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Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, March 10
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were James Harden, Anthony Davis, Jodie Meeks, Joakim Noah, Kevin Love, DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Durant, Kyle Lowry, Greg Monroe, Paul George, Andre Drummond and Kris Humphries.
RotoWorld reports: Suns -
Alex Len started at center again on Sunday despite the return of Miles Plumlee (knee), but he had just three points and three rebounds in 15 minutes vs. the Warriors.
Len's stats as a starter have been underwhelming, at 6.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, but it seems Phoenix may continue to ride their rookie big man even as they chase a playoff spot in the competitive West. He blocked a shot tonight for the first time in March and doesn't belong on fantasy rosters outside of the absolute deepest leagues.
RotoWorld reports: Warriors -
With the Warriors favoring small lineups on Sunday, Andrew Bogut scored only four points with one rebound and zero blocks in 14 minutes.
Jermaine O'Neal added two points and two boards in eight minutes off the bench, and it's not surprising to see both true centers limited against the small-ball Suns. Bogut has cooled off significantly after a terrific first half this season and coach Mark Jackson is wisely trying to preserve his health for the playoffs, but with four games on the schedule next week most owners should feel confident plugging Bogut into active lineups.
RotoWorld reports: Mavs -
Devin Harris scored 20 points off the Mavericks' bench on Sunday, making 6-of-9 FGs with four 3-pointers, five assists and four steals in 24 minutes.
Harris has proven to be a key part of coach Rick Carlisle's rotation, though his 20-minute role doesn't lend itself to reliable value in standard leagues. Keep him on the radar if you need a trickle of points, 3s, assists and steals, but he's probably best left on the waiver wire during Dallas' upcoming three-game week.
RotoWorld reports: Pacers -
Paul George shook off a few poor games to lead the Pacers with 27 points on Sunday, but it wasn't enough to snap the Pacers' four-game losing streak.
George made 8-of-14 FGs and 9-of-9 FTs, with two 3-pointers and 11 rebounds. The Pacers defense was once again the cause of their defeat -- Indiana has been giving up a shocking 110 points per game since the All-Star break, prompting multiple player-only meetings to sort things out, and they yielded another 105 points to the Mavs on Sunday.
CBS Sports reports: Nets guard Marcus Thornton knocked down five 3-pointers on Sunday against the Kings.
Thornton scored 27 points and went 11 of 15 from the floor, including 5 of 8 from downtown, and 0 of 2 from the free throw line. He did all of his damage in 28 minutes off the bench, also adding three rebounds, one assist and two steals. He is averaging 15.8 points over his last five games played.
CBS Sports reports: Celtics guard Rajon Rondo dished out a season-best 18 assists on Sunday against the Pistons.
Rondo scored 11 points on 5 of 15 from the floor, including 1 of 6 from 3-point land. He also chipped in with two rebounds and three steals while logging 33 minutes of game action. He is averaging 15.8 points, 11.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds over his last five games played.
CBS Sports reports: Pistons center Andre Drummond was all over the glass on Sunday, grabbing 22 boards in a double-double effort against the Celtics.
Drummond scored 18 points on 8 of 13 from the floor, and 2 of 3 from the free throw line. He also chipped in with one steal while logging 38 minutes of game action. He is averaging 14.4 points and 15.8 rebounds over his last five games.
CBS Sports reports: Bulls center Joakim Noah enjoyed another all-around performance in Sunday's overtime win over the Heat.
Noah scored 20 points on 9 of 16 shooting, and 2 of 4 from the free throw line. He also chipped in with 12 rebounds, seven assists and five blocks while logging 42 minutes of game action. He is averaging 13.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 2.2 blocks over his last five games.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, March 9
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kyrie Irving, Carmelo Anthony, Tony Wroten (76ers), Trevor Ariza, Spencer Hawes, Tony Parker, Blake Griffin, Manu Ginobili, Tobias Harris, and Kawhi Leonard.
RotoWorld reports: Hawks -
Pero Antic started for the Hawks and hit 6-of-11 shots and three 3-pointers for 16 points, six rebounds and two steals in 30 minutes of Saturday's loss to the Clippers.
He was very solid tonight and as long as he's starting for the Hawks, he's worth a look in all fantasy leagues. Especially since the Hawks play four games per week after next week's three-game slate.
