Kyle Lowry helped Toronto put an end to Houston’s 17-game win streak on Friday, scoring a team-high 30 points on 10-of-14 shooting to go with three boards, six dimes, seven trey-bombs, one steal and three turnovers in 33 minutes. He also went 3-of-4 from the charity stripe to give him a ridiculous 95.2 true shooting percentage on the evening, and overall, he’s been trending up from an efficiency standpoint since the break with averages of 15.9 points, 7.5 assists, 5.4 rebounds, 3.3 triples, 1.1 steals and just 1.5 turnovers per game on 48.8% shooting. Lowry probably won’t crack the first-round equation this season, but he shouldn’t have any trouble finishing inside the top-25.
C.J. McCollum put an end to Golden State’s seven-game win streak on Friday (and helped extend Portland’s win streak to nine), registering 30 points on 10-of-19 shooting (5-of-7 from the stripe) to go with five 3-pointers, four rebounds, one assist, one block and one turnover in 38 minutes. McCollum put all his moves on display in this one, scoring off screens, creating off the catch, and at times, breaking down his man in the iso. He also played some furious defense against Klay Thompson and seemed to always deliver a bucket for the Trail Blazers when they needed it down the stretch. Damian Lillard was also solid, contributing 28 points, four triples, four boards, eight dimes and three turnovers across 38 minutes. Portland has been on another level coming out of the All-Star break, jumping to the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference, and with them fighting for seeding out West the gaudy stat lines from this particular backcourt should only continue.
Ls & 40s
The Rockets could not get the W despite getting 40 points (15-of-22 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs), four triples, two boards, four assists, one steal, one block and four turnovers from James Harden. The longest win streak of the season is over for Houston, but they remain the No. 1 seed out West and still look like a very legitimate threat to Golden State.
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Kevin Durant did all he could to try and extend the win streak for Golden State, but ultimately his 40 points, six trey-bombs, six boards, six dimes and two swats were not enough to bring home the W for the Dubs. KD essentially got whatever he wanted, going 12-of-21 from the field and 10-of-10 from the charity stripe for a remarkable 78.7 true shooting percentage, and with Stephen Curry (ankle) unavailable he saw his usage rate rise to 37.6.
Klay Thompson struggled with his shot through the first half of action, but he turned it around after halftime finishing with 25 points, four triples, two boards, three assists, one steal and three turnovers in 36 minutes. He also saw his usage rate spike to 32.9, so it’s fairly obvious that Thompson and Durant will be doing the heavy lifting on offense while Curry is on the shelf, meaning they’ll be on plenty of winning fantasy teams this season.
On the Radar
Garrett Temple got the start with De’Aaron Fox (back) unavailable on Friday and finished with 23 points (7-of-10 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), four triples, two boards, two dimes, one steal and two turnovers in 30 minutes. This line does seem a bit fluky as he hit 70% of his shots against one of the worst teams in the league, but he did see a fairly large uptick in usage (22.4) with Fox out, and with another favorable matchup against Denver on Sunday he could be someone to consider streaming this weekend.
Frank Mason III went 2-of-12 from the field and 3-of-3 from the stripe on his way to seven points, 10 rebounds, six assists, three steals and five turnovers in 28 minutes off the bench. The shooting wasn’t pretty, nor were the turnovers, but he did bring some nice energy off the bench and like Temple, he’ll see an uptick in usage (28.4) and minutes while Fox is out. He’ll be another guy to consider streaming on Sunday.
D.J. Augustin scored 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting to go with four 3-pointers, two rebounds seven assists and one turnover in 28 minutes. DJA rarely brings any defensive statistics to the box score, but he’ll do enough with the dimes and triples to warrant ownership in most settings.
Jonathon Simmons was tasked with the heavy lifting on offense (27.4 usage rate) with both Aaron Gordon (concussion) and Evan Fournier (knee) unavailable on Friday, scoring 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting (7-of-9 from the line) to go with five boards, one assist, one steal and one turnover in 35 minutes. He typically doesn’t contribute much on the defensive end, but he should be a steady source of points while Gordon and Fournier are on the sidelines.
Reggie Bullock drained another three 3-pointers on his way to 21 points, three rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 33 minutes. Give him a look if you need a cheap source of points and triples.
Fred VanVleet had another solid outing in 23 minutes off the bench, scoring 11 points on 5-of-13 shooting to go with two rebounds, five assists, one 3-pointer, one steal, one block and two turnovers. The shooting hasn’t been pretty for VanVleet as of late, but he’s still found a way to be productive with averages of 9.3 points, 3.9 dimes, 1.4 triples, 1.4 steals, 0.5 blocks and just 1.6 turnovers per game on 35.6% shooting over the past month. He continues to close out games and should be in line for some extended run while Delon Wright (toe) is out, so he’s worth a look for anyone seeking a low-end point guard.
