• Jimmy Butler
    G/F, Philadelphia Sixers

    Jimmy Butler hurt his foot late in Sunday's game and coach Brett Brown is unsure what the problem is.

    This explains why James Ennis closed out the game instead of Butler. We'll have to wait until later to learn the extent of the injury.

    Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter

Fantasy News

  • Pascal Siakam
    PF, Toronto Raptors

    Pascal Siakam was held in check from the field, scoring 24 points on 9-of-22 shooting while chipping in nine boards, two assists, two steals, a block and two triples in Thursday's 109-119 loss to the Rockets.

    Siakam went 2-for-8 from deep and struggled to get anything going on offense towards the end of the game. It's a good thing that a line like tonight can be considered below average and it speaks volumes about the player that Spicy P has become in such a short amount of time.

  • Fred VanVleet
    PG, Toronto Raptors

    Fred VanVleet scored 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting while adding six rebounds, five assists, three steals, a block and three 3-pointers on Thursday.

    VanVleet was awesome tonight and it looks like his strong surge is here to stay. Ever since the NBA finals, VanVleet has morphed into a legitimate option 2 on offense alongside Pascal Siakam and the departure of Kawhi Leonard helped expedite it. It's great news that he was able to do this with Kyle Lowry also logging 42 minutes.

  • Kyle Lowry
    PG, Toronto Raptors

    Kyle Lowry had another strong game on Thursday with 19 points on 5-of-8 shooting to go with five boards, eight dimes, a steal and three 3-pointers.

    Lowry was on a tear before hurting his thumb and he's already back to speed. He logged 42 minutes which is actually a bit worrisome as the heavy minutes can really wear a guy like him down. If Coach Nurse continues to work him this hard, you may want to consider the injury risk you take with a guy like him, even though the production is undeniable.

  • Marc Gasol
    C, Toronto Raptors

    Marc Gasol filled up the stat sheet on Thursday, scoring five points with six rebounds, five assists, four steals, two blocks and a triple.

    Gasol did a much better job playing against the Rockets' potent offense than Serge Ibaka (17 minutes, 10 points, five rebounds and two assists) which explains why he logged 29 minutes tonight. After an extremely slow start, Gasol has posted nearly top-80 value over the last two weeks with averages of 6.4 points, 5.3 boards, 4.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.6 blocks and 1.3 3s.

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    James Harden cooled off on Thursday, scoring 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting while adding seven boards, three assists, five steals, a block and three 3-pointers in Thursday's 119-109 win over the Raptors.

    It looks like Harden will see the halfcourt double-teams all year long, but that shouldn't worry owners at all. He's a maestro on offense and even though his line wasn't as monstrous as we're used to, it's still better than 90 percent of the league. The Beard continues to be a fantasy animal.

  • Danuel House
    PF, Houston Rockets

    Danuel House returned to action Thursday after recovering from an illness and scored 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting to go with one rebound, three assists and three triples.

    House is an integral part in what Houston does as a playmaker and his fantasy value should remain consistent as well. He's the Rockets' best shooter from deep, hitting .444 from distance and his ability to put the ball on the floor makes him Coach D'Antoni's favorite wing. Grab him if he's on your wire.

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Russell Westbrook had a classic fantasy line, notching a 19-13-11 triple-doubler to go with two steals while shooting 7-for-27 from the floor against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Westbrook is getting clean 4-on-3 opportunities in halfcourt sets, but his jumper has completely abandoned him. He went 0-for-6 from deep and after an encouraging start to the year, he's actually shooting .410 from the floor on the season, which would be the second lowest mark of his career. That being said, he got a bucket on Fred VanVleet in crunchtime which essentially sealed the game and his athleticism and rebounding abilities are still there which means he should continue to post triple-doubles. The shooting is just something owners will have to pray gets back on track.

  • Ben McLemore
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Ben McLemore scored a season-high 28 points on Thursday, hitting eight 3-pointers to go with two rebounds, three assists and a steal.

    McLemore was red-hot in this game and Coach D'Antoni has decided to use him as a starter as he thrives playing with James Harden. Harden is being double-teamed before halfcourt and McLemore has been ready with a trigger finger. He won't always be this good, but he's worth a streaming spot if you need triples.

  • PJ Tucker
    SF, Houston Rockets

    P.J. Tucker scored 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting to go with 11 boards, two assists, a steal and five triples on Thursday.

    Tucker is the glue guy for the Rockets and did his usual business on the boards while nailing 5-of-10 from deep. He's stationed at the corner and will continue to get easy looks all year with James Harden and Russell Westbrook creating for him. There will be inconsistencies, but over the long haul, he's posting top-40 value in 9-cat leagues.

  • Clint Capela
    C, Houston Rockets

    Clint Capela scored six points on 3-of-9 shooting with 13 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block on Thursday.

    Capela continues to be a driving force for the Rockets on the defensive end of the floor and has been crushing it this season, averaging a career-high 14.9 rebounds while matching a career-high 1.9 blocks per game. There's a bonus in his contract if he has a 30% defensive rebound rate and he currently boasts a 34.5% rate on that end. He looks more spry than last year and health is the only limiting factor for him.