RotoWorld reports: Wizards -
Bradley Beal made five 3-pointers against the Bucks during Saturday's 114-107 win, scoring a total of 23 points with two boards and one block in 36 minutes.
It's the first time he's hit more than two 3-pointers since Feb. 12 and he's finally starting to take more shots from deep. He's attempted 14 shots from beyond the arc in his last two, which is way up from the 12 in his previous five games. Teams are defending Beal a little differently now that they've seen what he can do, but he should be able to score in the high teens with two treys per game.
RotoWorld reports: Bucks -
Brandon Knight scored 25 points vs. the Wizards during a 114-107 loss on Saturday, adding two boards, two assists, three steals and two 3-pointers.
The Bucks were down 28 points at one point in the first half, but came storming back in the third quarter to make a game of it. They actually got to the line tonight with 25 makes, which is tied for their third most on the season, but they couldn't stop John Wall and Co. when they needed to. As for Knight, he came into tonight with averages over his previous 10 of 19.2 points, 6.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.4 triples, so the numbers are there for the only reliable Bucks player.
RotoWorld reports: Spurs -
Manu Ginobili came off the bench to hit 10-of-17 shots and two 3-pointers for 24 points, three rebounds, five assists and a steal in 27 minutes on Saturday.
Ginobili is heating up, averaging 14.2 points, 5.4 assists and 1.8 3-pointers over his last five games, but that probably means that Gregg Popovich is ready to cool him off. Ginobili has played in nine straight games after missing eight straight with a hamstring injury, so it would not be surprising to see him take a night off in the near future. But if he's in the Spurs' lineup, he should probably be in yours.
CBS Sports reports: Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova returned from a suspension on Saturday, scoring 13 points and grabbing eight rebounds in a 114-107 defeat to the Wizards.
Ilyasova shot 4 of 10 from the floor, missing all two of his shots from downtown, but converting 5 of 6 from the free throw line. He also chipped in with one assist and one block while logging 28 minutes of game action. He is averaging 16.0 points and 7.3 rebounds over his last four games.
CBS Sports reports: Jazz forward Derrick Favors was all over the glass on Saturday, recording his 18th double-double of the season in a 104-92 victory over the 76ers in Philadelphia.
Favors scored 15 points on 6 of 9 from the floor, and 3 of 4 from the free throw line. He grabbed 14 rebounds, with four of them coming from the offensive end of the glass. He also chipped in with one assist, three blocks and one steal while logging 35 minutes of game action. He is averaging 9.4 points and 8.2 rebounds over his last five games.
CBS Sports reports: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao returned from his back injury on Saturday against the Knicks.
Varejao, who missed his previous 12 games, came off the bench and was eased back into action, logging just nine minutes and scoring four points on 2 of 2 shooting from the field. He also chipped in with three rebounds in a 107-97 loss.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, March 8
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Ty Lawson, Kenneth Faried, Anthony Davis, Carmelo Anthony, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, Kemba Walker, Al Jefferson, James Harden and Tyreke Evans.
RotoWorld reports: Lakers -
Pau Gasol participated in Saturday's light practice and he will play vs. the Thunder on Sunday.
Gasol tweaked his ankle on Friday but X-rays were negative and it doesn't seem like a serious concern for the Lakers. What should concern them is the very real possibility that their current three-game losing streak will quickly expand to seven games -- their next four games consist of home and away sets vs. the Thunder and Spurs.
RotoWorld reports: Suns -
Eric Bledsoe (knee surgery) said that he will likely return to action vs. the visiting Cavaliers on Wednesday.
Bledsoe has been practicing and scrimmaging 5-on-5, but hasn't felt ready to play yet due to a lack of conditioning and routine soreness. He'll miss two more games on Sunday and Monday, but patient owners can at least circle a date on the calendar. Gerald Green's production will take a hit with Bledsoe returning, and Goran Dragic's numbers may also dip, but fantasy owners are aided by a solid rest-of-season schedule featuring three four-game weeks and zero two-game duds. Bledsoe made it clear that he's fine coming off the bench, saying, "We've been winning. Whatever position [coach Jeff Hornacek] wants me to be in I'm going to come in and play."
RotoWorld reports: Wizards -
Martell Webster (back) was a full participant in Saturday's shootaround and he's expected to play vs. Milwaukee.
He also practiced on Friday without any setbacks, so the veteran should be ready to play 20+ minutes as a perimeter specialist off the bench. He averaged 8.1 points and 1.8 threes in February, while playing 24 minutes per game, and his value is marginal as long as Trevor Ariza and Bradley Beal are healthy.
