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Kobe Bryant (Achilles) said in a recent interview that he's uncertain whether he'll be ready for the Lakers' season opener.

"I’m feeling pretty good," Kobe said. "Stronger than I was. I'm ahead of [my recovery] schedule. I don’t know [whether] that means I'll start the season – I hope so." We've learned not to bet against the Black Mamba, but his status for opening night isn't likely to be determined until training camp. He has begun running on a weight-bearing treadmill, but has yet to resume basketball-related activities.
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 01:35:00 PM

Gary Harris scored a career-high 25 points with two points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and four 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

Yeah, it was against the Nets, but Harris is on a roll and his coach gave him some credit. "I think Nikola [Jokic] loves playing with him because that is one of his favorite targets because Gary is in constant motion," coach Mike Malone said. Harris has been above his season scoring average in each of his last six games with 16 or more on terrific efficiency in each, as well. His terrific second half last year was no fluke and he looks like a mid-round guy going forward. Harris probably deserves more mainstream love as one of the best 22-year-old guards in the NBA.
Feb 25 - 2:36 AM

Nikola Mirotic scored 20 points with eight rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes off the bench against the Suns on Friday.

With Taj Gibson out of the picture, it's a whole new opportunity for Mirotic now. Back in October, Mirotic was fully expected to start for the Bulls this season, but Gibson thriving and Mirotic flopping caused a change. The Bulls still really, really need a shooter in their first unit, so the chance is there for Niko to start over Bobby Portis. He's on the 2017 Mt. Rushmore of most annoying players in fantasy, but give him a look if you want to see if he can stay hot with added motivation.
Feb 25 - 1:18 AM

Derrick Favors scored 19 points on an efficient 9-of-14 shooting in Friday's 109-95 win over the Bucks.

We were hoping that Favors would look rejuvenated after the break and tonight should be very encouraging for his fantasy owners. He played 26 minutes and added seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks, so hopefully this a sign of good things to come. The Jazz had "light conversations" with teams about Favors at the deadline, so he has a lot to prove to the franchise the rest of the season -- he will hit free agency during the summer of 2018.
Feb 25 - 12:31 AM

DeMar DeRozan took over against the Celtics for a career-high 43 points during a 107-97 win on Friday, adding five rebounds, five assists and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

Without Kyle Lowry (wrist), it was DeMar DeRozan over everything. DeRozan has a whopping 41.4 usage rate in his 517 minutes without Lowry this season, so he would be looking at some massive output while Lowry is on the shelf. The new Raptors, Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker, had a seamless transition on their new team and those lower-usage guys are another positive for DeMar. Expect big numbers from the All-Star.
Feb 25 - 12:05 AM

Seth Curry scored a career-high 31 points in Friday's 97-84 loss to the Wolves.

Curry couldn't be stopped as he shot 12-of-16 from the field and 3-of-6 from beyond the arc with a pair of free throws, adding one assist, one rebound and one steal in 37 minutes. Curry's usage rate without Deron Williams rises from 15.2 to 21.4, so he's a huge winner from Dallas' decision to put Williams on waivers. Expect a strong finish to the season for Curry even with J.J. Barea (leg) nearing a return.
Feb 24 - 11:26 PM

Russell Westbrook recorded his 28th triple-double of the season in Friday's win over the Lakers, racking up 17 points, 17 assists and 18 rebounds.

He joins Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Jason Kidd, Rajon Rondo and James Harden as the only players to record 15+ points, 15+ assists and 15+ rebounds in a regular season game. He shot 12-of-26 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line with six turnovers, as he feasted against a Lakers team that has allowed the third most fantasy points to PGs this season. He gets another dream matchup vs. the revamped Pelicans on Sunday.
Feb 24 - 11:19 PM

Dario Saric kept it going during a 120-112 win over the Wizards on Friday, scoring 20 points with 11 rebounds, four assists and one steal in 33 minutes.

The Homie Dario is locked and loaded. General manager Bryan Colangelo said Dario will be the main reason the 76ers won't be tanking, and he wasn't kidding with a ton of offense going through the rookie. Saric doesn't have a backup, he has Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month in the bag, and he has to be owned in every single fantasy league right now.
Feb 24 - 11:02 PM

Enes Kanter (arm) returned to action on Friday vs. the Lakers, but scored just four points on 2-of-12 shooting.

He missed a lot of easy looks and finished 2-of-10 in the paint, but some rust was to be expected. He played 19 minutes and grabbed seven rebounds with one assist and four turnovers, but it is a little concerning that the Thunder have another solid option in their frontcourt in Taj Gibson. It's going to take some time for Kanter to find his rhythm, but he could be more a late-round guy going forward.
Feb 24 - 10:56 PM

Robert Covington torched the Wizards on Friday night, scoring 25 points with 11 rebounds, three assists, four steals and five 3-pointers.

He made 9-of-14 from the field as the 76ers offense was hitting on all cylinders. Covington has been on fire in the last 30 days, averaging 16.3 points, 7.6 boards, 1.8 assists, 2.9 steals and 2.7 treys on a respectable 43.7 percent from the field in those 12 games. Due to injuries and Ersan Ilyasova heading to the ATL, RoCo will be in his best position all season and is a must-start player.
Feb 24 - 10:54 PM

Richaun Holmes owned the paint against the Wizards on Friday, scoring 12 points with 10 rebounds, one assist, two steals and five blocks in 26 minutes.

The 76ers won't miss Nerlens Noel too much if Holmes keeps playing like this. He's outplayed Jahlil Okafor basically all season and at times he's been ahead of him on the depth chart too. He's always been capable per-minute, he has some shooting touch and he obviously can block shots. With Joel Embiid (knee) out for at least three more, Holmes could have some short term value in fantasy. It's not crazy to think he'll pass Okafor once Embiid is back either. If you need a big man in a 14-team league, Holmes is worth a long look to see how this plays out
Feb 24 - 10:48 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




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