• Chris Paul
    G, Houston Rockets

    Chris Paul struggled with his shot, making just 3-of-14 shots from the field to score 11 points that came with six rebounds, six assists and two steals.

    This was an off night for Paul, who did do his best in the fourth quarter to get his Rockets back in the game. He committed a shooting foul on Stephen Curry with less than a minute left and also missed a 33-foot Hail Mary 3-pointer. While his heroics failed to hit their mark tonight, CP3 will get another (possibly last) shot at redemption in Game 6 as the series heads back to Houston.

Fantasy News

  • Kemba Walker
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Kemba Walker was limited in Wednesday's practice and Brad Stevens said that the Celtics will continue to manage his workload.

    Walker played in the All-Star game and isn't expected to miss time. Just don't fret if you hear about limited or no-practice days for Walker going forward, as Boston is clearly going to prioritize keeping their star PG fresh for what they hope is a deep playoff run.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter

  • Coby White
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    Bulls beat writer K.C. Johnson is speculating that Coby White will get more starts down the stretch this season.

    White has been used as a reserve in each of his 55 games so far this year, though the Bulls have largely done so to shelter a young player whose game is still fairly one-dimensional. He does look like the team's future at point guard and should get a longer look as a starter while Chicago plays out the string of another lottery-bound season. To this point he's been outside the top-250 and probably won't be a factor in standard leagues, even if he starts, because of his poor efficiency (.370 from the field on 10.9 shots per game). The best case scenario would likely be White playing enough to hold appeal as a points and threes contributor for fantasy teams that are punting FG%. The player most likely to be affected is Tomas Satoransky, though his well-rounded game would likely keep him inside the top-125 even if he lost a couple minutes per game.

    Source: NBC Sports Chicago

  • Kris Dunn
    PG, Chicago Bulls

    In a recent mailbag, K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports said he believes the Bulls have a "good chance" of bringing back impending RFA Kris Dunn.

    Dunn had emerged as a starter on the wing this season thanks to Otto Porter's injury, and was actually turning in a top-100 season for fantasy GMs thanks to 2.0 steals per contest. He may miss the rest of the season thanks to a right MCL sprain, which could cost him some serious dollars in free agency, though the Bulls are on the inside track when it comes to retaining his services. There aren't many teams with cap space this summer and Dunn, a non-shooter whose value comes from excellent defense, may not be well-rounded enough to attract attention from the teams with spending money this summer. Whatever happens, it's been a strong year from Dunn, who looked to be on the outs in Chicago.

    Source: NBC Sports Chicago

  • Otto Porter Jr.
    SF, Chicago Bulls

    K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago fully expects Otto Porter to exercise his player option and return to the Bulls next season.

    No surprises here, as Porter has been hurt pretty much all year and would be a fool to pass up the $28.4 million he's set to earn next year. Even a healthy Porter might not get that much on the open market with teams trying to save space for the summer of 2021. Porter was great in his first half-season with Chicago but has been limited to nine lackluster games this year. Formerly a top-50 lock, he's lost a lot of luster this campaign. He recently returned to practice and should be back in action soon, though expectations need to be tempered. Porter's a fine flier in most formats but he isn't a must-stash player unless you have IR spots free.

    Source: NBC Sports Chicago

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Every executive that spoke to ESPN's Tim Bontemps believes Giannis Antetokounmpo will re-sign with the Bucks.

    Antetokounmpo's free agency has been shaping every team's decisions over the past few months, if not longer, as teams are trying to open up max space in the summer of 2021 to go after the reigning MVP. Milwaukee has built an excellent team around him and an early playoff exit might be the only thing that will sour Giannis on the organization. If he does re-sign without entering the open market, expect a wave of player movement as team make use of their flexibility with the league's top target off the board. This is all still a long ways off, but the prevailing sentiment seems to be that Giannis isn't going anywhere.

    Source: ESPN

  • Kevin Durant
    SF, Brooklyn Nets

    Speaking to Taylor Rooks of Bleacher Report, Kevin Durant (torn Achilles) confirmed that he will not play this season.

    "NO! No. The best thing for me is to continue the rehab, get as strong as I can and focus on next season," said Durant. There has been some speculation that KD would get back on the floor this year after he was spotted getting shots up, but him sitting out the entire season is the most sensible call for everyone involved. Durant shouldn't be on any redraft rosters to begin with, and dynasty and keeper GMs now have confirmation on what's been expected all along. It will be interesting to see how Durant looks upon returning from such a serious injury, and he'll be one of the riskier names at play in next season's drafts considering his likely ADP.

    Source: Nets Daily

  • Alex Len
    C, Sacramento Kings

    Alex Len (right hip flexor) is questionable on the injury report but Luke Walton said that the big man will not play on Thursday.

    Despite the official designation, the Kings will keep Len on the sidelines in their first game out of the All-Star break. After frittering away a chance to start in Atlanta, Len should be off most fantasy radars. He'll have a chance to earn good minutes with Richaun Holmes and Marvin Bagley out injured but it's hard to envision Len becoming more than a deep-league asset at his peak.

    Source: Jason Anderson on Twitter

  • Jake Layman
    SF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Jake Layman (left toe sprain) has been cleared to return to practice and will be re-evaluated in one week.

    Layman visited multiple foot specialists in his recovery from a toe sprain that's kept him sidelined since November 18. Prior to the injury he was on solid ground in Minnesota's rotation, averaging 10.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.9 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.4 3-pointers in 26.3 mpg — all good for career-highs aside from the rebounds. Obviously the sample is small with just 14 appearances on the year, but perhaps Layman can get back to his old role if he gets fully healthy, especially with the Wolves remaking their bench at the trade deadline. He's a name to keep an eye on in deeper formats.

    Source: Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Thomas Bryant
    C, Washington Wizards

    Thomas Bryant (sore right foot) went through Wednesday's practice but the Wizards still have not set his status for Friday's game.

    Bryant has missed the last four games before the All-Star break and also missed over a month with a right foot stress reaction sustained in early December, so the Wizards are rightfully taking it slow with their big man. Injuries have obviously slowed him down somewhat but when healthy, he's been a top-100 value on the year. If Bryant has to miss more games, Moritz Wagner looks like the biggest beneficiary. Expect an official status for tomorrow's game to come down some time tonight.

    Source: Candace Buckner on Twitter

  • Stephen Curry
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    Coach Steve Kerr said that Stephen Curry will play this season once he is healthy.

    Kerr said that "It's important for Steph and Andrew to get to know each other and to play together". It sounds like Kerr has no problem with playing Curry once he is fully recovered so he can get used to his new teammates. Curry should be on a roster in all 12-team leagues since he's a proven fantasy stud and could be an early-round player during the fantasy playoffs.

    Source: Kurt Helin on Twitter