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DFS NBA Playbook: February 27
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Rick Porcello Headshot

Porcello threw 37 pitches over two simulated innings Sunday, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

Porcello threw mainly fastballs, focusing on the execution of his sinkers to both sides of the plate. He said he's on a five-day routine, which puts him on schedule to pitch Opening Day on April 3 against the Pirates.
8:46 am (EST)
Blake Griffin Headshot

Griffin provided 43 points (15-26 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 10-16 FT), 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals over 42 minutes in Sunday's 124-121 overtime win over the Hornets.

Athletic, physical big men are an Achilles' heel for the Hornets, and Griffin fully exploited that vulnerability Sunday. After sandwiching two sub-20-point efforts around the All-Star break, Griffin has bounced back to average 36.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals in the first two games following extended layoff. A stretch of stellar offensive play has led to Griffin averaging a season-best 26.2 points in February, and Chris Paul's return from his thumb injury has done nothing to slow the big man's production.
8:45 am (EST)
Dominic Leone Headshot

Leon allowed one hit, one run and walked one over one inning in his spring debut Sunday against the Phillies. The righty also managed to record all three of his outs via strikeout.

Leon joined the Jays during the offseason, marking the 25-year-old's third change of uniform through his first four years in the league. The righty was impressive his rookie season in Seattle, achieving a 2.17 ERA with 70 strikeouts over 57 appearances (66.1 innings). Since then, Leon's struggled -- to say the least -- and has only tallied 44 MLB innings while seeing his career-ERA balloon to 4.07. Leon is still young and the Jays' are hopeful he'll develop into a strong middle-relief option in the years ahead.
8:25 am (EST)
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Headshot

Kidd-Gilchrist tallied just two points (1-3 FG) along with six rebounds and two assists over 21 minutes in Sunday's 124-121 overtime loss to the Clippers.

MKG typically doesn't offer much on the scoreboard but makes up for it with above-average work on the glass. However, he was quiet across the board Sunday, taking his his second-lowest amount of shot attempts on the season and equaling his least amount of rebounds in 10 February contests as well. Kidd-Gilchrist also saw his fewest amount of minutes since Jan. 28, which certainly played a part in the overall downturn. The disappointing effort appears to be an outlier in many respects, one that the 23-year-old will try to bounce back from in Tuesday's tilt versus the Lakers.
8:20 am (EST)
Jeremy Lamb Headshot

Lamb tallied 19 points (5-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 8-8 FT), six rebounds and two assists over 37 minutes in Sunday's 124-121 overtime loss to the Clippers.

Lamb saw the most minutes of any bench player by far and parlayed the opportunity into his first double-digit scoring effort in the last four games. The fifth-year guard and fellow reserve Marco Belinelli typically share playing time off the bench a lot more evenly, but Hornets coach Steve Clifford stuck with the hot hand Sunday, as Lamb outpaced his teammate by 23 minutes overall. While the 24-year-old's performance Sunday was certainly encouraging, it's worth noting that his minutes were a season high, providing him with an opportunity to generate his second-best scoring total of the campaign.
8:14 am (EST)
Zach Putnam Headshot

Putnam (elbow) has thrown off a mound several times over the past month and faced live hitters last week for the first time since last June, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Putnam was a key bullpen piece last season, posting a 2.30 ERA in 25 appearances before his barking elbow was no longer manageable. He underwent surgery to remove bone fragments from his arm and admits to feeling "a little bit of residual soreness," but chalks that up to not having pitched in a while.
8:14 am (EST)
Frank Kaminsky Headshot

Kaminsky registered 16 points (5-13 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 5-5 FT), five rebounds and four assists over 28 minutes in Sunday's 124-121 overtime loss to the Clippers.

Kaminsky continues to draw starts for the sidelined Cody Zeller (quad) and parlay the opportunities into productive outings. The ref's whistle eventually got the best of him Sunday, with Kaminsky fouling out after 28 minutes on the floor. However, the second-year big man did manage his sixth straight double-digit scoring effort before departing, and is now sporting a 22.4 percent usage rate since Zeller's first missed game on Jan. 25. Kaminsky's deft touch from long distance adds an extra dimension to his game that goes beyond that of a typical big man, enhancing his overall value. Factoring in Sunday's production, he's attempted an average of 6.3 shots from behind the arc in 10 February contests and has drained them at a 36.5 percent clip.
8:07 am (EST)
David Robertson Headshot

Robertson (knee) threw a scoreless inning during Sunday's game against the Rockies.

Robertson surrendered a hit and struck out one during his one-inning stint Sunday. The knee appears to be sound as he readies himself for participation in the WBC.
8:05 am (EST)
Carlos Correa Headshot

Correa went went 1-for-3 with a walk in Sunday's game against the Braves.

Houston's projected starting shortstop was delayed at the onset of camp after having his wisdom teeth removed, but is at full strength now. He'll sit out Monday's game before playing the next two. After that, Correa's off to the World Baseball Classic to compete for Team Puerto Rico.
8:01 am (EST)
Brady Rodgers Headshot

Rodgers allowed one run on two hits and struck out a batter in two innings against the Braves on Sunday. He allowed a first-inning run before settling into a 1-2-3 second inning.

The 26-year-old right-hander will need a rash of injuries to hit Houston's projected starters to make the team out of camp. However, a strong spring will put Rodgers atop the rotation at Triple-A Fresno and as potentially the first starter called up should the need arise. With 247.2 innings already amassed at the Triple-A level over the past two seasons, including being named the Pacific Coast League's Pitcher of the Year in 2016, Rodgers has nothing left to prove in the minors, but his brief stint with Houston last September indicated he's not yet ready to help a team that should be a playoff contender.
7:55 am (EST)
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