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Friday didn’t lack for action, as there were 11 games on the slate. The Knicks’ starters continue to struggle, although Kemba Walker had his best game of the season in a loss. Stephen Curry made history in San Francisco, while Nikola Jokic returned from a one-game suspension. Without further delay, let’s dive into the Daily Dose.

Hornets 104, Knicks 96

The good news for New York in this one was that Kemba Walker had his best game of the season, posting a line of 26 points (9-of-19 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs), three rebounds, three assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes. This certainly qualifies as a breakout performance for a player who, after scoring 15 points in New York’s first game of the month, tallied a total of 19 in the four games that followed. The bad news, outside of the result? Julius Randle (10/8/5/1 with one 3-pointer and five turnovers) and RJ Barrett (2/4/0/0/1) both had off nights, shooting a combined 5-of-24 from the field.

Fantasy managers shouldn’t be concerned about Randle, who’s averaging 21.9 points per game on the season and tends to be productive in other areas. Barrett, on the other hand? Managers could have a decision to make in the near future. Rostered in 90% of Yahoo leagues, he is ranked 169th in 9-cat according to Basketball Monster. And the inconsistent production in the assists and defensive stats make Barrett a tough sell in competitive leagues. His status as a starter makes the third-year wing a player worth waiting on, but that could change in the near future.

As for the reserves, it was Alec Burks‘ turn to go off, as he scored 15 points with a full line (nine rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers) in 25 minutes. Derrick Rose (8/1/2 with one 3-pointer) remains a player worthy of consideration in standard leagues, and he’s rostered in 57% of Yahoo leagues. But the timing doesn’t really work here, as the Knicks will only play three games next week. Something else to watch is the status of Mitchell Robinson (11 points, six rebounds and one block), who appeared to roll his right ankle during the first quarter. He ultimately played 23 minutes, but did not see any action in the fourth quarter.

Miles Bridges‘ free agency this summer is going to be fun to watch, as the decision to bet on himself will pay dividends. Shooting 8-of-17 from the field and 5-of-8 from the foul line, he finished Friday’s win with 24 points, four rebounds, four assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers. A top-20 player in 9-cat, Bridges is not a sell-high player by any stretch of the imagination. Given how well he’s played, and his place within the Hornets rotation, Bridges can be a focal point for any fantasy roster.

Gordon Hayward (22/5/7/2/1) and LaMelo Ball (12/17/9/5/1) also posted full stat lines, while Terry Rozier (18/4/3 with two 3-pointers) has now scored 17 or more in three of his last four. The ankle injuries kept him from building on a very good 2020-21 right away, but “Scary Terry” may be rounding into form. He’s still rostered in 91% of Yahoo leagues, and those managers should reap the rewards of being patient soon enough. Since scoring 12 points in a November 5 loss to the Kings, Cody Martin (one rebound and two steals in 16 minutes) has seen his production dip considerably. Still rostered in 19% of Yahoo leagues, that percentage is too high given Martin’s current form.

Celtics 122, Bucks 113 (OT)

With Jaylen Brown sitting for a third consecutive game due to a hamstring injury, Dennis Schroder produced his best line of the season Friday night. It was definitely “Dennis Time” in Boston, as Schroder recorded a line of 38 points (16-of-27 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs), eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 41 minutes. Schroder having twice as many turnovers (six) as he did assists isn’t optimal, but all things considered, we’ll take it. Ranked just outside of the top-100 in 9-cat, he’ll have value once Brown is healthy enough to return.

Jayson Tatum (27/11/1/0/2 with five 3-pointers), Marcus Smart (19/6/6/3 with two 3-pointers) and Robert Williams (12/10/3/0/3) also scored in double figures, while Al Horford (9/7/5/1/1 with one 3-pointer) had a tough night shooting the basketball. He was just 3-of-10 from the field, including 1-of-6 from beyond the arc. However, even with Horford now 3-of-20 from three over his last four games, there’s no need for alarm. He’s still a top-20 player, evidence that the veteran center does enough in other areas to make up for some cold shooting.

