May 13, 2019, 2:34 pmKevin DurantF, Golden State Warriors
Kevin Durant (mild right calf strain) will miss Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals vs. the Trail Blazers and is unlikely to play in Game 2.
Durant isn’t being re-evaluated until Thursday and Games 1 and 2 are on Tuesday and Thursday. The Warriors managed to send the Rockets home without Durant and they’ll look to do the same vs. the Blazers. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will have to step up in order to beat this flaming hot Blazers team. DeMarcus Cousins could return for this series as well but he likely won’t be 100 percent. This series is shaping up to be a fun one.
Source: Ramona Shelburne on Twitter
February 28, 2020, 11:31 pmKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry scored 21 points and added six rebounds and six assists in a loss on Friday at the hands of the Hornets.
Lowry got 38 minutes in this one, which is just above his season average. Lowry has been a fantasy superstar again this season, as he's firmly inside the top-30. He has been very consistent (again) and should not be on anyone's bench for any reason as long as he is healthy.
February 28, 2020, 11:27 pmOG AnunobySF, Toronto Raptors
OG Anunoby had another nice game on Friday in a loss to the Hornets, putting up 16 points, nine rebounds, three assists and a whopping six steals.
Holy steal. Anunoby extended his streak of games with at least one steal to 10 with this monster effort. He has settled into the top-80 with his recent hot stretch and is inching further away from the question marks surrounding his play midway through the season. Anunoby is a top-25 player over the past two weeks and needs to be on fantasy rosters in every league.
February 28, 2020, 11:27 pmDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
De'Aaron Fox returned from a one-game absence on Friday night and led the Kings to a key win with 25 points on 10-of-19 shooting, four rebounds, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes of action.
Fox was able to play through abdominal tightness after initially getting hurt on Tuesday and then sat out on Thursday, but he didn't look to be dealing with any after effects in this sterling performance. He's taken a slight step back this season thanks to small dips in steals, assists and free throw percentage that offset modest gains in rebounds, points and field goal percentage, but Fox is still a steady middle-round option with plenty of upside. Here's hoping that the injuries are behind him.
February 28, 2020, 11:24 pmNemanja BjelicaPF, Sacramento Kings
Nemanja Bjelica was good for 13 points (5-of-15 FG), 11 rebounds, a steal and two 3-pointers on Friday night.
That's two solid games after a dud against the woeful Warriors. Although Bjelica's defense remains abhorrent, and will likely cost the Kings in key games as they try to revitalize their playoff hopes, he's locked into a big role and has posted top-75 value on the year.
February 28, 2020, 11:23 pmNorman PowellSF, Toronto Raptors
Norman Powell returned to action on Friday and put up 22 points and three assists in 36 minutes of floor time.
His return kind of came out of nowhere, but the Raptors are terrible at reporting and disclosing injury information so this is not shocking. The Raptors were thin tonight with only nine players, and Powell benefited from the absence of Fred VanVleet. On a per game basis Norm ranks safely inside the top-100 this season, so he's worth scooping up if you have space or a need. It helps that he's on a really good team as well.
February 28, 2020, 11:22 pmHarry Giles IIIPF, Sacramento Kings
Harry Giles came through with 16 points, five rebounds, a steal and a block on Friday against the Grizzlies.
Giles has managed late-round value over the last couple of weeks thanks to the fact that he's the last big standing in Sacramento these days. Richaun Holmes' return will hurt him substantially but until then, Giles is a fine option as long as you don't expect the world. He's got double digits in four straight games and at least five rebounds in each of those as well.
February 28, 2020, 11:20 pmBogdan BogdanovicSG, Sacramento Kings
Bogdan Bogdanovic went 1-for-7 from the field on Friday night, scoring five points to go with eight rebounds, four assists, a steal and a 3-pointer.
Bogdanovic has been a top-125 value over the last month, and while his elevation to the starting role has given him a modest bump it's certainly not anything game-changing. He's probably worth rostering in standard formats but he's not a must-own if there's a serious name sitting on your waiver wire. There's late-middle round upside here, and as we approach silly season you might find someone capable of more emerging on the wire.
February 28, 2020, 11:16 pmTerry RozierPG, Charlotte Hornets
Terry Rozier ended with 18 points, six rebounds and six assists in Friday's victory over the Raptors, adding the game-clinching free throws in the waning seconds to seal the win.
Rozier's production has taken a dip in the second half of the season, but sits right at number 75 in the fantasy rankings on a per game basis. As long as he stays healthy, there is no reason to see his minutes decrease and to see him close out the year on an upswing would not be surprising.
February 28, 2020, 11:15 pmBrandon IngramSF, New Orleans Pelicans
Brandon Ingram scored a team-high 29 points in Friday's 116-104 win over the Cavs, going 11-of-19 from the field while adding six rebounds, seven assists, a steal and two 3-pointers.
Impressively, Ingram also went 5-of-6 from the charity stripe as his remarkable turnaround there continues. After shooting .621, .681 and .675 in his first three seasons, Ingram is at a sterling .860 on a career-high 6.1 attempts per game this season. It's led to a massive season with second-round fantasy value. Ingram's efficiency was replicated in this one by Zion Williamson (24 points on 11-of-16 FG) and Jrue Holiday (22 points on 10-of-16 FG with six assists, two steals, a block and two triples) as the Pelicans rolled right over the hapless Cavs.
February 28, 2020, 11:12 pmLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball filled up the stat sheet with five points, six rebounds, 12 assists, four steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer in Friday's win.
Ball's never going to be a big scorer but this line is him at his multi-cat best. He's rolling with top-30 value in his last 11 games and is rolling along with outstanding production in threes, assists and steals, with positive contributions in blocks and rebounds out of the point guard slot.