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Tobias Harris was a beast against the Warriors on Friday night with 28 points on 7-of-18 from the field and 11-of-12 from the line, but it wasn't enough in a 112-94 loss.

Harris added nine rebounds with two assists and three triples. His usage rate was 6% higher tonight than his season average, as Lou Williams (hamstring) was out and Danilo Gallinari left after nine minutes with back spasms. Williams will miss at least two more games and Gallo's status is up in the air, so Harris will have to put this team on his back in the short term as he makes his case for an All-Star appearance.
Jan 19 - 1:54 AM

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander matched his career-high of 24 points in a 112-94 loss to the Clippers, adding five assists, three rebounds, three steals and two turnovers in 43 minutes.

What a way to break through the rookie wall. Not only was he a stud offensively (7-of-17 FGs, 10-of-10 FTs), SGA was also a big reason why Klay Thompson was held in check. The Clippers will be without Lou Williams (hamstring) for at least the next two games and Danilo Gallinari (back) left this game early, so SGA will be asked to do a lot more on offense -- he had a 22.2 usage rate tonight compared to his season average of 17.1. He's worth picking up with one more game this weekend and four games next week.
Jan 19 - 1:48 AM

Lou Williams (sore right hamstring) will miss at least two more games according to coach Doc Rivers.

This isn't the same hamstring he had an issue with earlier this season, but the Clippers are going to play it safe and make sure he's 100 percent before returning. He should be held in all fantasy leagues, and in the meantime Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will be a popular pickup after he matched his career-high of 24 points vs. the Warriors on Friday. Based on Rivers' comments, the earliest Williams could possibly return is on Wednesday vs. the Heat.
Jan 19 - 1:37 AM

Danilo Gallinari (back spasms) will not return on Friday vs. the Warriors.

That's brutal timing with Lou Williams (hamstring) out tonight. The Clippers immediately went with a super small lineup with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander alongside Patrick Beverley and Avery Bradley, so fantasy owners should keep an eye on those first two guys (SGA and Pat-Bev). Tyrone Wallace and Mike Scott could also benefit, but aren't on the standard-league radar. Gallo has obviously been prone to injuries throughout his career including some chronic back issues, but only had one DNP entering this game. Hopefully it's nothing serious and his owners should be on the lookout for an update.
Jan 18 - 11:42 PM

Lou Williams (sore right hamstring) will not play on Friday vs. the Warriors.

Fantasy owners never like to see hamstring injuries, but luckily this isn't the same one that bothered him earlier this season. Hopefully it's just a minor day-to-day thing, but there's no clarity on that front yet. The Clippers have a lot of different directions they could go here, with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander possibly spending more time next to Patrick Beverley. Avery Bradley has been terrible this season, so deep-league owners can keep an eye on Tyrone Wallace as well.
Jan 18 - 9:46 PM

Doc Rivers praised Tobias Harris for his development this season and believes he should make the All-Star team this year.

"Overall, we wanted Tobias to be a better rebounder, and he’s done that," Rivers said. "Be a better defender. He’s done that... Be a better playmaker, and he’s done that. The list that we gave him you can tell that he has put a focus on it and he’s doing it." Harris is certainly putting up All-Star numbers while having a career-year in Los Angeles, and he said it would be an honor to make the All-Star team. He's been a top-20 guy this season, and is showing no signs of slowing down.
Jan 17 - 1:37 PM

Avery Bradley finished Wednesday's game with 15 points, three rebounds and one assist in 25 minutes, making 6-of-10 shots with three 3-pointers.

With an Orwellian flourish, coach Doc Rivers said over the weekend that Bradley is "un-statable" -- meaning his impact on games can't be gauged by statistics. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, stats are explicitly how Bradley and all players are judged, and by that metric he's been awful with 7.4 points on 37.7% shooting and a negative impact in almost every category. He's on your waiver wire for a reason.
Jan 17 - 1:28 AM

Jerome Robinson was re-called from the G League for Wednesday's game, but he wasn't on the Clippers' active roster.

Robinson was a lottery pick by L.A. this summer, but unlike Shai Gilgeous-Alexander he's yet to find a foothold in coach Doc Rivers' rotation. With a total of 40 minutes played all season, across seven appearances, there's no reason to think he'll help fantasy owners while the Clippers are still in the playoff hunt.
Jan 17 - 1:27 AM

Montrezl Harrell came off the bench for 11 points, seven rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block in 26 minutes during Wednesday's home loss vs. Utah.

