August 14, 2020, 6:17 pmMarvin Bagley IIIPF, Sacramento Kings
Sam Amick is reporting that Vlade Divac has stepped down as GM of the Kings.
Joe Dumars, who had previously been an advisor, will assume GM duties and become the interim VP of Basketball Ops. The Kings have a solid young core but continue to make missteps that keep them out of the playoff conversation. Sacramento's draft choice of Marvin Bagley over Luka Doncic will haunt them for a very long time, though Divac did bring some good players into the organization. Still, given the franchise's lack of success under his watch, the Bagley pick may define Divac's legacy. After another wasted season, we'll see if the next regime wants to keep building with the pieces in place or start re-tooling the roster. Amick also reports that Luke Walton's job is safe for the time being despite being a Divac hire.
Source: Sam Amick on Twitter
August 14, 2020, 6:09 pmReggie JacksonPG, Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers will trot out a starting lineup of Reggie Jackson, Amir Coffey, Rodney McGruder, JaMychal Green and Ivica Zubac on Friday against the Thunder.
The Clippers have just three guys on the injury report but it's pretty clear that Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Marcus Morris won't be playing tonight. There should be plenty of value on the board for DFS players in this one, so knock yourself out as the Clips and Thunder just try to get through tonight without any injuries that will affect their playoff hopes.
Source: Jovan Buha on Twitter
August 14, 2020, 5:59 pmDerrick Jones Jr.SF, Miami Heat
Derrick Jones Jr. was forced from Friday's game with an apparent head/neck injury.
It was a scary scene, as Jones had to be stretchered off the floor after taking a hard hit on a screen. The athletic forward was questionable to play today due to a left knee bruise. It's a blow to the Heat's forward rotation as they prepare for a playoff series with Indiana. He finished with three points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals in 15 minutes.
August 14, 2020, 5:41 pmDennis SchroderPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Dennis Schroder will start in place of Chris Paul (hand) on Friday night.
It's Schroder's first game back after leaving the bubble for personal reasons, and this bodes well for him being at full strength for the playoffs. The Thunder are going to limit the minutes of their usual rotation guys tonight, which makes it tough to deploy any of OKC's usual fantasy options in DFS games. Terrance Ferguson is also starting in place of Lu Dort (right knee sprain) in this one.
Source: Joe Mussatto on Twitter
August 14, 2020, 5:34 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder don't intend to play their starters for major minutes in Friday's regular season finale.
More exactly, Billy Donovan said, "I don't envision our main guys playing very much tonight." Shy away from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari and Steven Adams in DFS tonight. This may also affect rotation guys like Nerlens Noel and Darius Bazley, making any of the more reliable Thunder a true roll of the dice on Friday.
Source: Joe Mussatto on Twitter
August 14, 2020, 5:32 pmLuguentz DortPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Billy Donovan said, "I have uncertainty if he’ll even be available for Game 1" when asked about Luguentz Dort (right knee sprain).
Dort has been starting for the Thunder lately and his absence would open up minutes on the wings. He left Wednesday's game with the injury and may not be ready for the postseason next week. If Dort is unable to play, look for Darius Bazley, Terrance Ferguson, Hamidou Diallo and Andre Roberson to pick up his minutes.
Source: Erik Horne on Twitter
August 14, 2020, 5:30 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Billy Donovan said on Friday that Chris Paul's absence for a left hand sprain is precautionary, and CP3 is expected to be ready for the playoffs.
No surprises here. Paul should be ready to rock as the Thunder try and knock off the shorthanded Rockets. He's been a first-round value all year and should be an early selection in playoff formats.
Source: Erik Horne on Twitter
August 14, 2020, 5:14 pmMontrezl HarrellPF, Los Angeles Clippers
ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk is reporting that Montrezl Harrell is expected to clear quarantine on Monday and will be eligible to be activated for Game 1 against the Mavs.
