February 23, 2019, 11:20 pmLauri Markkanen - F - Chicago Bulls
Lauri Markkanen feasted in Saturday's win over the Celtics, putting up a career-high 35 points on 12-of-20 from the field to go with 15 rebounds, a steal and three 3-pointers.
That's Markkanen's second consecutive double-double and he now has at least 20 points in all eight of his games in February. The talented sophomore also has 10-plus rebounds in eight of his last 11 games and has grabbed at least six boards in every game since January 15. He's absolutely rolling and could easily threaten top-30 numbers the rest of the way. Enjoy the ride.
March 23, 2019, 10:30 amMalcolm Miller - F - Toronto Raptors
The Raptors have sent Malcom MIller to the G-League on Saturday.
Miller will play for the Raptors 905's final regular season game. He is averaging 10.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.6 triples in the G-League this season but has only appeared in six games for the Raptors, playing very limited minutes.
Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter
March 23, 2019, 10:23 amJustin Bibbs - G - Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers have signed Justin Bibbs to a second 10-day contract.
Bibbs spent most of the first 10-day deal in the G-League and is yet to make his Clippers debut. The undrafted rookie out of Virginia Tech has G-League averages of 11.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.7 triples in 29.7 minutes.
Source: Andrew Greif on Twitter
March 23, 2019, 10:12 amTyson Chandler - C - Los Angeles Lakers
Tyson Chandler has no plans to retire anytime soon.
Chandler on his future in the league says, "I feel like I got a lot left.” He is 36 years old and averaged 3.1 points and 5.6 rebounds in 15.9 minutes across 54 games this year. He will be an unrestricted free agent after this season and the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year will hope to sign the veteran's minimum deal somewhere but no longer has value in fantasy circles.
Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter
March 23, 2019, 1:37 amLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James (sore left groin) returned from a one-game absence on Friday night and put up 25 points, nine rebounds, 14 assists, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer in a 106-111 loss to the Nets that eliminated the Lakers from playoff contention.
James went 8-of-25 from the field and 8-of-12 at the line while committing eight turnovers, but the real insult-to-injury part of the night came in the final minute when LeBron slipped out of bounds while driving the baseline. He came up limping after the play, so maybe it's more of an injury-to-injury situation. James returned to the game for a final offensive possession but was subbed out when the Lakers had to defend. With the Lakers' season over, we can expect more nights off going forward, especially after James appeared to get hurt again tonight.
March 23, 2019, 1:33 amJaVale McGee - C - Los Angeles Lakers
JaVale McGee set a new career-high in points on Friday night, going 15-of-20 from the field for 33 points to go with 20 rebounds, a steal and six blocks in 35 minutes against the Nets.
McGee went 3-of-7 from the charity stripe to put a single blemish on a fantastic performance. This game surely swung some weekly matchups out there, and despite L.A.'s spot in the standings they don't appear ready to dial back on McGee's minutes just yet. Tyson Chandler played 13 minutes while Mo Wagner and Johnathan Williams didn't take the floor. Just hope that it keeps up so McGee can put up big numbers as the Lakers play out the string.
March 23, 2019, 1:28 amKyle Kuzma - F - Los Angeles Lakers
Kyle Kuzma scored 18 points with five rebounds, a block and three triples on Friday night, though he shot 5-of-19 to get there.
Kuzma's stat set is just not good enough for him to really help you out when the shot isn't falling. Points, threes and rebounds will be there — as will some assists if LeBron James sits out — but everything else will be lacking. Deploy as needed.
March 23, 2019, 1:26 amAlex Caruso - G - Los Angeles Lakers
Alex Caruso came off the bench on Friday and posted 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists, a steal and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Nets.
Caruso shot just 3-of-10 but it's certainly better than Rajon Rondo, who had five points, three rebounds, four assists, a steal and a triple in 25 minutes. Now that the Lakers are officially out of the playoffs we could see the scales tilt further in Caruso's direction, which means only those of you who are in desperate need of assists should be hanging onto Rondo. Caruso's a decent flier with the Lakers having four games next week but we wouldn't be entirely surprised if he ended up burning you, so buyer beware.
March 23, 2019, 1:24 amKentavious Caldwell-Pope - G - Los Angeles Lakers
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored seven points (1-of-6 FG) to go with four rebounds, one assist, two steals and a triple in 33 minutes against the Nets on Friday.
KCP took a predictable hit with LeBron James back in action, and even the absence of Josh Hart wasn't enough to earn him more looks on offense tonight. He's a 3-point streaming option but we wouldn't fully trust him as a permanent member of lineups in standard-sized leagues — at least not when LeBron is healthy.
March 23, 2019, 1:21 amD'Angelo Russell - G - Brooklyn Nets
D'Angelo Russell put up 21 points and 13 assists in his return L.A., adding three steals, four triples and six turnovers in a win over the Lakers.
Technically Russell had been back to L.A. given that Brooklyn played the Clippers several days ago, but the sweet narrative can ignore such things. It wasn't anything special as far as the vaunted "Revenge Games" go, but Russell gets the last laugh as the Lakers were eliminated from playoff contention with the loss tonight. We'll see if he can get back on a roll now that the Nets have removed Caris LeVert, another ball-handler, from the starting lineup. Spencer Dinwiddie was also productive with 19 points, two steals, a block and two triples off the bench, though he shot just 4-for-14.
March 23, 2019, 1:17 amEd Davis - C - Brooklyn Nets
Ed Davis came off the bench for 14 points, 15 rebounds (seven offensive), a steal and a block on 7-of-11 shooting in 20 minutes on Friday against the Lakers.
Davis is always one of the top rebound streamers available and odds are that someone in one of your leagues got pushed over the hump by this huge game. Hopefully it was you. Boss would've had a bigger game if not for five fouls, too. Jarrett Allen was less impressive but still turned in a decent game with 13 points, 11 rebounds and a block.