NBA News

Damian Lillard    G  Trail Blazers



Damian Lillard led the Blazers with 44 points, eight assists, three rebounds and two steals in 40 minutes during Wednesday's 123-117 win vs. the Warriors. Lillard sank 14-of-25 field goals and 12-of-12 free throws, with a 4-of-11 mark from downtown. He's been absurdly good lately and has scored 133 points over the past three games, which shatters the Blazers' previous franchise record. He's attempted double-digit free throws in each of those games, and owners should hope he maintains such aggression on the other side of the All-Star break.


Feb 15 - 1:49 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu    F  Trail Blazers



Al-Farouq Aminu finished Wednesday's game with nine points on 3-of-4 shooting, 11 rebounds, three steals and two assists, and he iced the Blazers' victory with a pair of clutch free throws. Aminu was averaging 7.8 points on 31.1% shooting in his previous five games, so it was nice to see him knock down some shots tonight. He still returned roto value in 12-team leagues in that five-game span, however, thanks to 1.6 triples, 9.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.4 blocks and a mere 0.6 turnovers. He's nowhere near as appealing in points-based leagues, of course.


Feb 15 - 1:44 AM

Ed Davis    F/C  Trail Blazers



Ed Davis didn't score in 13 minutes of action on Wednesday. The Blazers' big man grabbed four rebounds with one steal and this just wasn't the matchup for him vs. Golden State. Jusuf Nurkic (back, oblique) also played through injury to log 30 minutes tonight, which made it hard for Davis to hit his required 20+ minutes for fantasy value.


Feb 15 - 1:43 AM

Zaza Pachulia    C  Warriors



Zaza Pachulia finished with one point, one rebound and one steal in six minutes during Wednesday's loss in Portland. Pachulia should only be in a handful of deep-league lineups anyway, but his undoing tonight was the Warriors going even smaller than usual -- Nick Young even started the second half in place of Pachulia. The Warriors' loss gives Houston the best record in the NBA heading into the All-Star break, a fact Rockets GM Daryl Morey cheekily acknowledged by Tweeting "#ripcity" after the Blazers victory.


Feb 15 - 1:41 AM

Draymond Green    F  Warriors



Draymond Green (finger) piled up 16 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, four blocks and two steals in 39 minutes on Wednesday. Green rounded out this fantasy gem with 6-of-13 field goals and 3-of-3 free throws, without a single turnover. He came up with a critical block against C.J. McCollum with 1:41 remaining, but the Warriors couldn't get over the hump in an eventual 123-117 loss. Draymond heads into the All-Star break healthy, with top-25 fantasy value on the season, so his owners aren't complaining.


Feb 15 - 1:41 AM

Nick Young    G/F  Warriors



Nick Young started the second half in place of Zaza Pachulia on Wednesday, but he went scoreless on 0-of-3 shooting with two rebounds and one steal in 15 minutes. The Warriors trailed by 12 points at halftime and coach Steve Kerr decided to mix things up with a small lineup. We're not likely to see this often, though, and the real boost to Young's fantasy outlook came before the game with Patrick McCaw (wrist) ruled out approximately four weeks. Young still isn't worth touching in most leagues, though.


Feb 15 - 1:39 AM

Kevon Looney    F  Warriors



Kevon Looney (knee) didn't record a statistic in three minutes of action on Wednesday. Looney was questionable with right knee soreness and his availability tonight suggests it's nothing serious. He's nowhere near having fantasy appeal.


Feb 15 - 1:38 AM

Andre Iguodala    G/F  Warriors



Andre Iguodala didn't attempt a single field goal or free throw in 29 minutes on Wednesday, collecting three rebounds and with assist and no other stats. Iguodala is always a low-usage player for the Warriors, but he took it to an extreme tonight. The 29 minutes were his highest since Jan. 10, so maybe he'll earn more minutes until Patrick McCaw (wrist) gets back in approximately four weeks. Even if he does see a bump from his current 25.5 minutes per game, he's not a viable option in 12-team leagues.


Feb 15 - 1:36 AM

Kevin Durant    F  Warriors



Kevin Durant was on fire Wednesday, scoring a season-high 50 points on 17-of-27 field goals and 10-of-10 free throws with seven rebounds, six assists and six 3-pointers in 37 minutes. His heel went out of bounds on a 3-pointer that would have brought the Warriors within one point with 8.8 seconds left, but on a night when his teammates were struggling, Durant was a one-man wrecking crew. He even made consecutive four-point plays during an 18-point outburst in the third quarter, giving him 13 such plays in his auspicious career. This is the most he's scored with the Warriors, and his highest-scoring game since 2014, sending fantasy owners into the All-Star break smiling.


Feb 15 - 1:29 AM

Donovan Mitchell    G  Jazz



Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points with four rebounds, seven assists and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes during a 107-97 win over the Suns on Wednesday. Break up the Jazz. They're on an NBA-high active win streak at 11 games with Mitchell leading the way. He becomes the first rookie in NBA history to lead his team in scoring during a win streak of at least 11 games. Mitchell has also hit his stride with volume as a scorer with 24-plus in each of his last four games while launching 8.8 treys per game. The Jazz have one of the more favorable schedules among Western Conference teams, so don't be surprised if this Rookie of the Year candidate leads his team to the postseason.


Feb 15 - 12:44 AM