• Blake Griffin posted 13 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes during Wednesday’s win over the Hawks at Little Caesar’s Arena.

    Griffin was 4-of-10 from the field, and in case you didn’t put two and two together that means all of Blake’s field goals came from behind the arc. His Lob City self would be aghast at that note, as Griffin only took three of his shots from 2-point range tonight. The counting stats were undoubtedly solid but you sort of expected him to have a more impressive game against Atlanta. Regardless, Griffin should have no problems posting early-middle round value for the rest of the season. The Pistons are aching for a playoff appearance and will run through Blake on their quest to get one.

Fantasy News

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Giannis Antetokounmpo (back soreness) is available and in coach Mike Budenholzer's starting lineup for Friday's game vs. the Thunder.

    If he had sat this one out, it likely would have been more due to rest than anything else. He may sit some games the rest of the way because the Bucks are so far ahead in the standings and have locked up a playoff spot. Fantasy owners should be wary and alert prior to his games, especially in games against subpar opponents.

  • Derrick Jones Jr.
    SF, Miami Heat

    Derrick Jones Jr. will be in the starting lineup for the Heat-Mavs contest on Friday.

    Kelly Olynyk is shifting back to the bench to make room for Jones. Now that Jimmy Butler is back Jones role is limited, and he is more of a 16-team option under these circumstances. This roster is just too deep with Jae Crowder and Andre Iguodala now joining the fray. Jones is still useful if you are hunting steals or blocks. Olynyk will have his moments in the right matchups, but is mainly a deep league play.

    Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter

  • De'Aaron Fox
    PG, Sacramento Kings

    De'Aaron Fox (abdominal tightness) said he will take the court on Friday against the Grizzlies.

    Fox will get his wish as will his fantasy owners. The Kings are still on the fringes of the playoff picture and hopefully Fox can stay healthy enough to keep playing these games out. It hasn't been the finest season, but he has been slowly improving if you ignore the ugly free throw shooting.

    Source: Jason Anderson on Twitter

  • Jalen Brunson
    PG, Dallas Mavericks

    Jalen Brunson has confirmed he has a torn labrum and that he has no timetable for a return.

    Brunson's focus is on recovering from the injury so he can make a return this season to help the Mavs in the postseason, and off season surgery is on the table. It's a tough break for Brunson, who should be dropped in all leagues unless he is a deep dynasty format stash. The outlook for Delon Wright and J.J. Barea remains a bit rosier with this news.

    Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter

  • Bismack Biyombo
    C, Charlotte Hornets

    Bismack Biyombo will start for the Hornets when they face the Raptors on Friday.

    Cody Zeller seems to be getting limited activity for the Hornets and that is allowing Biyombo to get some larger opportunities when he rests. If you can get the timing down Biyombo will make for a nice streamer and DFS target. The situation is a mess in terms of reliability until we get better notice on Zeller's "rest" status.

    Source: Hornets PR on Twitter

  • Luka Doncic
    PG-SF, Dallas Mavericks

    As expected, Luka Doncic will play through his left thumb sprain on Friday against the Heat.

    Get Doncic in your lineups and enjoy the show. With Doncic active everyone else will slide into there usual roles for the Mavs. Doncic has been a bit better from the free-throw line post All-Star break. The free-throw shooting is what can keep him from being a first-round talent.

    Source: Mavs PR on Twitter

  • Luka Doncic
    PG-SF, Dallas Mavericks

    As far as head coach Rick Carlisle knows, Luka Doncic (left thumb sprain) will play on Friday against the Heat.

    This is a repeat of what Carlisle said earlier this afternoon. Assuming warmups are not a problem it seems like Doncic will be good to go for the Mavs. If for some reason he did sit out, the Mavs would turn towards Delon Wright, Seth Curry and J.J. Barea.

    Source: Dwain Price on Twitter

  • De'Aaron Fox
    PG, Sacramento Kings

    De'Aaron Fox (abdominal tightness) will be a gametime call for Friday's contest with the Grizzlies.

    Fox wants to be out there and assuming everything goes well during warmups it sounds like he can push through the injury. It'd be nice if Fox was simply healthy, but at this point we'll have to be satisfied with the fact that he intends to push through the pain. Cory Joseph will get the first crack at point guard duties if Fox is forced to sit.

    Source: Jason Anderson on Twitter

  • Bam Adebayo
    C, Miami Heat

    Bam Adebayo (right ankle sprain) is active for Friday's Heat-Mavs game.

    Adebayo rolled right through the injury on Wednesday, and it is great that he will be back in the thick of things for the Heat on Friday. May the dream season, where Adebayo has lived up to the fantasy hype and then some, continue.

    Source: Tim Reynolds on Twitter

  • Khris Middleton
    SF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Khris Middleton will miss Friday's game against the Thunder with neck soreness.

    Middleton had been a beast for the Bucks, and maybe they just want to give him a rest. It's not clear how severe the situation is, but it'll be a replacement by committee while Middleton is out. Eric Bledsoe and Brook Lopez should benefit nicely.

    Source: Eric Nehm on Twitter