Raymond Felton came off the bench again on Thursday and had 13 points, three rebounds, five assists, three steals and a 3-pointer in 24 minutes in a 123-113 loss to the Warriors.
Felton and Austin Rivers filled in admirably while Chris Paul was out, but it sounds like Paul may play on Friday night against the Spurs. It looks like it's safe to drop Felton, while Rivers could cling to a little value over the next week or so as CP3 gets back in the flow for the Clippers. But once Paul is back, both guards are going to see a big decrease in playing time.
Nikola Jokic had a disappointing line during a 116-100 loss to the Kings on Thursday, scoring four points with 10 rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 26 minutes.
The Kings actually did a bang-up job on Jokic, keeping bodies on cutters and not allowing Jokic to establish deeper position. Plus, it wasn't a good defensive game for him and coach Mike Malone didn't hold back his thoughts after the game. "If he wants to be our best player and a franchise player he's got to play better," Malone said. "They went at him, scored easily on him." Jokic has struggled since Mason Plumlee arrived is more of a confidence, especially since those two didn't play together tonight. Jokic's fantasy owner should still expect him to be truly elite going forward.
Austin Rivers hit 7-of-16 shots and four 3-pointers for 19 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals in 37 minutes of Thursday's loss to the Warriors.
Is this the last hurrah for Rivers? Maybe not, but all signs are pointing to Chris Paul returning from his thumb injury on Friday night against the Spurs. Rivers, for the most part, has been rolling since CP3 went down, starting most nights and averaging 14.4 points, 4.8 assists and 2.6 3-pointers over his last five games. With Paul on the verge of coming back, Rivers will surely take a hit. Don't drop him just yet, but once Paul proves he's healthy and ready to roll, and once Rivers' minutes take the hit that's coming, owners will be thankful they pre-planned for what's coming.
Kenneth Faried only scored two points in a start against the Kings on Thursday, adding three rebounds, one assist and one block in 14 minutes.
It was a bad line, but it wasn't all bad news for a guy who was listed as doubtful to play yesterday. Mason Plumlee didn't play any power forward minutes, Darrell Arthur was a DNP-CD, and Juancho Hernangomez wasn't in the rotation. Faried's value is capped with the Nuggets close to full strength, so he's only a borderline hold.
Jameer Nelson scored 12 points with four rebounds, six assists, five steal and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes during his start against the Kings on Thursday.
He kept the Nuggets in this game and looks like he has the starting job locked up. Emmanuel Mudiay did not play in this game and Jamal Murray had a game to forget. Nelson not being traded is huge for his value, so he should be owned in standard leagues. He should get heavy run as long as the Nuggets are going for the No. 8 spot.
Danilo Gallinari returned to action on Thursday with 15 points six rebounds, four assists, one steal and two turnovers in 30 minutes against the Kings.
It's his first game back since a scary groin strain on Feb. 1, and there are just no half measures on Gallinari and the Nuggets. Even coming off an injury, he didn't really see limited run, which is part of the reason he's hurt so often. Still, Gallinari not getting traded is good for his fantasy value, so expect him to flirt with mid-round value as long as he's healthy.
Blake Griffin, who scored just 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting in his last game before the All-Star break, hit just 3-of-13 shots for 12 points, five rebounds and eight assists in Thursday's 123-113 loss to the Warriors.
Maybe it was the Warriors' defense, but Griffin looked a little sluggish tonight, and he's struggled a bit in his last two games. Look for him to take out his frustrations on the hapless Nets on Saturday night.
Gary Harris scored 23 points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and five 3-pointers against the Kings on Thursday.
He was just one point off his season high in scoring for this game. The Nuggets pushing Jamal Murray to the one would be a big win for Harris, who has been heating up this month. In his previous February games, Harris averaged 15.2 points, 3.2 boards, 1.7 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.4 treys. He should be owned in all standard leagues.