Milwaukee, which has been banged up since opening night, had another injury to deal with Friday night. Giannis Antetokounmpo was held out due to a sprained right ankle, with Pat Connaughton (15/5/1/2/1 with three 3-pointers) in 35 minutes filling the resulting void. Connaughton is worth streaming, even if Antetokounmpo can play Sunday in Atlanta, as the Bucks are still without Khris Middleton (health and safety protocols). He’s rostered in just 22% of Yahoo leagues. Grayson Allen, who injured his right hand during Wednesday’s win over the Knicks, started the game and recorded a line of 21 points, four rebounds, one steal and five 3-pointers. If you’re going to sell high, now would be the time.

Antetokounmpo’s absence also meant more scoring opportunities for Bobby Portis, and he took full advantage. Shooting 10-of-15 from the field, he finished with 22 points, seven rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer. Portis went without a steal or a blocked shot for the second consecutive game, but he’s averaging 0.8 steals and 0.9 blocks per on the season. Rostered in 67% of Yahoo leagues, Portis should be a popular option moving forward. Jrue Holiday (17/6/13/3 with one 3-pointer) shot a frigid 6-of-25 from the field, and this could be a point where managers look to buy low. He’s still ranked outside of the top-100 in 9-cat, but Holiday has accounted for 19 assists and four turnovers in Milwaukee’s last two games.

Cavaliers 98, Pistons 78

While Darius Garland (21/2/7/2 with four 3-pointers), Evan Mobley (16/7/1/2/3 with two 3-pointers) and Jarrett Allen (11/7/1/0/1) all had productive nights for the Cavaliers, it may be time for a conversation about Cedi Osman. In 23 minutes he shot 7-of-13 from the field and 2-of-2 from the foul line, accounting for 17 points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer. After scoring 12 points or more in four consecutive games Osman hit a rough patch, scoring a total of 11 in games against the Knicks and Wizards. He bounced back Friday night, and is worth streaming for as long as Kevin Love and Lauri Markkanen (health and safety protocols) are sidelined.

Love was back with the Cavaliers for Friday’s game, as he has been cleared to rejoin his teammates, but he was not in uniform. And it’s going to take a few games for the Cavs to get the Love up to speed from a conditioning standpoint, so managers who pick up Osman may be able to get a few good games out of him. Osman is rostered in just 7% of Yahoo leagues. However, similar to the aforementioned Rose the schedule may be an issue, as Cleveland will only play three games next week. Lastly, Lamar Stevens sprained his right ankle during the first quarter and did not return. This freed up a few more minutes for Dylan Windler, who finished with eight points, seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers. He isn’t worth picking up just yet, due in large part to the injury history, but keep an eye on Windler.

As for Detroit, outside of Jerami Grant (16/2/1/2/1 with two 3-pointers), the less said about the starters, the better. Cade Cunningham (9/6/3/1 with one 3-pointer) turned the ball over seven times, two days after putting forth his best performance of the season in a win over the Rockets. Killian Hayes (5/6/5/6 with one 3-pointer) may not have done much offensively, shooting 2-of-9 from the field, but the career-high six steals is great to see. Given his poor shooting, that’s where Hayes can be of some value in deep leagues. The second-year point guard is averaging 1.7 steal per game.

Isaiah Stewart (2/7/0/0/2) and Saddiq Bey (4/7/2) both struggled, shooting a combined 2-of-17 from the field. Despite Detroit being without the injured Kelly Olynyk (knee), Stewart only played 24 minutes. And with good reason, given his struggles. This is a bit concerning, due to both the young center’s slow start and his not truly being allowed to play through those struggles. Fantasy managers who believed that Stewart would break out with Olynyk sidelined will need to temper those expectations.

Trail Blazers 104, Rockets 92

Is Nassir Little turning the corner? He’s posted a full line in three straight games, with Friday’s effort being the best of the bunch. In 28 minutes off the bench, he tallied 13 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer. Little still isn’t at the point where fantasy managers will want to seek him out on waiver wires, but he’s definitely worth tracking in the short-term. Currently rostered in 4% of Yahoo leagues, Little is providing 12th-round value in 9-cat. Managers in deep leagues may way to get ahead of the rush now, especially if they have a non-performer on their bench.

Damian Lillard (20/6/7/0/1 with four 3-pointers), C.J. McCollum (17/8/5/2 with one 3-pointer) and Jusuf Nurkic (12/9/2/3/1) led the way offensively for Portland, with Nurkic going 10-of-10 from the foul line. Larry Nance Jr. (9/4/2/1) remains well off the radar as far as standard leagues are concerned, but he has managed to put together solid offensive efforts in back-to-back games.

