February 17, 2018, 5:48 pm
LaMarcus Aldridge said that his two-game absence before the All-Star break was just to make sure that things were good, and that he, coach Popovich and the team’s medical staff all felt like getting him that short rest was a smart decision.
The Spurs always tread carefully with their veterans and it never seemed like a serious injury was putting Aldridge on the sidelines. He’s expected to be a full go after the break and fantasy owners can fire him up with glee, as he’s going to be playing without Kawhi Leonard around for the foreseeable future. The Spurs made a conscious effort to retool their offense after watching LMA struggle a bit last season and it’s resulted in a great bounceback campaign. Aldridge could easily finish inside the top-50 this season, though he will take a step back when Leonard gets back on the court.
January 19, 2020, 12:34 amJordan PoolePG, Golden State Warriors
Jordan Poole set a new career high on Saturday with 21 points on 8-of-19 shooting to go with three rebounds, two assists and four triples in 28 minutes.
Poole is tough to trust but he's scored double digits in each of his past four games and has hit 13 threes during that time. He can be deployed as points and threes streamer while he's hot, but there is little chance Poole holds standard-league value for long stretches.
January 19, 2020, 12:34 amTobias HarrisSF, Philadelphia Sixers
Tobias Harris scored 15 point sin Saturday's win over the Knicks, finishing with eight rebounds and three assists.
In a ho-hum game, Harris was still able to contribute some points and boards. He did not register any defensive stats, but did connect four from downrange. With Joel Embiid out with injury, Harris should be the Sixers primary scorer. Look for him to rebound in the next one.
January 19, 2020, 12:31 amBen SimmonsPG, Philadelphia Sixers
Ben Simmons scored 21 points in Saturday's win over the Knicks, finishing with seven rebounds, eight assists, two steals and no turnovers.
Simmons had another solid game but fell flat at the charity stripe, converting just 3-of-8. However, he did not turn the ball over for just the third time this season. The rebounds and assists buoy him enough to overlook a lot of warts in his game, but besides the free throw shooting this was a solid game.
January 19, 2020, 12:30 amDamian LillardPG, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard did his best to hard-carry the Blazers on his shoulders on Saturday but was unable to do so, despite dropping 34 points (10-of-23 FGs, 9-of-12 FTs), five 3s, six assists and one steal.
Lillard was missing C.J. McCollum in this one. And despite Gary Trent Jr. exploding for a career-best 30 points, Carmelo Anthony struggled to help out, going 4-for-13 from the field for nine points, four rebounds and one block.
January 19, 2020, 12:28 amEvan FournierSF, Orlando Magic
Evan Fournier drained four triples on Saturday on his way to scoring 12 points with four rebounds and four assists.
Fournier was probable with an illness on Saturday but suited up and played 32 minutes. Fournier is a top-75 player and his role isn't in jeopardy so he should continue that pace moving forward.
January 19, 2020, 12:26 amNassir LittleSF, Portland Trail Blazers
Nassir Little started on Saturday and chipped in acrosss the board with five points on 2-of-7 shooting, adding six rebounds, one assist, one steal, one trey and one block in 20 minutes.
Little was thrust into the starting lineup amid the Bazemore-Ariza trade with the Kings. He should find his way back to the bench soon. Little could have played more minutes but his inexperience showed as he was saddled by foul trouble (five fouls) in this one.
January 19, 2020, 12:23 amNikola VucevicC, Orlando Magic
Nikola Vucevic scored 13 points on 6-of-19 shooting and grabbed 13 boards in a 109-95 loss to the Warriors on Saturday.
Vucevic struggled from the floor on Saturday, but owners can give him a break as he's posting second-round per game value so far this season. Vucevic is a double-double factory that averages 1.7 threes, 0.9 steals and 0.9 blocks.
January 19, 2020, 12:22 amAnfernee SimonsSG, Portland Trail Blazers
Anfernee Simons started for C.J. McCollum (left ankle sprain) on Saturday, but was quiet in his 35 minutes on the floor with 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting with three rebounds, one 3-pointer and one assist.
Simons' potential breakout performance was stolen from under him by Gary Trent Jr. Both these young guns are promising assets and should take turns surprising us with big nights. Tonight was Trent's. Simons is a hold while McCollum remains sidelined by his ankle injury.
January 19, 2020, 12:18 amGary Trent Jr.SG, Portland Trail Blazers
Gary Trent Jr. had the game of his young career on Saturday, dropping a career-best 30 points on 12-of-18 shooting with a full stat line.
Trent Jr. hit 5-of-9 shots from downtown and chipped in five rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block in 36 minutes of action. The Blazers ran an eight-man rotation and without C.J. McCollum (sprained left ankle), Trent Jr. splashed his way to a stellar explosion. He's worth a speculative add for short-term value.
January 19, 2020, 12:14 amMarkelle FultzPG, Orlando Magic
Markelle Fultz scored a team-high 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting to go with six rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes on Saturday.
D.J. Augustin (sore left knee) is being reevaluated in three-to-four weeks and Fultz is averaging 17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists in the two games since Augustin went down. Fultz needs to be grabbed in all 12-team leagues with Augustin sidelined and he has the potential to breakout in the second half of the season.