April 24, 2019, 12:20 amDeMar DeRozanG, San Antonio Spurs
DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points on 6-of-15 field-goals and 5-of-5 free throws in Tuesday's 108-90 Game 5 road loss to the Nuggets.
DeRozan added just four rebounds, one assist and one steal in his 28 minutes. This game was effectively over in the middle of the third quarter, so Demar didn't play his usual minutes. It might be time for Coach Popovich to let him shoot a few threes with their backs against the wall in Game 6 on Thursday.
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.
February 20, 2020, 10:29 pmKevin HuerterSG, Atlanta Hawks
Kevin Huerter played 40 minutes in Thursday's win over the Heat, scoring 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three triples as the Hawks beat the Heat.
Huerter did manage to play this game and produced quite well. He has trended up over the last two months as a top-100 player. Unfortunately, the percentages do limit his upside, but he should at least be a 3-point specialist. Cam Reddish played 37 minutes for his 16 points, four rebounds and four defensive counters. Reddish has similarly trended up of late as he approaches late-round value. He may have some value in deep leagues.
February 20, 2020, 10:18 pmTrae YoungPG, Atlanta Hawks
Trae Young ran the show on Thursday night, scoring a season-high 50 points (12-of-25 shooting, 18-of-19 from the line), eight assists, eight 3-pointers and seven turnovers in 40 minutes.
Young continued his great season and produced exactly how we expect him to. He scored in bunches, made a lot of triples, picked up his fair share of dimes and turned it over in bulk as well. These are kind of the four things we expect right now from Young. Some days are going to be tougher shooting the ball but Young is a top-20 asset for all leagues.
February 20, 2020, 10:11 pmBrook LopezC, Milwaukee Bucks
Brook Lopez scored 18 points on Thursday night in 24 minutes of action as the Bucks routed the Pistons 126-106.
Lopez was very efficient while making 9-of-10 from the line. Unfortunately, this was a pretty empty line because he only pulled down two boards and didn't block any shots. He should still be a top-50 asset going forward and he should continue to block shots at high volume.
February 20, 2020, 10:09 pmEric BledsoePG, Milwaukee Bucks
Eric Bledsoe scored 19 points to go along with four rebounds and six assists in 27 minutes in Thursday's win over the Pistons.
Bledsoe added two triples and three defensive counters to a great line. Bled has had some rough patches at times this year, but he's really hitting his stride and he is a must-start option for all fantasy teams.
February 20, 2020, 10:03 pmGeorge HillPG, Milwaukee Bucks
George Hill played 20 quiet minutes on Thursday, scoring four points and dishing out three assists.
Hill returned to the court in this game and he was a welcome return for the Bucks. He was not particularly productive in this one, but he is a reliable and steady producer for this team who continues to be underrated from a real team standpoint. He'll be a deep-league option going forward.