NBA News

Dwight Powell    F/C  Mavericks



Dwight Powell finished Saturday's 97-90 loss at Utah with 10 points and seven rebounds over 25 minutes. Powell was able to bounce back nicely after an ugly 1-of-7 outcome on the road against the Lakers on Friday night. He hit 3-of-5 from the floor in this one, and he was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw line, while also adding an assist, a steal and a blocked shot. Before the All-Star break he was on fire, and while the buy-low window remains cracked open, it might slam shut soon if he picks up the pace. Don't miss out.


Feb 25 - 12:53 AM

Wesley Matthews    G/F  Mavericks



Wesley Matthews ended up with 10 points over 30 minutes in Saturday's 97-90 loss at Utah. Matthews also tied a game-worst minus-28 rating, joining Harrison Barnes in the awful club. He didn't do much else, either, grabbing just two boards with one steal while hitting 3-of-8 from the field, including 2-of-5 from behind the arc. On a positive note, at least he didn't cough up any turnovers. He'll look for redemption Monday against the Pacers, starting a four-game week.


Feb 25 - 12:50 AM

Dennis Smith Jr.    G  Mavericks



Dennis Smith Jr. ended up with just seven points in Saturday's 97-90 loss at Utah. DSJ ended up hitting just 2-of-11 from the field, including 0-of-4 from behind the 3-point arc, and he ended up saddled with a minus-21 rating. He salvaged the fantasy stat line somewhat with seven rebounds, but no other stats and five turnovers certainly didn't help much. Smith Jr. is too talented to remain in a funk for long, and perhaps the All-Star break interruption is the reason for his struggles He'll try to get back on track Monday against Indiana, kicking off a four-game week for his fantasy owners.


Feb 25 - 12:48 AM

J.J. Barea    G  Mavericks



J.J. Barea went for 17 points and 12 assists over 33 minutes in Saturday's 97-90 loss at Utah. Barea hit 8-of-17 from the field, while adding 1-of-4 from behind the 3-point line, and he added three rebounds, one steal and just one turnover with a plus-10 rating. The veteran guard is enjoying his best stretch of the season, averaging 16.0 PPG, 10.3 APG, 3.4 RPG, 3.0 3-pointers per game and 1.0 SPG over the past three outings. He has recorded at least one steal in six of the past seven games, too.


Feb 25 - 12:30 AM

Dirk Nowitzki    F/C  Mavericks



Dirk Nowitzki (back) was able to start Saturday's game at Utah and he finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Nowitzki went to the locker room during Friday's game due to a lower back injury and it appeared a certainty that the veteran would sit with the back-to-back situation. However, instead of looking rusty, tired or banged up, he looked rejuvenated, also adding three blocked shots with two assists and just one turnover across 32 minutes, working with no restrictions.


Feb 25 - 12:23 AM

Taj Gibson    F  Timberwolves



Taj Gibson rolled up 19 points with 10 rebounds over 36 minutes in Saturday's home victory against Chicago. Gibson stepped up his game against his former team, hitting 7-of-11 from the field while going 5-of-7 from the free-throw line. He also was able to dish out three assists with a steal while adding a plus-13 rating. It's all hands on deck in the Twin Cities with Jimmy Butler (knee) going down with a longer-term injury, so everyone will see their offensive responsibilities increase.


Feb 25 - 12:13 AM

Andrew Wiggins    G/F  Timberwolves



Andrew Wiggins ended up with 23 points over 35 minutes in Saturday's 122-104 victory against the visiting Bulls. Wiggins picked up the pace, hitting 10-of-18 from the field, including 2-of-6 from behind the 3-point line, as he, Jeff Teague and Karl-Anthony Towns banded together to fill the void left by Jimmy Butler (knee). Wiggins also chipped in with two assists, two rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot. He doesn't do much outside of the scoring categories, but a little help in the other categories was much appreciated.


Feb 25 - 12:08 AM

Jeff Teague    G  Timberwolves



Jeff Teague posted 25 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a blocked shot over 34 minutes in Saturday's 122-104 win against the Bulls. Teague hasn't been terribly aggressive on offense this season, but he is enjoying his hottest stretch of the season. He joined forces with Andrew Wiggins to try and pick up the offensive slack with Jimmy Butler (knee) on the mend. Teague is averaging 20.0 PPG, 7.0 APG, 4.0 APG and 1.4 SPG over his past contests. Next up will be a favorable matchup Monday in Sacramento, kicking off a three-game work week.


Feb 24 - 11:58 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns    F/C  Timberwolves



Karl-Anthony Towns ended up with 22 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot in Saturday's 122-104 win against the Bulls. KAT went 9-of-20 from the field, including 0-of-5 from behind the 3-point line, but that's about all fantasy owners could really complain about. He also finished with a game-high plus-23 rating, and he now has at least one blocked shot in five consecutive outings. Towns is also working on a four-game double-double run.


Feb 24 - 11:53 PM

Damian Lillard    G  Trail Blazers



Damian Lillard hit a game-winning layup to beat the Suns 106-104 on Saturday, scoring 40 points with 10 rebounds, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes. The Blazers looked very tired in this game coming off a back-to-back set, but Dame was there to save the day. Lillard is at an MVP level right now and was already en fuego before this gem, averaging 31.0 points, 3.6 boards, 6.3 assists, 1.1 steals and 3.1 treys in his previous February games. Dame Dolla was a league-winning player after the break last year and he's looking like he'll be doing it again. Check your watch.


Feb 24 - 11:50 PM