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The biggest news of the night comes from a guy who barely played at all. Less than 2 minutes into the game between Golden State and Washington, Warriors’ center Zaza Pachulia (12 points, 8 rebounds) fell into Kevin Durant’s left knee. KD walked away gingerly before heading to the bench and being whisked away into the locker room. Diagnosed with a hyperextended left knee, Durant did not return to the game.

Is this karma from the Basketball Gods for his comments about not wanting to come home to play for the Wizards? Kidding aside, this is terrible news to the Warriors, fans of the NBA, and fantasy owners. Hopefully KD’s injury isn’t long-term, but more will be known after examining the MRI results.

In the meantime, the Warriors wasted no time in reaching out to free agent Matt Barnes and are expected to sign him later this week. Released by the Kings after trading DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans, Barnes is excited to rejoin the Warriors, after playing for them from 2006-2008. I wouldn’t rush to add Barnes until more is known about KD’s injury, but Barnes has been useful for fantasy purposes before.

On happier notes, here are the other nightly notables:

John Wall – Wall notched his 12th straight double-double in a row with 12 points, 19 assists, and 6 rebounds. The last time Wall dished out 19 assists? The start of his current double-double streak. He’s on fire again and closing in on James Harden for the league lead in assists. And no one throws it down with his left hand better:

Bradley Beal – Beal started off hot (6-6 FG), before cooling down the rest of the game. Beal finished with 25 points (4-10 3PT FG), 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals.

Marcin Gortat – Every week I feel like I write the same stat line: 12 points, 12 rebounds, and 1 block. His consistency is unreal.

Otto Porter – The league leader in three-point shooting percentage (don’t believe me, look it up!) Porter scored 14 points (2-3 3PT FG) and added 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks.

Markieff Morris – Morris has big nuts. Just ask his wife. Knocking down clutch free throws down the stretch, Morris produced 22 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, 4 blocks, and 2 threes.

Bojan Bogdanovic – Bojan caught fire off the bench knocking down 3-6 from downtown en route to 16 points and 2 rebounds. So far Bogdanovic has been mostly catch and shoot for the Wizards and will need to contribute in other areas to be truly useful in fantasy leagues.

Draymond Green – Green tried to match Wall assist for assist with, finishing with 14 points, 14 assists, and 8 rebounds. And he’s not even a point guard! Green also added 2 threes, 2 steals, and 1 block.

Stephen Curry – After shooting 0-11 from three on Monday against the 76ers, Curry only shot mildly better from long range against the Wizards: 9-20 FG and 2-9 3PT. It must be the weather! He still managed a 25/4/7 line and will shoot himself out of this slump soon. I feel bad for the teams he’s playing later this week.

Klay Thompson – Thompson also struggled from the field on Tuesday, shooting 5-20 and 3-13 from three to finish with 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Like Curry, there’s no reason to panic.

Shaun Livingston – While he often looked lost trying to keep up with Wall, Livingtson beat up on the Wizards bench to a tune of 14 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks. His best sequence was a block on Morris that led to a pull-up jumper on the other end. Don’t go picking him up off the waiver wire, but he’s the clear back up whenever Curry misses.

Marcus Morris – It was a good night for the Morris Twins. Marcus scored 7 points in OT to finish with a career-high 37 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 threes.

Andre Drummond – AD did his usual thing cleaning up on the glass with 19 points and 15 rebounds. The 3-8 FT shooting hurts, but hey, at least it was better than his 1-11 performance on Sunday!

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – KCP posted a 16/3/3/3 line as the Pistons defeated the Blazers in OT. KCP will need an oxygen mask after playing 47 minutes.

Ish Smith – Smith is wanted for burglary after an uncharacteristic 7 swipes, 12 points, and 7 assists off the bench. That’s more steals than his 11 other February games combined (5 total)!

Damian Lillard – Lillard missed a technical free throw with 10 seconds to go, but then tied the game at 109 with a lay-up to force the game to overtime. Even with the extra period, Lillard fell one assist shy of his first career triple-double, notching 34 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 threes.