Speaking of quality low-end PGs, Tomas Satoransky dished out another nine dimes on his way to eight points, five boards, one steal and one turnover in 31 minutes. John Wall (knee) is inching his way closer to a return and might be able to make it back to the court by Tuesday, but that means Satoransky has at least two more games as Washington’s starting point guard. Satoransky’s value will likely be crushed upon the return of Wall, but I’d recommend sticking with him until Wall is officially back in action.
Kelly Oubre came through with 11 points, six boards, two assists, one 3-pointer, four steals and zero turnovers in 33 minutes off the bench. He’s been playing really well since the All-Star break, posting averages of 13.4 points, 3.6 boards, 1.9 dimes, 1.8 triples, 1.3 steals, 0.8 swats and just 0.9 turnovers per contest on 37.6% shooting, which has been good enough for seventh-round value in 9-cat leagues. Give him a look if those numbers are appealing.
John Henson tweaked his knee on Friday, but played through it and finished with 14 points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal, four blocks and three turnovers in 31 minutes. The Bucks are off until Monday, so he should be fine and is worth owning as a shot-blocking specialist in deep leagues.
Dillon Brooks scored a team-high 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting (2-of-2 from the line) to go with three rebounds, two triples, one assist and four turnovers in 32 minutes; Ben McLemore netted 14 points to go with two treys, four boards and one turnover in 28 minutes; and Xavier Rathan-Mayes contributed eight points, one 3-pointer, one assist, two steals, one block and three turnovers in 26 minutes off the bench. There are only five games being played on Saturday, and the Grizzlies will be one of the teams playing with a favorable matchup against the Mavericks, so Brooks, McLemore and Rathan-Mayes will all be on the radar as potential deep league streamers. Brooks and McLemore should be good for some points and triples, while Rathan-Mayes will be more productive with the dimes and defensive stats.
Montrezl Harrell went 8-of-13 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line on his way to 20 points, five rebounds, one block and two turnovers in 20 minutes off the bench. He’s really come alive since the break with averages of 17.5 points, 4.6 boards, 1.3 assists, 0.8 blocks and 1.3 turnovers per game on 68.2% shooting from the field and 75.0% from the stripe, which has been good enough for top-65 value in 9-cat leagues.
Sindarius Thornwell started ahead of Wes Johnson on Friday and finished with 14 points, one 3-pointer, four rebounds, one steal, one block and zero turnovers in 37 minutes. It’s a solid stat line, but I’ll need to see him do this again before recommending him as an add in most formats.
Cameron Payne scored a season-high 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting to go with four triples, one rebound, two steals and two turnovers in 23 minutes off the bench. I doubt he’ll be able to replicate this, but if he does do it a few more times, I could get behind adding Payne in deep leagues.
Darren Collison (knee) was solid in his return from a month-long layoff on Friday, scoring 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting (1-of-2 from the line) to go with two 3-pointers, two rebounds, five assists, one steal and zero turnovers in 21 minutes off the bench. If he was cut in your league after going under the knife, run, don’t walk to the waiver wire to add him.
Anthony Davis (ankle) did not play on Friday, but the Pelicans didn’t make that decision until after he went through his pre-game routine, which suggests there’s a decent chance he’ll be back in action on Sunday vs. the Jazz. Owners can expect to get another update following Sunday morning’s shootaround.
Stephen Curry (sprained right ankle) did not play Friday and he’ll miss Sunday’s game in Minnesota as well. This injury couldn’t have come at a worse time with the fantasy playoffs just around the corner, and given that this is his fourth right ankle issue since December, I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see him miss more than a few games here as having the two-time MVP completely healthy for the postseason will be Golden State’s main priority. His minutes will be divvied up between Quinn Cook and Shaun Livingston while he’s out, with Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson doing the heavy lifting on offense.
Otto Porter played through his hip issue on Friday, finishing with 19 points, seven boards, two triples, one assist and one steal in 26 minutes. The minutes were low with the game being a major blowout, but his hip looked fine so he should be good to go on Saturday in Miami.
Moe Harkless (knee) was back in the starting lineup following a three-game stint on the sidelines, finishing with six points, two triples, one rebound and one steal in 20 minutes. Evan Turner was bumped to the second unit with Harkless active, and he ended his evening with 12 points, two 3-pointers, one rebound and three dimes in 27 minutes. Harkless may be starting, but he’s not worth owning anywhere.
