• Kevin Durant
    F, Golden State Warriors

    On Saturday Kevin Durant said that he wasn't taking good shots during Thursday's Game 1.

    "I didn't take smart shots. I took risky looks." He's not wrong, but it's also something that popped up noticeably against Houston. Teams have chosen to concede Durant ISOs and while he's an elite scorer, that sort of action has dragged the Warriors away from their optimal playing style. KD is getting the ball in the areas where it's toughest for him to score efficiently and teams keep funneling things in that direction. We'll see if the Dubs can swing things back toward ball movement going forward.

    Source: Marc J. Spears on Twitter

Fantasy News

  • Markieff Morris
    PF, Los Angeles Lakers

    Markieff Morris came off the bench to play 15 minutes in his Lakers debut on Tuesday, recording four points (1-of-3 shooting), one rebound and one block.

    Morris' value will likely take a big hit with the Lakers, but he's certainly capable of putting up standard league value if he can regularly exceed 20 minutes per game. Keep an eye on how his role unfolds.

  • Brandon Ingram
    SF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Brandon Ingram scored a team-high 34 points (12-of-20 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs) with seven boards, four dimes, two swipes and three triples in 37 minutes in a 109-118 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday.

    There was valid concern that Ingram's production would drop off once Zion entered the rotation. But to this point, Ingram's overall value has stayed largely the same, as his improved efficiency has helped to offset a small decline in counting stats.

  • Nicolo Melli
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Nicolo Melli came off the bench to score 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting against the Lakers on Tuesday, adding six rebounds, two assists, a block and a three in 27 minutes.

    Melli started his rookie season slowly, even with some extra minutes due to injuries to the Pelicans frontcourt. But even with a healthy squad, Melli has now scored in double figures in five of the last seven games. He's mainly good for threes on a high field goal percentage, but Melli can contribute some boards and blocks when he gets enough minutes as well. If he continues to play about 23 minutes per game, he's worth a look in standard leagues.

  • Jrue Holiday
    PG, New Orleans Pelicans

    Jrue Holiday struggled to get his shots to fall in a road loss to the Lakers on Tuesday, going for just 11 points on 5-of-19 shooting with five rebounds, nine assists, two steals and a three in 38 minutes.

    Holiday was tasked with guarding LeBron James for much of this game, so he could be forgiven for not being at his best on the other side of the floor. He should bounce back on Friday against the Cavs with no problem.

  • Trevor Ariza
    SF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Trevor Ariza had a well-rounded game on Tuesday, turning out 17 points (5-of-6 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 38 minutes in a 106-118 home loss to the Celtics.

    Ariza now has at least two steals in six straight games. That's not the only unsustainable number helping him put up middle-round value recently. Ariza's shooting percentages this month are miles above where they normally sit, so expect a drop in production. Treat him as a steals streamer in standard leagues.

  • CJ McCollum
    SG, Portland Trail Blazers

    C.J. McCollum came up big again with Damian Lillard (right groin strain) sidelined, posting 28 points on 10-of-24 shooting with four rebounds, 10 assists, three blocks and five 3-pointers in 38 minutes in a losing effort on Tuesday.

    Aside from hitting just half of his six freebies and the lack of steals, this was a great fantasy performance from McCollum. He should have a few more games of increased activity while Lillard recovers.

  • Hassan Whiteside
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Hassan Whiteside had a big 18-point, 19-rebound double-double vs. the Celtics on Tuesday, adding three assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    While Whiteside catches plenty of flak for not contributing much toward winning real basketball games, he continues to thrive in fantasy. But keep an eye on those free throws. Much of his resurgence this season was due to a huge jump in free throw percentage. However, he's back to 53.1% over the past month after hitting over 70% for most of the season.

  • Marquese Chriss
    PF, Golden State Warriors

    Marquese Chriss went to the locker room in the fourth quarter on Tuesday.

    Chriss has had an excellent night on 8-of-10 shooting and 21 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes. With the way the Warriors have been extra cautious about sitting players this season, this warrants some attention regarding their next game on Thursday.

    Source: Kerith Burke on Twitter

  • Jaylen Brown
    SG, Boston Celtics

    Jaylen Brown's 24 points (8-of-19 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs) helped the Celtics cruise to a road win over the Blazers on Tuesday, and he also contributed seven boards, two dimes, a steal and a three in his 34 minutes.

    Brown's breakout season continues. He should have no trouble providing top-100 value for the rest of the season with upside for top-50 production if he can get his defensive stats up a bit.

  • Marcus Smart
    PG, Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart didn't shoot well on Tuesday, going 4-for-9 from deep but 0-of-7 from two-point land, good for 12 points in 31 minutes against the Blazers.

    The rest of Smart's line was solid with six rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block. Smart has been starting with Kemba Walker (left knee soreness) out, but his production hasn't been much different than when he comes off the bench.