June 7, 2018, 12:04 amLeBron JamesG/F, Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron James had another huge night on Wednesday, but his 33 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, two steals, two blocks and a triple couldn't keep the Cavs from dropping a 102-110 decision.
James was a little off at just 13-of-28 from the field but the Cavs looked like they could make this a series at multiple points in the evening. They got off to a hot start thanks to tenacious work on the glass (they won the offensive rebounding battle 15-6) and played a strong second quarter, but ultimately they had no answer for Kevin Durant. The King had another insane highlight with a self-alley-oop in the first quarter but missed some looks at the rim and rolled his ankle at one point. LeBron has been on another level all season long but he might somehow find another gear on Friday night. Game 4 could be his last game in Cleveland, so expect everyone to be fired up.
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February 21, 2020, 10:57 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander notched 11 points (4-for-14 shooting), nine rebounds, nine assists and a block in Friday's win over the Nuggets.
SGA did some good things in this one despite struggling with his shot. He mostly fed off Chris Paul who dominated the end of the game for the Thunder. Danilo Gallinari finished with 15 points (4-for-14 shooting), three rebounds, two assists, two triples and one seal in 32 minutes.
February 21, 2020, 10:57 pmKyle LowryPG, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry double-doubled on Friday vs. the Suns, putting up 13 points, 10 assists and adding five rebounds.
Lowry also had a team-high six turnovers and was not all that effective shooting the ball. This was not one of his better games, but Lowry has maintained his mid-round fantasy value all season. With the Raptors playing increasingly better as the season progresses and looking at a home series in the first round of the playoffs, Lowry should finish very strong, barring injury
February 21, 2020, 10:53 pmNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic didn't miss much in Friday's 101-113 loss to the Thunder, finishing with 32 points (12-for-15 shooting), seven rebounds, five assists, one triple, one steal and one block.
The longer the season goes on the better Jokic tends to get and this season has been no different. The Serbian big man seems to be coming into his own as a scorer this season which will only improve his already stellar fantasy game.
February 21, 2020, 10:51 pmJamal MurrayPG, Denver Nuggets
Jamal Murray scored 21 points (8-for-16 shooting), six rebounds, four assists, one triple, one steal and one block on Friday.
Murray slipped and looked like he might have tweaked his groin at one point in this game but he finished with no apparent issues. Keep an eye on any news that may come out about this as time goes on, but he's been heating up lately and should remain a confident play down the stretch.
February 21, 2020, 10:50 pmFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
Fred VanVleet finished Friday's game against the Suns with 14 points, seven assists and seven rebounds.
He actually struggled from behind the arc on Friday, going 2-for-7, but fantasy owners do not need to be concerned. FVV has mastered his current role for the defending-champion Raptors and is showing no signs of slowing down. He belongs in starting lineups across the board.
February 21, 2020, 10:49 pmWill BartonSG, Denver Nuggets
Will Barton contributed 16 points (6-for-12 shooting), nine rebounds, five assists, two triples and a steal in 32 minutes on Friday.
Barton's status coming into this game was uncertain but he looked no worse for the wear with a very strong fantasy line. The 32 minutes was also good to see as he looked healthy and productive. Keep him in your lineups as long as he's active.
February 21, 2020, 10:44 pmDario SaricPF, Phoenix Suns
Dario Saric (left ankle) scored eight points and added five rebounds and three assists in the Suns' road loss to the Raptors on Friday.
He got double the number of minutes that fellow Suns front court member Aron Baynes got in his return from injury tonight, so that is a good sign. If Saric can continue to receive 20 or so minutes per game, he is likely to maintain value the rest of the way. There's a good shot he is on the waiver wire unless you are in a deeper league and he is worth monitoring.
February 21, 2020, 10:39 pmAron BaynesC, Phoenix Suns
Aron Baynes (left hip soreness) played 10 minutes on Friday in his return from injury, scoring five points.
Nothing on his stat line was notable this evening. Given that Dario Saric also returned tonight from a stint on the shelf and the options the Suns already have in the front court, Baynes' fantasy presence looks to be nonexistent the rest of the way. If Ayton or Saric goes down, however, Baynes would immediately become relevant again.
February 21, 2020, 10:36 pmPascal SiakamPF, Toronto Raptors
Pascal Siakam scored 37 points, 12 rebounds and added three assists and three blocks in a 118-101 win over the Suns on Friday.
Siakam hit five threes and went 12-of-19 from the field. He has established himself as a true star in the NBA and fantasy owners are undoubtedly reaping the benefits of his great play. Keep starting him every time the Raptors play.
February 21, 2020, 10:33 pmAndre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond put up a mixed-bag result on Friday, getting his ubiquitous double-double with 12 points (6-of-11 shooting), 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks.
Drummond actually struggled in this game. Not only did he miss both free throw attempts, but also wound up committing seven turnovers as Bradley Beal appeared to have his number all night long. Drummond should perform a lot better than this, so just chalk it up to an adjustment phase as he acclimates to his new team.