Doc Rivers, however, said that the team knew when Harrell might be ready to play again and that it "wasn't ideal," so it seems like Harrell won't be ready to jump right back in the action. He left the bubble for personal reasons and is in the midst of a seven-day quarantine. Look for Ivica Zubac, JaMychal Green and Patrick Patterson to play up front for as long as Harrell remains out. It's good news that he's at least back in the bubble and getting close to playing.
Source: Ohm Youngmisuk on Twitter
August 14, 2020, 5:11 pmTyus JonesPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Tyus Jones (right knee soreness) is officially doubtful for Saturday's play-in game.
Jones returned to 5-on-5 practice on Friday but hasn't done much since entering the bubble, so he's unlikely to play in the most important game of Memphis' season tomorrow. Grayson Allen and De'Anthony Melton will get the backcourt minutes behind Ja Morant and Dillon Brooks.
Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter
August 14, 2020, 4:31 pmStanley JohnsonSF, Toronto Raptors
Stanley Johnson scored a season-high 23 points in Friday's 117-109 win over the Nuggets, going 9-of-16 from the field while also producing four rebounds, six assists, a steal, a block and four 3-pointers.
Johnson was barely in the rotation during the regular season but looks like a far more confident player in the bubble. This was a big game following up Wednesday's outing where Johnson hit the game-winning shot against the Sixers, and while it's unlikely to put him in the postseason rotation it should do wonders for his confidence. It's not hard to improve upon a regular season where he averaged 4.8 mpg, but Johnson took full advantage of his opportunity today.
August 14, 2020, 4:27 pmPaul WatsonPG, Toronto Raptors
Paul Watson scored a career-high 22 points on Friday against the Nuggets, also adding six rebounds, two assists, a steal and four threes while going 8-of-13 from the field.
Watson was outstanding in the G League this season and might be the next big developmental project for the Raptors. This was just his ninth career game, so a number of today's totals were personal bests. He's not going to get minutes in the postseason but is a name that dynasty GMs should know for the future.
August 14, 2020, 4:25 pmNorman PowellSF, Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell made the most of his start on Friday, turning 23 minutes into 15 points, six rebounds, two assists, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers.
Powell got off to a slow start in the bubble but turned it up over his last few games, scoring 21, 17, 15 and now 23 points in his tune-up for the playoffs. He's coming off a career season and should be an important part of Toronto's playoff rotation. With the Raptors resting multiple regulars today, Powell was joined in the starting five by Matt Thomas (12 points, two threes) and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (six points, six rebounds, one block). That duo is right on the cusp of the postseason rotation and might be deployed situationally.
August 14, 2020, 4:20 pmTerence DavisG-F, Toronto Raptors
Terence Davis played through a small abrasion under his right eye on Friday, chipping in 14 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Nuggets.
Davis shot 5-for-15 and admitted that his play in the bubble hasn't met his own expectations, but the big takeaway is that he's okay and should be ready to play in the postseason. He gives the Raptors great depth at the guard position but is not a lock for serious minutes in the playoffs. Depending on Fred VanVleet's free agency, Davis could be a hot sleeper for next year's drafts.
August 14, 2020, 4:15 pmChris BoucherPF, Toronto Raptors
Chris Boucher put up nine points, nine rebounds, a block and a 3-pointer off the bench in Friday's victory.
Boucher, who is never shy about getting his shots up, went 3-for-8 from the field in 22 minutes. He's very much a stat magnet but seems unlikely to have a regular role in the postseason rotation. Boucher may be a situational option for Nick Nurse but he'll be tough to draft in playoff formats.
August 14, 2020, 4:13 pmMarc GasolC, Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol played 17 minutes on Friday afternoon, posting two points, three rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block.
Gasol's lack of offensive involvement has been frustrating to say the least, but he plays a winning role as a premier support player. He should see his minutes rise in the postseason given his importance to Toronto's defense so hopefully he fares better in playoff fantasy leagues than he did in normal ones.