthews (illness) is being listed as probable for Friday's game against the Hornets.

    Matthews has put up value outside of the top-200 in both 9/8 cat leagues this season as he continues to be outplayed by Donte DiVincenzo. Matthews is nothing more than an occasional streamer for teams looking for extra threes on small slates.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Anzejs Pasecniks
    C, Washington Wizards

    Anzejs Pasecniks (left ankle sprain) is being ruled out of Thursday's matchup with the Cavs.

    Pasecniks run of fantasy value is pretty much over for now with Thomas Bryant and Davis Bertans returning to action, along with Rui Hachimura being cleared for full activities. Pasecniks is merely a depth option when healthy as the Wizards' frontcourt returns to health.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Nicolas Claxton
    PF, Brooklyn Nets

    Nicolas Claxton (shoulder) is being listed as out for Thursday's game against the Lakers.

    Claxton will join DeAndre Jordan (finger) on the sidelines for this one. Jarrett Allen is in line for all the run that he can handle in this primetime matchup.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • DeAndre Jordan
    C, Brooklyn Nets

    DeAndre Jordan (dislocated right middle finger) is being listed as out against the Lakers on Thursday.

    Jordan is being joined by Nicolas Claxton (shoulder) on the sidelines for this game, as the teams' frontcourt depth will be tested in this one. Look for Jarrett Allen to get all the run he can handle in this one.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Kyrie Irving
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Kyrie Irving (hamstring) is being listed as available for Thursday's matchup with the Lakers.

    Irving is good to go against in this primetime game against former teammate LeBron James. With three games in four nights, Irving may sit out one game of the upcoming Nets' back-to-back this weekend. It will be a situation to monitor. Fire up Irving as normal for this one.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Markelle Fultz
    PG, Orlando Magic

    Markelle Fultz (finger) said that he will play in Friday's matchup with the Celtics.

    Fultz briefly left Wednesday's game against the Thunder but returned to finish out the contest. Fultz mentioned that he is experiencing soreness in the finger, but it is nothing that will keep him out of the lineup moving forward. The injury shouldn't affect his shot too much as it is to his non-shooting hand. Continue to fire up Fultz as usual.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter

  • Theo Pinson
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    The Nets have recalled G Theo Pinson ahead of Thursday's game with the Lakers.

    Pinson will serve as guard depth as the team prepares to play three games in the next four nights. It's possible that Kyrie Irving sits out one game of the back-to-back set against the Pistons and Knicks over the weekend.

    Source: Chris Milholen on Twitter