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  • Marcus Georges-Hunt 10 Day contract with Heat expires; Okaro White shows off in All-Star Game

    Marcus Georges-Hunt’s 10 day contract with the Heat has expired and Okaro White shows off windmill dunk in D-League All-Star Game.

    The Heat are lacking a roster spot to re-sign Georges-Hunt, and the only way for the Heat to maintain a roster exception for the 16th roster spot would be for an additional player beyond Justise Winslow, Josh McRoberts and Chris Bosh to be sidelined for an additional two weeks. but with Josh Richardson ready to return following the All-Star break, Georges-Hunt may have to wait until Bosh is waived to have an opportunity to be signed again.

    In the D-League All-Star game Saturday night Georges-Hunt finished with eight points and four assists while Okaro White shot two-of-eight for four points, but did have this impressive windmill dunk in the first half. 

     

  • DeRozan & Lowry combine for 40, fall short of comeback

    DeMar DeRozan had 18 points, five boards, three assists and one steal while Kyle Lowry finished with 22 points, three boards, four assists, one steal and three treys in a tough night against the Bulls on Tuesday.

    DeRozan shot 5-of-19 from the floor and got the boot late from Scott Foster after collecting a technical in the dying seconds of the game. Lowry played his part in the loss turning over the ball five times. The Raps did mount a late comeback, but ultimately fell short. Jonas Valanciunas also had a decent night with 12 points and nine rebounds, but was a minus 17 and only played 21 minutes. The Raps will crawl to the All-Star break losing three straight. They see a Hornets team on Wednesday who have also dropped three straight. 

  • Jae Crowder returns to lineup and plays 29 minutes

    Jae Crowder finished Monday’s win over the Mavs with 10 points, two assists, four boards, one steal and one block.

    Crowder shot 3-of-9 from the field, 2-of-5 from range and 2-of-3 from the line. The forward missed the last two games attending to a family matter. He fouled out in 29 minutes of play. Quietly Crowder is a top-60 asset on the season and should continue to produce for owners.  

  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scores 13 against the Grizzlies

    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson finished with 13 points, two assists, three boards, and two steals against the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Jefferson continues to start over Trevor Booker and has cracked the top-120 per game over the last two weeks. Even with the starting spot, the forward’s minutes continue to fluctuate anywhere between 20-30 making him rather volatile. With that said he is worth owning in 14-team leagues. 

  • LaMarcus struggles, but Kawhi picks up the slack in win over Pacers

    Kawhi Leonard finished with 32 points, three assists, six boards and four steals in Monday’s close win over the Pacers.

    Leonard scored in his typical efficient fashion going 13-of-23 from the field, 2-of-3 from deep and 4-of-5 from the stripe. He made up for the off-shooting night from Aldridge (7-of-22 FG). The All-Star break couldn’t come at a better time for the big man as he has shot just 40 percent from the field over the last month dropping his value 40 spots in total production during that span. If your league’s trade deadline has not passed, this may be your best chance to buy low. 

     

  • This Week Tonight: All-Star Break Edition

    Hello and welcome to This Week Tonight! We’re going to be discussing the games played this upcoming week, the extended matches for those who combine the next two weeks, some pickups, the top story lines surrounding the trade deadline, and then we’ll wrap up with some injury report. Be sure to know what the format of your league is entering this week. Many leagues will combine the next two truncated weeks into one extended match-up, while others will stick you with small sample size theater for two straight weeks. Roto and head-to-head players will need to check how this effects their pickups and streaming ability if you have a weekly pickup limit or similar format. I’m going to post games played for the next two weeks and discuss it as a whole as I believe most leagues have extended match-up formats. We’re also going to forgo the back-to-back watch this week in favor of looking at some stashes for the trade deadline instead.

    Week 17 Games Played

    3 Games: BOS, IND

    2 Games: ATL, BKN, CHA, CHI, CLE, DAL, DET, DEN, GSW, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NOR, OKC, ORL, PHI, PHX, POR, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTA, WAS

    1 Game: HOU, NYK

    Week 18 Games played

    3 Games: CHA, DEN, LAC

    2 Games: ATL, BOS, BKN, CHI, CLE, DAL, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, NOR, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHI, PHX, POR, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTA, WAS

    Total Games Played

    5 Games: BOS, CHA, DEN, IND, LAC, NOR

    4 Games: ATL, BKN, CHI, CLE, DAL, DET, GSW, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, OKC, ORL, PHI, POR, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTA, WAS

    3 Games: HOU, NYK

    As you can see the Knicks and Rockets are going to get the short end of the stick. Be sure to plan accordingly and obviously it would be wise to front-load Celtics and Pacers players this week and then to shift to Hornets, Nuggets, and Clippers (if there’s anyone even worth using from the Clippers available). There will be no games from Friday 2/17 to Wednesday 2/22.