C.J. McCollum – Lillard’s sharp shooting partner in crime added 25 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 threes as the Blazers fell.

Jusuf Nurkic – The newly acquired big man is fitting in well with his new team, posting 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists on Tuesday. I’m sure he’s just as happy as fantasy owners.

Nikola Jokic – Jokic messed around for his third career triple-double, all of which have come in the month of February. 19 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists, and 3 threes for the Serbian. It’s scary to think that he’s only 22.

Danilo Gallinari & Wilson Chandler – Rumored to be on the block at the trade deadline, owners are happy that Gallinari and Chandler are still on the Nuggets. They produced similar lines on Tuesday. Gallo went for 22 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 threes, while Chandler added 20 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 three.

Gary Harris & Will Barton – Another Nugget duo who produced nearly the same line. Harris finished with 15 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals in 36 minutes, while Barton came off the bench to post 15 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

Jamal Murray – Coming off the bench, Murray added 14 points, 3 assists, and 2 threes. Seeing only minutes in the teens, even in blowouts, Murray is hard to trust in fantasy.

Dwyane Wade – Wade was one of the few bright spots for the Bulls in their blowout loss to the Nuggets with 19 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 threes. Jimmy Butler wasn’t as lucky, as he struggled from the field (8 points, 3-13 FG).

Rajon Rondo – Rondo had arguably his best game as a Bull with 19 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals. That’s back-to-back double-digit scoring games for Rondo, but beware this game was a blowout. However, if he keeps this productivity up, his ownership level should rise (currently 56%).

Russell Westbrook – Westbrook posted his 4th straight and 30th overall triple-double of the season with 43 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. He knocked down 6-9 from three and scored 12 points in the last 2:05 of the game, as the Thunder held off the Jazz.

Doug McDermott – Doug E McFresh had his first double-digit scoring game as a member of the Thunder with 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 threes off the bench. Alex Abrines added 3-3 from deep as the Thunder hit their first 12 3-pointers, before Westbrook finally missed in the last minute of the first half.

Enes Kanter – In his third game back from injury, Kanter shot an effective 7-12 from the field for 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 1 block. Taj Gibson (7 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 blocks) will eat into some of the big men minutes off the bench, but Kanter should still see plenty of looks on the offensive end.

Gordon Hayward – After lighting up the Wizards for 30 on Sunday, Hayward cooled off for 19 points (7-17), 5 assists, 3 steals, and 3 threes against OKC.

Rudy Gobert – The French big man reached his 8th straight double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks.

George Hill – After failing to come to terms on a contract extension with the Jazz on Tuesday, Hill didn’t let it affect his game, as he posted 15 points, 8 assists, and 2 steals. He’ll test the waters in free agency this offseason, but the Jazz still remain hopeful in signing him.

Rodney Hood – In his third game back from a knee injury, Hood produced 18 points, 6 rebounds, 3 threes. Looks like he’s getting his legs back and can be trusted going forward.

Mike Conley – Conley led the Griz in scoring with 29 points, 8 assists, and 3 threes, as they eclipsed the Suns. 

Marc Gasol – Sign Gasol up for next year’s 3-point shooting contest! The big man knocked down all 5 of his attempts from deep on his way to 28 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists.

Zach Randolph – Z-Bo put together back-to-back 20-point games with 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists on Tuesday. It was the first time that the 35-year-old did that all season.

Eric Bledsoe – With Devin Booker (9 points, 3-11 FG) struggling against the Grizzlies defense, Bledsoe led the way for the Suns with 20 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals.

T.J. Warren – Warren has seen 34+ minutes in the 3 games since the Suns traded P.J. Tucker to the Raptors and has responded with improved box scores. On Tuesday, he posted 17 points and 6 rebounds on 8-13 shooting. It’s probably too late to pick him up in competitive leagues, but grab him if he’s somehow available.

Kemba Walker – The first time all-star is keeping it up after the break, scoring 30 points (5-9 3PT FG) and adding 7 assists and 5 rebounds.

