LeBron leads Cavs w/ 29/11/7 vs. Lakers
LeBron James | CLE
(February 11, 2016 1:01 AM EST)
The Cavs improved to 8-3 under coach Tyronn Lue, aided by another monster game from LeBron James -- 29 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds, three 3-pointers and one steal.
The King committed just one turnover in 37 minutes and he finished 12-of-22 from the field vs. the Lakers' lowly defense, sending the Cavs into the break with a 38-14 record. LeBron hasn't missed a game since early December and Lue hasn't talked about precautionary rest, so with any luck he'll be locked and loaded for all of the Cavs' remaining 30 games.
Tristan Thompson double-doubles vs. Lakers
Tristan Thompson | CLE
(February 11, 2016 1:01 AM EST)
Tristan Thompson notched 15 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and one block in 34 minutes on Wednesday, hitting 6-of-6 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs vs. the Lakers.
This marks TT's second double-double in February, but over those six games he's averaging a mere 4.6 points, 0.2 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.6 blocks. He's only worth a look if you need a rebounding and FG percentage specialist.
Kyrie Irving pours in season-high 35 points
Kyrie Irving | CLE
(February 11, 2016 1:00 AM EST)
Kyrie Irving dropped a season-high 35 points vs. the Lakers on Wednesday, making 15-of-24 shots including three 3-pointers, to go along with seven assists, three rebounds and two steals.
Kyrie also turned the ball over just once in 36 minutes, and over the past three games he's averaging 32.0 points on 59.1 percent shooting. It's exactly what his fantasy owners hoped for heading into the All-Star break, and Uncle Drew is primed for a huge finish to the 2015-16 season.
J.R. Smith quiet in 33 minutes Wednesday
J.R. Smith | CLE
(February 11, 2016 1:00 AM EST)
J.R. Smith was quiet in 33 minutes vs. the Lakers on Wednesday, posting nine points on 3-of-9 shooting with one rebound and one assist.
Smith wisely took a backseat to LeBron and Kyrie tonight, as the Cavs' superstars combined for 64 points. The silver lining is that all three of Smith's makes came from downtown, and he didn't commit any turnovers -- as long as the playing time is there, Smith should balance out as a mid-round value.
Kobe Bryant feels 'horrible' physically
Kobe Bryant | LAK
(February 11, 2016 12:59 AM EST)
Kobe Bryant finished Wednesday's loss in Cleveland with 17 points on 5-of-16 shooting, three 3-pointers, six rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Kobe played 33 minutes and said afterward that he feels "horrible" heading into the All-Star break. "My ankles hurt. My knees hurt. I'm looking forward to having a complete week where I do nothing," Bryant said, before groaning as he left the post-game presser. He's coming off a hot stretch and is motivated to play in as many games as possible, so the Mamba should be ready to go vs. San Antonio on Feb. 19.
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Lou Williams leads L.A. w/ 28 points in loss
Lou Williams | LAK
(February 11, 2016 12:58 AM EST)
Lou Williams led the Lakers on Wednesday with 28 points, four rebounds, two assists and one block, making 9-of-15 FGs and 6-of-7 FTs while going 4-of-6 beyond the arc.
Sweet Lou also played 36 minutes without a single turnover, but the Lakers' starting unit was trounced tonight. The Lakers have no real incentive to keep the 11-year veteran through the trade deadline, but so far Williams' name hasn't really surfaced up in the trade-rumor mill.
Jordan Clarkson heads into break on high note
Jordan Clarkson | LAK
(February 11, 2016 12:58 AM EST)
Jordan Clarkson headed into the All-Star break on a high note, racking up 22 points, seven assists, six rebounds, three 3-pointers and one steal vs. the Cavaliers.
Clarkson has been hot in February, averaging 17.4 points on 54.4 percent shooting, with 1.2 triples, 4.6 boards, 3.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Add in stingy turnovers (1.8) and he's a must-start option in all formats. The Lakers have every reason to feed him minutes as their 2015-16 campaign drifts to a close, giving Clarkson substantial rest-of-season upside.
Roy Hibbert (ankle) starts, plays 17 minutes
Roy Hibbert | LAK
(February 11, 2016 12:57 AM EST)
Roy Hibbert (ankle) started vs. the Cavs on Wednesday but had only nine points, three rebounds and one turnover in 17 minutes of action.
The Cavaliers have been the toughest team for opposing centers this season, allowing the fewest rebounds and steals, and the third-fewest points, so Hibbert's dud isn't unexpected. He has zero blocks in February so even his 'specialist' appeal has evaporated.
D'Angelo Russell OK after recent groin injury
D'Angelo Russell | LAK
(February 11, 2016 12:57 AM EST)
D'Angelo Russell's recent groin injury wasn't an issue on Wednesday, as he came off the bench for 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting, three 3-pointers, three assists, two rebounds and two steals.
Byron Scott said recently that he's been hard on his rookie PG because "he has a chance to be a very good basketball player," and he once again allowed Russell to play down the stretch tonight -- he played the final 10 minutes of a reasonably close game. Hopefully that trend continues over L.A.'s final 27 games.
Anthony Brown (right ankle) out again vs Cavs
Anthony Brown | LAK
(February 11, 2016 12:56 AM EST)
Anthony Brown (right ankle) didn't play vs. the Cavs on Wednesday.
Brown has earned eight starts while Kobe Bryant was injured this season, but he's nowhere near having fantasy value in typical leagues -- in those starts, the 23-year-old forward has made just 27.1 percent of his FG attempts.