    Top Pickups of the Week:

    Jusuf Nurkic  – Well he’s probably been dropped in a ton of leagues as he has been bad as of late, even when given minutes. However this is an ideal situation to land in as he’s likely going to be the uncontested starting center with Mason Plumlee being shipped back to Denver. That leaves Ed Davis, Meyers Leonard, and Noah Vonleh to compete with and Nurkic is the only truly natural center out of that group. Nurkic can be a wild ride for percentages, turnovers, and foul trouble but his per 36 numbers undoubtedly hold good upside: 16.0 points per game, 11.6 rebounds, 1.1 steals, 1.6 blocks and 50.8% field goal percentage.

    Ben McLemore – He’s had to impressive games in a row as he’s played 42 minutes and 29 minutes while scoring 22 and 17 points respectively. His usage has been sitting around 20% as the Kings are just getting shorter and shorter on bodies to take shots. McLemore has never really impressed in his time in the NBA but if given minutes and usage he should yield points, threes, steals, free throw percentage and a trickle of dimes.

    Dario Saric – There’s perhaps no better time to add him as he’s coming off a week where he averaged 19.0 points per game with with 2.3 3-pointers, 5.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals on 52.7% shooting from the field and 90% from the line. He’s shot poorly the large majority of the year, but it’s conceivable he could turn a corner and improve down the stretch. More importantly Jahlil Okafor is being held out of games in anticipation of a trade being completed, though the destination in unknown. If Okafor isn’t in Philly it certainly helps any front court players outlook and consistency down the stretch of the season.

    Trade Deadline Stash Quick Hits: 

    Most of these guys are going to be hold them until the 23rd and then immediately drop them if they don’t see a value increase. That’s the tricky nature of the trade deadline sometimes. Remember that there’s only games through Thursday of this week so you’re not going to have to ride with them for very long if things don’t pan out.

    T.J Warren  – He’s significantly better when he’s playing consistent minutes so a P.J Tucker trade will do him wonders. Warren is fully capable of putting up the early season value he once had.

    Nikola Mirotic – He’s a much more capable player than the role he’s been given in Chicago and is capable of posting massive lines when given the minutes. Trade rumors are flying for the Bulls.

    Brandon Knight – I’ve pretty much given up hope after his most recent start, but still this is a guy who was regular top 70 player the last two years, sometimes better. If he lands in the right situation with usage he’ll instantly be worth a pickup.

    Nerlens Noel – He should already be owned in your league after posting 82nd overall value in his extremely limited time on the floor this season. If he’s not pick him up immediately as there’s almost no way he doesn’t have an increase in role after Jahlil Okafor is moved.

    Juancho Hernangomez – He’s a versatile forward that can fill it up across the stat sheet. The Nuggets could be moving a handful of more veterans such as Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, and Kenneth Faried.

    Bismack Biyombo – He’s already semi-relevant as a blocks specialist. There’s a lot of talk surrounding Nikola Vucevic and Serge Ibaka which could open the way for Biyombo to get full on starting time for the rest of the season.

    Tough Play of the Week: 

    Ryan Anderson, Patrick Beverley, and Eric Gordon  – We’re going to break the mold here a bit and choose all three of them for various reasons. First of all three of them have only three games on their schedule, which is problematic when six teams are packing on five games in their schedule. Secondly none of their three games are on one of the off nights, that creates an issue for those of us with game limits and locked rosters. Then take into account Eric Gordon may or may not play on Wednesday and it’s a bigger issue. All of them are tough plays for me in weekly formats as three games is tough to swallow over two weeks.

    Significant Injuries: 

    Thabo Sefolosha (groin) is questionable for Monday, he could effect Tim Hardaway Jr.’s minutes.

    Avery Bradley (Achilles) is targeting after the All-Star break for a return.

    Cody Zeller (quadriceps) is listed as doubtful for Monday against the 76ers.

    Jimmy Butler is day-to-day with a heel injury.

    Dwyane Wade’s x-rays came back negative on his wrist, he could miss time.

    Kevin Love is already being ruled out Tuesday against the Wolves for a knee injury.

    Gary Harris (hamstring soreness) is probable for Monday against the Warriors.

    Kenneth Faried (ankle) is targeting after the All-Star break to make a return.

    Danilo Gallinari (groin) is not going to play Monday against the Warriors and is targeting after the All-Star break.

    Eric Gordon (back) is targeting Wednesday against the Heat.

    Dion Waiters (ankle) is listed as questionable Monday against the Magic.

