• LeBron James
    F, Los Angeles Lakers

    LeBron James spoke about his reaction to Magic Johnson’s resignation for the first time publicly on the most recent episode of HBO’s The Shop.

    “No one had no idea,” James said. “We were like, ‘Damn, like right now?’ It was literally 70 minutes on the clock before (the game). I’m not playing, but my team is still playing, and you kind of decide to do that right here, right now. I feel like there’s a time and place for things, and I believe that you knew that you were going to make that decision, so why would you do it here and why would you do it now?” James didn’t hide his confusion and disappointment in recalling one of the strangest moments in recent basketball memory. Many had wondered if James had any indication of what Magic was about to do, given how close they were and how pivotal Johnson was in convincing James to play in LA. It seems as though that he was just as much in the dark as the rest of us.

    Source: USA Today

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  • Wilson Chandler
    F, Brooklyn Nets

    Wilson Chandler was effective off the bench on Thursday, with 12 points and eight boards in 33 minutes as the Nets let the game slip away in overtime 112-104.

    Chandler was good enough given what we expect from him, knocking down three triples for good measure. He was better on both ends of the floor, taking over for an ineffective Taurean Prince in the closing stages. Prince was limited to seven points in 23 minutes. At this point, neither player is a compelling option in standard leagues.

  • DeAndre Jordan
    C, Brooklyn Nets

    DeAndre Jordan put up another double-double on Thursday night to finish with 14 points and 15 boards in 37 minutes.

    Jordan took advantage of Jarrett Allen's sheer ineffectiveness in this game. Allen was scoreless with two boards in 13 minutes before being benched at halftime. Jordan isn't going to get this kind of run every night, but he's still a great source of rebounds at the very least.

  • Spencer Dinwiddie
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Spencer Dinwiddie scored 22 points to go along with eight assists in 37 minutes on Thursday night.

    Dinwiddie is going to have to lead this team now that we've confirmed that Kyrie Irving will miss the rest of the campaign. He's going to be a decent scorer and a good source of assists and triples, but be wary of shooting struggles with the volume he is going to get.

  • Caris LeVert
    PG-SG, Brooklyn Nets

    Caris LeVert chucked at will on Thursday night, going 9-of-29 from the floor to get to his 25 points, six boards, five assists and three triples in a team-high 39 minutes.

    LeVert may have shot the Nets out of this game with this abysmal shooting output but he's going to get all kinds of opportunity with Kyrie Irving shut down for the season. We definitely expected more from LeVert this year but it's hard to swallow this horrible shooting. We'll just have to hope he goes on a heater so we can get more high-scoring nights the rest of the way.

  • Tobias Harris
    SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Tobias Harris put up a solid double-double in Thursday's win over the Nets, posting 22 points, 12 boards and six assists in a game-high 46 minutes.

    Harris has managed to keep his high-volume role despite all the shuffling we've seen from the Sixers since the trading deadline. We know what Harris is at this point and it should be just fine as a mid-round asset going forward.

  • Alec Burks
    SG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Alec Burks finally got some extended run for the Sixers in an overtime win over the Nets on Thursday, playing 30 minutes and scoring 19 points.

    This was the reason to hold on to Burks in deep leagues despite a clear downgrade in his deployment on a deep, confusing rotation. This doesn't mean Burks will get this run every night, but he's too tough to trust in most leagues.

  • Josh Richardson
    SF, Philadelphia Sixers

    Josh Richardson struggled in 39 minutes of action on Thursday, finishing with just seven points on 3-of-12 shooting, but he did add seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and a blocked shot.

    Richardson didn't come out of the break strong and we'll see if this is just a blip in the radar as the Sixers try to make a lot of pieces fit together. Al Horford came off the bench again as expected but only played 19 minutes despite the free basketball, scoring six points to go with three rebounds and three defensive counters. Richardson and Horford have both had disappointing numbers as the Sixers shuffle these pieces around and may not bounce back to their expected value down the stretch.

  • Raul Neto
    PG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Raul Neto started Thursday's game in the absence of Ben Simmons, scoring six points and dishing out four assists.

    Neto basically disappeared after a 19-point effort almost a month ago. He's clearly only on the radar if Ben Simmons misses time, so he can be left on the wire unless Simmons misses extended time.

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid carried the Sixers to an overtime win on Thursday, finishing with 39 points, 16 boards, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 41 minutes.

    Embiid was 18-of-19 from the free throw line which really helped the Sixers stay in it and come back in the second half. We know what Embiid is at this point and that's an elite fantasy producer when he's on the floor.

  • Cody Zeller
    C, Charlotte Hornets

    Cody Zeller posted an efficient 16 points and eight boards in 25 minutes on Thursday.

    Zeller was perfect from the floor in this contest but this is close to the best case scenario for him. Unfortunately, he hasn't been the reliable top-100 per-game producer this season. He should be a good source for shooting percentage, rebounds and low turnover numbers.