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Reggie Bullock returned to action on Friday February 23.

Feb 24 - 4:21 AM

Lonzo Ball (knee) returned to action Friday against the Mavericks, posting nine points in 17 minutes off the bench.

Ball was rusty with his shot, hitting 3-of-8 from the field, although his 3-of-6 from behind the 3-point line wasn't bad. He also chipped in with seven rebounds and six assists in his limited amount of work, making for a rather impressive overall stat line. He missed six weeks due to a sprained medial collateral ligament, and now he has Isaiah Thomas to contend with for minutes. Ball has already been ruled out for Saturday's game in Sacramento, and it's likely he won't play in back-to-back situations for some time, as the team has plenty of depth to allow him to rest.
Feb 24 - 2:31 AM

Ivica Zubac erupted for 14 points in 18 minutes off the bench in Friday's 124-102 win against Mavericks.

Zubac hit 6-of-7 from the floor while adding six rebounds, an assist and just one turnover. He dumped in a season-high 19 points in the game before the break against the Minnesota Timberwolves and he carried over the momentum despite the interruption from the All-Star break. Zubac still needs to do a little more work to make him a hot pickup in standard leagues, but his fantasy star is certainly rising.
Feb 24 - 2:27 AM

Isaiah Thomas dropped 17 points in 25 minutes off the bench in Friday's 124-102 win against the visiting Mavericks.

Thomas went just 5-of-12 from the field, including 2-of-7 from behind the 3-point line, and he added 5-of-5 from the free-throw stripe. He also chipped in with four assists, two rebounds and two steals. It's going to take some time to jell with his new teammates, and he likely spent a lot of time doing so during the All-Star break. With Lonzo Ball (knee) back in action, there are plenty of mouths to feed and just so many minutes. IT remains more of a mid-round fantasy player as long as he is active, but look for his minutes and playing time to fluctuate based on the health and rest time of others. Ball is out Saturday in the second end of the back-to-back, so that's good news for Thomas.
Feb 24 - 2:24 AM

Josh Hart posted 12 points with 10 rebounds over 34 minutes in Friday's 124-102 victory against the visiting Mavericks.

Hart hit 5-of-13 from the field, including 1-of-5 from behind the 3-point line, and he also chipped in with two assists, a steal and just one turnover while finishing with a plus-24 rating. Hart entered the month of February with just two double-doubles, but he has managed four double-doubles in his eight games since flipping the calendar from January. With Lonzo Ball (knee) back in action, it will likely hurt Hart's value, but so far so good. Head coach Luke Walton certainly has a challenge as far as handling his rotations, however. We'll monitor the situation Saturday in Sacramento.
Feb 24 - 2:22 AM

Brandon Ingram ended up with 15 points in Friday's 124-102 win against the Mavericks.

Ingram was a sharp 6-of-9 from the field, and he added nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and three blocked shots with a team-high tying plus-27 rating in his 29 minutes. The All-Star break did Ingram some good to give him a little rest, and it also helps facing the lowly Mavs out of the gate. The rebound total was his most since he also grabbed nine boards in back-to-back games Jan. 23-26. He'll try to keep it going Saturday in Sacramento. He posted 15 points with five rebounds and five assists in the most recent meeting with the Kings on Jan. 9.
Feb 24 - 2:18 AM

Julius Randle ended up with 18 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists over 30 minutes in Friday's 124-102 victory against the Lakers.

Randle finished 9-of-14 from the field while turning in an impressive plus-27 rating. It was his fifth-career triple-double, and the only thing that went wrong was he ended up 0-of-1 from the free-throw line. But that's splitting hairs. Randle certainly looked rejuvenated after the All-Star break. He has made at least seven successful field goals in nine consecutive outings. He'll look to keep it rolling Saturday in Sacramento against the NBA's 20th-ranked scoring defense.
Feb 24 - 2:13 AM

Doug McDermott finished with 10 points off the bench in Friday's road loss against the Lakers.