Similar to the Detroit team that it lost to Wednesday night, Houston appeared to be out of energy on Friday. Jalen Green (9/6/2 with one 3-pointer) had as many turnovers as rebounds, while Christian Wood (8/15/1/0/1) shot 4-of-15 from the field. Kevin Porter Jr. (14/5/5 with one 3-pointer) had a solid night, but the 7-of-14 shooting from the field was countered by a 3-of-7 effort from the foul line. Daniel Theis (9/5/1/1/1 with one 3-pointer) did not have an explosive night, but the full stat lines make him worthy of a look in standard leagues. He’s currently rostered in just 25% of Yahoo leagues.

Suns 119, Grizzlies 94

Deandre Ayton (leg) missed another game, meaning that we got to see the JaVale McGee/Frank Kaminsky platoon. Both had their moments, with McGee (9/6/0/1) playing 15 minutes and Kaminsky (8/6/1/1/2) 27. Both players are worth streaming for as long as Ayton remains sidelined, and they have low rostered percentages. While Kaminsky is rostered in 31% of Yahoo leagues, McGee is down at 12%. Phoenix was able to rest many of its key players for much of the fourth quarter, which meant decent (but not spectacular) lines for Devin Booker (17/5/7 with one 3-pointer) and Chris Paul (15/4/12/5).

That extended time for reserves also means that some of their lines should be taken with a grain of salt. Abdel Nader (10/4/1/2/1 with two 3-pointers) posted a full line, but he hasn’t played to that level this season. Cameron Johnson (12/7/1 with three 3-pointers) and Cameron Payne (10/2/2/1/1 with two 3-pointers) were also productive, with the former offering some value in deep leagues. The eye-opening line of the night belonged to Jae Crowder, who finished with 17 points (season-high), five rebounds, two blocks and five 3-pointers in 25 minutes. He’s providing 8th-round value in 9-cat, but consistency is a concern. That being said, Crowder is well worth the risk, especially with his being rostered in just 26% of Yahoo leagues.

Outside of Ja Morant (26/12/6/2) and Jaren Jackson Jr. (19/4/1/0/2 with two 3-pointers), this was a forgettable night for the Grizzlies with regard to fantasy production. With Dillon Brooks (injury maintenance) getting the night off De’Anthony Melton (3/1/1 with one 3-pointer) and Desmond Bane (9/8/1/0/2 with one 3-pointer) did not have to worry about losing out on minutes, but neither played well. And with this game being a blowout, Melton and Bane played 17 and 24 minutes, respectively. Brooks is expected to be available for Saturday’s game in New Orleans, and it’s fair to wonder if he’ll be moved into the starting lineup.

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Nets 120, Pelicans 112

James Harden may have produced the breakout performance that we’ve been waiting for from him, as he scored a season-high 39 points (11-of-18 FGs, 11-of-15 FTs) to go along with five rebounds, 12 assists, one steal, one block and six 3-pointers in 38 minutes. A game like this, fantasy managers can live with Harden having a high turnover count (six Friday night). It’s some of the other games this season, where the turnovers came in addition to subpar scoring, that have been problematic. And even with those issues, Harden is still a top-20 player in 9-cat.

Also having a breakout performance was Joe Harris (24/2/0/2 with six 3-pointers), who shot 9-of-12 from the field on the night. Rostered in 56% of Yahoo leagues, he’s providing 12th-round value in 9-cat. Should managers rush to pick up Harris, who’s rostered in 56% of Yahoo leagues, right now? No, but he worth keeping an eye on, as Harris is 15-of-24 from three over the last four games. Kevin Durant (28/7/8 with three 3-pointers) did more of the usual, while also cutting down on the turnovers (two after racking up six in Wednesday’s win over the Magic).

On the Pelicans side, Nickeil Alexander-Walker was the main attraction. What would he do for an encore two nights after going off in a loss to the Thunder? Unfortunately NAW was limited due to foul trouble, finishing with 16 points, two rebounds and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes. What made this line even more disappointing was the fact that Alexander-Walker failed to record an assist, while also turning the ball over four times. The inconsistent production in the assists and defensive stats is what has him outside of the top-100. Will that change once Brandon Ingram (hip) is cleared to return? At the very least Alexander-Walker would have a proven scorer to pass to, so that should help.