Harrell may not win the Sixth Man of the Year award, thanks to guys like Domantas Sabonis, Spender Dinwiddie and even teammate Lou Williams, but he's certainly in the discussion. He's also a candidate for Most Improved Player, but that's going to Pascal Siakam. Fantasy owners won't mind if he doesn't get the hardware, of course, as he's been a fantastic value with averages of 16.0 points (62.9% shooting), 6.8 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.4 blocks and 0.9 steals.
Jan 17 - 1:24 AM

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander played a season-low 13 minutes Monday vs. the Pelicans, accounting for two assists and one blocked shot and missing all three of his field goal attempts.

"He’s gonna be a star. I believe that. He’s just not playing well," Doc Rivers said of the rookie guard following Monday's loss to the Pelicans. Rivers remains confident in Gilgeous-Alexander, but it can be argued that he's run smack into the proverbial "rookie wall." The rookie point guard has struggled mightily in recent games, averaging 6.2 points, 2.2 assists, 1.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks per over his last five. Gilgeous-Alexander's recent play has resulted in a few more minutes for Tyrone Wallace, as he's played 13 minutes or more in each of the Clippers' last six games.
Jan 15 - 2:34 AM

Lou Williams chipped in with 18 points (6-of-19 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), five rebounds, five assists, one steal and one three-pointer in 30 minutes Monday vs. the Pelicans.

Williams didn’t shoot particularly well Monday night, but with the Clippers starting backcourt of Avery Bradley and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander combining to score nine points (all by Bradley) his struggles aren’t that big of a deal in comparison. Over his last five the veteran guard is averaging 20.6 points, 5.4 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game while shooting 44.6% from the field and 47.1% from three-point range. Williams is more than capable of getting back on track shooting the basketball, and he’ll have every opportunity to do so due to the offensive inconsistency of the other guards in the Clippers rotation.
Jan 15 - 2:22 AM

Tobias Harris shot 7-of-11 from the field and 2-of-3 from the foul line Monday vs. the Pelicans, finishing with 21 points, six rebounds, three assists, one blocked shot and five 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

Harris, like teammate Danilo Gallinari, is putting up career-best numbers for a Clippers team that’s in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race. The eighth-year forward isn’t far off from a 50/40/90 season, as he currently boasts percentages of 50.2% from the field, 43.3% from three and 88.6% from the foul line. Monday’s effort won’t hurt Harris’ chances of reaching that 50/40/90 benchmark, and over his last five the veteran forward is averaging 20.2 points per game while shooting 50.0% from the field, 60.0% from three on 2.4 makes per game and 83.3% from the foul line.
Jan 15 - 2:21 AM

Danilo Gallinari shot 6-of-9 from three in Monday’s loss to the Pelicans, finishing the game with 25 points (8-of-13 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs), six assists, four rebounds and two steals in 33 minutes.

Gallinari, who’s shooting 42.2% from the field and 37.4% from three for his career, is in the midst of what would be his best season in the NBA. Gallo’s scoring average of 19.5 points per game is equal tot he number he produced in 2015-16 as a member of the Nuggets, but this season he’s doing this while shooting 45.4% from the field, 44.4% from three and 91.1% from the foul line. Gallinari’s also averaging 6.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, and he boast top-25 value in 9-category leagues (he’s ranked 31st in 8-category leagues).
Jan 15 - 2:20 AM

Montrezl Harrell had another good game off the bench Monday vs. the Pelicans, scoring 26 points (10-of-16 FGs, 6-of-9 FTs) with ten rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes.

Harrell, who began the season with just three double-doubles in his NBA career, is now up to eleven thanks to his effort against the Pelicans. The 26 points scored are the most for the energetic forward since he dropped a career-high 30 points on the Rockets in late October, and in seven games this month he’s averaging 17.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 blocks per while shooting 60% from the field. While the minutes of Marcin Gortat and Boban Marjanovic are heavily influenced by matchups that isn’t the case for Harrell, who’s established himself as a key member of Doc Rivers’ rotation.
Jan 15 - 2:20 AM

Tobias Harris struggled offensively against his former team during a 109-104 loss to the Pistons on Saturday, scoring 11 points with 10 rebounds, two assists, one block, two steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

The other non-scoring stats showed up because that's what Tobias does, but he was just 4-of-9 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line for just a 15.7 usage rate -- his second lowest on the year. Harris has seen a slight dip in scoring since his eye-popping 22.1 points per game in November, but he's still going to be an early-round player going forward for his consistency in so many areas.
Jan 12 - 6:26 PM


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