March 7, 2020, 11:03 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas was a man among boys on Saturday, leading the Grizzlies to a 118-101 victory over the Hawks with a 27-point (10-of-13 shooting), 17-rebound game, complemented by two assistss and three blocks.
Valanciunas not only racked up yet another double-double but he got this one with extreme prejudice, Terminator-style, establishing dominance in the paint from the get-go and bullying the hapless Hawks all the way. He's been a beast on the glass lately, averaging 14.3 rebounds per game over his last 10.
March 7, 2020, 7:40 pmJames HardenPG, Houston Rockets
James Harden struggled on Saturday, but still managed to record a triple-double with 30 points on 8-of-22 shooting from the field and 12-of-14 from the line, 10 rebounds, and 14 assists.
Unfortunately, for the Beard, Russell Westbrook was rested tonight and the Charlotte defense collapsed on the remaining star, forcing him to commit 10 turnovers for the "wrong" kind of quadruple-double that you'd normally not want to see (unless you're playing 8-cat). He also hit two 3s and swiped two steals. Rocky season aside, Harden has still managed to be a threat to claim the top spot in fantasy in many spots this season.
March 7, 2020, 7:24 pmTerry RozierPG, Charlotte Hornets
Terry Rozier refused to slow down on Saturday and led the Hornets to a 108-99 win over the Rockets with 24 points (8-of-15 shooting), including six treys, three rebounds, six dimes and one steal.
Rozier has been spewing out triples lately like a slot machine spitting out tokens after hitting the jackpot. His owners are riding high on his recent run. Over the last week, he's been a top-150 value, but recent games will be pulling that needle up in no time.
March 7, 2020, 5:37 pmMalcolm BrogdonPG, Indiana Pacers
Malcolm Brogdon has been diagnosed with a torn left rectus femoris (quad, basically) and will be listed as week-to-week going forward.
It's a huge blow to the Pacers, who are jockeying for seeding in the playoffs. Brogdon started the year off tremendously and has slowed down to more of a middle-round level of late but is still a massive part of Indiana's attack. Aaron Holiday, TJ McConnell, Edmond Sumner and Justin Holiday should all get additional minutes as a result of this injury, and each brings different things to the table. Aaron is the better Holiday for scoring upside while Justin should be the most consistent producer of steals and threes. McConnell is a light FG% boost with assists, while Sumner has the best all-around game for deep-league GMs who want to bet on upside. Victor Oladipo is another big winner, as he's going to take on a lot of extra ball-handling work. Hopefully that can get him sorted out, as it's been a rocky campaign for Dipo to this point. Fantasy GMs without IR spots who are scrapping for a playoff spot might have to consider dropping Brogdon given this nebulous timeline.
Source: Indiana Pacers on Twitter
March 6, 2020, 10:03 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul had a field day against the Knicks on Friday, leading the Thunder to a 126-103 victory with 21 points (8-of-13 shooting), four treys, three rebounds, 12 assists and three steals.
Who you calling old? CP3 may be up there in the age category, but the future Hall-of-Famer's still got it. He's been a strong top-10 play to close out the season so far and his vintage revival run does not look like it's ending anytime soon.
March 6, 2020, 3:11 pmJusuf NurkicC, Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkic (left leg compound fracture) is set to make his season debut on March 15 against the Rockets.
It's going to be great to see Nurkic back on the floor for Portland, and if he can get up to speed quickly it'll make the Blazers the most dangerous team in the fight for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Fantasy GMs should keep expectations low considering the minutes restrictions that Nurkic will be facing, but he's a fine flier pickup if you're not in dire need of immediate production and aren't in love with the guy at the end of the bench. Hassan Whiteside should take a small hit as a result of this news but will be safe for early-round value until Nurkic starts pushing up to 20-24 mpg. When Nurk returns, it'll be nearly a year since he first suffered the terrible injury last March 26.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
March 6, 2020, 1:13 pmJoel EmbiidC, Philadelphia Sixers
Shams Charania is reporting that Joel Embiid (left shoulder sprain) is hoping to make his return against the Pistons on Wednesday.