Jonas Valanciunas (20/12/3/0/1) continues to produce, while Josh Hart (13/7/5/0/1 with one 3-pointer) redeemed himself to a certain level after getting ejected Wednesday night. Garrett Temple (17/6/2/0/2 with four 3-pointers) had his best game of the season, but this feels like a mirage. Managers should wait to see if Temple, who’s rostered in 2% of Yahoo leagues, can do this again before taking the plunge. And even if he does, Temple may not be worth adding anyway, as Ingram is getting closer to a return to action.

Thunder 105, Kings 103

Luguentz Dort (22/5/1/2/1 with two 3-pointers) had one of his best games of the season, and his steal and layup in the final seconds proved to be the difference. He’s a tough player to gauge as far as fantasy is concerned. While Dort being a starter instantly gives him some value, the inconsistent offensive production and low field goal percentage makes him a tough sell in your more competitive leagues. As a result, Dort is rostered in just 42% of Yahoo leagues. The hope is that, with Dort having scored a total of 49 points in the last two games, he’s turning a corner. With the Thunder playing four games next week, Dort won’t lack for opportunities to show if he is truly headed in the right direction.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (22/2/3/2 with two 3-pointers) and Darius Bazley (15/8/0/0/2 with two 3-pointers) also scored in double figures. The latter appears to be headed in the right direction, despite being ranked well outside of the top-150 in 9-cat. With Bazley being rostered in 36% of Yahoo leagues, having four games next week makes him worth the gamble (the same goes for Dort). Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (2/14/1/2) started and played 29 minutes, with Derrick Favors (six points, three rebounds) getting 14 in a reserve role. Neither is worth rostering right now, but it would be understandable of deep league managers looked to get ahead of the rush and added Robinson-Earl.

Sacramento made to changes to its starting lineup for Friday’s game. The return of Tyrese Haliburton (8/8/7/0/1 with two 3-pointers) meant that Buddy Hield (14/1/5 with four 3-pointers) was back with the second unit, and he also saw his minutes decrease. The other change was Chimezie Metu replacing Moe Harkless, with the former tallying 14 points, five rebounds, one block and three 3-pointers in 24 minutes. Harkless appears to be on the verge of falling out of the rotation, as he played just eight minutes and went scoreless with one rebound and one blocked shot. Richaun Holmes (16/15/1/2/4) posted a monster stat line, while Harrison Barnes (21 points, five rebounds and one 3-pointer) led the Kings in scoring but had a rather pedestrian night.

Mavericks 123, Spurs 109

For the first time this season, Luka Doncic (32/12/15/2 with six 3-pointers) and Kristaps Porzingis (32/7/0/0/3 with three 3-pointers) scored at least 30 points in the same game. Porzingis has scored 21 points or more in three of the four games that he’s played in since returning from injury, and is providing 5th-round value in 9-cat for the season. His talent isn’t up for debate; the key is staying healthy. Porzingis had a Yahoo ADP of 48, which makes sense given the medical history, and performing to that standard should not be too difficult for him to do. Hopefully fantasy managers can get enough games out of Porzingis, thus maximizing his impact.

Even though he did not record any rebounds or defensive stats, Jalen Brunson (17 points, three assists and two 3-pointers) is at the point where he had to be rostered in standard leagues. Entering Friday, he was averaging 19.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.8 3-pointers in 32.4 minutes per game this month. Not only will he back up Doncic, but Brunson is also playing extended minutes alongside the Mavericks’ franchise point guard. Dorian Finney-Smith (15/7/3/3/1 with three 3-pointers) shot 6-of-10 from the field, and has a rostered percentage (16% Yahoo) that’s a bit low given what he brings to the table. Finney-Smith’s numbers won’t pop off of a stat sheet on most nights, but he’s a solid option for managers in category leagues.

Following the game, Jason Kidd said that the Mavericks would have an update on Maxi Kleber‘s status on Monday. Kleber has missed the last six games due to a strained left oblique.