CBS Sports reports: Updating a previous item, Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum sustained a nasal contusion, and is expected to play Sunday against the Rockets, the team announced. No word on if he'll need a protective mask.
Batum suffered the injury in the third quarter of Friday's loss. Comcast SportsNet Northwest initially reported that he broke his nose. He is averaging 12.9 points, 6.9 boards and 5.2 assists over 62 games.
CBS Sports reports: Suns guard Eric Bledsoe practiced Saturday and will likely make his return from knee surgery on Wednesday against the Cavaliers, according to The Arizona Republic.
Bledsoe was given a three-game window for his expected return, running from Sunday against the Warriors to Wednesday against the Cavaliers. He has not played since Dec. 30, and has been rehabbing from surgery since Jan. 10. He was enjoying the best season of his career prior to the injury, averaging 18.0 points and 5.8 assists per game in 24 games.
CBS Sports reports: Hawks forward Paul Millsap (knee) got the green light and returned from a five-game absence on Friday against Golden State.
Millsap scored 16 points on 6 of 14 from the field, including 1 of 5 from downtown, and 3 of 3 from the free throw line. He also chipped in with seven rebounds and three assists. He is averaging 17.6 points and 8.3 rebounds through 54 games this season.
CBS Sports reports: Warriors guard Klay Thompson was forced out of Friday's contest against the Hawks with a lower back strain, the team announced.
Thompson was involved in a tough spill in the opening quarter and was ruled out for the remainder of the game. He finished with six points on 2 of 5 shooting, and 2 of 2 from the free throw line. He also chipped in with two rebounds in six minutes.
Thompson's status remains uncertain for Sunday against the Suns.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, March 7
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Russell Westbrook, Gerald Green, Kevin Durant, Matt Barnes, Tim Duncan, Blake Griffin, and Chris Bosh. Thee were just three games.
RotoWorld reports: Nets -
Mason Plumlee will start in place of Kevin Garnett (back) once again Friday.
In five starts so far this year, Plumlee is averaging 5.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. Owners looking for a streamer here are better off with Andray Blatche, who is averaging 14.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.3 blocks over his last three games.
RotoWorld reports: Hawks -
Coach Mike Budenholzer said Paul Millsap (knee) is "getting closer" to a return.
Budenholzer made these comments on Wednesday night, when Millsap missed his fifth straight game. There was no update provided on Thursday. We do know that the Sapper has been playing 3-on-3 and working out with the team lately, so he's at least questionable for Friday night's game against the Warriors. Mike Scott/Elton Brand streamers will hopefully know more after shootaround.
RotoWorld reports: Nuggets -
Coach Brian Shaw said he likes that Wilson Chandler is attempting 19.5 shots a night over the last two games.
During the first 49 games of his season, Chandler was taking just 11.9 shots per game. But the Nuggets desperately need his offense. "He's playing the small forward position. That's a point-producing position on every team," Shaw said. "You're expected to get points out of that position. And you can't get points if you don't shoot the ball, if you're not aggressive and you're not trying to score. ... I like that he's putting up that amount of shots — as long as they are good shots." Chandler is an excellent bet to stay hot against the Lakers' anemic defense on Friday night.
RotoWorld reports: Clippers -
Coach Doc Rivers said Jamal Crawford (calf) is close to a return.
"I wouldn't be surprised if he played in our next game. I don't know that. That's just my feeling," Rivers said on Thursday night. Crawford's return will dramatically affect the recent production of Darren Collison and will also take some chances away from a white-hot Matt Barnes. Before going down, Crawford was taking 14.9 shots per game and playing 30.9 minutes a night.
RotoWorld reports: Lakers -
Kendall Marshall hit 3-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points, four rebounds, seven assists and a steal in 23 minutes of Thursday's 142-94 loss to the Clippers.
This was not only the Lakers worst loss in history, but the biggest margin of victory in the history of the Clippers. Marshall has been playing better for the Lakers lately, while Jordan Farmar had just four points and three assists off the bench in 21 minutes. But in a game that was over in five minutes, it's hard to see what is reality and what is a fluke. The bottom line is that both Farmar and Marshall should be held until we see how things shake down going forward.
