• James Harden
    G, Houston Rockets

    James Harden turned on the jets late in Saturday's Game 3 victory, overcoming an 0-for-15 start from the field to score 14 points in the fourth quarter en route to 22 points, four rebounds, 10 assists, six steals, a block and two 3-pointers.

    Harden went an unsightly 3-of-20 overall and did most of his damage at the free throw line (14-of-16). His three buckets were an uncontested dunk down the lane and two deep threes, because of course. The ESPN broadcast crew said this was the worst start to a game in league playoff history in terms of misses before a make, but The Beard came through late to push Houston to a commanding 3-0 series lead. That said, the Rockets are a bit lucky to sneak out of this one with a win, as Harden took multiple possessions off to complain to the officials rather than get back on defense with Utah bricking good looks. Ricky Rubio was literally playing Harden from behind in the closing minutes in an effort to funnel him into the help but it didn't stop the potential MVP from grabbing this win in the final frame.

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  • Jimmy Butler
    SG, 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.

  • Bam Adebayo
    C, 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.

  • John Collins
    PF, 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.

  • De'Andre Hunter
    SF, 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.

  • Kevin Huerter
    SG, 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.

  • Trae Young
    PG, 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.

  • Brook Lopez
    C, 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.

  • Eric Bledsoe
    PG, 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.

  • George Hill
    PG, 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.

  • Khris Middleton
    SF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Khris Middleton continued his strong run of play on Thursday with 28 points, eight rebounds, four triples in 32 minutes against the Pistons.

    Middleton is the perfect Robin to GA's Batman. He just goes to work and does his job. That quiet production has vaulted him to 21st overall in 9-cat leagues because he just doesn't hurt fantasy teams (or the Bucks, for that matter) in any way. Just like his nickname, he has been Khash money all year.