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Steven Adams double-doubled on Thursday, scoring 17 points (6-of-9 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs) with 15 rebounds, one assist and four steals in 41 minutes against the Lakers.

Adams notched his 19th double-double of the season, which is already the second most in a single season of his career. He's posting top-30 value in 9-category leagues over the last two weeks, averaging 14.6 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game in the span. Adams is just behind Anthony Davis for second place among centers in steals for the season.
Jan 18 - 12:59 AM

Paul George scored 27 points (9-of-19 FGs, 4-of-6 FTs) with seven rebounds, eight assists, three steals and five 3-pointers in 44 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday.

George did almost all of his damage in the first three quarters of this one, scoring 26 of his 27 points in that time frame. He didn't attempt any shots in the fourth quarter and missed all five of his shots in the overtime period. Outside of that, PG matched his season-high in assists and swiped at least two steals for the fourth straight game. He continues to put up first round value in 9-category formats.
Jan 18 - 12:51 AM

Terrance Ferguson got hot against the Lakers, scoring 21 points (6-of-13 FGs, 3-of-5 FTs) with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and six 3-pointers in 37 minutes on Thursday.

This was the second time in the last eight days that Ferguson exploded for 21 points with at least six triples. He continues to start for the Thunder, but his low-usage role will make for many inconsistent outings. Ferguson is more of a streamer than an add at this point.
Jan 18 - 12:45 AM

Nerlens Noel (concussion) played 12 minutes and scored four points with two rebounds, one assist and one steal against the Lakers on Thursday.

Noel returned from a three-game absence after taking an elbow to the face against the Timberwolves on Jan. 8. His return took minutes from Patrick Patterson and Jerami Grant at the backup five spot. Noel's per-minute value is high, but the lack of minutes makes him more of a defensive specialist.
Jan 18 - 12:38 AM

Russell Westbrook struggled shooting on Thursday, making just 7-of-30 shots for 26 points with nine rebounds, 13 assists, one block, one steal and five 3-pointers in 43 minutes against the Lakers.

Westbrook made just 2-of-18 of his 2-point field goals in this one, but did knock down a season-high five triples to help make up for it. He also made 7-of-10 from the free throw line, including three at the end of regulation to tie the game and sent it to overtime. There was just a 26.5% chance of him making all three foul shots based on his season FT%, but the former MVP came up clutch. Russ' FT% is trending up of late, sitting at 75% over the last five games.
Jan 18 - 12:33 AM

Dennis Schroder made 3-of-7 shots for 9 points on Thursday, adding one rebound, two assists and one 3-pointer in 17 minutes against the Lakers.

Schroder took a hit to his left quad early in the second quarter and went to the locker room, but returned to the game in the third quarter. He's already been playing through a left quad contusion, which is probably why the collision affected him as much as it did. He only played three minutes early in the fourth before giving way to Terrance Ferguson for the rest of the fourth and overtime. The Thunder play next on Saturday against the Sixers.
Jan 18 - 12:25 AM

Nerlens Noel (concussion) is listed as 'available' for Thursday's game vs. the Lakers.

Noel went through some on-court work on Wednesday and it sounds like he's cleared the league's stringent concussion protocol. There's been no confirmation that he'll actually play on Thursday, but owners relying on him for sneaky big-man stats can expect to have him back soon. If not Thursday, perhaps Saturday's game in Philly.
Jan 17 - 6:42 PM

Nerlens Noel (concussion) was doing some shooting and skill work on Wednesday.

He is still in the concussion protocol, but this is a great sign for his progress. Noel has been out since Jan. 8 and is still out indefinitely, but he's on the comeback trail. With him out, Jerami Grant has really stepped up with some extra minutes down low while Pat Patterson has seen more run.
Jan 16 - 3:51 PM

Jerami Grant had a strong game on Tuesday vs. the Hawks with 21 points, five rebounds, three steals and two blocks in 40 minutes.

He finished 9-of-14 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, but missed all four triples. His minutes are up slightly with Nerlens Noel (concussion) out and he's responded with his best stretch of the season with top-40 value over his last five games. In that span he's averaging 16.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.8 blocks, 1.0 steals and 1.0 triples. Enjoy the ride, but he'll fall back to earth eventually.
Jan 15 - 10:34 PM

Dennis Schroder scored 21 points in a losing effort against the Hawks on Tuesday, hitting 6-of-15 shots and 6-of-6 free throws.

The Thunder guard also added six assists, three boards, one steal and three triples in 27 minutes. Before the game, Schroder took a shot at his former team and explained why he wanted to be traded. "I wanted to be in a winning mentality organization," Schroder said. "You just can’t go out there and try to lose." The Hawks got the last laugh tonight though, handing the Thunder their fourth loss out of their last five games. Strong game aside, Schroder is more of a handcuff for Russell Westbrook's owners.
Jan 15 - 10:25 PM

Andre Roberson (left knee) still isn't close to a return according to coach Billy Donovan.

His timetable has been pushed back over and over again, but Donovan still expects him to return at some point this season. Roberson is a low-usage defender with little to no fantasy appeal, so continue to leave him on the wire.
Jan 14 - 1:33 PM

Hamidou Diallo scored one point (0-of-4 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs) with two rebounds in 13 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

Diallo has been on the fringe of the rotation of late and is best left on the wire in basically all leagues at this point.
Jan 12 - 10:50 PM

Patrick Patterson scored 13 points (5-of-7 FGs) with four rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 23 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

Patterson didn't see much time as the backup center last time out, but did in this one. With Nerlens Noel (concussion) out, Patterson has more of an opportunity off the bench. Coach Billy Donovan chose to run with Jerami Grant at the five a lot last game, which takes any potential usefulness away from Patterson. He's nothing more than a spot stream with Noel out.
Jan 12 - 10:47 PM

Abdel Nader made 6-of-6 shots for 15 points with two rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 17 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

Nader's been seeing bench minutes with Alex Abrines (personal) away from the team. He hasn't been productive on a consistent basis, but he's shown flashes here and there. He's best left on the wire outside the deepest of leagues, though.
Jan 12 - 10:42 PM

Steven Adams (left ankle) came up just shy of a double-double on Saturday, scoring 12 points (3-of-5 FGs, 6-of-8 FTs) with nine rebounds, two assists, two block and one steal in 35 minutes against the Spurs.

Adams battled through an ankle tweak last game, but suited up and help the Thunder avenge their tough loss to the Spurs on Thursday. He's having arguably the best season of his career thus far and is averaging 13.8 points, 9.6 boards and 2.0 steals on 67.5% shooting over his last five games. Adams is as steady as they come at the center position.
Jan 12 - 10:36 PM


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