• Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported on Friday that Chris Bosh had another blood clotting issue and that he will not be pushing to play anytime soon.

    This bombshell report isn’t surprising but it is franchise-altering and it was the risk scenario that dogged Bosh throughout early drafts in September — one that we admittedly were pretty aggressive in partaking in — but at least now for owners there is certainty here.  He’s not playing anytime soon and Jackson writes that it probably won’t be this year.  Medical tests revealed trouble but both the Heat and Bosh had expected him to play this year according to the report, and to that degree it actually was a surprise for all involved. 

    The trio of Derrick Williams, Luke Babbitt and Josh McRoberts (when he recovers from his foot injury) are going to attempt to piece-meal some power forward minutes, but Justise Winslow will get all he can eat and sometimes at the PF position.  Dion Waiters is the favorite to start at shooting guard and along with Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson they will all also get as many minutes as they can handle.  This is going to be a lean and fast Heat squad with all of the main fantasy guys playing as many minutes as they can handle. 

    Update: Woj lays the framework for what could be the end of Bosh’s time with the Heat.  The interesting question from there is if he doesn’t return to the Heat — can he return and play the 25 games necessary to put the cap hit for 2017-18 back on their books.  The Heat can more or less get out from under that if he can’t play this season, but again, he’d have to not return and play those 25 games. 

    Update II: The Heat released an official statement basically saying there is no timetable for his return and that they’re not going to talk about it due to a clause in the CBA.

Fantasy News

  • Domantas Sabonis
    C, Indiana Pacers

    Domantas Sabonis nothced yet another double-double on Friday, adding 16 points (5-for-13 shooting), 10 rebounds, eight assists and three steals as the Pacers defeated the Warriors 129-119.

    This was the 35th double-double of the season for Sabonis, who has officially emerged as one of the premier double-double threats in the league. Sabonis has moved pace Myles Turner in value this season, easily sustaining a top-30 skillset.

  • TJ Warren
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    T.J. Warren finished Friday's win with 33 points (14-for-23 shooting), five rebounds, four steals, three triples and a block across 35 minutes.

    For the second straight game, Warren has produced better-than-expected defensive numbers. Fantasy players will take that when it comes, but continue to rely on Warren for scoring above everything else.

  • T.J. McConnell
    PG, Indiana Pacers

    T.J. McConnell compiled 12 points (5-for-9 shooting), eight assists, a rebound, a steal and a block in 30 minutes in Friday's win.

    Both McConnell and Jeremy Lamb, who finished with 16 points, four assists, four rebounds, two triples, a steal and a block, took advantage of Malcolm Brogdon continuing to miss time. Don't hesitate to explore sell-high offers for Lamb after nice games like this as his value could quickly deteriorate when Brogdon and eventually Victor Oladipo return.

  • Doug McDermott
    SF, Indiana Pacers

    Doug McDermott was unconscious from distance in Friday's win, finishing with 24 points (9-for-10 shooting), six triples, two rebounds, an assist and a steal.

    Even though it's the second time in the last week McDermott has caught fire like this, don't overreact. He is simply a threes specialist and one that is clearly capable of filling it up quickly when he's feeling it like he was tonight.

  • D'Angelo Russell
    PG, Golden State Warriors

    D'Angelo Russell dropped 37 points (13-for-21 shooting), nine triples, five assists and four rebounds in Friday's 118-129 loss to the Pacers.

    While Russell doesn't always provide the most well-rounded fantasy lines, games like Friday night are part of the fun in owning the talented young guard. Big scoring performances like this one help buy a little leeway when he doesn't provide defensive counting numbers.

  • Marquese Chriss
    PF, Golden State Warriors

    Marquese Chriss got the first crack at the starting spot with Willie Cauley-Stein traded in Friday's loss to the Pacers, scoring 13 points (5-for-5 shooting), three rebounds, two steals, two blocks, an assist and a triple.

    With Cauley-Stein off to Dallas, Chriss seems to be worthy of a speculative add. The Warriors only figure to prioritize developing youth even more as the season winds down which plays perfectly for the value of Chriss.

  • Draymond Green
    PF, Golden State Warriors

    Draymond Green finished Friday's loss against the Pacers with 10 points, 11 assists, six rebounds, one triple, one steal and one block.

    It was nice to see a productive outing from Green, who has regressed in a big way this season with the Warriors not competing. He is someone that could get shut down later in the year and is worth shopping around after big games like this one.

  • Glenn Robinson III
    SG, Golden State Warriors

    Glenn Robinson III finished Friday's loss with 18 points (7-for-10 shooting), seven rebounds, two triples, an assist and a block in 37 minutes.

    The 37 minutes were the most by any Warrior, as Robinson has been a top-100 producer when healthy this season. Continue to have him in your lineups down the stretch for Golden State.

  • Alec Burks
    SG, Golden State Warriors

    Alec Burks registered 11 points (3-for-14 shooting), seven assists, five rebounds and two triples in Friday's loss to the Pacers.

    Burks has enjoyed a sustained run of fantasy relevance this season as a points, threes, free throws and assists producer. There's a decent chance he gets traded from the Warriors which would likely hurt his trade value. See if you can clip him for a top-80 option.

  • Devin Booker
    SG, Phoenix Suns

    Devin Booker had a nice night in Friday's 103-99 win over the Spurs, scoring 35 points (11-for-20 shooting), 10 assists, four rebounds, three triples and ten made free throws.

    The insane efficiency continued for Booker, who seems locked in as a top-25 asset this season. This is the healthiest he's been in a while so fantasy managers need to enjoy this production and make the most of it.