NBA News

Cristiano Felicio    F/C  Bulls



Cristiano Felicio finished Saturday's 122-104 loss at Minnesota with 11 points over 31 minutes. Felicio was outstanding, hitting 5-of-8 from the field, while adding three rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots. He continues to start with Robin Lopez grabbing some pine for the second consecutive game as a healthy scratch. The Bulls appear committed to using their younger players and seeing what they can do, and that's great news for fantasy owners in deeper leagues using Felicio.


Feb 24 - 11:26 PM

Lauri Markkanen    F  Bulls



Lauri Markakkanen finished with just three points across 32 minutes Saturday at Minnesota, ending up just 1-of-8 from the field. Markkanen was able to salvage the stat line somewhat with seven rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal, but the shooting performance was terrible. The 20-year-old Finn has stumbled out of the break, averaging just 3.0 PPG with 7.5 RPG and 1.5 BPG while shooting just 12.5 percent (2-of-16) over the past two outings. He'll look for better results Monday in Brooklyn, the start of a three-point week.


Feb 24 - 11:20 PM

Nemanja Bjelica    F  Timberwolves



Nemanja Bjelica scored eight points in a start for Jimmy Butler (knee) with seven rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Bulls on Saturday. He had a lot of open looks from deep, but he couldn't knock them down. Had he been able to, this line would look a lot better. Still, the 33 minutes is a great sign and coach Tom Thibodeau sure does like to play his starters together a lot. Bjelica should be better and should be owned in standard leagues.


Feb 24 - 11:18 PM

Jamal Crawford    G  Timberwolves



Jamal Crawford scored 19 points with one rebound, three assists and five 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Bulls on Saturday. He had the hot hand with the Wolves firing away from deep. Productive scoring game aside, Crawford really doesn't do much else, so he's really going to be just a three-category player. He's OK in points leagues, but even Jimmy Butler's absence only gives him late-round upside in nine-category leagues.


Feb 24 - 11:16 PM

Kevin Durant    F  Warriors



Kevin Durant scored 28 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes during an easy 112-80 win over the Thunder onSaturday. Well, the Warriors are back with two impressive wins to start their second half. Their schedule gets extremely soft going forward with several games against Eastern Conference cellar-dwelling teams and they play the Suns three times. From a fantasy perspective, the best news for the Warriors is they're tied with the Rockets for the No. 1 seed, so that should force Steve Kerr's hand to some degree to play his studs.


Feb 24 - 11:13 PM

Nick Young    G/F  Warriors



Nick Young scored 16 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 18 minutes against the Thunder on Saturday. He's been a sneaky beneficiary from the Warriors losing confidence in their center spot and he guarded Russell Westbrook at times. Young is still as wild as it gets, so anyone thinking of adding him in deep leagues should know you may wind up dropping him the next time out.


Feb 24 - 11:08 PM

JaVale McGee    C  Warriors



JaVale McGee scored two points with six boards and one block in 10 minutes against the Thunder on Saturday. Coach Steve Kerr said he'll be playing the matchups with his center spot, so McGee isn't going to be a lock for minutes every night. He's only a desperation add in super deep leagues.


Feb 24 - 11:04 PM

Draymond Green    F  Warriors



Draymond Green scored 10 points with five rebounds, eight assists, one steal, one block and four turnovers in 34 minutes against the Thunder on Saturday. The Warriors went with a lot of small-ball lineups and that may continue because coach Steve Kerr doesn't really seem satisfied with his centers right now. Green was listed on the injury report with a shoulder injury today and the Warriors schedule gets extremely easy the rest of the way, so it's fair to expect some rest for Dray going forward.


Feb 24 - 11:02 PM

Russell Westbrook    G  Thunder



Russell Westbrook made 4-of-15 from the field for 15 points during a 112-80 loss to the Warriors on Saturday, adding 12 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes. OKC had a brutal offensive night with their season-low in points and FG%. As for Westbrook, he's back to having some efficiency issues again with four straight games under his season 44.2 FG%. Not coincidentally, he is taking more 3-pointers and he's not making them to pull him down, so that explains it. Westbrook is still feasting on the stat sheet in his triple-double categories, so he's doing just fine as DFS's best scorer. Not so much in nine-cat leagues, though.


Feb 24 - 10:58 PM

Paul George    F  Thunder



Paul George made just 1-of-14 from the field for five points with six rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday. Yikes. George lit up the Warriors back on Feb. 6 with his 38 points in a big win at Oracle, but he was in bizarro world today. The Thunder struggled to get their offense going early with PG and Russell Westbrook failing to get into a rhythm. George was one of the hottest players in fantasy hoops before this dud, so expect him to rebound against the Magic on Monday.


Feb 24 - 10:57 PM