April 18, 2019, 11:33 pmD'Angelo RussellG, Brooklyn Nets
D'Angelo Russell led the starts with 26 points and added four boards, three assists and two steals on Thursday night against the Sixers.
Russell had a nice game but the Nets got caved in while he was on the floor (-22). He'll have to put in a Herculean effort to give the Nets a shot in this series.
February 20, 2020, 11:19 pmTomas SatoranskyPG, Chicago Bulls
Tomas Satoransky was solid in his 33 minutes on Thursday as the Bulls fell for the seventh time in a row, scoring 12 points to go with six rebounds and eight assists.
Sato had a nice line, but he lacks the exciting explosiveness to make him more than a late middle-round value in fantasy. He should continue to produce top-100 value as long as Kris Dunn is on the shelf, but he's not going to win anyone a league.
February 20, 2020, 11:16 pmRyan ArcidiaconoPG, Chicago Bulls
Ryan Arcidiacono didn't take advantage of a start on Thursday night, scoring just three points and pulling down three boards in 28 minutes.
There's really nothing to see here for Arcidiacono, who got a spot start perhaps to keep Coby White from completely shooting the Bulls out of the game. White tried his best, shooting 3-of-11 for his 12 points in 30 minutes. White has more upside than Arcidiacono or Shaquille Harrison (13 points in 18 minutes), but it's best to leave all of these guys on the waiver wire.
February 20, 2020, 11:06 pmZach LaVinePG, Chicago Bulls
Zach LaVine struggled shooting the rock on Thursday, taking 22 field goal attempts to get to his 19 points, but he made up for that by adding seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals in a game-high 39 minutes.
LaVine is an explosive scorer who has added more facets to his game this season. He's an underrated source of steals at this point and should be valued as a player with top-25 upside going forward.
February 20, 2020, 11:02 pmThaddeus YoungPF, Chicago Bulls
Thaddeus Young scored a season-high 22 points on Thursday night to go with 11 rebounds, four steals and two triples in 36 minutes.
Young has taken advantage of high volume in the absence of a lot of critical pieces in the Bulls' rotation to be a top-120 player over the last 25 games. He has been a per-game darling in seasons past because he racked up a lot of steals and never turned the ball over. His production has been muted in Chicago on account of volume. He probably doesn't return to that level again but he should be a steady contributor until the Bulls have more bodies healthy.
February 20, 2020, 10:56 pmGoran DragicPG, Miami Heat
Goran Dragic scored 19 points to go with three triples in 27 minutes off the bench as the Heat lost 124-129 to the Hawks on Thursday night.
Dragic took advantage of Tyler Herro's absence yet again for his scoring output. Dragic has not been a consistent producer on this deep Heat squad and probably does not need to be rostered in all standard leagues. The same can be said for Kendrick Nunn, who has faded precipitously since his hot start. Nunn scored 14 points but didn't add much else in his 23 minutes.
February 20, 2020, 10:52 pmJae CrowderPF, Miami Heat
Jae Crowder was limited to 23 minutes on Thursday as he fouled out after scoring 14 points and hitting two triples.
Crowder has been fantastic since joining the Heat and earned his first start with his new squad. He didn't get the minutes because of the fouls but he did still produce something. He replaced Derrick Jones in the starting lineup, who did nothing against Utah going into the break. Jones dealt with a bruised shin in this contest and was limited to six points in 13 minutes.
February 20, 2020, 10:48 pmJimmy ButlerSG, Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler joined the Heat coming up short on Thursday, finishing with 17 points, eight rebounds, nine assists, two steals and a blocked shot in 34 minutes.
Butler was close to a triple-double but more important he contributed across the board after an empty scoring night before the All-Star break. The shooting was disappointing this time around (6-of-18) but this production across the board is what we get excited about for Butler.
February 20, 2020, 10:41 pmBam AdebayoC, Miami Heat
Bam Adebayo's monster game wasn't enough as the Heat fell to the Hawks on Thursday night despite 28 points, 19 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and a block from Bam in 36 minutes.
Despite the insane stat line, we're most impressed with 10-of-12 from the charity stripe for Bam. Surely, he didn't just learn how to shoot free throws effectively over the All-Star break so that should fall back down to normal. The good thing is, normal is still a top-40 player at worst.
February 20, 2020, 10:37 pmJohn CollinsPF, Atlanta Hawks
John Collins racked up two steals and three blocks to add a jolt to an otherwise quiet 12 points and seven rebounds on Thursday night.
Collins has been a huge asset on a per-game basis and as long as Clint Capela is out, he is going to be an elite option. Right now, Dewayne Dedmon is starting at center for the Hawks and isn't providing much, going scoreless with eight boards in 20 minutes. We'll see how the rotation shakes out when Capela is healthy, but it shouldn't affect Collins too much because of his ability to stretch the floor.
February 20, 2020, 10:34 pmDe'Andre HunterSF, Atlanta Hawks
De'Andre Hunter went for 17 points, six rebounds and three triples on Thursday night.
Hunter played through a sprained right ankle in this game and frankly played quite well. We'd love to see some more defensive counters than this but if he's going to go 7-of-12 from the floor, we shouldn't complain.