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Darren Collison Headshot

Collison finished with 23 points (8-13 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 6-7 FT), seven assists and four rebounds over 37 minutes in Monday's 91-90 win against the Grizzlies.

Collison hit a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to make the difference. After a couple of tough offensive outings last week he has bounced back to average 21.0 points and 5.5 assists over his past two outings while knocking down 16 of his 24 field-goal attempts.
4:09 am (EST)
Garrett Temple Headshot

Temple posted six points (2-10 FG, 2-8 3Pt) with four rebounds, three assists, a blocked shot and a steal across 34 minutes in Monday's 91-90 win against the Grizzlies.

Temple was plugged into the starting lineup at small forward with Arron Afflalo away from the team for personal reasons and Tyreke Evans getting a breather. The veteran didn't make the most of the opportunity and is a risky fantasy play down the stretch.
4:04 am (EST)
Skal Labissiere Headshot

Labissiere finished with just three points (1-2 FG, 1-2 FT) and two rebounds over nine minutes in Monday's 91-90 win against the Grizzlies.

Labissiere racked up three personal fouls in nine minutes and seemed to be in head coach Dave Joerger's doghouse since he didn't play at all in the second half. The rookie has just two buckets on his nine attempts, averaging 2.5 points in the past two games. He looks like he has hit the rookie wall in the past four games, averaging just 5.8 points.
3:57 am (EST)
Mike Conley Headshot

Conley ended up with 22 points (8-23 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 5-6 FT), nine assists, three rebounds and just two turnovers across 40 minutes in Monday's 91-90 loss against the Kings.

Conley misfired on 15 shot attempts, and he has posted a disappointing 42.1 field-goal percentage (43-of-102) over his past six appearances. Despite the woeful shooting lately he continues to post decent point totals with a healthy amount of assists.
3:47 am (EST)
Zach Randolph Headshot

Randolph finished with 17 points (5-18 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 7-8 FT), 15 rebounds, two assists and a blocked shots over 32 minutes in Monday's 91-90 loss against the Kings.

It was just the fifth start of the season for Randolph, as he drew the start in the middle with Marc Gasol (foot) on the shelf. He wasn't terribly effective with his shot, but there won't be much complaining about a 15-rebound night and a double-double.
3:40 am (EST)
Joe Johnson Headshot

Johnson ended up with 14 points (5-10 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-3 FT) with seven rebounds and six assists over 31 minutes in Monday's 108-100 win against the Pelicans.

The veteran is averaging 13.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.0 3-pointers over the past three outings, and he has tied a season high with three straight games of 10 or more points. He stepped up and played heavy minutes with Gordon Hayward (quadriceps) on the shelf. If Hayward is out again Wednesday in Sacramento then Johnson might be a nice low-end DFS sleeper.
3:20 am (EST)
Joe Ingles Headshot

Ingles finished with 19 points (7-13 FG, 5-5 3Pt) with four rebounds, four assists and a steal over 35 minutes in Monday's 108-100 win against the Pelicans.

Ingles returned to the starting five with Gordon Hayward (quadriceps) sidelined and he was quite effective for those in DFS who took a chance on him. He is averaging 2.1 triples through 14 appearances in the month of April to endear himself to fantasy owners in rotisserie formats.
3:14 am (EST)
Rudy Gobert Headshot

Gobert posted 20 points (8-11 FG, 4-8 FT) with 19 rebounds, five blocked shots, an assist and a steal over 40 minutes in Monday's 108-100 win against the Pelicans.

Gobert was his usual dominant self, taking advantage of the absence of DeMarcus Cousins (ankle). Of course, he still had to deal with Anthony Davis and he handled the big man well. He is averaging 21.7 points, 15.7 rebounds and 4.3 blocked shots per game over the past six outings.
3:10 am (EST)
Donatas Motiejunas Headshot

Motiejunas was listed as a DNP-CD for Monday's 108-100 loss against the Jazz.

Motiejunas didn't come off the pine despite the fact DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) was sidelined. Perhaps head coach Alvin Gentry didn't want to use him in back-to-back games, but Motiejunas looked good in Denver on Sunday when he posted 13 points and eight boards in 19 minutes. Gentry used just three players off his bench in the loss, with his starters logging heavy minutes.
3:06 am (EST)
Jordan Crawford Headshot

Crawford scored 14 points (5-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding two assists, a rebound and a blocked shot over 30 minutes in Monday's 108-100 loss against the Jazz.

The former standout at Xavier rolled up 30 minutes of playing time, his highest total of the season, and he scored in double digits for the fifth straight outing and 10th time in 11 games in the Big Easy. He has also hit at least one 3-pointer in each of his 11 appearances in a New Orleans uniform.
3:01 am (EST)
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