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Devin Harris hurt his right hand on Thursday and is getting X-rays.

The injury occurred late in the game and hopefully Harris is going to be OK. If he does need to miss time, J.J. Barea and maybe Raymond Felton would get more playing time. There's no need to make a speculative add, though. Harris finished with seven points, three rebounds and two steals on Thursday.
Mar 6 - 1:31 AM

Dorell Wright scored eight points in 13 minutes during Thursday's 94-75 win over the Mavs, adding one rebound, one assist and two 3-pointers.

With Wes Matthews (Achilles) out for the season, Wright might step up. However, we've seen this movie before with role players for Stotts. Basically, Arron Afflalo is going to step into Matthews' minutes while Wright, Alonzo Gee, C.J. McCollum and Steve Blake will get Afflalo's 27 minutes. Wright isn't worth owning in standard leagues.
Mar 6 - 1:29 AM

Damian Lillard turned it around late against the Mavs on Thursday during a 94-75 win, finishing with 14 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

He did turn the ball over five times and his scoring still wasn't quite right after going 1-of-13 from the field on Wednesday. Lillard has gone on slumps before, but now the Blazers are going to need him even more with Wesley Matthews (Achilles) going down.
Mar 6 - 1:24 AM

Wesley Matthews suffered a torn left Achilles tendon on Thursday and will miss the rest of the season.

Ugh. Matthews was leading the NBA in 3-pointers just last month and has been a big reason why the Blazers are looking for a top-four seed in the Western Conference. He has the nickname Ironman because he had a consecutive games played streak of 250 earlier in his career and now his 142 consecutive games played streak will come to an end. This is a crippling blow for Matthews who will enter free agency coming off a bad injury. We're rooting for him to be out on the court in October. Arron Afflalo should be owned in all standard leagues.
Mar 6 - 1:13 AM

Nicolas Batum grabbed a season-high 12 boards against the Mavericks on Thursday with 15 points, six assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

A healthy Batum is going to offset the loss of Wesley Matthews (foot). Batum has suddenly become the player his fantasy owners were hoping for, averaging 12.2 points, 6.2 boards, 6.2 dimes, 1.0 blocks, 1.2 steals and 2.2 treys on 48.8 percent from the field and 100 percent from the line. If you bought low, pat yourself on the back.
Mar 6 - 1:09 AM

Arron Afflalo didn't play well against the Mavs on Thursday, making 2-of-9 from the field for six points with three rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes.

Unfortunately for the Blazers, Wesley Matthews (Achilles) is out for the season. That means Afflalo is likely looking at minutes in the 30s and he should resume Matthews' role as a floor-spacing trey man. The Blazers are second in the NBA an 3-point attempts on the season and Afflalo is a career 39 percent shooter from deep, so it makes sense for him to play big minutes. He should be owned in all standard leagues.
Mar 6 - 1:06 AM

Dirk Nowitzki looked a little tired against the Blazers on Thursday during a 94-75 loss with 10 points on 5-of-13 from the field, adding four rebounds and one steal in 27 minutes.

He just doesn't look right. In his last five, Nowitzki made just 41.5 percent from the field for averages of 13.2 points, 6.4 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.4 treys. Owner Mark Cuban has said before he's totally fine with resting guys, so there is a very good chance Dirk sits in a road game at Golden State tomorrow. His owners will have to check back.
Mar 6 - 1:02 AM

Tyson Chandler returned from a hip injury on Thursday with four points, 14 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 28 minutes.

He looked fine despite having one of his worst shooting games, making 1-of-4 from the field. It's a good sign to see Chandler already close to 30 minutes after missing three games, so he should have a better performance against the Warriors on Friday.
Mar 6 - 12:59 AM

Rajon Rondo flirted with a triple-double against the Blazers on Thursday with 10 points, seven rebounds, nine assists, one steal and four turnovers no 5-of-13 from the field.

He hit a couple jumpers in the fourth quarter and perhaps the Dallas shooting coach is helping him there. Rondo is going to be a huge reclamation project and made just 30.8 percent of his mid-range shots before tonight this season. His fantasy owners have to be hoping better lines are on the way.
Mar 6 - 12:57 AM

The Blazers are significantly concerned about the seriousness of a lower leg injury to Wesley Matthews (leg) and he will have an MRI.

It doesn't sound good. There are a lot of things that went wrong and based on the TNT report that Matthews was banging his fist on his way to the locker room suggests that the training staff gave him some bad news. Hopefully this is wrong about one of the easiest guys to root for in the NBA, but he could be out for the season. Arron Afflalo should be picked up in all leagues.
Mar 6 - 12:31 AM

Wesley Matthews suffered a left foot injury on Thursday and will not return.

He could not put any weight on it following a non-contact injury and had the training staff help him to the locker room. It didn't look like he rolled his ankle, which means he could have suffered some sort of Achilles issue. The TNT report suggested Matthews is going to be out for some time, so go ahead and add Arron Afflalo in all standard leagues.
Mar 6 - 12:07 AM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Bulls

Pau Gasol had a productive game against the Thunder on Thursday during a thrilling 108-105 win, scoring 21 points with 12 boards, two assists and one turnover.

He had his 40th double-double for the season, which leads the league (DeMarcus Cousins and Nikola Vucevic are second with 35 each). Gasol also had the pass of the night to set up E'Twaun Moore for the game-winning trey off a gorgeous touch pass. Anthony Davis is the only big man with more fantasy value than Gasol right now.
Mar 5 - 11:37 PM

Aaron Brooks made just 2-of-8 from the field against the Thunder on Thursday for six points with three rebounds and seven assists in 24 minutes.

He attempted a whopping 23 shots in Tuesday and has at least 15 shots from the field in each of his last three games. Brooks lost a decent chunk of playing time because of the E'twaun Moore Show, but it's unclear if that show will get another episode after its pilot tonight. Brooks is still worth owning in standard leagues and gets a better matchup against the Pacers on Friday.
Mar 5 - 11:31 PM

Joakim Noah was more of a focal point on offense against the Thunder on Thursday with four points, 12 rebounds, nine assists and one steal in 31 minutes.

While he did only attempt four shots from the field, coach Tom Thibodeau used Noah a lot in the high post. This was a play set that the Bulls used a lot last season while Derrick Rose (knee) was out, which explains why Noah had a breakout season. The Bulls have more firepower this year and Noah won't be as good as he was in 2013-14, but brighter days are ahead after a somewhat disappointing 2014-15 to this point.
Mar 5 - 11:27 PM

Mike Dunleavy scored 21 points against the Thunder on Thursday with four rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

He did miss a breakaway dunk, but Dun-Dun clearly looks to be over his ankle injury from before the break. He's been over 30 minutes in each of his last four games with two 21-point games and only eight points combined in his other two. Dunleavy has a higher upside than Tony Snell and he should be owned in standard leagues. Hopefully he can stay healthy.
Mar 5 - 11:24 PM

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