Use It or Lose It

Use It or Lose It
Mike Gallagher discusses Isaiah Thomas, Nerlens Noel, the MVP race, the Bulls and more in this edition.
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Kyrie Irving (shoulder) returned to action on Tuesday with 18 points, two 3-pointers, two rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals in an easy win vs. Boston.

He logged only 26 minutes and showed no signs of his recent injury, making 6-of-10 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws before taking a seat down the stretch. His return bumped Matthew Dellavedova back to the bench, where he went scoreless with five rebounds and seven assists.
Mar 3 - 9:35 PM

Brandon Bass led the Celtics with 15 points on Tuesday, making 7-of-15 shots with five boards, one assist and three turnovers vs. the Cavs.

He played 27 minutes, more than any player except Evan Turner (six points, seven assists), and the only other Celtic in double-digits was Isaiah Thomas (11 points). Bass is a sketchy fantasy option even with Kelly Olynyk (ankle) on the sidelines, but he and the Celtics should bounce back quickly on Wednesday.
Mar 3 - 9:32 PM

Jae Crowder, who had a career-high 17 rebounds on Sunday, finished Tuesday's road loss with four points (1-of-5 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs), two rebounds and two assists off the bench.

Crowder deserves a pass for this dud. The Celtics were destroyed by the Cavs and he'd been great over his previous five games, averaging 15.0 points, 2.6 triples, 8.6 boards, 2.0 assists and 0.8 steals in under 29 minutes. His bench role gives him minimal room for error, but he should fare better during Wednesday's home game vs. Utah.
Mar 3 - 9:32 PM

Marcus Smart missed all five of his field goals on Tuesday to finish an ugly loss in Cleveland with two points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 22 minutes.

Smart wasn't the only player to struggle -- the Celtics shot 35.2 percent as a team including a 7-of-28 mark from downtown, and they lost the game by 31 points. Smart has been clinging to late-round value in 12-team leagues despite Isaiah Thomas' arrival, but his percentages (37.5 percent FGs, 64.6 percent FTs) have been a season-long drag for owners.
Mar 3 - 9:31 PM

James Young scored nine points in 17 minutes off the Celtics' bench on Tuesday, going 2-of-5 from downtown and 3-of-3 at the free throw line.

He's shooting 4-of-16 in his past four games and has failed to capitalize on the minutes afforded him by coach Brad Stevens. Young should stick in the rotation with Boston emphasizing player development down the stretch, but he's clearly not a fantasy asset.
Mar 3 - 9:31 PM

Avery Bradley made 3-of-9 shots to finish Tuesday's blowout loss with seven points, one rebound, one assist and zero steals in 24 minutes.

He's a combined 21-of-56 from the field over his past four games, a 37.5 percent mark that is doing his fantasy owners no favors. Bradley offers a trickle of boards and assists but his fantasy value is pegged to scoring, 3-pointers and steals, so an extended slump would be bad news. Hopefully he can find the range vs. Utah's defense on Wednesday.
Mar 3 - 9:30 PM

Tyler Zeller played only 12 minutes during Tuesday's game, scoring four points and grabbing three rebounds without any steals or blocks.

Brad Stevens isn't shy about deploying small lineups and it didn't help that Boston trailed by 25 points at halftime. Zeller's late-round value should vanish whenever Kelly Olynyk (ankle) is healthy enough to return, so don't pass up a more promising free agent to cling to Zeller.
Mar 3 - 9:27 PM

Tristan Thompson followed up Sunday's big double-double with 10 points and seven rebounds in 17 minutes vs. the Celtics on Tuesday.

Thompson made all four of his field goal attempts but he didn't have any assists, steals or blocks, which highlights the reason he's been outside the top-150 in 8-cat leagues all year. He's a dubious source of value as long as Timofey Mozgov (10 points, six boards, three blocks) is healthy.
Mar 3 - 9:26 PM
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