April 19, 2016, 7:16 pm
Marcus Smart dinged up his rib cage and hit just 1-of-11 shots in Game 2 on Tuesday, finishing with three points to go with two rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in 30 minutes.
Smart’s lack of a jumper and general lack of polish on offense make the preseason question about who should start between he and Isaiah Thomas not a question at all. Smart can’t hold down the fort on that end of the court and it is one of the reasons the Celtics offense has bogged down.
Evan Turner (12 points, five boards, three assists, one block) started the second half and may need to start in an even bigger minute role going forward so the Celtics can get offensively competent players on the court. Jonas Jerebko (seven points, five boards, two assists) was bad in his 20 minutes, and Tyler Zeller (four points, five boards, two assists, one block) could be interesting for some size against the small athletic lineup of the Hawks.
Marcus Smart said he will have his ribcage further examined tomorrow but he expects to play in Game 3. #Celtics
— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) April 20, 2016
February 22, 2020, 1:50 amJrue HolidayPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Jrue Holiday finished Friday's 128-115 win over the Blazers with 20 points (5-for-10 shooting), nine assists, four triples, four steals and two rebounds.
This was an elite line from Holiday, who was very aggressive in attacking the basket as evidenced by his eight free throw attempts. As Holiday figures out his spots in this new-look offense watch for his scoring to tick up.
February 22, 2020, 1:48 amBrandon IngramSF, New Orleans Pelicans
Brandon Ingram scored an efficient 16 points (5-for-8 shooting), six assists, four rebounds and three triples in Friday's win over the Blazers.
Brandon Ingram looks more and more comfortable leading this offense every day and tonight we got a glimpse at his development as a passer and playmaker. As the roster gets healthy around him and he doesn't have to rely on scoring so much every night, expect his fantasy game to continue to grow and flourish – potentially adding some assists along the way.
February 22, 2020, 1:47 amRoyce O'NealeSF, Utah Jazz
Royce O'Neale played 25 minutes on Friday, putting up nine points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
He only made three shots tonight (3-of-8 FG) and was a paltry 1-for-5 from deep, although he is averaging 1.2 threes per game this year. His contributions across the stat sheet have kept him fantasy-relevant in nearly all formats this season. O'Neale's rank has sat around the top-150 and he should definitely be used in 14-team leagues.
February 22, 2020, 1:46 amZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Zion Williamson looked unstoppable again in Friday's win over the Blazers, adding 25 points (10-for-17 shooting), four rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Williamson did miss five of his 10 free throw attempts in what really seems to be the only potential blemish on his exciting and developing fantasy profile. He could definitely end up being a big factor in fantasy playoffs this season. Derrick Favors started alongside the rookie phenom and posted eight points, 12 rebounds and a steal.
February 22, 2020, 1:43 amLonzo BallPG, New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball continued to offer good production in Friday's win over the Blazers, posting 15 points (6-for-11 shooting), seven assists, five rebounds, three triples, one steal and one block.
Ball frequently initiated fast breaks by passing ahead in transition – something that is slowly becoming his trademark especially since Zion Williamson was introduced to the lineup. When at his best – which Ball clearly is right now – he is contributing everything except free throw shooting.
February 22, 2020, 1:40 amJosh HartSG, New Orleans Pelicans
Josh Hart contributed 13 points (4-for-5 shooting), 13 rebounds, three triples, two assists and one block in 28 minutes on Friday.
Hart was sensational in Friday's game as he frequently used his superior athleticism to overpower the Blazers defense. Nicolo Melli was also productive off the bench with 13 points (5-for-11 shooting), five rebounds, three triples and a steal.
February 22, 2020, 1:37 amCJ McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum generated 27 points (10-for-22 shooting), 10 assists, six rebounds and three triples in Friday's 115-128 loss to the Pelicans.
This is as well-rounded a line as you'll see from McCollum who stands to benefit statistically while Damian Lillard misses time. He should have the ball in his hands more which will lead to more chances to set up his teammates. He could become a sell-high if things really start popping. Stay tuned.
February 22, 2020, 1:34 amHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside accumulated 19 points (9-for-16 shooting), 12 rebounds, six blocks and two assists across 32 minutes in Friday's loss to the Pelicans.
Whiteside's miraculous season of putting up top-10 fantasy numbers continues with another gaudy block total in this one. Whiteside is proving to be one of the best draft day values this season. Continue riding the wave.
February 22, 2020, 1:29 amCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points (6-for-17 shooting) in Friday's loss to the Pelicans, adding five rebounds, two triples, one assist, one steal and one block.
Anthony was once again inefficient from the field and looked pretty slow against the athletic Pelicans lineup. Trevor Ariza started alongside Melo and chipped in 13 points (5-for-7 shooting), eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, one triple and a block. Each could see a bit more usage while Damian Lillard is out.
February 22, 2020, 1:25 amGary Trent Jr.SG, Portland Trail Blazers
Gary Trent Jr. started in place of the injured Damian Lillard on Friday and chipped in 15 points (5-for-11 shooting), three triples, two assists, one rebound and one steal.
It sounds like Lillard is set to miss anywhere from four to six games so feel free to add Trent while Lillard is on the shelf. Expect production in threes and points mainly.