• Bradley Beal
    SG, Washington Wizards

    Bradley Beal went off for 28 points, four rebounds, four assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in the Wizards’ 122-103 win over the Raptors on Friday night.

    Perhaps it was the fact that he was back on his home floor but Beal was cooking on Friday night, looking far better than he had in Games 1 and 2 in Toronto. Beal shot just 39 percent in those games while hitting 3-of-11 from deep. Tonight’s explosion saw him knock down 4-of-9 from deep and finish with his first 20-plus point scoring effort in two weeks. The Wizards didn’t lose a home playoff game last season in six tries and it’s now clear the Raptors have a real challenge on their hands as Washington’s backcourt catches fire.

Fantasy News

  • Bam Adebayo
    C, Miami Heat

    Bam Adebayo's breakout season has begun to be noticed by opposing coaches and league executives, and he is garnering buzz as an All-Star reserve.

    Of course, Adebayo would have to contend with the likes of Joel Embiid, Andre Drummond and Nikola Vucevic should he be considered at center, but the Heat's lineups are famously flexible so he could sneak in as a forward. Regardless of his positional eligibility, Bam's has been the most predictable fantasy and real-life breakout in some time, averaging 15.1 points, 10.6 rebounds, a whopping 4.4 assists and almost 3 combined defensive stats on elite field goal percentage. He still has a ways to go from the free throw line and as a shot creator on offense, but we're seeing some of that develop over the past two weeks which have seen his scoring inch closer to the 20s and his free throw percentage approach respectability. His ability as a playmaker and secondary ballhandler is uncanny given his age and position.

    Source: South Florida Sun Sentinel

  • Rajon Rondo
    PG, Los Angeles Lakers

    Rajon Rondo (left hamstring strain) returned to action on Friday after a two-game absence with no points, two rebounds, four assists and one steal in 24 minutes.

    Rondo missed all five field goal attempts and should see better days. His playing time and game availability should remain inconsistent all year but outside of all that, he is putting up top-150 standard league per-game value with 7.9 points, 5.7 assists, 1.4 triples and 1.0 steals so he can provide some value if you need a spot start or some assists in your lineup.

  • Goga Bitadze
    C, Indiana Pacers

    The Pacers assigned Goga Bitadze and Alize Johnson to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Saturday.

    They will be in uniform and eligible to play. This is Bitadze's first stint with the G League squad, reminding all of us of just how accelerated his development has been as a "raw" rookie this season. Goga had a nice string of four-block games earlier this season, but he and Johnson are well off the fantasy radar with the Pacers nearing full health.

    Source: Scott Agness on Twitter

  • Keita Bates-Diop
    SF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Keita Bates-Diop (illness) played 11 minutes and compiled no stats on Friday after missing one game.

    Diop missed his only shot on the night as he may have had some lingering illness effects. The 2018 second round pick is averaging 7.2 points and 1.3 triples in 18.5 minutes with a 51.5 field goal percentage on the season so he should see better days ahead is off the standard league radar.

  • Malik Monk
    SG, Charlotte Hornets

    Malik Monk (right finger discomfort) played nine minutes in his return to action after a one-game absence.

    This was season-low for Monk who is averaging 20.0 minutes on the season. With Nicholas Batum out, Terry Rozier, Davonte Graham and P.J. Washington all played heavy minutes. Cody Martin played 15 minutes off the bench and may have jumped Monk in the rotation for now.

  • Terance Mann
    PG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Terrence Mann replaced the injured Patrick Beverley in the starting lineup on Friday and added three assists, two rebounds and a block.

    There was a decent opportunity for some sneaky DFS value here but Mann fell flat on his face. Don't consider Mann a fantasy option, especially when Beverley returns.

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Kawhi Leonard accumulated 42 points (10-for-24 shooting, 19-for-19 free throws), 11 rebounds, three triples and two assists as the Clippers defeated the Wolves 124-117.

    Leonard was relentlessly attacking the defense in this one and was rewarded with 19 free throw attempts which ties his career-high. It's odd to see a Leonard line with no defensive counters, but that's nitpicking what was an amazing line. The only thing holding Leonard back is load management.

  • Paul George
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Paul George caught fire on Friday, finishing with 46 points (17-for-31 shooting), seven assists, six threes, five rebounds and two steals.

    Nobody could stop George or Kawhi Leonard in this one, as the two both scored over 40 points for the first time this season. Something tells me this won't be the last time. The Clippers are starting to hit their stride, despite missing several contributors to injury. Look out.

  • Montrezl Harrell
    PF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Montrezl Harrell did what he does on Friday, chipping in 18 points (7-for-13 shooting) and four rebounds in 32 minutes off the bench.

    Harrell is a leading candidate for the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award because he comes off the bench and gets buckets. He did that again tonight, though with fewer rebounds than normal.

  • Rodney McGruder
    SG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Rodney McGruder returned to the floor in Friday's victory over the Wolves, finishing with three rebounds.

    It wasn't one to write home about for McGruder, but just getting back on the floor after a hamstring injury kept him out a few weeks is a good sign. The Clippers are dealing with a lot of injuries right now, so if he can get back up to speed quickly there could be some extra minutes for him.