• What a journey it has been– the record from the greatest team ever assembled has been broken by the Golden State Warriors. The team that personifies the word team in every which way. Without one of their top-seven players, this team would not be the same. This is something that the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls cannot say. Without Toni Kukoc, I believe the team would have found a way to win 72 games. So history has been re-written by the sum of the Warriors’ parts– let’s see how they did it:

    First Sight of Historical Greatness

    You learn a lot about a team when they get punched in the gut. For the Warriors, that moment was early in the season on November 19th in L.A. A familiar foe was in town ready to take down the 12-0 defending NBA Champions. The Los Angeles Clippers were ready for a fight and they threw out the first haymaker.

    Chris Paul came out of the blocks ready to regain his crown as the best point guard in the NBA, scoring 18 points in the first quarter. Lob City was intact and in control of the game. “Here comes another DeAndre slam,” is a thought that crossed my mind as it seemed that Warriors were having an off-night. The Clippers raced out to a 23-point lead at one point in the first half.

    A little after most of the country was probably tucking in their loved ones and brushing their teeth, a small glimmer of hope appeared. For me, it was the turning point of the game. For most, it was just another shot. Stephen Curry looked alive again and hit a step-back trey from 28-feet out six seconds before halftime. Chef Curry was back in the kitchen.

    The cook was back and he brought his staff with him. Curry came out firing in the third but mainly from inside. On the backs of he and Draymond Green, the Dubs were able to cut the lead down to six by the end of the quarter. Still, the Warriors had not led since early their first basket of the game.

    Klay Thompson was quiet for most of the second half (he only had two shot attempts), but when Golden State needed him the most, he came through. It wasn’t until there was 2:43 left in the game that the Warriors were able to take back the lead on a Thompson 3-pointer. From there, they were able to close out the fourth on a 25-8 run to earn their 13th win of the young season.

    Steph showed up and dropped 40, CP3 showed up and hung 35– America was happy.

    After the Warriors took out the Bulls the following night, I looked at the schedule and couldn’t see another loss on their schedule until a month later vs. the Cavs. The problem is– what goes up, must come down (every now and then).

Fantasy News

  • Aaron Gordon
    PF, Orlando Magic

    The Magic tried mightily to trade forward Aaron Gordon before last week's deadline, according to veteran NBA reporter Sean Deveney.

    The Warriors and the Suns were among the teams that spoke to the Magic but talks obviously didn’t materialize. Orlando is waiting for first-round pick Chuma Okeke as he recovers from ACL surgery, and his recovery could potentially spell the end of Gordon with the Magic. AG has taken a step back this year, sitting outside the top-150 in standard leagues but hopefully the All-Star break helps him get back on track.

    Source: Heavy.com

  • Nicolas Claxton
    PF, Brooklyn Nets

    The Nets assigned Nicolas Claxton to their G League affiliate, the Long Island Nets, on Wednesday.

    With DeAndre Jordan and Jarrett Allen healthy it’s gonna be hard for the rookie center to find any minutes. He is only a stash in dynasty leagues right now.

    Source: Chris Milholen on Twitter

  • Stephen Curry
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    After a full month of increasingly intense individual workouts, Stephen Curry joined on Tuesday his Warriors teammates on the practice court for the first time since last October.

    If all goes well next week, it’s conceivable Curry would immediately begin scrimmaging, with a possible return a few days later. The Warriors have 27 games remaining and after March 1st that number drops to 21. Their final 20 begin with a four-game homestand from March 5th to March 12th and, assuming there are no setbacks, it’s likely that Curry will return during that stretch. Make sure that he is not available in any leagues as he could be the difference-maker during this year’s fantasy playoffs.

    Source: Monte Poole on Twitter

  • Andre Drummond
    C, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Greg Swartz of BleacherReport is reporting that Andre Drummond’s stay in Cleveland could be short, as, according to a former NBA general manager, the Cavs could move their new center this summer.

    Cleveland put together one of the most bizarre trade deadlines in recent memory by trading for Drummond and holding on to Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson. Drummond somewhat fits agewise with the Cavs’ young core of Collin Sexton, Darius Garland and Kevin Porter Jr., but his contract status is still up in the air as he has a $28.8 million player option for the 2020-21 season. Drummond seems to be a safe play on fantasy for the rest of the year, even after the expected coaching change, but his status beyond that seems to be up in the air.

    Source: Bleacher Report

  • Mitchell Robinson
    C, New York Knicks

    Villanova coach Jay Wright has no interest in the Knicks, as reported on Monday, but Tom Thibodeau very much would like to coach at the Garden, according to Marc Berman of the NY Post.

    Thibodeau’s reputation took a hit after he was fired last season during his third year in Minnesota, even after he took the Wolves to the playoffs for the first time in 13 years. He reportedly did not connect with the young players, practicing them too hard and being too vocal on the bench. Thibs has ties with the Knicks, as he was a former assistant, and it’s likely that he gets an interview in the upcoming months but it remains to be seen what kind of roster the Knicks try to assemble for next year.

    Source: NY Post

  • Jeremy Pargo
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    Guards Jeremy Pargo and Zach Norvell Jr. will not re-sign with the Warriors after their 10-day contracts ended on Tuesday.

    “I know we have a list of players we’d like to take a look at,” Steve Kerr said. It seems that the Warriors will take the time to evaluate more guys in the upcoming weeks making it hard to count on any players they bring in. In three games with the Warriors, Norvell averaged just 3.3 points on 27.3 percent shooting. Pargo meanwhile had a nice showing with the team and it’s not out of question that another franchise takes a look at him.

    Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  • Maurice Harkless
    SF, New York Knicks

    During an appearance on ESPN, Sam Amick of The Athletic said on Tuesday that the Lakers are monitoring Maurice Harkless' situation in the event that the Knicks part with him.

    The Lakers missed out on Reggie Jackson but they are still looking to add more firepower ahead of the playoffs. Harkless could give them more defensive versatility but it remains unclear whether New York is willing to let him walk. Regardless, it’s unlikely he has much fantasy value even if he lands with the Lakers.

    Source: Sam Amick of The Athletic

  • John Beilein
    , Cleveland Cavaliers

    According to Adrian Wojnarowski, John Beilein is leaving as the Cavs’ coach and J.B. Bickerstaff will be elevated to head coach.

    It’s still not official, but once Woj says it’s happening, it’s happening. A shake-up is likely to be a great thing for this roster that contains at least a few unhappy star players in Kevin Love and Andre Drummond. Be ready to act on any significant role changes that come with this move. For example, will Larry Nance Jr. and/or Kevin Porter Jr. take on expanded roles?

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Terry Rozier
    PG, Charlotte Hornets

    Terry Rozier (left knee soreness) practiced in full on Tuesday.

    Rozier missed the Hornet's final game heading into the All-Star break, but it wasn't considered to be a long-term concern. Feel free to get Rozier back into all lineups ahead of Thursday's game against the Bulls.

    Source: Rod Boone on Twitter

  • Damian Lillard
    PG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Coach Terry Stotts said that he wouldn't put a timetable on when star point guard Damian Lillard (right groin strain) would return, but he is expected to be re-evaluated on Tuesday or Wednesday.

    Lillard was given a timetable of 1-2 weeks last Wednesday, as the All-Star break came at an ideal time. Lillard has a shot to avoid any missed time if his re-evaluation shows progress, but owners should prepare for a scenario in which he misses a handful of games. The Blazers have five games remaining in February.

    Source: NBC Sports