November 27, 2016, 10:02 am
The Sacramento Kings travel to Brooklyn Sunday afternoon for a game against the Nets. This is the first game of the team’s current six-game road trip, coming right after Sacramento’s tough 117-104 loss to the Houston Rockets at home.
Brooklyn has a reputation for being one of the worst teams in the league, and have started off the season with a less-than-inspiring 4-11 record, but the team has still managed to stay competitive in their games. Brook Lopez has been a great presence for them inside, and a few of their players like Trevor Booker and Sean Kilpatrick have found ways to be productive, so this won’t necessarily be an easy game for the Kings.
Here are some notes heading into the matchup:
- Sacramento gave Omri Casspi a very large opportunity during their game on Friday against the Rockets, and despite some rough play he showed a willingness to compete. More consistent time on the court could help smooth out some of the issues he had in the game, and it will be interesting to see how much time he receives, if any.
- Garrett Temple is emerging as a very good contributor for this team, and really showed what he can do last time out against James Harden and the Houston Rockets. Temple has the ability to guard multiple positions at a very high level, and also contributes as a facilitator and floor-spacer on offense. He seems to be in line for more minutes going forward, so it will be worth watching how much he plays against Brooklyn.
A win certainly shouldn’t be expected tonight, but Sacramento will need to do much better on this road trip than they did on the previous one if they plan to get back into the postseason picture. A win tonight would get the Kings off to a good start and would help them improve on their somewhat disappointing 6-10 record.
January 26, 2020, 2:58 pmKobe BryantSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Kobe Bryant passed away in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California on Sunday morning, along with four other people who were on board.
TMZ broke the report, which has since been independently confirmed by other media outlets. Bryant's helicopter suffered mechanical failure leading to a fire and a crash in the Calabasas hillside. There are no survivors. We at Hoop-Ball, as well as the entire basketball community, send our deepest sympathies to the Bryant family during this trying time.
Source: NY Post
January 26, 2020, 12:00 pmGabe VincentPG, Miami Heat
The Heat have recalled two-way guard Gabe Vincent from the G-League on Sunday.
This comes as we await updates on Jimmy Butler (ankle) and Kendrick Nunn (Achillies). We won't speculate too much into how this relates to those two, but this does mark Vincent's first time with the big club since signing his contract. He'd see some minutes if neither suit up, but probably not enough to get onto the fantasy radar.
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
January 26, 2020, 11:32 amJR SmithSG, Free Agent
J.R Smith is rumored to have a workout scheduled with the Lakers this week according to a report from Heavy.com.
The free agent guard has been off the radar for a while, and should he actually get this work out it would seem like a case of former teammate LeBron James doing him a solid more than anything. It feels unlikely that he'd make the team, and even less likely that he'd have any fantasy relevance if he did.
January 26, 2020, 11:08 amJamal MurrayPG, Denver Nuggets
Jamal Murray (left ankle sprain) will not play Sunday, and still has no timetable to return.
This will be Murray's sixth straight missed game, and follows comments from head coach Michael Malone earlier this week that he's still "a ways off" from returning. Monte Morris returned to the bench after four relatively unsuccessful stints in the starting lineup. The Nuggets appear to be looking towards larger lineups that include Malik Beasley and Michael Porter Jr. in favor of traditional ones with Morris as the lead guard.
Source: Nick Kosmider on Twitter
January 26, 2020, 11:00 amPaul MillsapPF, Denver Nuggets
Paul Millsap (left knee contusion) will not suit up for Sunday's game against the Rockets.
Little surprise here, as Millsap continues to progress through this injury with no timetable to return. Jerami Grant will continue to be the main benefactor in his absence, and Michael Porter Jr. will also continue to see extra minutes.
Source: Nick Kosmider on Twitter
January 26, 2020, 10:43 amZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans' front office and coaching staff have liked what they've seen from Zion Williamson when he plays at center, and have indicated that they will continue to experiment with him there.
Head Coach Alvin Gentry in particular has shown an early willingness to test Zion out at the five. “We’re going to have to take a look at it" Gentry said "Sometimes we like matchups at the five, with guys having to guard him, and we feel like he can guard them. It gives us a quicker, more (ball movement)-oriented team.” Williamson saw nearly half of his playing time at center in both of his first two games, and the early returns appear to show that it can work well for the Pelicans. Should he see a lot of time there once he's fully ramped up to speed that will obviously take a toll on Derrick Favors' and Jaxson Hayes' playing time.
Source: The Athletic
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.