While this is good news from a depth standpoint for the Hornets the facts are that Hawes is not an impact player given his current role on the team and is not likely to see much playing time.
This is great news for the Heat as Richardson was a spark plug off the bench for them in the second half of the season and at times even carried the offense when Wade needed the night off.
Although the Thunder got destroyed on Saturday, Adams fell just one point shy of his second consecutive playoff double-double. Adams has also been more active on offense, taking more shots and everything. Adams could be a respectable DFS going forward. He's a cheap, solid DFS option. He'll see time on the floor and contribute in the rebounding category while he's improving offensively as well.
It was a brutal night for Westbrook missing five more shots than he had points. Maybe he should think about Mark Cuban’s comments some more prior to Game 2. It was Westbrook’s first playoff game this season in which he didn’t record a double-double. If the Thunder are going to upset the Spurs, they need both Kevin Durant and Westbrook to play four flawless games. Fantasy owners should expect something close to flawless for Westbrook in Game 2.
To put it nicely, Kevin Durant has not been good this postseason. As it has come to fruition more lately, Durant seems like a guy who always gets a pass when he and the Thunder don’t succeed. To put it simply, he needs to step up and play at the MVP level we’ve all grown accustomed to. He hasn’t reached 20 points twice in three games after scoring at least 20 in 63 consecutive games. It’s unacceptable. Fantasy owners can’t be happy either as there’s no way Durant is coming close to hitting his DFS value.
Ibaka was the most effective player on offense for the Thunder on Saturday. He scored a team-high 19 points but was only able to grab two rebounds. The insanely low number of rebounds was mostly because the Spurs didn’t miss from the field seemingly all night. The Spurs interior defense can be scored upon, especially with Ibaka’s ability to stretch the floor. This wasn’t a fluke and the Thunder are going to rely on him to score like this again.
The Spurs scored 124 points and Tony Parker only scored two of them. He did, however, dish out a game-high 12 assists. Parker was just finding his teammates constantly and they were doing the rest. Parker’s fallen to the Spurs third or fourth scoring option which absolutely kills any fantasy value he had. Parker’s 12 assists are a fluke and likely won’t happen again his entire postseason.
Playoff Danny Green is back, we see. Green is a career 40-percent three-point shooter who shot 33-percent from three in 2016. He struggled with his shot all year and was truly the only downfall of the Spurs team offensively. Saturday night was a whole different story as he missed only missed one shot, including knocking down 5-of-6 from downtown. Green hasn’t done this very often this season, so trusting him going forward in fantasy is not the smartest idea.
It was light work for Leonard who got in scored 25 points over 22 minutes and got out. Leonard has been fabulous this postseason, scoring 20-plus points in four of the team’s five playoff games. The two-time defensive player of the year will continue to be an excellent fantasy option because of Oklahoma City’s seemingly disinterest with playing defense.