CBS Sports reports: With Nikola Pekovic only recently back from ankle bursitis that cost him 13 games, the Timberwolves' doctors are making sure he doesn't put too much stress on it. In three games since his return from the injury, he has played 28, 24 and 26 minutes, while working on a minutes limit.
"It's just tough, you know?" Pekovic told NBA.com Thursday. "But I've just got to do whatever they [the medical staff] say. I'm still going over my limit. My limit is 20."
CBS Sports reports: Suns guard Gerald Green topped his career-high in scoring for the second time this season Thursday, as he dropped 41 points to lead the way in a 128-122 win over the Thunder.
Green, who set his career-high with a 36-point effort in late February, did most of his damage in a 24-point third quarter. He scored his 41 points on 12 of 22 shooting, with eight 3-pointers made and a 9 for 11 mark from the free-throw line. The 28-year-old also added five rebounds and two assists to go with his scoring high, though he also turned the ball over three times in 31 minutes.
CBS Sports reports: Bulls center Joakim Noah was spotted after Wednesday's game wearing a splint, but he told reporters he did not expect the injury to be a serious one. As ESPN.com reports Thursday, his gut reaction has proven correct, as initial tests show just a sprain.
The Bulls will give a further diagnosis on the injury Friday prior to the game against the Grizzlies, though his status for that game is currently not yet known.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, March 6
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Al Jefferson, Carmelo Anthony, Greg Monroe, James Harden, Brandon Knight, Isaiah Thomas, Joakim Noah, Trevor Ariza, Dirk Nowitzki, Raymond Felton and DeMarcus Cousins.
RotoWorld reports: Bulls -
Joakim Noah put up the second triple-double in his last three games during Wednesday's 105-94 win, scoring 10 points with 11 boards, 11 assists and two blocks in 35 minutes.
He's tied for second in the NBA for triple-doubles with three this season and he's a center. Noah's passing ability is one of the best in the league regardless of position and he's become the quarterback of the Bulls offense. He's putting up career highs in points, assists and rebounds in his seventh season and it's hard to imagine how much worse the Bulls would be without him.
RotoWorld reports: Blazers -
Nicolas Batum hit 5-of-9 shots and three 3-pointers for 14 points and a career-high 18 rebounds in Wednesday's easy win over the Hawks.
Batum has been crazy good over his last three games, and very good over his last five, averaging 15.0 points, 12.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.0 3-pointers, which is why you drafted him so early this year. It didn't look like it was going to pan out for the first couple months of the season, but Batum is clicking on all cylinders now. He's racked up 16, 15 and 18 boards in each of his last three games.
RotoWorld reports: Bucks -
Ersan Ilyasova scored nine points with five boards, two assists and four fouls in 30 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday.
He scored a career-high 31 points on Monday night, so he obviously had to let everyone down tonight. Ilyasova is one of the most inconsistent players in the NBA and he dropped his field goal percentage to exactly 40.0 percent tonight. We'll try and call a psychic hotline to get some help on predicting his stats the rest of the way. Additionally, he might have a suspension coming his way after a violent shove of Reggie Evans in the fourth quarter.
RotoWorld reports: Kings -
DeMarcus Cousins hit 7-of-14 shots for 21 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and a steal in Wednesday's win over the Bucks.
He didn't have a block, but did pick up five fouls, which means he had at least five perfect opportunities to get into it with the refs. Teammate Isaiah Thomas got kicked out of this one, but Boogie kept his thoughts to himself and avoided a technical foul. And that's important because he'll earn a one-game suspension the next time he loses his cool and gets T'd up.
CBS Sports reports: Hawks center Pero Antic was not expected to play Wednesday against the Trail Blazers, but he ended up making his return from a 17-game absence in a 102-78 loss.
Antic had been able to take part in three-man drills, but was expected to need more time in his recovery from a fractured ankle. However, he saw 16 minutes off the bench in Wednesday's game and played well despite the lopsided score. He put up 10 points on 3 of 5 shooting, while adding four rebounds.
CBS Sports reports: Pistons forward Greg Monroe snapped out of a mini three-game slump Wednesday, as he led the team in scoring in a 105-94 loss to the Bulls.
Monroe was a focal point offensively while logging 44 minutes in the loss. He scored 27 points on 12 of 20 shooting, his second-best total of the season. He added seven rebounds, five assists and two steals, while turning the ball over just once.
CBS Sports reports: Nets guard Joe Johnson continues to post inconsistent production, but he reached something of a peak Wednesday against the Grizzlies.
