NBA News

Gordon Hayward    G/F  Jazz

 

 

Gordon Hayward couldn't find the range on Wednesday, making 6-of-17 FGs and 6-of-9 FTs to finish with 19 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer. In Utah's previous three games, Hayward was tasked with defending LeBron James, Jimmy Butler and Paul George, so he may have just run out of energy tonight. The Jazz don't play again until Saturday, which is bad if you're relying on him for immediate value, but at least it'll give him a chance to recharge his batteries.

Mar 23 - 2:00 AM

Joe Johnson    G/F  Jazz

 

 

Joe Johnson shifted to the bench on Wednesday, where he chipped in 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting with one 3-pointer, four rebounds, two assists and one block. Derrick Favors (bone bruise) is out indefinitely and the Jazz had been playing well with Johnson in his spot, but they opted to play the matchups with Boris Diaw starting tonight. Johnson logged 23 minutes on Wednesday and should hover in the mid-20s whether he's starting or coming off the bench.

Mar 23 - 2:00 AM

Rudy Gobert    C  Jazz

 

 

Rudy Gobert erupted for a career-high 35 points vs. the Knicks on Wednesday, making 13-of-14 FGs and 9-of-12 FTs with 13 rebounds, four blocks, one assist and one steal in 38 minutes. New York started small with Kristaps Porzingis at center and they never found an answer for Gobert in the paint -- all 14 of his shots came within the restricted area. Rudy is the seventh player since 1987 to have scored 35+ points while shooting at least 90 percent, joining the company of Alonzo Mourning, Scottie Pippen, Cedric Ceballos, Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller and Dwight Howard. As a reminder, he's still just 24 years old.

Mar 23 - 1:59 AM

Willy Hernangomez    C  Knicks

 

 

Willy Hernangomez came off the bench vs. Utah on Wednesday, playing 17 minutes to finish with nine points on 4-of-7 shooting, 10 rebounds, two steals and one assist. Kristaps Porzingis started at center in a frontcourt that also featured Carmelo Anthony and Lance Thomas, which bumped Willy to a reserve role. His inconsistent minutes have been frustrating at the most important time on the fantasy calendar, but his upside is undeniable. He's worth holding in most leagues, unless there's a very compelling free agent available.

Mar 23 - 1:54 AM

Kristaps Porzingis    F  Knicks

 

 

Kristaps Porzingis started at center on Wednesday and scored a team-high 24 points (8-of-17 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs) with three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, one steal, one block and zero turnovers. It was an interesting move from New York, but Porzingis barely avoided fouling out (thanks to multiple fouls attributed to other players), and Rudy Gobert destroyed the Knicks with 35 points on 13-of-14 shooting. Porzingis' recent Achilles injury hasn't been an issue since his return, which is the key for fantasy owners, and he's going to get his stats whether he's starting at center or power forward.

Mar 23 - 1:53 AM

Lance Thomas    F  Knicks

 

 

Lance Thomas moved into the Knicks' starting unit on Wednesday, where he posted four points, nine rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes. The Knicks went smaller tonight vs. the Jazz and they jumped out to an early lead thanks to a 34-point first quarter. Thomas isn't a great fantasy option even if he continues to start -- in 14 previous starts this season, he averaged a modest 9.5 points, 1.2 threes, 4.4 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.1 blocks. There are better options on your waiver wire.

Mar 23 - 1:42 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo    G/F  Bucks

 

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 32 points in a 116-98 win at Sacramento on Wednesday, adding 13 rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block, one 3-pointer and no turnovers. It's just the second time this month he's hit the 30-point mark, and Antetokounmpo scored at least 20 points in just two of his previous six games. The Bucks finally had their six-game road trip end and they'll be heading back home this weekend. Antetokounmpo is much better at home with a 54.0 field goal percentage with better averages in points, boards, steals, blocks and threes at home compared to being on the road. After a down couple weeks, Giannis should go back to being a top-three guy going forward.

Mar 23 - 1:24 AM

Thon Maker    F  Bucks

 

 

Thon Maker scored four points with three rebounds in 12 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday. Even with John Henson (thumb) not playing, Maker still couldn't get additional playing time. He's not going to play enough to have value in most fantasy leagues.

Mar 23 - 1:16 AM

Derrick Rose    G  Knicks

 

 

X-rays were negative on Derrick Rose's left foot, but he exited the arena after Wednesday's game with a brace and a noticeable limp. Rose did return after the injury, finishing with 17 points and six assists in 32 minutes, but we're considering him questionable to face the Blazers on Thursday. Rose said that his foot was injured, not his ankle, and his oft-injured knees don't seem to have been affected. If he is forced to miss any time, Ron Baker and Chasson Randle would absorb the PG duties.

Spencer Hawes    F/C  Bucks

 

 

Spencer Hawes scored 10 points with three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers against the Kings on Wednesday. He stepped into John Henson's (thumb) role as the backup big man. Hawes could get a couple more games in the rotation, but he's still not someone fantasy owners should be turning to because of how coach Jason Kidd plays the matchups.

Mar 23 - 1:13 AM