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Derrick Favors (hip) will not play against the Wolves on Saturday night.

This will be his third consecutive game out of the lineup due to his hip strain. Favors should be considered questionable for Monday's game against the Celtics. Enes Kanter averaged 21.5 points and 10 boards in his last two games, so he's a must-start player. Jeremy Evans and Rudy Gobert will get some more minutes.
Sat, Feb 22, 2014 07:28:00 PM

Ersan Ilyasova scored 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting (1-of-4 3PTs, 6-of-8 FTs) with 12 rebounds and one steal in Friday's loss to the Lakers.

Ilyasova has been a top 70-100 value (9/8 cat) in his last four games, a sample that has more or less been his ceiling this season. Perhaps he's ready to turn over a new leaf, but realistically he can't be considered more than a flier pickup until he shows us a bit more.
Feb 28 - 4:42 AM

Eric Gordon scored 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting (including four threes) with one rebound and eight assists in the Pelicans' 104-102 win over the Heat on Friday.

The Pelicans aren't falling out of contention in the playoff chase and Gordon is a big reason why. He's been a top 50-75 guy (8/9 cat) over the last month or so and that'll probably be the case until (if) Jrue Holiday returns. Tyreke Evans added 19 points, three boards, 11 assists, one trey and five turnovers in the win.
Feb 28 - 3:44 AM

Alexis Ajinca scored a career-high 24 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 9-of-10 shots with eight rebounds and three blocks in just 22 minutes.

Ajinca also hit the game's final, deciding shot and he's looking pretty automatic whenever 20-30 mpg clears up. Anthony Davis could be back in the next week or so and Ryan Anderson is about two weeks behind Davis on a timetable. In the meantime, Ajinca should be owned by somebody in your league.
Feb 28 - 3:38 AM

Terrence Jones scored a season-high 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting (no threes) with 12 rebounds and one block in the Rockets' 102-98 win over the Nets on Friday.

Jones hit all four of his free throws and he's been a stud since the All Star break with top 25-35 value in his last four contests. Trevor Ariza also had a great night with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting (including five threes), five boards and two steals in the win.
Feb 28 - 3:22 AM

Damian Lillard scored 29 points during a 115-112 win over the Thunder on Friday with three rebounds, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

He put up a bit of an under-the-radar month. In his nine February games, Lillard averaged 20.7 points, 4.4 boards, 5.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.7 treys on 47.1 percent from the field and 83.7 percent from the line. He actually struggled with his jumper this month, but shooting a sterling 83.7 percent at the rim carried him. The All-Star still has room for improvement.
Feb 28 - 3:04 AM

Jimmy Butler scored 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting (6-of-7 FTs) with 12 rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in the Bulls' 96-89 win over the Wolves on Friday.

Butler did not hit a three but who cares when he's putting up numbers like these. He has returned top 6-12 value (9/8 cat) on a per-game basis this season and with Derrick Rose out of the picture for the most part he could theoretically improve on that.
Feb 28 - 2:49 AM

Mike Dunleavy finally got on board with 21 points, five threes, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks over 32 minutes in Friday's win.

This is Mike D's first real solid night since returning from his ankle injury, and the season-long rankings are probably the best place for owners to gauge his value. He has returned top 135-170 value in 28.6 mpg this season, and with Derrick Rose out and Taj Gibson possibly missing time in the short-term, he could end up with some late-round value to finish the year. In 9-cat leagues he's definitely worth an add and in 8-cat leagues he's simply worth a look.
Feb 28 - 2:33 AM

Mitch McGary scored a career-high 20 points against the Blazers on Friday with nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and two turnovers on 10-of-13 from the field.

Nine of his 10 makes were in the paint and he had 11 of his 13 shots come from within nine feet or less. McGary made the most of Enes Kanter (leg) missing tonight, but he's Kanter might not need to miss more time. He's more of a speculative add in deeper leagues right now.
Feb 28 - 2:31 AM

DeAndre Jordan grabbed 22 boards against the Grizzlies during an impressive 97-79 win on Friday, adding 15 points with three assists, two steals and three blocks.

It was the third time he had a game with at least 15 points, 20 boards and three blocks this season -- the rest of the NBA has three of those games combined (Andre Drummond twice and Nikola Vucevic). Jordan has been a rebounding machine in his last seven, averaging 19.7 boards, 18.4 points, 1.6 steals and 2.1 blocks. It's also worth mentioning he hasn't missed a game since the 2010-11 season.
Feb 28 - 2:20 AM

Isaiah Thomas scored 28 points on 9-of-22 shooting (2-of-8 3PTs, 8-of-10 FTs) with one rebound, seven assists and one steal in the Celtics' 106-98 win over the Hornets on Friday.

Thomas has been a top-25 player in four games for the Celtics (top-60 in 9-cat), averaging 22.3 points in 27.7 mpg with 2.5 treys, 3.3 boards, 6.0 assists, 1.0 steals and a devastating 88.6 percent from the line on 8.8 attempts per game. He's hitting just 39.3 percent of his shots during that small sample and his playing time should continue to rise. Meanwhile the Celtics look like a transformed team and a fun potential No. 8 seed if they can keep it up.
Feb 28 - 1:51 AM

Russell Westbrook suffered an injury to his face on Friday against the Blazers, posting a triple-double for the third consecutive game with 40 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and six turnovers on 14-of-32 from the field and 12-of-14 from the line.

Believe it or not, it looked like Westbrook had a penny-sized dent on the side of his face. He did not speak to the media and it's also possible he is dealing with concussion-like symptoms due to Andre Roberson kneeing him in the head. If Westy needs to miss time, it would be a massive loss for the NBA and especially the Thunder. D.J. Augustin would start and become a must-own player while Dion Waiters would also have to score more.
Feb 28 - 1:41 AM




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