April 27, 2018, 11:03 pmLeBron JamesG/F, Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron James tallied 22 points, five rebounds, seven assists, two blocks, one steal and three 3-pointers in the Cavs' Game 6 loss to the Pacers on Friday night.
James did all he could in Game 6 but not only was it not enough, it was never going to be. The Pacers played phenomenal basketball and it wouldn't have mattered what LeBron did. He wasn't quite up to his standard especially if you consider his 44-point effort from Game 5 "the standard." James shot just 7-of-16 though he got it going from deep, hitting 3-of-6. One thing to be a little concerned about — when James hits double-digit field goals, they're 3-1 against Indiana. When he doesn't, they're 0-2 and have lost the two games by a combined 52 points. The Cavs will need to see plenty of volume from the King on Sunday.
December 13, 2019, 9:25 pmAaron GordonPF, Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon notched 21 points (9-for-15 shooting), six rebounds, four assists and two triples in Wednesday's loss to the Rockets.
Gordon had a nice showing offensively, though the lack of defensive numbers is annoying. It will be tough for him to return his draft day price on the season, but he should improve on what he's done so far this year.
December 13, 2019, 9:19 pmTerrence RossSG, Orlando Magic
Terrence Ross played 27 minutes off the bench on Wednesday night, scoring 13 points (4-for-10 shooting), two assists, two triples, two blocks, a steal and a rebound.
The minutes were a team-high off the bench for the Magic, as Ross seems to be settling into a sixth-man role that is offering him plenty of opportunities to hoist shots and be an option as a points and threes streamer. There will be rough shooting nights mixed in so be prepared for that as well.
December 13, 2019, 9:04 pmDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
De'Aaron Fox (ankle) said that he's targeting a return, either vs. the Hornets or against the Grizzlies, adding that he worked out hard on Thursday and is not experiencing any pain.
This is amazing news for Fox owners for sure. He's going to eased in slowly but should be able to return at least mid-round value once he's back to or closer to 100 percent.
Source: James Ham on Twitter
December 13, 2019, 8:40 pmDennis Smith Jr.PG, New York Knicks
Dennis Smith Jr. (illness) is available to play for the Knicks on Friday.
His availability throws a monkey wrench into the already-chaotic game of tug-of-war between Frank Ntilikina and Elfrid Payton. That said, we maintain that Payton remains the guard to own amid the Knicks' glut of low-end PGs.
December 13, 2019, 8:37 pmCory JosephPG, Sacramento Kings
Cory Joseph (lower back soreness) will start for the Kings on Friday.
Joseph has been a marginal deep-league play as of late but has been worth a streamer for assists while De'Aaron Fox remains sidelined.
Source: James Ham on Twitter
December 13, 2019, 8:34 pmJeff TeaguePG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jeff Teague (left ankle soreness) will be available for the Wolves on Friday.
Teague has been able to adjust reasonably well to his reserve role for the Wolves and has managed to maintain relevance in standard leagues. He's a hold for now.
Source: Wolves PR on Twitter
December 13, 2019, 8:31 pmKeita Bates-DiopSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Keita Bates-Diop (illness) is available to play on Friday for the Wolves.
KBD missed one game with flu-like symptoms but it appears that he's been cleared to play. He's just a deep-league guy when he's healthy and should take up some of Josh Okogie's minutes tonight.
Source: Chris Hine on Twitter
December 13, 2019, 8:18 pmDelon WrightPG, Dallas Mavericks
Delon Wright (right adductor strain) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Heat.
Wright has been a drop in standard leagues and his injury has made him a tough hold even in 18-team leagues.
December 13, 2019, 8:15 pmIsaiah ThomasPG, Washington Wizards
Isaiah Thomas (left calf strain) is questionable to play in Saturday's game vs. the Grizzlies.
Thomas has been out for a week and change with this injury. During that time, Ish Smith has produced serviceable standard-league value. There should be a timeshare situation brewing between these two guards moving forward – curtailing both their upsides.
December 13, 2019, 8:11 pmFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
The Raptors are listing Fred VanVleet (right knee contusion) as doubtful for Saturday's game.
This is an update to a previous blurb having him as a game-time decision. Still consider him as up in the air and stay tuned for more updates closer to tip off.