Johnson posted his best scoring performance in more than two weeks in the 103-94 win, scoring 21 points in 34 minutes. He got to his 21 points efficiently, shooting 8 for 13 from the field with five 3-pointers, while adding two rebounds and four assists with just one turnover in the win.
Johnson has scored in double figures in eight of the last 10 games, but has topped 16 points just three times in that span. He is averaging 15.0 points per game on the season, his lowest total since 2002-03.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, March 5
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Pau Gasol, Matt Barnes, David West, Tyreke Evans, Eric Gordon, Russell Westbrook and Paul George.
RotoWorld reports: Knicks - Raymond Felton is a combined 7-of-32 from the field since being charged with two felony counts of firearm possession on Feb. 25.
Mike Woodson intends to keep Felton as the Knicks' starting PG despite his epic struggles. "I feel for Raymond," Woodson said. "He says basketball is his only out. That says a lot. He's got to somewhat put this situation behind him. It's not going to go away. [But] he's got to show it on the basketball court." Pablo Prigioni could start at PG if Felton doesn't turn things around, and New York could also re-call Toure Murry from the D-League or ink another PG to a 10-day deal. Felton belongs on the waiver wire in almost all fantasy leagues.
RotoWorld reports: Bobcats - Gerald Henderson's strained calf will prevent him from playing on Wednesday, Friday or Saturday, and he'll be re-evaluated next week.
Gary Neal will continue starting in his absence and more minutes will open up for Luke Ridnour. Calf injuries are easily aggravated and Henderson may not be ready to return next week, either. most fantasy owners would be better off cutting him given his lackluster production and uncertain return date.
Related: Luke Ridnour, Gary Neal
RotoWorld reports: Nets - Kevin Garnett (back spasms) will not play vs. the Grizzlies on Wednesday.
This makes three straight DNPs for Garnett, who wasn't able to practice on Tuesday. Jason Kidd continues to say that KG's injury isn't a long-term concern, but Brooklyn will take every precaution and even when he's healthy we expect Garnett to play limited minutes and rest during back-to-back sets. Mason Plumlee has been starting in his absence, while Andray Blatche has thrived in extended minutes off the bench.
Related: Mason Plumlee, Andray Blatche
CBS Sports reports: Rockets forward Chandler Parsons was back in the lineup Tuesday against the Heat, after missing the team's previous game with an illness.
Parsons did not seem bothered much by any possible lingering effects, as he was able to play 38 minutes in the game. He scored 10 points on 5 of 10 shooting, and nearly picked up his second points-assists double-double of the season by finishing with eight dimes. Parsons added four rebounds and turned the ball over just three times, helping the Rockets win, 106-103.
CBS Sports reports: Heat forward Michael Beasley is seeing a bump in playing time recently, as he appeared in his fifth straight game Tuesday against the Rockets.
Beasley actually played a big part in keeping the Heat competitive Tuesday, and his 28 minutes played represents his highest total since late December. He scored 24 points on 9 of 13 shooting, while making four 3-pointers and adding four rebounds and two assists in a 106-103 loss.
Beasley is in the paradoxical position of outperforming expectations while putting up the worst per-game numbers of his career. He has appeared in 41 of 58 games, averaging 8.6 points per game on 51.4 percent shooting from the field.
CBS Sports reports: Clippers forward Danny Granger was eased into action in his team debut, as he played just four minutes in a 104-96 win over the Suns Tuesday. Granger missed his lone field-goal attempts in the game and added just one rebound and one turnover to his line.
The Clippers probably have the luxury of working Granger in slowly, which is a plus given Granger's recent injury history. He was averaging just 8.3 points per game on 35.9 percent shooting in 29 games with the Pacers before being traded and then waived.
CBS Sports reports: Clippers guard Jamal Crawford is expected to return from a strained calf soon, according the Los Angeles Times.
"Jamal is doing great, actually," coach Doc Rivers said prior to Tuesday's game. "I anticipate [him playing] maybe as early as the next game or maybe a couple of games after that."
Crawford's calf injury forced him to miss the team's previous two outings. The Clippers take on the Lakers Thursday.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, March 4
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were LeBron James, AL Jefferson, Ty Lawson, Andre Drummond, Tyreke Evans, Kevin Love, Robin Lopez, Ersan Ilyasova, Enes Kanter, Pau Gasol.