The former Creighton Blue Jays standout ended up hitting 3-of-6 from the field, all from behind the arc, and he made his only free-throw attempt. McDermott is likely to get an extended look down the stretch, as head coach Rick Carlisle indicated before the All-Star break that he is eager to see what the 3-point specialist can do. McDermott is worth grabbing for help in deeper fantasy formats.
Feb 24 - 2:07 AM

Yogi Ferrell ended up with 13 points across 30 minutes off the bench in Friday's 124-102 loss against the Lakers.

Ferrell hit 5-of-13 from the field, including 2-of-7 from the 3-point line, and he added four steals, three assists and two rebounds to make his small group of fantasy owners smile. He was struggling with his shot before the All-Star break, and he didn't exactly light it up in this one, but he remains useful in deeper fantasy formats for now.
Feb 24 - 2:06 AM

Dwight Powell ended up with just three points on 1-of-7 shooting in 27 minutes off the bench Friday against the Lakers.

Powell was able to make up for things with five rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots, but his dismal shooting night killed those in roto leagues. He was humming right along before the All-Star break with four consecutive games of 18 or more points, and the buy-low window remains open after this stinker. Don't wait too long, as his fantasy ownership is sure to go up once he re-gains his momentum.
Feb 24 - 2:04 AM

Dennis Smith Jr. ended up with 13 points across 30 minutes in Saturday's 124-102 road loss against the Lakers.

Smith had a poor night from the floor, hitting just 5-of-16, including 1-of-6 from behind the 3-point line. He was able to salvage the fantasy stat line somewhat with five assists, four rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot. He'll look for a better shooting night on Saturday at Utah, but that's easier said than done against the NBA's No. 3 scoring defense.
Feb 24 - 2:02 AM

Wesley Matthews ended up with 19 points, two assists, two rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot over 29 minutes in Saturday's road loss to the Lakers.

Matthews was a very efficient 7-of-12 from the field, including 5-of-8 from behind the 3-point line, but the game got away from the Mavs early on. The swingman had an efficient shooting night, but he was also a dismal minus-29 rating, tied for worst on the team with fellow starter Harrison Barnes. He'll look to redeem himself in Saturday's game at Utah.
Feb 24 - 2:00 AM

J.J. Barea finished with 12 points, six assists, two rebounds and a steal over 26 minutes in Friday's 124-102 road loss against the Lakers.

Barea was a decent 4-of-8 from the field, including 3-of-5 from behind the 3-point line, and he split his pair of free throws. He is averaging 13.7 PPG, 9.3 APG and 2.7 APG with 1.0 SPG over his past three outings. His three-game streak with 10 or more points ties his second-longest such streak of the season. He'll look to make it four in a row when the team travels to Utah on Saturday.
Feb 24 - 1:48 AM

Harrison Barnes finished Friday's road loss against the Lakers with 19 points, seven rebounds and a blocked shot over 32 minutes.

Barnes hit 7-of-16 from the field, including 2-of-4 from behind the 3-point line, while going 3-of-3 from the free-throw line. That part was nice, but he was one of a trio of Mavs starters with a minus-26 rating or worse. He'll look for much better results in Saturday's road game in Salt Lake City against the Jazz. However, he was just 3-of-11 from the field with six points and seven rebounds in the team's last trip to SLC back on Oct. 30.
Feb 24 - 1:44 AM

Wilson Chandler pulled down a season-high 16 rebounds in Friday's win over the Spurs, adding 18 points, three assists and four triples in 38 minutes.

This was his third double-double of the season and his fourth career game with at least 16 rebounds -- his career-high is 17 set back in 2010. He's on fire right now and has played 34+ minutes in four straight contests, averaging 18.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.5 triples in that span. He's worth owning while he's hot, but his minutes could be in jeopardy when Paul Millsap (wrist) returns.
Feb 24 - 1:19 AM



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