• Dante Exum - G - Utah Jazz

    Dante Exum (left ankle sprain, bone bruise) was able to go through a full practice on Sunday.

    Exum looks to be on the cusp of a return and will be returning from a 24-game absence if he can play in Utah's next game. He'll come back as Ricky Rubio's backup and help the Jazz with their defense in the second unit. It'd take a Rubio injury — which isn't exactly unlikely, mind you — to get Exum on the radar.

    Source: Eric Walden on Twitter

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  • Kyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics

    Kyrie Irving dropped 30 points with five rebounds, four assists, two threes, four steals and a block in 36 minutes in Monday's loss to the Nuggets.

    Irving was also 8-of-8 from the line. Even when the Celtics are a little flat, Kyrie is a top-10 stud. Expect it to continue as the Celtics jockey for playoff position.

  • DeMar DeRozan - G - San Antonio Spurs

    DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs in their 111-105 win over the Warriors with 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting while adding nine rebounds, eight assists and a steal.

    DeRozan didn't attempt any 3-pointers and went 8-for-9 at the line. When the game was on the line, the Spurs turned to DeRozan and he delivered, scoring six of the Spurs' last nine points.

  • Rudy Gay - F - San Antonio Spurs

    Rudy Gay came off the bench on Monday and scored 17 points on 7-of-16 shooting to go with six rebounds, three assists, a steal and a 3-pointer.

    Even though Gay isn't starting, he's finishing games which is what matters. The 27 minutes are still in line with his season averages and as long as he's healthy he shouldn't be on any waiver wires.

  • LaMarcus Aldridge - F - San Antonio Spurs

    LaMarcus Aldridge double-doubled on Monday with 23 points and 13 rebounds while adding three assists, a steal, two blocks and a 3-pointer.

    Aldridge attempted as many 3-pointers tonight as his last four games combined in an effort to keep the Warriors' defense honest. The Spurs are riding a nine-game winning streak and Aldridge has been a top-10 player during that span, averaging 23.9 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.4 blocks on .554 shooting.

  • Al Horford - F/C - Boston Celtics

    Al Horford had an efficient 20 points on 8-of-15 field goals including four threes on Monday vs. the Nuggets.

    Horford added six rebounds, six assists, a steal and a block for a well-rounded line that just lacked free throws. He's provided top-40 value on the season, though it's been a bit outside that over the last month.

  • Derrick White - G - San Antonio Spurs

    Derrick White scored 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting while adding two rebounds, four assists, two steals, a block and two 3-pointers against the Warriors on Monday.

    White continues to bring the goods in all peripheral stats and is going to be a key reason for a lot of fantasy championships. If there's one thing that coach Popovich loves, it's players who play defense and White has proven to be an elite asset on that end.

  • Jakob Poeltl - C - San Antonio Spurs

    Jakob Poeltl scored six points on 3-of-6 shooting with seven rebounds on Monday.

    Poeltl cooled off on the defensive stats, but we expected that, given he tallied 10 blocks in his last two games. Coach Popovich has taken a liking to Poeltl and it looks like he's finally getting consistent rotational minutes which means he's a must-own player going forward.

  • Stephen Curry - G - Golden State Warriors

    Stephen Curry led the Warriors in scoring with 25 points on 9-of-25 shooting while adding seven rebounds, eight assists, three steals, a block and six 3-pointers.

    Curry started the game 0-for-7 and his first 3-pointer was a 61-foot attempt to end the first quarter. Even though it looked like his night was going to be awful, he recovered and delivered a full line. Coach Kerr may rest Curry given that the Warriors play a back-to-back set tomorrow and have another back-to-back set to end the week, but we're still looking at a big week for Chef Curry.

  • Kevin Durant - F - Golden State Warriors

    Kevin Durant returned to action on Monday and scored 24 points on 9-of-18 shooting while adding five rebounds and three assists.

    The good news is that he's back in action, but tonight's line was a letdown considering he tallied zero peripheral stats. He's potentially looking at four more games for this week so there's a lot of time for him to make up ground in that department.

  • Jake Layman - F - Trail Blazers

    Jake Layman will start in place of C.J. McCollum on Monday vs. the Pacers.

    McCollum is out for at least a week, so Layman may be in line for quite a few starts here. When he's started this season, he's provided solid late-round value.

    Source: Jason Quick