After writing in Wednesday’s Rookie/Sophomore Report that it was time for fantasy managers to hop on the Devin Vassell bandwagon, the Spurs wing put forth one of the best games of his young career. In 30 minutes off the bench, he poured in 20 points (6-of-11 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs) to go along with two rebounds, one assist, two blocks and three 3-pointers. Vassell is rostered in just 27% of Yahoo leagues, so he won’t be hard to find on waiver wires, outside of ultra-competitive leagues.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, how concerned should we be about Derrick White? He attempted just five shots Friday night, finishing with five points, five assists, one block and one 3-pointer. Poor shooting is one thing, as White is in the midst of a slump. But to only attempt five shots, given his importance to the Spurs rotation, is concerning. He’s still ranked just outside of the top-100 in 9-cat, so fantasy managers will want to hold onto him if they have him rostered. And this would be a good time for those who don’t have White to look into buying low. Unfortunately, San Antonio only plays two games next week (Clippers and Timberwolves, both on the road).

Thaddeus Young (9/2/5/1) remains a player worth rostering with Jakob Poeltl (health and safety protocols) sidelined, while fill-in Drew Eubanks (12/8/3) had a decent night before fouling out. Regarding Poeltl, it’s possible that he will travel with the team for its upcoming road trip, which begins on Sunday against the Lakers. His return would drop Young and Eubanks down a peg in the pecking order, with the former possibly falling completely out of the rotation. You’d hope not, given how effective Young has been, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Nuggets 105, Hawks 96

With Denver getting its MVP back from a one-game suspension, it was interesting to see how the return of Nikola Jokic would impact players who took on larger roles with him sidelined. While Aaron Gordon (23/4/4/2/3 with three 3-pointers) benefitted, producing his best game of the season, Will Barton (5/5/1) struggled. Barton, who scored 30 points in Wednesday’s win over the Pacers, shot 2-of-11 from the field Friday night. There’s no need for alarm, however, as he did score 25 in Monday’s win over the Heat. Barton is providing top-50 value in 9-cat, and that won’t change with Michael Porter Jr. (back) still sidelined.

It was good to see Jeff Green snap out of his shooting slump, as he tallied 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field and 5-of-5 from the foul line. Uncle Jeff was also responsible for four rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer, and he won’t lack for clean looks playing alongside Jokic in the starting lineup. As for the big man, he posted a triple-double in his first game back, going for 22 points, 19 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and one 3-pointer. Jokic was just 1-of-8 from three, but he’s a 40% shooter from deep on the season (not counting Friday). He’s fine.

JaMychal Green, who got the spot start on Wednesday, played 13 minutes off the bench and finished with four points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one blocked shot. He should have been dropped onto waiver wires Thursday morning, so Friday’s performance was of little impact to his fantasy value. Last but not least, buy your Nah’Shon Hyland stock now. Bones played 21 minutes, going for 15 points, six rebounds, four assist and three 3-pointers. The rookie’s emergence has come at the expense of Facundo Campazzo, who was a DNP-CD Friday night. Bones is rostered in just 3% of Yahoo leagues, so deep league managers in need of a reserve guard would be wise to take a look.

Atlanta entered this one with a couple injury question marks in De’Andre Hunter (wrist) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (ankle), with both ultimately being cleared to start. However both struggled, and Hunter had to leave the game after playing 21 minutes due to the pain in his sore right wrist flaring up. Given Hunter’s injury history since entering the league, this is something to keep an eye on in the coming days. Hunter finished with two points and two rebounds, while Bogdanovic accounted for 10 points (5-of-13 FGs), two rebounds, three assists and one steal.

Should Hunter have to miss any additional time, with the Hawks hosting the Bucks Sunday night, Cam Reddish (eight points, four rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes) and Kevin Huerter (two points, five rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes) would see their minutes increase. Neither is all that exciting when it comes to fantasy basketball, but Huerter is more capable of providing all-around production. He would be my pick if Hunter had to sit. Trae Young (30/5/9/1 with three 3-pointers), John Collins (26/9/1/0/2 with one 3-pointer) and Clint Capela (14 points, 13 rebounds and one block) did the heavy lifting for the Hawks, who are now 4-9 on the season (1-8 on the road).

Warriors 119, Bulls 93

Stephen Curry (40/4/5/1/1 with nine 3-pointers) hit the 40-point mark for the third time this season, and he also made some history Friday night. With his college coach (Davidson’s Bob McKillop) in attendance, Curry passed Ray Allen for first on the NBA’s all-time made 3-pointers list (including playoffs). The sharpshooter is the top-ranked 9-cat player in fantasy basketball, and that’s with Klay Thompson (Achilles) still yet to make his season debut. Opposing teams are able to focus even more energy on Curry, but it doesn’t matter. At all.

