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Derrick Rose scored 13 points with two rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 32 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

The Knicks reportedly tried to unload Rose at the deadline, but they couldn't get any takers. There were some reports that teams are concerned Rose will want too much money next season, which isn't surprising based on how he hasn't even come close to living up to his current contract. His fantasy value has been better than expected, but he's still only a low-end guy at best.
Feb 23 - 11:52 PM

Brandon Jennings scored seven points with two rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 14 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

The Knicks did sit Jennings in the final game of the first half of the season to rest an Achilles issue. For tonight, he didn't get any combo guard minutes with Derrick Rose, which explains the low playing time. Jennings won't have much value when Rose is in the lineup.
Feb 23 - 11:48 PM

Lance Thomas started the third quarter for Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) on Thursday, finishing with nine points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer against the Cavs.

Porzingis was in a walking boot after the game, so it's certainly possible he misses time. If so, Thomas would likely be thrust into the starting lineup for the seventh time this season. In his previous six starts, he averaged 6.2 points, 1.7 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.7 treys. He would only be a speculative add in deeper leagues.
Feb 23 - 11:45 PM

Mindaugas Kuzminskas played all of his seven minutes in the second half on Thursday against the Cavs, posting just one turnover with no other stats.

He could be looking at some minutes with Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) in a walking boot. While Kuzminskas did put up numbers the last time KP was out, it's important to remember Lance Thomas wasn't around for most of that stretch. Kuzminskas aka Cheese isn't worth adding unless you're desperate.
Feb 23 - 11:40 PM

Kyle O'Quinn scored four points with 10 rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 19 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

With Joakim Noah (hamstring) still on the shelf and Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) getting hurt today, O'Quinn may have to play minutes in the 20s until those guys can come back. He is as inconsistent as they come and coming off the bench won't help, but KOQ is worth a look for anyone needing a big man with defensive stats in the short term.
Feb 23 - 11:33 PM

Dante Cunningham returned from a personal absence on Thursday and had five points, four rebounds, a steal and a 3-pointer in 25 minutes off the bench.

He might see a few more minutes a night with Terrence Jones being waived, but as long as DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis are healthy, Cunningham is going to struggle to be productive.
Feb 23 - 11:33 PM

Courtney Lee (illness) scored a game-high 25 points against the Cavs on Thursday, adding six rebounds, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

He was sick this morning, but managed to hit a season high in scoring. Lee has been a sneaky stud in standard fantasy leagues, posting fifth-round value in his last 15 games. While he won't be this good, he should be owned in standard leagues.
Feb 23 - 11:31 PM

Aron Baynes (illness) played five minutes off the bench on Thursday finishing with zero points and a steal.

He wasn't feeling 100 percent, but as long as Andre Drummond and Jon Leuer are healthy, Baynes isn't going to be much of a factor for Detroit.
Feb 23 - 11:30 PM

Kevin Durant had X-rays taken on his left hand after the first quarter of Thursday's game and then quickly returned to action in the second quarter.

X-rays were negative and it's being called a contusion, so it looks like Durant's owners, as well as the Warriors, avoided a disaster tonight. He's fine.
Feb 23 - 11:27 PM

Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) was in a walking boot after Thursday's game.

Coach Jeff Hornacek said Porzingis suffered a mild ankle sprain after stepping on Willy Hernangomez's foot. Porzingis could get further testing on his ligaments in his ankle and could miss time. If he is out, Lance Thomas would benefit the most with Willy Hernangomez, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Justin Holiday all likely to see minor increases in playing time.
Feb 23 - 11:24 PM

Hollis Thompson made his Pelicans debut on Thursday and played five minutes, scoring three points.

Right now, only E'Twaun Moore, Tim Frazier and Thompson are available to play shooting guard for the Pelicans, while SF Omri Casspi suffered a broken thumb tonight. Moore's the guy to own here, in part because he's starting, but Frazier and Thompson are also worth keeping a close eye on over the next few games.
Feb 23 - 11:23 PM

E'Twaun Moore started at shooting guard on Thursday and hit just 2-of-6 shots for six points, three boards, three assists and a steal in 23 minutes of Thursday's 129-99 blowout loss to the Rockets.

Omri Casspi broke his thumb tonight and the Pelicans are already depleted on the wings after the DeMarcus Cousins trade. Moore should be better than this on most nights and the low minutes were in part due to the blowout factor. He still looks like an interesting pickup in fantasy, as he only has Tim Frazier and Hollis Thompson to compete with for minutes right now. If you picked him up hoping for a big night, give him another chance or two before pulling the plug.
Feb 23 - 11:21 PM

Jrue Holiday hit just 3-of-12 shots and missed all six 3-point attempts for six points, four rebounds, four assists, a steal and two blocks in 35 minutes of Thursday's 129-99 blowout loss to the Rockets.

Holiday was dealing with a new lineup, featuring DeMarcus Cousins and was facing a stellar defensive unit in the Rockets. The minutes were there and it may just take him a few games to figure out how to use his newest big man going forward. We're not overly concerned about Holiday, who has been playing at a very high level, so let's see how the next one goes before panicking.
Feb 23 - 11:18 PM

Anthony Davis hit 8-of-21 shots and 13-of-16 free throws for 29 points, nine rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 33 minutes of Thursday's 129-99 blowout loss to the Rockets.

Davis looked good in the debut of DeMarcus Cousins, but the Pelicans were run out of the gym tonight. It looks like Davis and Cousins are going to get along swimmingly, but the Pelicans will have to find a way to win with the two studs playing in the front court together.
Feb 23 - 11:16 PM

Kevin Durant went to the locker room in the first half on Thursday.

He looked to hurt his left wrist on a fall and could be getting an X-ray. Durant was playing through it and it didn't look bad, but you can never be too sure on hand injuries. We should have an update shortly.
Feb 23 - 11:14 PM



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