Frank Kaminsky – Despite the return of Cody Zeller (6 points, 5 rebounds), Frank the Tank posted a 24 and 12 double-double for the Hornets. It’s bad news for Kaminsky, as he was playing some of the best ball of his career in Zeller’s absence. Zeller’s minutes will be monitored in the short term, but hopefully Coach Steve Clifford still finds time for Kaminsky in the rotation. Stand pat with both guys for the time being.

Marvin Williams – Bouncing back from an 8-point outing on Sunday, Williams amassed 16 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 4 threes.

Julius Randle – Randle posted a monster all-around stat line with 23 points, 18 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks. Wow. Dating back before the break, Randle has grabbed double-digit rebounds in four straight games.

D’Angelo Russell – Russell was feeling it from deep, knocking down 5 of 8 attempts on his way to 23 points, 9 assists, and 2 steals.

Jordan Clarkson – Clarkson came off the bench for 16/3/3 on Tuesday against the Hornets. With Lou Williams out of the picture in Houston, both Russell and Clarkson will be asked to fill the scoring void left by Lou, especially at the end of games.

  1. E says:
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    Would you roll with Tim hardaway Jr. or Rodney hood?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @E: I’d go with Hardaway. He’s playing great right now and should finish the year strong.

  2. Tyler says:
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    Who’s my most droppable player?

    12team punting 3s/TO

    G-Wall,Bev,Tyreke,Derozan,Gary Harris
    F-Giannis,Hayward,Middleton,Harkless
    C-Gobert,Horford,Myles,WCS

    Locked for 1st rd BYE and so gearing up for round 2/3 of playoffs.
    Seeing as my team has a lot of players going 3 games for round 2 I’m a bit worried
    3game weeks for rd 2: SAC, HOU, UTA, TOR — That’s 6 players from my team

    I’m eyeing Chriss, Alan Williams and Richaun Holmes for their 4game playoff sched final 2 weeks.

    Among my 3game week guys, I have a feeling it’s the SACtown peeps Tyreke and WCS who I can let go.. But should I make the move?

    Also, who’s my most droppable player for a streamer? Haha

    • Peter Kap

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      @Tyler: I think Harkless or Evans are your most droppable players, but I’d hold onto Evans for now. Harkless’ spot can be used as a streamer. Of the three guys you mentioned, I’d lean Chriss or Holmes, especially if Embiid is out long term.

  3. Tyler says:
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    Pick up Holmes, Chriss or Alan Williams?

    10tm punt FT and PTS
    G-Holiday,Lin,Bev,GHarris,Middleton
    F-LBJ,Ariza,Covington,Harkless,Mirotic
    C-Whiteside,Deandre,Gobert

    Kinda focusing on being dominant in Fg,reb,stl,blk and competitive in 3s,ast,To

    • Asa akira says:
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      @Tyler:

      Holmes is your guy homie!

      • Peter Kap

        Peter Kap says:
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        @Asa akira: Holmes is definitely the short term add, with potential for long term, if Embiid is indeed out for most of the rest of the season.

        • Tyler says:
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          @Peter Kap: who would you drop?

          • Peter Kap

            Peter Kap says:
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            @Tyler: I’d drop Harkless for Holmes with the news that Embiid is out the rest of the season.

  4. Asa akira says:
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    Is THJ or faried a drop for Barnes in the wake of KD injury?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Asa akira: I expect the Warriors to also use Livingston and Iguodala some in KD’s place, so Barnes might see only about 20 minutes a night. That being said, Faried isn’t doing enough for me right now, so I’d be fine dropping him for a streamer. I’d hold onto Hardaway for the rest of the season.

      • Asa akira says:
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        @Peter Kap:

        Thank u sir!

  5. miles proudfoot says:
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    In a shallow 10er, do you think Thad Young is a drop? Hasn’t looked great since coming back from his injury and worried he won’t return to form over the next few weeks.

    • Peter Kap

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      @miles proudfoot: I’d hold onto Young. It’s been only 3 games since coming back from injury and even though it’s disappointing, he’s still elite in steals. You’re not going to find someone that good in that department on the wire.

  6. Miracle on 34th street says:
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    time to drop mason plumlee and pick up cody zeller or M barnes? my team is horrible at offense really bad. My only chance is the small ball and %’s… I’m in a 12 team h2h daily 4 moves no IR 3 bench spot league. Thx for the help !