Andrew Wiggins (15/7/2/2/1) and Jordan Poole (14/1/2/3 with two 3-pointers) were the Warriors’ only other double-figure scorers, and the former deserves some credit for the job he was able to do defensively. Wiggins was asked to defend Zach LaVine (23/6/0/1 with two 3-pointers) and DeMar DeRozan (18/2/5/1 with one 3-pointer) at various points Friday, with the latter shooting just 4-of-13 from the field. LaVine did shoot 10-of-17 from the field, but he was also responsible for seven turnovers. Also of note for the Warriors was that Otto Porter had to leave the game for a bit due to a bruised right quad, but he was able to return and play 15 minutes. Damion Lee sat for the second straight game due to a hip injury.

The Bulls didn’t get much help from anyone outside of LaVine and DeRozan, with Lonzo Ball (5/3/3/4/1 with one 3-pointer) shooting 2-of-11 from the field. The absence of Nikola Vucevic (health and safety protocols) has certainly had an impact, as opposing defenses no longer have to worry about the center position. Alize Johnson (nine points, seven rebounds and one steal) gave the Bulls some decent minutes, but it’s unlikely that the team would be able to get away with using him at the five for extended periods (as they did during the preseason). While he is worth tracking if you’re in a deep league, Johnson does not offer enough to merit being rostered right now.

Timberwolves 107, Lakers 83

This one was worse than the final score would indicate. Minnesota outscored the Lakers 40-12 in the third quarter, with Karl-Anthony Towns (29/7/2/2/1 with four 3-pointer) responsible for 18 of those points. D’Angelo Russell (22/5/7/1 with five 3-pointers) also had a good night, with Patrick Beverley (11/7/4/1) and Naz Reid (12/5/1/1) stepping in supplementary roles. Beverley’s sitting just outside of the top-100, and is rostered in just 16% of Yahoo leagues. Now would be a good time to pick him up. As a result Beverley and Reid’s production, it didn’t matter that Anthony Edwards (9/3/1/1 with one 3-pointer and five turnovers) failed to back up his 48-point effort from two nights prior.

Jarred Vanderbilt (4/6/2/3/1) started at the four, seemingly because the Timberwolves expected the Lakers to go with a pairing of Anthony Davis and DeAndre Jordan. But with Jordan getting the night off, using Vanderbilt alongside Towns didn’t make much sense. As a result, he played just 18 minutes, with Jaden McDaniels (9/6/1 with one 3-pointer) playing 21 and Josh Okogie (2/7/1) 14. Okogie isn’t worth considering, even in deep leagues, while the values of McDaniels and Vanderbilt could be difficult to gauge. Rostered in 7% of Yahoo leagues, Vanderbilt has been the more productive of the two, in five fewer minutes per game.

As noted above Jordan was rested, with his absence resulting in a spot start for Wayne Ellington, who played 28 minutes. He finished with six points and two 3-pointers, so hopefully no fantasy managers rushed to stream Ellington. Anthony Davis, who still has his right thumb wrapped, accounted for 22 points, eight rebounds, two assists, three steals and three blocks in 31 minutes. With the Lakers trailing by more than 30 early in the fourth quarter, Frank Vogel was able to get Davis some extra rest. Russell Westbrook (20/5/3 with two 3-pointers) shot 7-of-11 from the field and 4-of-6 from the foul line. He did turn the ball over five times, but you’ll take that given the field goal percentage.

The Lakers didn’t get much from anyone else. Carmelo Anthony, who’s been a fan favorite in L.A., shot 1-of-12 from the field and recorded a line of three points, five rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and on 3-pointer (on eight attempts). Consider this to be a bump in the road for Anthony, who was on a run of eight straight games with 12 points or more. Malik Monk (7/2/2/2/1 with one 3-pointer) wasn’t much better, shooting 3-of-11, while Rajon Rondo (7/8/8/2 with one 3-pointer) posted a solid overall stat line. With LeBron James (abdominals) sidelined, Rondo is worth tracking in deep leagues.

Source: Yahoo Sports


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