CBS Sports reports: Timberwolves forward Kevin Love registered an NBA-best 50th double-double Monday night, scoring 33 points and grabbing 19 rebounds in a 132-128 win over the Nuggets in Denver.
Love shot 10 of 21 from the floor, including 2 of 6 from deep, and 11 of 13 from the free throw line. He also tallied four assists and two steals while logging 38 minutes of game action.
Love has doubled up in each of his last six games. He is averaging 31.2 points, 12.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists over his last five games.
CBS Sports reports: Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans enjoyed one of his best performances this season on Monday, falling two assists shy of a triple-double in a 96-89 loss to the Kings.
Evans scored 27 points on 8 of 15 from the floor, including 2 of 3 from deep, and 9 of 10 from the free throw line. He grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out eight assists. He also chipped in with a steal while logging 41 minutes of game action. He is averaging 15.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists over his last five games.
CBS Sports reports: Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez recorded his 23rd double-double of the season on Monday against the Lakers.
Lopez scored 19 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, with nine of them coming from the offensive end of the glass. He shot 9 of 13 from the floor, and 1 of 1 from the charity stripe. He also tallied two assists and three blocks while logging 34 minutes of game action in a 107-106 defeat.
Lopez has doubled up twice over his last four games played. He is averaging 13.2 points and 9.6 points over his last five games.
CBS Sports reports: Pistons center Andre Drummond turned in a dominant performance in the paint on Monday, snagging a career-high 26 rebounds in a 96-85 victory over the Knicks.
Drummond completed a double-double with 17 points on 6 of 9 from the floor, and 5 of 7 from the free throw line. Seven of his 26 boards came from the offensive end of the glass. He also tallied three blocks and two steals while logging 46 minutes of game action.
Drummond has 44 double-doubles this season. He is averaging 13.6 points and 14.4 rebounds over his last five games.
CBS Sports reports: Heat forward LeBron James didn't appear to be bothered by his protective mask on Monday as he surpassed his previous career-high set in 2005 and the franchise-high with 61 points against the Bobcats.
James had it going early, scoring 24 in the first half and converting his first eight attempts from behind the arc before missing his first 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter. He shot 22 for 33 from the field, 8 for 10 from deep, 9 for 12 from the free throw line. He also chipped in with seven rebounds and five assists while logging 41 minutes of game action.
James reached a career high in made field goals (22), points in a quarter (25, third quarter), points in a half (37, second half) and made 3-pointers (eight). He is averaging 36.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists over his last four games.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, March 3
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Jeff Teague, DeMar DeRozan, Stephen Curry, Joakim Noah, Tobias Harris, Gerald Geen, Thaddeus Young, Al Jefferson and Russell Westbrook.
RotoWorld reports: Suns -
Miles Plumlee started at center but quickly fell out of the picture vs. Atlanta, scoring just two points with four rebounds in 12 minutes.
The Suns have found success by running past their opponents, which frequently results in small lineups that leave Plumlee as a cheerleader on the bench. His nice beginning to the season is a distant memory and Miles has been a liability in 14-team leagues over the past month -- even his brother Mason has had more value with the Nets during that span, despite getting just 16 minutes per game.
RotoWorld reports: Bobcats -
Kemba Walker only scored six points on 3-of-13 shooting in Sunday's loss to the Thunder, while Gerald Henderson added nine points on 2-of-7 shooting.
Starting forwards Josh McRoberts and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist combined for seven points on 2-of-7 shooting, and the biggest surprise is that Charlotte kept the game within reach until the fourth quarter. Walker is on a two-game skid and he faces tough matchups with the Heat on Monday and Pacers on Wednesday, but he needs to be in all lineups during Charlotte's four-game week.
RotoWorld reports: Thunder -
The Thunder used a 31-point fourth quarter to knock off the Bobcats on Sunday, led by Russell Westbrook's 26 points on career-best 10-of-12 shooting.
That's an 83.3 percent mark which he's never done before on a minimum of 10 attempts, and it was even more impressive given that four of his makes came from downtown. He added two rebounds, five assists, two steals and five turnovers in a mere 25 minutes of action, and even with a minute-limit he's an elite fantasy option. After dropping three games following Westbrook's return, OKC has now won two straight.
RotoWorld reports: Spurs -
Tony Parker returned from a six-game absence with 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting vs. the Mavericks in Sunday's impressive home victory.
