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Damian Lillard Headshot

Lillard provided 30 points (9-17 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 8-8 FT), five assists, four rebounds and two steals over 31 minutes in Thursday's 110-95 win over the Knicks.

Lillard posted half his scoring total in a spectacular first quarter and has now scored at least 25 points in eight straight games, a career-best streak for the All-Star. He's also reached or eclipsed the 30-point mark in three straight and four of the last five overall. He's enjoying his best offensive month of the season, with his scoring average (31.0), field-goal percentage (49.0) and three-point percentage (41.7) all season-best monthly figures.
11:56 am (EST)
Yogi Ferrell Headshot

Ferrell supplied five points (2-4 FG, 1-2 3Pt), two rebounds, two steals and one assist across 16 minutes off the bench in a 97-95 win over the Clippers on Thursday.

After starting the previous 14 games at point guard, the struggling Ferrell gave way to Seth Curry, who moved over from shooting guard and thrived with a game-high 23 points. Ferrell, meanwhile, saw his least playing time in any game since he joined the Mavericks, and it looks like he could be destined for a marginalized role off the bench going forward, at least until the team is eliminated from postseason contention. With coach Rick Carlisle seemingly content to give Curry an extended look at point guard and veteran reserve guard J.J. Barea also outperforming Ferrell of late, the rookie shapes up as a drop candidate in most leagues.
11:54 am (EST)
Chasson Randle Headshot

Randle submitted 13 points (4-7 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), two rebounds and two assists over 19 minutes in Thursday's 110-95 loss to the Trail Blazers.

Randle's production continues to be all over the board, along with his playing time. After seeing just two minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday, Randle's 19-minute allotment equaled his second highest of the month. He's proven capable of some efficient scoring when given the time on the floor, with Thursday's point total surpassing the previous career high of 12 he's tallied against the Pistons on March 11. He remains hard to trust as a fantasy commodity due to his uncertain role, but he may be in line for additional time down the stretch as the Knicks look to evaluate their young talent.
11:52 am (EST)
Blake Treinen Headshot

Treinen allowed one hit and struck out two while working the ninth inning in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets.

He's been somewhat overshadowed in camp by the attention given to Koda Glover, but Treinen has been outstanding in his own right, posting a 0.00 ERA and 8:0 K:BB in four innings. In fact, Thursday's hit was the first baserunner he'd given up in Grapefruit League action this spring. The Nats have yet to give a hint as to who will be their closer to begin the season, but Treinen remains firmly in the conversation.
11:52 am (EST)
Willy Hernangomez Headshot

Hernangomez produced 10 points (5-10 FG, 0-1 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks over 21 minutes in Thursday's 110-95 loss to the Trail Blazers.

With Lance Thomas (hip) out of action, Hernangomez moved back into the starting five at center while Kristaps Porzingis moved back to his familiar power forward spot. The 22-year-old saw a modest amount of minutes despite the start, but it was enough to help him generate his first double-digit scoring effort in the last four games. If Thomas is forced to miss Saturday's game against the Spurs, the young Spaniard would presumably be in for another start in what will be a tough matchup.
11:48 am (EST)
Joe Nathan Headshot

Nathan has a clause in his deal with the Nationals that allows him to opt out Friday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

He pitched on back-to-back days for the first time this spring Wednesday and Thursday, and while the 42-year-old hasn't looked bad so far (8:3 K:BB in 10.2 innings), the Nats already seemingly have seven relievers locked into spots after the late signing of Joe Blanton. If Nathan does opt out, he may have done enough to earn a look from another team in need of some veteran savvy in the middle innings.
11:47 am (EST)
Austin Jackson Headshot

Jackson's future with the Indians will depend on the health of left fielder Michael Brantley, who's recovering from shoulder surgery, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.

When camp opened, it appeared the Indians could use Jackson to add outfield depth on Opening Day. That could change if Brantley's comeback continues progressing well like it has in recent days. "With Brantley back we probably wouldn't need the same number of plate appearances [from reserve outfielders]," general manager Mike Chernoff said. Jackson is coming off his own health issues that led to season-ending knee surgery last year. However, he appears healthy now and has done what he can so far in spring training. Jackson is 7-for-21 (.333) with a home run, two doubles, five RBI and four runs through seven Cactus League appearances. A decision on whether he makes the 25-man roster will come down to the wire.
11:47 am (EST)
Mindaugas Kuzminskas Headshot

Kuzminskas tallied 14 points (3-8 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and one steal over 32 minutes in Thursday's 110-95 loss to the Trail Blazers.

Drawing the start for Carmelo Anthony (knee), Kuzminskas turned in a solid effort that was assisted by a perfect performance from the charity stripe. The 27-year-old's scoring total represented his first double-digit performance since Jan. 29 against the Hawks, as he's seen modest minutes or been left out of the rotation altogether on numerous occasions over the last six weeks. If Anthony were to miss Saturday night's tilt versus the Spurs, Kuzminskas would presumably be in for another run with the first unit.
11:45 am (EST)
Darren Helm Headshot

Helm (lower body) will not play Friday night, but Sunday's game against the visiting Wild is a possibility, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

The Red Wings have 265 total man games lost this season -- including 28 for the speedy Helm -- so what's another going to hurt a team out of the playoff race? For fantasy owners, though, he's one less special teams and scoring option likely to be found on the clearance rack in daily settings.
11:42 am (EST)
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