• Kobe Bryant left Wednesday’s game after playing just 25 minutes so “the young guys could play,” finishing with 11 points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and one three.

    Kobe hit 5-of-13 shots so if you started him this week you probably feel pretty good.  And if you started him and you’re not punting field goal percentage, you are also a little bit crazy, but he was bound to bounce back at least a little bit.  We’ve been preaching that less is more for Kobe, his fantasy value, and really for everybody involved.  It looks like Byron Scott is completely deferring to Kobe on how much he wants to play and shoot, and tonight’s early exit might be the early signs of letting go a little.  Ironically, that’s the thing he has had to master in his career.

Fantasy News

  • Kyrie Irving
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Kyrie Irving was a late scratch on Monday with a tight hamstring after not appearing on the initial injury report, but Kenny Atkinson admitted that the issue has been nagging his point guard for a few days.

    Playing it safe with Irving might be wise, considering his health history. He has missed 26 games this season with a shoulder impingement and now the hamstring. It goes without saying that Spencer Dinwiddie should be owned in all formats and we just hope that Irving will be back sooner than later.

    Source: NY Post

  • Justin Anderson
    SF, Brooklyn Nets

    Five days after releasing him following the expiration of his 10-day deal, the Nets are bringing Justin Anderson back to the organization, this time by trading for his G League rights.

    The Long Island Nets are acquiring Anderson in exchange for the rights to Henry Ellenson, who had been on a two-way deal with the Nets but was waived on January 3rd so the Nets could sign Chris Chiozza. Anderson appeared in three games for Brooklyn, posting averages of 1.0 points, 0.7 rebounds, and 0.3 blocks in 5.7 minutes.

    Source: Kelsea O’Brien on Twitter

  • Zion Williamson
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Andrew Lopez of ESPN is reporting that the plan is for Zion Williamson to start on Wednesday night against the Spurs.

    The report adds that the Pelicans want to play him in short bursts and he won’t have a hard minutes restriction. Still, it’s likely that he plays closer to 15-20 mins instead of 30-35. Owners should be excited for his return but expectations should be lowered until we get an idea about his minutes going forward.

    Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter

  • Kevon Looney
    PF-C, Golden State Warriors

    Steve Kerr said on Monday that he still doesn’t have a timetable for Kevon Looney, but he is hopeful he will return sometime this week.

    Nothing seems to be official yet but this is an encouraging update for Looney who has been sidelined for almost a month now. His minutes are likely to be monitored upon his return while his role is unclear with Willie Cauley-Stein and Omari Spellman playing well right now.

    Source: Connor Letourneau on Twitter

  • Rudy Gobert
    C, Utah Jazz

    Talking to reporters after Monday’s game, Rudy Gobert said that his ankle isn't an issue and he isn't going to miss any games.

    Gobert appeared to have tweaked his ankle in the fourth quarter but he finished the game and insisted that he is fine afterwards. This is something to monitor going forward but the French big is making a push for the All-Star game this year and it’s likely that he won’t miss any time.

    Source: Tony Jones on Twitter

  • Alfonzo McKinnie
    SF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Cavs opted to not sign Alfonzo McKinnie to a second 10-day contract.

    The decision on McKinnie was a bit of a surprise, as he had become a regular part of the rotation over the past week, while he averaged 6.5 points and 4.9 rebounds in his last eight appearances. Coach John Beilein suggested he will utilize guard Dante Exum on the wing more often to help fill McKinnie's old role.

    Source: SI.com

  • Damian Lillard
    PG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Damian Lillard went ballistic in Monday's 129-124 OT win over the Warriors with a career-high 61 points to go with 10 rebounds, seven assists, a steal and 11 3-pointers.

    Lillard drilled a huge 3-pointer with 14.9 seconds left in the grill of Alec Burks to tie up the game and send it to OT and hit another dagger in OT. He put up a Herculean effort to ensure that the Blazers would not lose at home tonight in what was one of his best games ever played. The Blazers will continue to lean massively on Lillard and he's proven time and time again that he's up to the challenge.

  • Hassan Whiteside
    C, Portland Trail Blazers

    Hassan Whiteside had a monster night on Monday, dropping 17 points with 21 boards to go with two assists and six blocks.

    Whiteside briefly left the game with a quad injury, but returned to the game. It looks like we've avoided any major scare as Whiteside logged 43 minutes and closed this one out. He was crucial in securing defensive rebounds and hit two clutch free throws to help seal the victory for the Blazers.

  • Anfernee Simons
    SG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Anfernee Simons scored 15 points on 5-of-16 shooting to go with two bards, three dimes, two blocks and a triple on Monday.

    Simons drew the start in place of C.J. McCollum, but didn't do much with it. He has a decent stat set, but he just can't capitalize on the opportunity.

  • Carmelo Anthony
    PF, Portland Trail Blazers

    Carmelo Anthony scored 14 points on 7-of-14 shooting to go with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block on Monday.

    Melo fluffed up the stat sheet as much as he could and provided an efficient scoring night which was the minimum we expect with C.J. McCollum out. Don't expect these shooting nights to come often, but the numbers should continue to pile up as the Blazers are in dire need of help.