NBA Player News and Fantasy Analysis

  • Andre Roberson
    SG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Andre Roberson played 28 minutes in Friday's OT loss to the Clippers, totaling three points, five rebounds, two assists and a block.

    Roberson shot an ugly 1-for-9 from the field but the playing time is the big takeaway. While OKC rested its starters after the first half, Roberson was able to soak up plenty of minutes — by far his most since returning from his left knee injury. It bodes well for him being able to play a helpful role in the postseason.

  • Steven Adams
    C, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Steven Adams played six minutes on Friday night while Danilo Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander played nine and 14, respectively.

    Billy Donovan said that the team would not ask for much from its core players tonight, which is why they played so little. If you were cruising through box scores and wondering why the productive trio was so quiet tonight, there's your answer.

  • Abdel Nader
    SF, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Abdel Nader (neck) was held out of Friday's game as a precaution.

    Nader suffered a concussion early on in the bubble but has been able to play in each of the Thunder's games in Orlando. He'll be in the mix for forward minutes in the postseason but won't be playing a large role unless someone else gets hurt.

    Source: Erik Horne on Twitter

  • Kevin Hervey
    PF, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Kevin Hervey picked up 11 minutes of action in the Thunder's loss to the Clippers in OT on Friday evening, as the team was resting some regulars before the playoffs.

    Hervey scored five points (2-for-6 FG), had one assist and grabbed four boards in the defeat. The rookie only played nine games in 2019-20 but he got three opportunities to play in Orlando. The Thunder will face the Rockets in the first round next week.

  • Devon Hall
    SG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Devon Hall scored 12 points and nabbed three steals in 24 minutes vs. the Clippers on Friday evening, adding in four assists and one rebound.

    It was a solid effort from the rookie. He went 3-for-6 on 3-pointers (4-for-12 FG overall) and was active on both sides of the ball. There was plenty of playing time to go around for the Thunder, who were resting some regulars before they start their playoff series with the Rockets early next week. Nearly every NBA team has been doing that the last few days with the playoff seeds set in stone.

  • Dennis Schroder
    PG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Dennis Schröder dished out four assists in his return to action in the bubble against the Clippers on Friday, finishing with 17 points (6-of-12 FG, 3-of-3 3PT) and a steal to go along with the dimes.

    Schröder had been on paternity leave with his wife giving birth to their second child. He returned to the bubble and went through all the necessary steps of the COVID-19 protocol, including the mandatory self-isolation period and rounds of tests. It was good that Schröder was able to get some game action prior to the playoffs, which begin next week. The Thunder will be taking on the Rockets in the 4/5 matchup in the Western Conference.

  • Hamidou Diallo
    SG, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Hamidou Diallo scored a career-best 27 points (4-of-8 3PT) on Friday in an OT loss to the Clippers.

    Diallo actually set a number of career marks against the Clippers, including 3-pointers made and attempted, FG made (10) and attempted (22), rebounds (11), FTs attempted (five, tied) and minutes played (40). The Thunder, as with so many of the other teams in the bubble, were sitting a good chunk of their regular rotation guys in anticipation of their first-round playoff clash with the Rockets. Still, it's a nice effort from Diallo, who has always shown his freak athleticism when he gets the chance to play.

  • Patrick Patterson
    PF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Patrick Patterson went for 17 points and 14 rebounds on Friday in the win over the Thunder.

    Patterson picked up 39 minutes of action with the Clippers resting all of Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Lou Williams and Marcus Morris Sr. Most of the teams across the league were doing that the last few days, which is to be expected with all the playoff seeds now determined.

  • Amir Coffey
    PF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Amir Coffey posted 21 points in 50 minutes on Friday evening, adding four assists, two rebounds and four steals in the overtime win over the Thunder.

    The Clippers were resting almost all of their regular rotation guys on Friday, so some relative no-names, like Coffey, got opportunities. Coffey wasn't all that effective, even though his final numbers look nice, finishing 7-for-17 FG and 2-for-8 from deep.

  • Terance Mann
    PG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Terance Mann grabbed 14 boards and nearly triple-doubled on Friday vs. the Thunder, finishing with 25 points (8-of-12 FG, 1-of-3 3PT), nine assists and two steals as well.

    While he didn't start, Mann was on the court for a whopping 42 minutes. The Clippers, like nearly every team in the NBA, were resting a good chunk of their regulars on Friday evening. The Clippers still won this game in OT and Mann really took advantage of his opportunity to play. It was good work from the rookie.

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid (sore left ankle) will start for the Sixers on Friday against the Rockets, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

    There was some speculation that Embiid would rest on Friday evening, especially after missing Tuesday's game vs. the Suns and only playing 14 minutes on Wednesday. He obviously feels plenty healthy enough to take the court and will use the game vs. the Rockets as a tune-up prior to their first-round clash with the Celtics next week.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter

  • Derrick Jones Jr.
    SF, Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones Jr. (strained neck) received his diagnosis after a scan on Friday evening, according to the Heat.

    Jones underwent both an MRI and a CT scan after his scary collision with Goga Bitadze of the Pacers on Friday afternoon. The team said that Jones "will be re-evaluated again over the weekend” so everyone in the basketball world will undoubtedly have him in their thoughts this weekend.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Danuel House
    PF, Houston Rockets

    Danuel House (left toe sprain) will sit out Friday's matchup against the Sixers.

    After a previous report indicated he'd be available vs. the Sixers, House will miss his third consecutive contest with the left toe issue. There's reason to believe this is more of a precautionary move for the Rockets as they are already set to play the Thunder in the first round of the playoffs. Most NBA teams have been super cautious with their regulars the last couple of days.

    Source: Cayleigh Griffin on Twitter

  • Glenn Robinson III
    SG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Glenn Robinson III (left hip pointer) will not play on Friday when the Sixers take on the Rockets.

    Robinson was a late scratch for Wednesday's clash with the Raptors and the Sixers will evidently err on the side of caution with their playoff position locked in. The Sixers need as much help as possible with Ben Simmons (left knee) most likely gone for the year.

    Source: Kyle Neubeck on Twitter

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Mike D'Antoni told the media that he plans to limit the minutes of the Rockets' regulars and they may sit out the entirety of the second half on Friday.

    D'Antoni went on to say that since the team doesn't kick off their matchup against the Thunder until Tuesday, they might play their players a bit more than if they had started the playoffs on Monday. James Harden seems to be a player who loves getting out there so it is possible that he and the other regulars play to start the third quarter but see less than 10 minutes of action in the second half.

    Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter