December 9, 2019, 12:06 amLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James put up 32 points and 13 assists in a win over the Wolves on Sunday.
James shot 12-of-20 from the field and 6-of-8 from beyond the arc. Although Anthony Davis has asserted himself as the top option on the Lakers, James is still a top-10 fantasy asset and underdog MVP candidate.
January 18, 2020, 12:21 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart said that he rolled his ankle in Thursday's game but he will be good to go on Saturday against Phoenix.
Smart put up a heck of a line on Thursday with Jaylen Brown (thumb) sidelined with 24 points, five triples, four rebounds, two steals and one block in 36 minutes. We could expect as much on Saturday if not more with Brown ruled out and Kemba Walker (knee) popping up on the injury report as questionable.
Source: Marc D'Amico on Twitter
January 18, 2020, 12:14 pmDaniel TheisPF, Boston Celtics
Daniel Theis (right knee soreness) will be available against the Suns on Saturday.
Theis was still listed on the injury report (as probable) although he played in a back-to-back on Wednesday and Thursday after missing Monday's game with the injury. Expect him to continue splitting all of the center minutes with Enes Kanter with Theis offering slightly more appeal because of his defensive stats.
Source: Marc D'Amico on Twitter
January 18, 2020, 11:53 amKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker (sore left knee) is questionable to play on Saturday against the Suns.
This is the first we are hearing of the knee issue for Walker but hopefully it's nothing serious. With Jaylen Brown already ruled out, Marcus Smart could potentially see upwards of 40 minutes if Walker is ruled out as well. Semi Ojeleye and Brad Wanamaker would also see more minutes while Tremont Waters was called up from the G League for this game as well.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
January 18, 2020, 11:43 amTremont WatersPG, Boston Celtics
Tremont Waters called up for Saturday's game against the Suns.
Waters gets the call-up ahead of Carsen Edwards in this one and might play a few minutes with Jaylen Brown ruled out and Kemba Walker questionable. He has barely played for the Celtics this year but the 2019 second round pick is averaging 20.3 points, 7.6 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 3.0 triples in 20 G League games.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
January 18, 2020, 11:34 amJaylen BrownSG, Boston Celtics
Jaylen Brown (right thumb sprain) will not play on Saturday versus Phoenix.
Brown's scan showed no issues and he was close to playing so there is a decent chance he is back on Monday against the Lakers. He missed Thursday's game in which Marcus Smart filled in admirably with 24 points, five triples, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block so fire him up on Saturday as well.
Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter
January 18, 2020, 11:27 amDerrick Walton Jr.PG, Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers have called up Derrick Walton Jr and Terance Mann for Saturday's game against the Pelicans.
Both players have played sporadically for the Clippers this season with Walton making 22 appearances at 9.8 minutes per and their 2019 second round pick Mann making only 12 appearances at 10.0 minutes per. This call-up makes sense with Paul George and Moe Harkless both hurt but neither player is expected to play much.
Source: Lucas Hann on Twitter
January 18, 2020, 9:34 amAllonzo TrierPG, New York Knicks
Allonzo Trier is staying positive despite reduced role.
As an undrafted rookie last season, Trier averaged 22.8 minutes across 64 games. This season has a much different outlook as he has appeared in less than half the team's games so far at only 12.0 minutes. Interim coach Mike Miller praised Trier's professionalism this year, saying he is one the first ones in the gym every day as well as being focused and providing excitement on the bench, cheering on his teammates. Trier himself spoke about how he is trying to be the best teammate he can be, constantly trying to find holes in the defense to point out to his teammates Mitch Robinson and Marcus Morris and his team-first, continue to work hard every day attitude is a great sign that he will be ready when his number is called. He can be ignored for fantasy purposes in the meantime.
January 18, 2020, 9:11 amJeff TeaguePG, Atlanta Hawks
Coach Lloyd Pierce said he expects new acquisitions Jeff Teague and Treveon Graham to be available on Saturday versus Pistons.
Teague was looking like a solid drop candidate as a backup for the Wolves lately with his minutes down. That is unlikely to change with the Hawks as they are set with Kevin Huerter and Trae Young as big-minute starters but maybe you'd like to wait a game or two to make sure. Teague has maintained late-round value thanks to his early-season production mostly due to assists and free-throw percentage although his steals rate is down significantly from prior seasons. He would likely need an injury in front of him to get back on the standard league map.
Source: Sarah K. Spencer on Twitter
January 18, 2020, 12:29 amLuka DoncicPG-SF, Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic was sublime in Friday's 120-112 win over the Blazers, dropping 35 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, a steal and eight 3-pointers.
Doncic had an answer for everything that the Blazers threw at him and even responded to some signature stretches out of Damian Lillard that put the game back in the balance. He did go 5-of-8 at the free throw line and has shot just .681 on his freebies over the last two weeks but we're hoping that will correct given the much larger sample of great shooting from earlier in the year. It's a joy to watch him play.
January 18, 2020, 12:26 amTim Hardaway Jr.SF, Dallas Mavericks
Tim Hardaway Jr. was feeling it on Friday night, helping the Mavs to a home win with 29 points, a steal and five 3-pointers.
Hardaway goes on runs of big production but overall he's still outside the top-150 on the year. His poor shooting nights can ruin your week but THJ has started to level out to a certain extent, scoring in double digits in each of the last seven after a three-game absence. That sounds good, but only two of those games feature 20-plus, while four are games of 15 points or fewer. THJ is boom or bust and it's just a matter of getting on board at the right time.