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Russell Westbrook turned in his 35th triple-double of the season during a 122-97 win over the 76ers on Wednesday, scoring 18 points with 11 rebounds, 14 assists, two blocks and five turnovers.

Westbrook was 6-of-6 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line to make him the first player in NBA history to drop a triple-double on perfect shooting. Westbrook only had a 19.5 usage rate in this game, which is less than half his season average and is also a season low by a mile. In fact, this was only the second time this season he had a usage rate under 30 in a game. He gets a triple-double date with James Harden on Sunday afternoon.
Mar 23 - 12:21 AM

Enes Kanter scored 24 points with 11 rebounds, one block and one steal against the 76ers on Wednesday.

It's usually a fun time for a big man to go up against Jahlil Okafor and that was the case for Kanter today. He also had a double-double against the Warriors on Monday and did play 25 minutes in that loss. The arrival of Taj Gibson hasn't hurt Kanter too much, averaging 16.8 points, 7.4 boards, 0.6 assists, 0.4 blocks and 0.6 steals in his last five games. Plus, Steven Adams struggling has also helped get Kanter going.
Mar 23 - 12:09 AM

Jerami Grant scored three points with three rebounds and two assists against the 76ers on Wednesday.

No revenge game for Grant here. Before this game, coach Billy Donovan joked that he wished coach Brett Brown did a better job with Grant, but Donovan also added Grant has to refine his offensive game. With OKC fairly healthy, Grant doesn't have much value in fantasy.
Mar 23 - 12:02 AM

Steven Adams scored six points with five rebounds, one block and two steals in 25 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday.

He missed all five attempts at the line and that has been a major bugaboo for him lately. Since the break, Adams has made just 39.2 percent from the line on those 51 attempts. His scoring, rebounding and blocks are all down after the break, so Adams is in a major slump basically everywhere. He's looking more like a late-round guy going forward.
Mar 22 - 11:58 PM

Russell Westbrook (hand) will start Wednesday vs. the 76ers, as expected.

Westbrook picked up a blister on his shooting hand during Monday's loss to Golden State, but he's obviously fine, and he should have a nice bounce-back performance with a matchup against Philly. Victor Oladipo, Andre Roberson, Taj Gibson and Steven Adams will join him in the starting five.

Billy Donovan said that Russell Westbrook picked up a blister on his right (shooting) hand during Monday's loss to the Warriors, but he's fine.

Westbrook took it easy during Tuesday's light, non-contact practice, but he should be just fine for Wednesday's matchup with the 76ers. Owners can expect to get official confirmation on Westbrook's status following Wednesday morning's shootaround.
Mar 21 - 2:25 PM

Steven Adams scored nine points with one rebound and two turnovers in 22 minutes vs. the Warriors on Monday.

This was one of his worst games of the season. Adams managed to hit 4-of-5 shots, but finished 1-of-4 from the line and had a +/- rating of -23. He was very solid in his previous five games and he won't get many tougher matchups than the Warriors, so his owners should cut him some slack. He should be much better vs. the 76ers on Wednesday.
Mar 21 - 12:35 AM

Enes Kanter double-doubled vs. the Warriors on Monday with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

This was such an Enes Kanter line with zero assists, blocks or steals -- he was averaging 0.6 blocks and 0.4 steals per game prior to Monday. Kanter shot 6-of-16 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, but with just two more games on the schedule this week, he's just a low-end player to own who specializes in points and rebounds.
Mar 21 - 12:24 AM

Russell Westbrook was held to 15 points on 4-of-16 shooting vs. the Warriors on Monday.

Incredibly, his 15 points were his 2nd-fewest in a game this season since he scored 14 vs. the Heat back in November. Westbrook added eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one triple, but only played 27 minutes in the lopsided loss. Westbrook needs seven triple-doubles in his last 12 games to match Oscar Robertson's single-season record of 41 triple-doubles, so Westy's owners probably don't have to worry about him taking time off.
Mar 21 - 12:15 AM

Russell Westbrook scored 28 points during a 110-94 win over the Kings on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, 10 assists, four steals, seven turnovers and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

No triple-double this time to snap his four-game streak. While he didn't get the triple-double, he still has an excellent chance to average one for the season because he only needs 7.3 boards and 8.2 dimes in his final 13 games to hold the double-digit averages. Additionally, he has multiple-treys in four straight and his jumper is working again. Monday should be fun against the Warriors.
Mar 18 - 6:31 PM

Steven Adams scored 16 points with 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 35 minutes against the Kings on Saturday.

He looks like he's back. Adams is getting set up for easy shots these days and has made 67.6 percent from the field in his last five, averaging 11.8 points, 7.8 boards 1.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.6 blocks. He's also been much better on the defensive end and turned in his first March double-double in this win. Expect Adams to improve and flirt with mid-round value.
Mar 18 - 6:24 PM

Enes Kanter scored 14 points with four rebounds and one block in 18 minutes against the Kings on Saturday.

That's double-digit scoring games in 11 straight while making at least 50 percent from the field in all but two of those games. While the scoring and percentages are great, Kanter is doing almost nothing with only three blocks in March, which has made him only a late-round guy. He's more of a fit player in fantasy and hasn't been worth owning since the break.
Mar 18 - 6:13 PM

Doug McDermott showed up against the Kings on Saturday, making 8-of-9 from the field for 21 points with five rebounds, no turnovers and four 3-pointers in 21 minutes.

That's his best scoring line on his new team while matching his best output in boards and treys. McDermott played just 11.7 minutes per game in his previous three games, so it's hard to get excited about this game. We'll have to see him do it a couple more times after he's rarely shown he is a fantasy asset in almost three full seasons.
Mar 18 - 6:07 PM

Taj Gibson scored four points with four rebounds in 16 minutes against the Kings on Saturday.

Garbage time did keep his minutes down slightly and also the youngster behind him were playing well. Gibson's team may have changed, but he's still that low-upside big who will have good and bad games through the course of a week. Most owners will probably want to shoot a little higher.
Mar 18 - 6:03 PM

Russell Westbrook posted his 34th triple-double of the season during a 123-102 win in Toronto on Thursday, scoring 24 points with 10 rebounds, 16 assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in just 28 minutes.

That's four consecutive triple-doubles, eight in his last 12, and it's also his third streak of four straight trip-dubs this season. He is now seven away from Oscar Robertson's record of 41 triple-doubles in a season, which seems to be well within his grasp given his high volume in that department lately. Additionally, Westbrook playing in every game is very impressive given all his usage this season. He gets the Kings at home on Saturday.
Mar 16 - 10:25 PM


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