    Jahlil Okafor could be traded in the coming days and will miss the next two games.

    Joel Embiid (knee) said he just “isn’t healthy.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Caris LeVert (knee soreness) out on Sunday vs. Raptors

    Caris LeVert (knee soreness) has been ruled out on Sunday against the Raptors.

    Head coach Kenny Atkinson said LeVert sitting out is precautionary, and especially with it being the back end of a back-to-back the Nets are careful with their players. LeVert is finally seeing his minutes increase and he did receive the start last night but struggled mightily going one-of-nine from the field finishing with four points, five boards, one assist and one steal across a season-high 30 minutes. Bojan Bogdanovic sat out on Friday for rest so look for him to return to the starting lineup. LeVert’s next chance to get on the court is Tuesday when the Nets take on the Hornets. 

  • Paul Milsap puts up 21-5-4 line in win over Magic on Saturday

    Paul Milsap scored 21 points to go with five rebounds and four assists on 7-of-14 shooting in Saturday’s victory over the Magic.

    Milsap continues his production with a modest line on Saturday. He doesn’t have too many box scores that jump off the page, but he’s consistently solid. He’s still a top-20 fantasy asset.

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  • Robert Covington (hand) questionable vs. the Heat

    Sixers forward Robert Covington is questionable for Saturday’s game against the Heat.

    Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot started in his place Wednesday and Dario Saric started on Thursday. It is unclear who will start if he is forced to sit but both guys including Ersan Ilyasova will see an uptick in minutes.

    UPDATE: Covington has been ruled out for Saturday.

  • Avery Bradley (achilles) out vs. Lakers on Friday

    Avery Bradley (achilles) will miss his ninth consecutive game on Friday against the Lakers.

    Bradley is inching closer to coming back after being questionable on Wednesday. Marcus Smart will continue to see increased playing time with Bradley out.

  • Frank Kaminsky scores 24 points in 24 minutes

    Frank Kaminsky scored 24 points in his 24 minutes of action against the Warriors on Wednesday.

    He added seven boards, two assists, two 3-pointers and two steals to round out his line.  Lest anyone get too excited it’s worth noting that a lot of Kaminsky’s production came after this one was pretty much decided, so take this scoring outburst with a grain of salt.  Feel free to stream him if you’re looking for cheap threes, but Kaminsky’s poor field goal percentage and lack of consistent scoring or defensive numbers make him a player better left on the waiver wire.

  • Star-Telegram passing along rumor of Cavs’ interest in Deron Williams

    The Dallas Star-Telegram reported that “the word on the streets” is that “Deron Williams is rumored to be headed to the world champion Cleveland Cavaliers in a possible trade for Iman Shumpert.

    Of course, the report says the Mavs claim they’re not interested in trading Williams, because that’s how this stuff works.  This is a lot of unsourced rumoring and if the Mavs could get anything of value for Williams of course they’re listening.  How Kyrie and LeBron would feel about a no defense ballhandler joining the squad is another fair question.  This kind of stuff is going to become rampant over the next few weeks. 

  • Sacramento Kings Postgame

    The Sacramento Kings were unable to finish the road trip on a good note, losing 105-83 against the Houston Rockets.  This was the team’s third loss to the Rockets this season, leaving them 0-3 to this point against Houston.

    Sacramento struggled to get going offensively, scoring just 35 points in the first half and only managing 11 points in the second quarter.  The Rockets kept up their strong play in the third and never let the Kings get back into the game.

    Here are some notes from the matchup:

    • Ben McLemore and Skal Labissiere found their way into the game late, playing after the lead had grown too large to overcome.  McLemore has spent time in the rotation, Labissiere has yet to play meaningful minutes for the Kings this sesaon. Both played fairly well in their limited minutes.
    • Sacramento once again struggled with the pace of play against Houston, and that seemed to at least partially stem from their tough stretch recently.  This was the team’s fourth game in five nights, and was their eight straight game on the road.  The Kings have struggled against Houston all season, but the situation certainly didn’t do them any favors.

    The loss gives the Kings a 3-5 record on the road trip, which isn’t too disappointing given how tough it appeared heading in.  The Kings will now get the opportunity to turn things around when they return home to face the Phoenix Suns.

     

  • Damian Lillard hands out eight assists in loss

    Damian Lillard scored just 18 points in Portland’s tight, 113-111 loss to Golden State on Sunday. He did manage to get his teammates involved in the action with eight assists.

    He also hit two threes and got a steal in this game. The Warriors are a tough team to match up against and this low-scoring effort from Lillard shouldn’t concern his owners one bit. Expect him to bounce back with a big game sooner rather than later.