Embiid will miss Saturday's game but Wednesday is Philly's next game after that, though it comes in a two-game week. The big man is going through some basketball activity and will be re-evaluated on Monday. He's been sidelined for just over a week and a speedy recovery would be a huge boost to a Sixers team that still needs to get sorted out before the playoffs. Embiid's return will likely send Al Horford back to the bench.
Source: The Athletic
March 6, 2020, 1:03 pmDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton (left ankle sprain) is considered day-to-day and will be re-evaluated ahead of Friday's game with the Blazers.
Despite leaving the arena on Tuesday with crutches, Ayton went through a no-contact practice yesterday and is technically doubtful for tonight's game. We would be truly stunned if he plays but it sounds like Ayton may not miss much more time. Just hope for more positive updates like this as we go.
Source: Kevin Zimmerman on Twitter
March 5, 2020, 2:38 pmDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton (left ankle sprain) went through practice on Thursday with no contact and has no timetable for his return.
Ayton went through practice today with no contact. Coach Monty Williams does not believe Ayton's ankle injury is season ending, but would not offer a timetable for his return to the court. Aron Baynes recently returned from an injury himself, and would be in line to see an increased role in the meantime. Time to pick up Baynes again.
Source: Katherine Fitzgerald on Twitter
March 5, 2020, 12:53 amHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside's double-double carried the Trail Blazers to a 105-125 win over the Wizards on Wednesday, finishing the contest with 24 points (10-14 FG), 16 rebounds, two assists and four blocks.
Dial the clocks back to 2016, because Whiteside looks like a safe bet to finish the season as a top-10 player. He has been able to provide elite blocks and rebounds consistently, and has been one of the more durable big men in the league this year. You can keep riding Whiteside until the wheels come off.
March 5, 2020, 12:27 amLuka DoncicPG-SF, Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic went off for yet another triple-double in the Mavs' 123-127 overtime victory over the Pelicans on Wednesday, wrapping up the contest with 30 points (9-20 FG, 4-11 3PT, 8-13 FT), 17 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and one block, but also turned it over seven times.
Doncic continues to pile on the counting stats. While it took overtime to get him his tenth assist, he is a triple-double threat every night. He struggled with his percentages again, but it is still enough to earn second-round value on the season. As long as he is healthy, he will put together spectacular lines for fantasy owners.
March 4, 2020, 11:09 pmJulius RandlePF, New York Knicks
Julius Randle's 32 points (12-21 FG) and 11 rebounds came up short on Wednesday with the Knicks falling to the Jazz 112-104.
Randle can score and grab rebounds, but he'll need to find ways to contribute in other areas to take his game to the next level. He is sitting outside of the top-150 on the season and will either need to continue scoring 30+ points a game or tacking on stats in other categories to break into the top-100. At this point, we aren't sure which is more likely.
March 4, 2020, 10:23 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo carried the Bucks to a 100-119 victory over the Pacers on Wednesday, putting up 29 points (10-23 FG, 2-8 3PT, 7-7 FT), 12 rebounds, six assists and one steal.
Antetokounmpo struggled a bit from deep tonight, but other than that shot the ball well, and was perfect from the charity stripe. He is a threat to put up monster lines at any point, and if he isn't being rested, should be a top-15 player.
March 4, 2020, 9:54 pmCollin SextonPG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Collin Sexton's season-high 41 points came up just short for the Cavs in Wednesday's 112-106 loss to the Celtics.
Sexton was 17-for-30 from the field and tagged on three rebounds, six assists and a steal in the contest. He has started to add more dimension to his game recently and has been rewarded with a spot in the top-65 players over the last two months. He is more than just a plus in the scoring column now.
March 4, 2020, 9:40 pmKevin LovePF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Love put up a huge double-double on Wednesday night, ending the game with 26 points (9-17 FG, 5-10 3PT), 14 rebounds, five assists and one block.
Love has always been able to put up points, rebounds, and threes. With Andre Drummond out again, Love had the opportunity to showcase his skill set. As long as Drummond is on the sidelines, Love has the potential for nights like this.