April 21, 2019, 1:39 amJae CrowderF, Utah Jazz
Jae Crowder moved into the starting five on Saturday night but was fairly quiet with five points, five rebounds, two steals and a triple in 24 minutes.
Crowder's a better fit for this series than Derrick Favors but it didn't lead to a ton of extra work tonight. The Jazz turned to Royce O'Neale for 29 minutes (five points, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer) and Georges Niang for 17 minutes (eight points, seven rebounds, two threes) but might be out of answers with the team dropping into a 0-3 hole on a night where James Harden shot 3-of-20. If you're missing that opportunity, tweaking the starting lineup or forward mix will only take you so far.
February 22, 2020, 8:21 pmMario HezonjaSG, Portland Trail Blazers
Mario Hezonja will miss Sunday's game with a left ankle sprain.
Hezonja has fallen off the fantasy radar. His absence will not make any non-owners blink.
Source: Jamie Goldberg on Twitter
February 22, 2020, 8:19 pmDamian LillardPG, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard (right groin strain) is officially out for Sunday's game.
Lillard was projected to miss at least 3-4 games, so this comes as no surprise. Until he returns, expect big games from C.J. McCollum and some deep-league value coming from Gary Trent Jr.
Source: Jamie Godlberg on Twitter
February 22, 2020, 7:52 pmJalen BrunsonPG, Dallas Mavericks
Jalen Brunson (right shoulder sprain) has been ruled out for the rest of Saturday's game.
Brunson leaves after scoring two points on the first play of the night. With him now out of commission, Delon Wright will be able to get a lot of run and will be in line for a big night.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter
February 22, 2020, 7:48 pmJalen BrunsonPG, Dallas Mavericks
Early into the action in Saturday's game, Jalen Brunson took a spill and hurt his shoulder, forcing him to head to the locker room.
Ouch. Brunson started in this one for Luka Doncic (ankle). If he's unable to return, the Mavs will lean on Delon Wright, Seth Curry and maybe old man J.J. Barea.
Source: Eddie Sefko on Twitter
February 22, 2020, 7:41 pmEric GordonSG, Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon (left leg contusion) will be playing for the Rockets on Saturday but will be coming off the bench.
The return to action is good for his owners and the transition via an initial bench role is to be expected. Gordon is a legitimate third scoring option for the Rockets and his return will surely eat into the value of the likes of Ben McLemore.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
February 22, 2020, 7:34 pmD'Angelo RussellPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
D'Angelo Russell (planned rest) will not play on Sunday.
Russell sat out Saturday's practice, which was planned, as the Wolves will pump the brakes on a key player with some light knee soreness. Pretty much everyone else on the Wolves gets an upgrade for tomorrow with this news, though Jordan McLaughlin, Malik Beasley and Josh Okogie come to mind first.
Source: Jon Krawczynski on Twitter
February 22, 2020, 7:28 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker (left knee soreness) will sit out Sunday's tilt with the Lakers.
Walker recently had his knee drained but he's still day-to-day status-wise. Obviously this isn't great news but we're still not panicking about his long-term outlook just yet. Look for all of the other Celtics to pick up more shots, with Brad Wanamaker the big winner in terms of sheer minutes. The other Celtics are better fantasy plays.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
February 22, 2020, 7:15 pmDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton (left ankle soreness) will play on Saturday without minutes restrictions, as will the rest of the Suns aside from Frank Kaminsky.
For those keeping track, that's good for Aron Baynes, Elie Okobo and Dario Saric. Everyone played on Friday but there was some concern over whether everyone would be ready for the back-to-back situation. Fire up your Suns as usual.
Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter
February 22, 2020, 7:13 pmSeth CurrySG, Dallas Mavericks
Seth Curry (right knee soreness) is in the starting five on Saturday night.
Curry was initially questionable but could be looking at a big night with Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis both out. Feel free to fire him up, with Delon Wright and Jalen Brunson also in the mix.
Source: Dallas Mavericks on Twitter
February 22, 2020, 7:04 pmIvica ZubacC, Los Angeles Clippers
Ivica Zubac came away with eight points and 15 rebounds on Saturday.
Zubac needed only 20 minutes to do that damage, adding a block for good measure. He took advantage of a matchup against the undersized Harry Giles but will settle down in the near future. Zubes is a traditional big with a late-round ceiling, though he's viable when he's playing well like this.