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Kyrie Irving    G  Celtics

 

 

Kyrie Irving took over during a 121-112 win at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, scoring 31 points with nine rebounds, eight assists, two steals and six 3-pointers in 35 minutes. Make that the 17th time he's hit 30 points this season thanks to his 15-point third quarter on 116.7 eFG% in that frame. The Celtics seem to be back with two solid wins in the second half after they were slipping on defense entering the All-Star break. With just a 0.5 game deficit behind the Raptors, it's hard to imagine Kyrie resting before April.

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Feb 24 - 10:43 PM

Shane Larkin    G  Celtics

 

 

Shane Larkin did not score with one steal in his return on Saturday. The Celtics rotation is loaded, so Larkin may have a tough time getting minutes when he's healthy.

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Feb 24 - 10:39 PM

Jaylen Brown    G/F  Celtics

 

 

Jaylen Brown scored 24 points with three rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Knicks on Saturday. He was on the opposite ends of the spectrum from a subpar Friday with eight points. Brown is not in the same class as the Kyrie Irvings and Al Horfords, so he'll have his ups and downs. The depth of the Boston rotation is great in reality, but it's a pain in fantasy.

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Feb 24 - 10:36 PM

Daniel Theis    F  Celtics

 

 

Daniel Theis cooled off in a start against the Knicks on Saturday with six points, seven rebounds, one assist and one block in 18 minutes. To nobody's surprise, coach Brad Stevens mixed and matched his way up front with a lot of small-ball lineups. Even if Aron Baynes (elbow) does need to miss time, Stevens' rotation for his secondary players is too matchup-based, so Theis is only a deep-league add.

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Feb 24 - 10:34 PM

Trey Burke    G  Knicks

 

 

Trey Burke went off yet again during a 121-112 loss to the Celtics on Saturday, matching a season-high 26 points with eight assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes. He just scored 26 points on Thursday and is suddenly one of the hottest bench players in the NBA. Burke's shot selection has still been all over the place and this hot stretch is based on him making jumpers, which is a usually a strong indicator that it's not sustainable. That aside, it's kind of hard to argue back-to-back 26-point games on a team lacking offensive punch, so Burke is worth an add in 12-team leagues to see if he keeps it going. Although, his prospective owners shouldn't have high expectations.

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Feb 24 - 10:29 PM

Emmanuel Mudiay    G  Knicks

 

 

Emmanuel Mudiay scored 13 points with four rebounds, six assists, one steal and four turnovers against the Celtics on Saturday. He made 4-of-12 from the field and 5-of-8 from the line, so this was basically your quintessential Mudiay line. He'll fill up the counting stats and his usage rate should be high, but his nine-cat value won't be great because of the hit on percentages and turnovers. If you don't care about that, he may have some value for you.

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Feb 24 - 10:24 PM

Courtney Lee    G  Knicks

 

 

Courtney Lee scored two points with one rebound, one assist and one steal in 16 minutes against the Celtics on Saturday. He's losing some serious minutes right now, so it's probably time to be concerned as a fantasy owner. Lee usually only needs around 25-27 minutes to post decent value, but playing just 15.0 per game in the last two since the break really stings. He's not an absolute drop, but it's certainly an option for a hot add.

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Feb 24 - 10:21 PM

Caris LeVert    G  Nets

 

 

Caris LeVert (knee) is expected to return to action on Monday against the Bulls. It's going to be quite a squeeze on minutes at guard in Brooklyn, so LeVert may only get the backup PG minutes. Considering how the Nets will take it easy on him, most fantasy owners can take a wait-and-see approach.

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Feb 24 - 10:16 PM

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson    F  Nets

 

 

Rondae Hollis-Jeffereson said he's ready to return on Monday, but he will not be starting. He is also going to be coming back with a minutes limit. The Nets are very careful with their injured players, so it may be another week before RHJ is finals grooving again. He's still someone most fantasy owners should have in their lineup.

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Feb 24 - 10:14 PM

Josh Richardson    G/F  Heat

 

 

Josh Richardson scored 15 points with three rebounds, one assist, no turnovers, one 3-pointer and five steals during a 115-89 win over the Grizzlies on Saturday. That's back-to-back games with five steals for J-Rich and he becomes the only player in the NBA with that occurrence multiple times within the last year (April 2017). The only other players with even one multiple-game streak of five-plus steals are Victor Oladipo and Robert Covington (Basketball Reference). Richardson continues to just smash his ADP and he's probably going to be on a lot of winning fantasy teams this season.

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Feb 24 - 10:08 PM