April 24, 2016, 12:52 pm
Kawhi Leonard was fantastic once again on Sunday, scoring 21 points on 6-of-10 shooting (including two treys), seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and two blocks over a team-high 28 minutes in the win over the Grizzlies.
The Spurs are officially the first team to advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs. The Grizzlies were never really a match for the Spurs and had no answers for Kawhi & co. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting and added 10 rebounds. Tony Parker added 16 points, while David West contributed 11 points, four rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block off the bench. The Spurs can now head home and rest while awaiting the winner of the Thunder vs. Mavs series.
February 22, 2020, 1:10 amJordan ClarksonPG, Utah Jazz
Jordan Clarkson played 34 minutes on Friday, putting up 15 points and 3 assists. He went 5-of-12 from the floor and 2-for-7 from beyond the arc.
This was an unusually high amount of minutes for Clarkson, as Rudy Gobert was the only player on the Jazz who played more. Mike Conley was out for this contest, so that certainly helped, but Clarkson has kept his value right around the 100 mark and needs to be owned everywhere right now. He's averaging 16.2 PTS and 2.3 threes over the last two months and has been especially effective over the last two weeks.
February 22, 2020, 1:08 amKentavious Caldwell-PopeSG, Los Angeles Lakers
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope labored his way o 12 points (4-for-12 shooting), five rebounds, one triple, one assist and one seal in Friday's win over the Grizzlies.
Caldwell-Pope is little more than a three-point streamer and his lines can be pretty ugly when he isn' hitting his threes like tonight (1-for-6 from three). There really isn't a ton of fantasy value off the Lakers bench as Kyle Kuzma (eight points, four rebounds, three assists), Rajon Rondo (five points, five assists, two rebounds) and Alex Caruso (nine points, four rebounds, one triple, one steal) all limit each other's fantasy upside.
February 22, 2020, 12:58 amEmmanuel MudiayPG, Utah Jazz
Emmanuel Mudiay played a very efficient 18 minutes on Friday vs. the Spurs, posting a team-high 18 points (6-of-10 FG), five rebounds and three assists.
Mudiay was surprisingly good on Friday even though almost every other guard for the Jazz played more minutes than he did. He is an option in deeper leagues and is worth monitoring due to his upside.
February 22, 2020, 12:32 amJaren Jackson Jr.PF, Memphis Grizzlies
Jaren Jackson Jr. hurt his knee in Friday's game and is doubtful to return.
JJJ logged just 16 minutes in this one and put up seven points on 1-of-3 shooting with four rebounds, one assist and one steal. Before getting hobbled, he was a team-worst minus-21 in the +/- column so it was just a matter of adding an injury to the already insulting evening. Brandon Clarke started the second half in his stead.
Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter
February 22, 2020, 12:08 amJuancho HernangomezPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Juan Hernangomez started and put up 17 points and added five rebounds in the Wolves' loss to the Celtics on Friday.
He played 26 minutes and was efficient from the floor, going 5-of-10 FG and 4-for-5 from behind the three-point line. The T-Wolves have not been able to put everything together yet this year, as evidenced by their lineup this evening. Hernangomez seems to be a primary beneficiary of their struggles and should be owned in all deeper leagues.
February 21, 2020, 11:58 pmNaz ReidC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Naz Reid tied his career-high with nine rebounds on Friday, adding 19 points and three steals in the Wolves' loss to the Celtics.
Reid is starting with Karl-Anthony Towns on the shelf for the next couple of weeks. He looks very good and is making the most of his opportunity. Reid's per-36 minute numbers have been mouthwatering all season and it is his time to shine. He should be one of the hottest waiver pickups this week.
February 21, 2020, 11:54 pmMalik BeasleySG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Malik Beasley put up 27 points in 36 minutes in the Wolves' loss to the Celtics on Friday, adding four rebounds and going 4-for-8 from three-point range.
Beasley was good again on Friday and continues to thrive in his new threads with the Wolves. He is a must-own player at this point and should continue to play next to D'Angelo Russell in the backcourt as the season reaches the homestretch.
February 21, 2020, 11:49 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum registered a double-double on Friday, going for 28 points, 11 rebounds and adding three assists in the Celtics 127-117 win over the Wolves.
Kemba Walker did not play tonight but it did not matter, as the Celtics had no trouble with the Wolves. Tatum was not very efficient from the floor in this one, going 8-for-21. If Walker is forced to miss an extended period of time, Tatum figures to receive an uptick in offensive volume.
February 21, 2020, 11:42 pmGordon HaywardSF, Boston Celtics
Gordon Hayward had 29 points (12-of-17 FG), six assists and five rebounds in Friday's win over the Wolves.
Hayward had an extremely efficient outing in this one, going 2-for-4 from beyond the arc and shot 71% from the floor. Kemba Walker was out so Hayward saw more offensive chances on Friday. He may be the player on the Celtics who benefits the most from Walker's absence but is still a solid contributor with Walker on the floor.
February 21, 2020, 11:40 pmRudy GaySF, San Antonio Spurs
Rudy Gay disappeared into the fantasy ether on Friday, playing just 15 minutes and was limited to four points on 2-of-6 shooting with four rebounds and one assist.
Gay is a drop, even in 18-teamers, given how steeply he's dropped over the last month. He's scored in double figures only twice in February and there doesn't appear to be a light at the end of this dark and dreary tunnel.