He added seven assists with only one turnover, made numerous clutch shots to keep Dallas at bay, and generally looked refreshed after his long layoff. As painful as his absence was for fantasy owners, it might have been worth it if he's rested and effective during fantasy playoffs -- his scoring had dipped to 14.8 points on 42.9 percent shooting in five February games prior to being shut down. His return led to a DNP-CD for Cory Joseph and took a chunk out of Patty Mills' playing time, though Mills still had three points and one assist in 16 minutes
RotoWorld reports: Mavs -
Vince Carter's offensive barrage continued on Sunday, as he came off the bench for 21 points, three 3-pointers, four rebounds and five assists in under 30 minutes of action.
The baller formerly known as Vinsanity made 9-of-16 field goals while topping 15 points for the fifth consecutive game. He's on fire from downtown (he’s now eighth on the NBA’s all-time list for 3-pointers made) and is also chipping in solid rebounds and assists, with the occasional steal and block. He needs to be in all lineups unless he cools off.
CBS Sports reports: Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan exploded for 32 points on 10 of 16 from the floor, including 1 of 2 from downtown, and 11 of 12 from the free throw line in a 104-98 win over Golden State on Sunday.
DeRozan did all of his damage in 42 minutes of game action, also adding six assists, four rebounds and one steal. He is averaging 27.4 points, 5.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds over his last five games played.
CBS Sports reports: Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha underwent an MRI which confirmed a calf strain, general manager Sam Presti told reporters on Sunday, according to The Oklahoman. Sefolosha will be sidelined 4-6 weeks with the injury, according to the report.
Sefolosha suffered the injury Friday against Memphis. He was averaging 6.7 points and 3.7 rebounds through 55 games.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, March 1
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Anthony Davis, Goran Dragic, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, Jordan Farmar, Rudy Gay, Kevin Durant, Tim Duncan and Isaiah Thomas.
CBS Sports reports: Lakers guard Jordan Farmar exploded off the bench on Friday, knocking down eight 3-pointers and scoring a team-high 30 points in a 126-122 victory over Sacramento.
Farmar shot 9 of 14 from the floor, including 8 of 10 behind the arc, and 4 of 5 from the charity stripe. Five of his eight treys came in the second half, including three in the third quarter. He also contributed with seven rebounds and one steal while logging 29 minutes of game action.
Farmar has scored in double figures in back-to-back games. He is averaging 12.4 points and 5.0 assists over his last five games played.
CBS Sports reports: Pelicans center Anthony Davis put together a dominant performance on Friday, overcoming a shoulder issue with 32 points in a 116-104 defeat to the Suns in Phoenix.
Davis scored a team-high 32 points on 14 of 18 from the floor, and 4 of 4 from the free throw line. He also added nine rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block while logging 41 minutes of game action. He is averaging 21.6 points and 10.6 rebounds over his last five games.
CBS Sports reports: Suns guard Goran Dragic, who missed his last game with an ankle injury, did not skip a beat in his first game back on Friday, dropping a career-high 40 points in a 116-104 victory over the Pelicans.
Dragic shot 14 of 21 from the floor, including 3 of 7 from behind the arc, and 9 of 11 from the free throw line. It was his second career high in his last three games. He played all but the 10 seconds of the game, finishing with 42 minutes while also adding five assists and three rebounds. He is averaging 24.8 points, 4.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds over his last five games.
CBS Sports reports: Spurs forward Tim Duncan registered his 24th double-double of the season in a 92-82 victory over the Bobcats on Friday.
Duncan scored 17 points on 6 of 12 from the floor, and 5 of 5 from the free throw line. He grabbed 16 boards to complete the double-double, with only two of them coming from the offensive end of the glass. He also added six assists, one block and one steal while logging 33 minutes of game action.
Duncan has just two double-doubles over his last five games. He is averaging 15.5 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists over his last five games.
CBS Sports reports: Warriors guard Stephen Curry cracked the 50-point mark his last time out at Madison Square Garden. He followed that performance up with third triple-double of the season in a 126-103 victory over New York,
Curry scored 27 points on 9 of 19 from the floor, including 5 of 11 from downtown, and 4 of 4 from the free throw line. He completed the triple-double with 11 rebounds and 11 assists, also adding one block while logging 30 minutes of game action.
Curry has 106 points through his first three starts at Madison Square Garden, which is tied for the most points scored through three starts by a visiting player in the last 40 seasons.