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Jahlil Okafor scored 11 points with two rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes during a start against the Wizards on Friday.

Ever since Okafor talked trash two preseasons ago, he does not like to play against Marcin Gortat. He picked up three quick fouls to allow more run for Richaun Holmes, who continues to outplay him. Okafor should have some value while Joel Embiid (knee) is out, but he just isn't playing well this season.
Feb 24 - 10:43 PM

Nick Young struggled on Friday vs. the Thunder, scoring three points on 1-of-9 shooting (a triple).

Eight of his shots were from beyond the arc and he added five rebounds and two steals in 20 minutes. The Lakers were willing to move Young for a second-round pick at the deadline, but obviously couldn't find a suitor. It's good news for Young that he wasn't moved, but keep in mind that the Lakers want D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson to close out more games going forward. Young is a hold if you're relying on his 3-pointers, but his floor is very low.
Feb 24 - 10:42 PM

Kenneth Faried (lower back spasms) will not return on Friday night.

He had an awkward landing in this game and tried to play through it, but he was ruled out about 40 minutes later in real time. This is not the same as the ankle injury that had him on the injury report today, but Faried did have back issues in January. If he needs to miss time, Darrell Arthur and Juancho Hernangomez should benefit.
Feb 24 - 10:40 PM

Ivica Zubac blocked three shots in 27 minutes on Friday vs. the Thunder, adding 11 points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Magic Johnson said earlier in the week that getting Zubac more minutes was a priority, so tonight was very encouraging for his rest-of-season outlook. He shot 5-of-9 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line against a tough OKC frontcourt. Zubac is loaded with upside and won't hurt you in any category, making him a solid pickup in standard leagues. He averages 2.1 blocks per 36 minutes and was shooting 75.0 percent from the line prior to Friday.
Feb 24 - 10:39 PM

Gerald Henderson scored 20 points with five rebounds and three 3-pointer sin 31 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

It was one of his best games of the season on offense, but he did struggle on the other end. With the 76ers likely to get a look at Justin Anderson at some point, it's likely to be at Henderson's expense. Leave him on the wire.
Feb 24 - 10:35 PM

Justin Anderson was a DNP-CD on Friday.

He should see minutes at some point, but coach Brett Brown likely wants to get his new guy familiar with the offense. Just keep an eye on Anderson in deeper leagues.
Feb 24 - 10:32 PM

Jordan Clarkson scored 14 points on 6-of-17 shooting on Friday vs. the Thunder.

Coach Luke Walton said Clarkson is going to close out more games with D'Angelo Russell now that Lou Williams is in Denver, and he kept his word tonight. Clarkson added five rebounds, five assists, four steals and two triples, posting a 28.1 usage rate in 29 minutes -- he had a 23.0 usage rate on the season. He's trending up and is a big winner of the Lou Williams trade along with Russell. He's firmly back on the standard-league radar if you're targeting triples and steals.
Feb 24 - 10:31 PM

Bradley Beal's 40 points were not enough during a 120-112 loss to the 76ers on Friday, adding four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

He put on a scoring clinic with all sorts of fancy baskets for the Philly crowd. While John Wall is struggling a tad with his efficiency lately, Beal is flourishing with 26.3 points, 3.5 boards, 3.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 3.6 treys on 56.2 percent from the field in his last 10. He is above league average as a shooter in basically every area of the floor, including his 73.3 percent at the rim in that span. He should have been an All-Star and is having a breakout season for his owners.
Feb 24 - 10:30 PM
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