Tyreke Evans (ribs) missed his eighth consecutive game on Friday, and it doesn’t seem likely that he’ll be able to get back out there for Saturday’s game in Dallas. Dillon Brooks and Ben McLemore will continue to see some increased opportunity on offense with the Grizzlies banged-up, with Xavier Rathan-Mayes logging extended minutes with the second unit. Evans is just a luxury stash at this point in the fantasy season.
Rodney Hood exited Friday’s game with a low back strain and did not return, so he’s in danger of missing Sunday’s game against the Lakers. Cedi Osman (hip) also exited Friday’s game and did not return, and if both those guys are out on Sunday, we’ll be seeing a lot of J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver and Jordan Clarkson.
Jaylen Brown is officially going through the concussion protocol testing, and he figures to spend at least a few games on the sidelines after Thursday’s hard fall. Kyrie Irving will see a spike in usage while Brown is out, and there will be more opportunity on the offensive end for guys like Terry Rozier, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Morris.
Aaron Gordon (concussion) and Evan Fournier (knee) did not play Friday, which prompted Mario Hezonja and Jonathan Isaac to move into the starting five. While neither Hezonja nor Isaac were all that impressive on Friday night, they should continue to see some increased opportunity while AG and Fournier are on the sidelines, putting them both on the radar in deep leagues with Hezonja offering a bit more upside.
Devin Booker (triceps strain), Josh Jackson (knee) and Tyson Chandler (shoulder) are questionable to play Saturday vs. Charlotte, and T.J. Warren (back) is doubtful. If all these guys are out, Elfrid Payton will run the show on offense and guys like Alex Len and Troy Daniels will be potential streamer targets.
De’Aaron Fox (back) did not play Friday and he should be considered questionable at best for Sunday’s game in Denver. Sunday will be the first of a back-to-back, so it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see him miss that one as well. Frank Mason and Garrett Temple will be logging extended minutes in his absence.
Willie Cauley-Stein (back) missed his fourth game in a row on Friday and he should be considered doubtful for Sunday’s game.
Skal Labissiere hurt his hip on a hard fall during Friday’s win, and while he initially tried to play through it, he didn’t return after halftime. He did appear to be in good spirits while watching from the bench and said he was “fine” after the game, but don’t be surprised if he sits out Sunday’s matchup against the Nuggets. If both WCS and Labissiere can’t play Sunday, Zach Randolph and Kosta Koufos will split most of the big man minutes.
Jarell Martin (knee) returned from a two-game absence, finishing with 13 points (5-of-15 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), five rebounds, one steal and three turnovers in 30 minutes off the bench. He has some low-end appeal in deep leagues with the Grizzlies running out of healthy bodies.
Isaiah Taylor exited Friday’s game with a left ankle injury and did not return, so there’s a chance he’ll miss Sunday’s game against the Bulls as well. With Malcolm Delaney also nursing an ankle injury, Josh Magette will again have the opportunity for extended minutes on Sunday and Dennis Schroder should get all the run he can handle (as long as he doesn’t tick off his coach).
Tyler Zeller (back) returned from a two-game stint on the sidelines, recording 12 points, six rebounds and one assist in 17 minutes off the bench. Meh.
Danilo Gallinari (hand) was running at a recent practice, but he’s still not going to be re-evaluated until next Friday, March 16. There are no guarantees that he’ll immediately be cleared upon that evaluation, so it’s tough to justify hanging onto The Rooster in leagues that don’t offer an IR-spot.
Avery Bradley (groin) is still not close to a return. Leave him on the wire.
Wesley Matthews (hip) is expected to return from a two-game absence on Saturday vs. the Grizzlies, which will shift Yogi Ferrell back to the second unit and Doug McDermott won’t play as much. Nerlens Noel will be rested on Saturday, but he’ll get back out there for Sunday’s game against the Rockets. Dorian Finney-Smith (knee) is questionable to play Saturday.
Wilson Chandler (hip) did not play Friday and he should be considered questionable for Sunday’s game against Sacramento. Will Barton got the start in his place and finished with 13 points, five boards, five assists, three triples, one steal and one turnover in 40 minutes.
Michael Carter-Williams will need to undergo surgery to repair a labral tear in his left shoulder, and he will miss the remainder of the 2017-18 season. Malik Monk should see some increased opportunity in his absence, but he hasn’t done enough this season to warrant a pickup anywhere.
Jawun Evans (abdomen) was back in action on Friday after spending roughly 1.5 months on the sidelines, grabbing one rebound and handing out two dimes in nine scoreless minutes off the bench.
Paul Zipser (foot) didn’t play Friday and no one noticed.