• The last game of the season is full of different situations for players.

    In the Kings’ 96-83 victory over the star-resting Rockets, this was surely the case.

    For the Kings, they had three players that stood out. JaKarr Sampson is a player who doesn’t exactly have a set future when it comes to what team he’ll be on next year. Sampson, who was with the team as a two-way player, added some vital minutes for the Kings this season as injuries took its toll. Sampson finished with 11 points and four rebounds for the Kings.

    For Buddy Hield, he’s a cornerstone for the franchise, but he’s being looked at as someone who has to step up for the team to make it to the next level. He hit shots early and often for the Kings on Wednesday and finished with 14 points off the bench.

    In Vince Carter’s case, it was more than likely his last game as a member of the Kings. Marc Spears reported earlier in the day that Carter expected to return to the NBA next season and that it would 90 percent likely be his last. Carter gave the Kings 25 minutes and finished with 12 points.

    The Rockets played with a bunch of non-everyday guys and it looked that way. Their 3-point point of emphasis stayed the same, but the results were a bit different. They shot more than 50 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc and finished just 13-of-46.

    It was the “Hield and Sampson Show” as the two propelled the Kings to a 28-22 lead. Hield came off the bench and dropped eight points while converting on all three of his field goal attempts (two 3-pointers). Sampson added six points and went 3-of-4 from the field.

    The two were full of energy from the jump as Sampson threw down a dunk to begin the team’s scoring and Hield entered the game like wildfire as he was all over the court. Defensively, he was hounding the ball and offensively he was solid with his control, didn’t force much of anything and let the game come to him.

    In the second quarter, it was Willie Cauley-Stein and De’Aaron Fox running the show. Fox had a couple of athletic plays including a botched alley-oop attempt. He came down with the ball and almost immediately sprung back up to score. Fox finished with seven points at the break.

    Cauley-Stein on the other hand ran the floor incredibly well and filled into lanes as he scored seven of his eight points in the quarter.

    Not all the Kings were having great games in the first half, though, as rookie Justin Jackson struggled mightily. He was 0-for-5 in the half and missed not just tough looks but some open ones as well

    In the third period, it was more Cauley-Stein for the Kings and it was all Green for the Rockets as the Kings couldn’t an answer for him. Green finished the third with 31 points.

    Hield also looked good for the Kings who clamped down on defense and limited the Rockets, who were struggling from the field, to 19 points. Bogdan Bogdanovic came out firing to begin the fourth as he knocked down the team’s first two shots and added five more to his seven point total.

    The Kings defense allowed the Rockets to make it a closer game but was able to close the door and finish the season with a victory.

Fantasy News

  • Darius Garland
    PG, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Darius Garland struggled to get 17 points on 7-of-20 shooting to go with five rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers on Saturday.

    Garland struggled from the floor but at least added some peripherals. Garland is inconsistent and is a big drain on field goal percentage, shooting 38 percent on the season. He is not worth rostering in standard-leagues and is only a guy to monitor in case he improves throughout his rookie season.

  • Ben Simmons
    PG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Ben Simmons put up a career-high 34 points on Saturday, adding seven assists, two steals and two blocks in just 26 minutes.

    Simmons dominated the Cavs and shot 12-of-14 from the floor including one 3-pointer. Simmons is great in a many areas, but he is held back by his free throw percentage, no threes and high turnovers.

  • Kyle O'Quinn
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    Kyle O'Quinn double-doubled in 27 minutes on Saturday with 10 points (5-of-10 from the field), 11 boards and four blocks.

    The Sixers were without Joel Embiid (right hip contusion) and blew out the Cavs 141-94. O'Quinn can be left on the waiver wire in all fantasy leagues.

  • Trey Burke
    PG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Trey Burke nearly double-doubled on Saturday, dishing out eight assists to go with four steals and 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting in 27 minutes.

    There was a lot of garbage time for Burke tonight as the Sixers demolished the Cavs. Burke can be left on the waiver wire.

  • Mike Scott
    PF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Mike Scott started on Saturday and scored 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting to go with six rebounds and three 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

    Scott started for Joel Embiid (right hip contusion) and caught fire against the Cavs. Scott can be a streamer for points and threes when the Sixers are injured. Feel free to use Scott on Sunday if Embiid is still out.

  • Matisse Thybulle
    SG-SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Matisse Thybulle sprained his right ankle and will not return on Saturday vs. the Cavs.

    Thybulle played nine minutes before rolling his ankle. He had just the one assist and one block.

    Source: Jeff Skversky 6abc on Twitter

  • Jake Layman
    SF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jake Layman (left toe sprain) has been listed as out on Sunday vs. the Lakers.

    Layman will now miss his eighth straight game. Treveon Graham, Josh Okogie and Keita Bates-Diop will absorb his minutes.

  • Andrew Wiggins
    SF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Andrew Wiggins (left thumb sprain) has been listed as questionable for Sunday vs. the Wolves.

    Wiggins sat out the last game. If he is able to play, look for him to put up mid-round value for the rest of the season.

    Source: Timberwolves PR on Twitter

  • Jeff Teague
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jeff Teague (left ankle soreness) is questionable to play on Sunday vs. the Lakers.

    Teague started last game with Andrew Wiggins out and put up a monster line. If Wiggins, who is also questionable, is able to play, then Teague will likely return to his bench role. He should still put up solid late-middle round value given the minutes.

    Source: Timberwolves PR on Twitter

  • Shabazz Napier
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Shabazz Napier (right hamstring strain) has been listed as probable for Sunday vs. the Lakers.

    Napier can be left on the wire as he has fallen behind in the rotation and won't play high enough minutes consistently to be standard-league relevant.

    Source: Timberwolves PR on Twitter