    • Peter Kap

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      @Miracle on 34th street: Plumlee’s numbers are still helpful, even with the trade and fewer minutes. I’d remain patient, but if Zeller heads back to the starting lineup over Kaminsky, then I’d jump on Zeller.

  7. Miracle on 34th street says:
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    Here is my team BTW
    G— Schrodder, McConnell, Gary Harris, Tyler Johnson,
    Forward— Anthony davis, draymand , horford, Favors, KOQ, Plummlee
    Center— ROLO, Zubac, Nurkic

    I have 2 moves left this week. I picked up Zubac today and KOQ yesterday would you grab Cody Zeller soon or Yogi, Barnes or andre roberson or today cuz he still has 3 games left and drop Plumlee although he is playing too. I was thinking about yogi or andre because my only chance is to solidify ast. steals, Blocks, FT % , FG%, Even with Friggin * damn ppl that can play Center I still can’t rebound worth the shit. Thx for the help and suggestions as always !! Cheers !!!

    • Peter Kap

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      @Miracle on 34th street: Long term, Yogi and Zeller are the better stashes. They’re locked in for minutes. If you need certain stats to win this week, then I’d go after those guys that help you win those categories. Zubac and O’Quinn are merely streamers, and are just as likely to throw up a dud as they are to help.

  8. Justin says:
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    Who do you like better and maybe a short reason why please… J Randle or TJ Warren? Thank you!

    Justin

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Justin: I prefer Randle, but think both can be useful for the rest of the season. Randle is locked into minutes and nights like Tuesday show you the versatile upside. He adds a couple assists a night, which is a nice out of position bonus from your PF.

      • Justin says:
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        @Peter Kap: awesome thanks Peter!!!

  9. your mom says:
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    Better duo in 9cat roto. KAT/Nelson or RWB/KCP?

    Thanks

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @your mom: I’m assuming RWB is Russell Westbrook so I’d rather have him and KCP, unless you really need to make up in blocks.

  10. Kennneth Dean says:
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    I have kevin Durant and he went down last night… someone offered me derozan for Nikola jokic… I also have Dwight Howard and Rudy gobert and okafor so I might be alright on blks and rebs as I usually win this stat every weeks… what do u think?

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Kennneth Dean: I’d prefer to have Jokic over Derozan. He does a little bit of everything and the assists and strong percentages are great from a big man. Unless you need more scoring, then I would hold onto Jokic, even with Lowry out for the regular season.

  11. Threekola says:
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    Hey Peter, nice post.

    I’m just trying to get everyone’s opinion on this possible trade I got offered.

    My Schroder + Pau + Saric for His Kemba + Crowder

    In a vacuum for a 10 team 9 cat league, how does this look?

    Now, how about when you’re in my case, where Pau is healthy in my IL and I don’t necessarily need him? (Replaced him with WIlly Hernangomez)

    I countered with me giving Schroder and Pau for Kemba, but he insisted he wants Saric and he throws in Crowder.

    Saric has been a beast and I’m having a tough time letting him go, and idk how much I trust Crowder.

    Thanks!

    • Peter Kap

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      @Threekola: It’s pretty close for both teams. I don’t know which stats you need more of, but I’d kinda lean Kemba/Crowder in a vacuum. My guess is that the Spurs rest Gasol down the stretch and I don’t believe in Saric as solid as he’s been lately. The 3 for 2 is especially important if you have to drop somebody to activate Gasol, leaning the trade more into Kemba/Crowder.

  12. Tyler says:
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    Would you consider dropping WCS for Alan Williams or Chriss based on better playoff sched. PHO sched just fits my team better with the 4-4 sched and games on off days

    • Peter Kap

      Peter Kap says:
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      @Tyler: I wouldn’t. The playoffs are still a couple weeks away so I’d focus on the end of the regular season first and WCS is the best option of those three. At the point in the playoffs that you need certain stats or more games, then I would consider dropping WCS, but even 3 games of him might be better than 4 games of either of those guys.

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