Matthew Braine

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Saturday, April 05, 2014


Davis struggles through back spasms

 

Questionable heading into Friday’s contest against Utah, Anthony Davis labored through his back injury, scoring just eight points with six boards and two blocks in nearly 24 minutes. He was forced to leave the game in the third quarter but eventually returned. Coach Monty Williams expressed concern over the severity of Davis’ injury, leaving him questionable for Sunday’s game against Portland.


Adrien continues his rise

 

Now playing big minutes for the depleted Bucks, Jeff Adrien has emerged as both a fantasy and real life value play. On Friday, Adrien hit 9-12 shots for 21 points. He added nine boards and three blocks and has been a nice pickup since March. Often used as an energy guy off the bench, Adrien has also excelled as starter, averaging 13 points, seven rebounds, and one block in that role. As the season comes to a close, Adrien is certainly a guy that can help fantasy teams grab some categories down the stretch.


Z-Bo fills it up

 

Memphis, also striving for the playoffs, got a big win on Friday behind Zach Randolph’s monster line of 21 points, 15 rebounds, two steals, and three blocks. Yes, he only hit 7-22 shots from the field but his counting stats were fantastic. Randolph is finishing the year in strong fashion. The power forward has scored over 20 points in seven of his last 10 and also has six double-doubles during that stretch.


Smith and Anthony switch roles

 

As Carmelo Anthony struggled through arguably his worst game of the season, J.R. Smith had one of his best. Smith nailed eight triples on his way to 32 points, playing a whopping 43 minutes for the Knicks. Anthony on the other hand looked terrible, laboring through an injured right shoulder. The All-Star scored just 10 points with nine turnovers and shot just 5-14 from the field. He did add eight rebounds, five assists, and four steals but overall Anthony’s output was severely lacking. X-rays came back negative on Anthony’s shoulder and with the Knicks still battling for a playoff spot, he should be good to go for the next one.


Thomas could be done for the season

 

Isaiah Thomas, who hasn’t played since March 23, could be done for the season according to Coach Mike Malone. The point guard’s right quad contusion has been a real problem and it looks like, with the Kings out of it, Thomas could be shelved for the foreseeable future. Ray McCallum, who has been a nice asset in a starting role, was awful on Friday, hitting just 2-14 shots in 44 minutes. However, it should be noted that the Kings as a team were dreadful, losing by over 30 points. In addition, McCallum had scored 20 or more points in his previous two games so keep running him out there if you own him. 



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