May 1, 2019, 11:53 pmAl-Farouq AminuF, Portland Trail Blazers
Al-Farouq Aminu put up a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in the Blazers' Game 2 win over the Nuggets on Wednesday.
He shot just 3-of-9 from the field and 1-of-4 from deep, so his shooting was still sub-par. However, he did have a better performance overall than his two point effort in Game 1. If Moe Harkless is forced to miss any time due to the ankle injury that forced him to exit the game on Wednesday, more pressure will be placed on Aminu to step up on both ends of the floor.
February 21, 2020, 1:10 amJabari ParkerPF, Sacramento Kings
Jabari Parker (right shoulder impingement) debuted for the Kings on Thursday but was unremarkable in his 15 minutes off the bench, tallying just four points, four rebounds and two assists.
While Parker is not a high-impact player in fantasy, we should expect to see those minutes rise as he gets his legs back. And given that Marvin Bagley III's timetable is in weeks, Parker may be worth a streamer once he's closer to 100 percent.
February 21, 2020, 1:05 amHarrison BarnesSF, Sacramento Kings
Harrison Barnes was unconscious as he went 7-for-11 from deep en route to his game-high 32 points in Thursday's 129-125 win over the Grizzlies.
Barnes was hot as hell, making 11-of-17 shots from the field, but chipped with just a sprinkling of peripherals outside of the 3-pointers, adding one rebound, one assist and one steal to the box. Even when he's on a tear, Barnes still is just a score-first (only) guy, who doesn't really diversify into the other categories. Still, it was a good night overall. Just don't expect him to be THIS good every night moving forward.
February 21, 2020, 1:00 amTyus JonesPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Tyus Jones made his 18 minutes on the floor count on Thursday, chipping in 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting with three rebounds, two 3s and six assists.
Jones is flying under the radar lately and should be on the radars of managers looking for a quality guard to stream. While he's not averaging 20 minutes per game, his per-36 minute numbers of 13.2 points, 8.6 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.2 3-pointers per game on .468 shooting from the field should be enough to convince you that he's worth the grab.
February 21, 2020, 12:55 amDe'Anthony MeltonPG, Memphis Grizzlies
De'Anthony Melton was scorching hot on Thursday as he hit a career-high four 3-pointers en route to his new career-high 24 points (5-of-10 FG, 10-of-10 FT) and a full line.
Melton also grabbed six rebounds to go with three assists, one steal and one block in 23 minutes to round out his line. This is a fine example of his ceiling (career-highs) and while he won't light it up like this every night, Melton should still be good for solid, well-rounded production moving forward.
February 21, 2020, 12:52 amJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas did not play the last 16-plus minutes of Thursday's game vs. the Kings but was able to post eight points, 11 rebounds and one assist in 20 minutes.
There's no news regarding any injuries, so this was likely a matchup-based decision on the part of the Grizzlies, who leaned heavily on their bench mob in this one. Brandon Clarke saw 25 minutes off the bench and was able to produce a slightly better line with eight points, 11 rebounds, one assist and two blocks. We should expect to see Valanciunas get his minutes back up in the next game. No worries here.
February 21, 2020, 12:48 amRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
Russell Westbrook got hot under the collar on Thursday and was ejected after receiving two technical fouls.
Westbrook left the game in the fourth quarter and was able to play 30 minutes. He dropped a 21-point (10-of-20 shooting), 10-assist double-double with five rebounds, one 3-pointer and one steal in 30 minutes. Westbrook's role has been concretized since the Rockets went all-in on the micro-ball game plan. His ability to attack the basket is key in their path to win games. He should see a nice, steady usage until the regular season winds down.
Source: Phil Barber on Twitter
February 21, 2020, 12:11 amWilson ChandlerF, Brooklyn Nets
Wilson Chandler was effective off the bench on Thursday, with 12 points and eight boards in 33 minutes as the Nets let the game slip away in overtime 112-104.
Chandler was good enough given what we expect from him, knocking down three triples for good measure. He was better on both ends of the floor, taking over for an ineffective Taurean Prince in the closing stages. Prince was limited to seven points in 23 minutes. At this point, neither player is a compelling option in standard leagues.
February 21, 2020, 12:08 amDeAndre JordanC, Brooklyn Nets
DeAndre Jordan put up another double-double on Thursday night to finish with 14 points and 15 boards in 37 minutes.
Jordan took advantage of Jarrett Allen's sheer ineffectiveness in this game. Allen was scoreless with two boards in 13 minutes before being benched at halftime. Jordan isn't going to get this kind of run every night, but he's still a great source of rebounds at the very least.
February 21, 2020, 12:02 amSpencer DinwiddiePG, Brooklyn Nets
Spencer Dinwiddie scored 22 points to go along with eight assists in 37 minutes on Thursday night.
Dinwiddie is going to have to lead this team now that we've confirmed that Kyrie Irving will miss the rest of the campaign. He's going to be a decent scorer and a good source of assists and triples, but be wary of shooting struggles with the volume he is going to get.
February 21, 2020, 12:00 amCaris LeVertPG-SG, Brooklyn Nets
Caris LeVert chucked at will on Thursday night, going 9-of-29 from the floor to get to his 25 points, six boards, five assists and three triples in a team-high 39 minutes.
LeVert may have shot the Nets out of this game with this abysmal shooting output but he's going to get all kinds of opportunity with Kyrie Irving shut down for the season. We definitely expected more from LeVert this year but it's hard to swallow this horrible shooting. We'll just have to hope he goes on a heater so we can get more high-scoring nights the rest of the way.