Lillard managed 30 points against the Warriors in game one, but it came on 8-26 shooting from the field, so the cold could have affected him a bit, but he also capitalized on all ten attempts from the free throw line. Lillard remains a must start in all formats, including most nights in DFS. The cold does not appear to be slowing him down that much, so keep using him as you would.
If Ewing gets the job, DeMarcus Cousins could benefit tremendously from learning from one of the all time great big men. Cousins main issue is not his talent, but his attitude. Hopefully a change of coaches will change him in a positive way. Cousins is a must start, and will be one of the top players off the board in all formats come draft day for the 2016-'17 season.
Thompson definitely stepped up in the absence of Stephen Curry in game one against Portland. The sharpshooter scored 37 points on 14 of 28 shooting, including the seven three pointers. He also added five rebounds and five assists in the 12 point win. Thompson is a must start during the season, and makes for a nice start in DFS most nights as well, especially when Steph Curry is not in the lineup.
Henderson received two technical fouls and was shown the gate along with Anderson Varejao for an altercation involving the two. Henderson was able to put up five points, three rebounds and three assists in 17 minutes Sunday before he was sent to the showers. Alex Crabbe was the main beneficiary, playing 34 minutes, and putting up 15 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Varejao was ejected along with Gerald Henderson for an altercation involving the two. He was able to put up four points, two rebounds and two blocks in the seven minutes he was on the court. Andrew Bogut and Mareese Speights picked up the slack at center for the Warriors.
After playing only 39 minutes combined in the five games against Houston, Golden State will look to Klay Thompson and Draymond Green to pick up the slack for Curry in the first two games. Curry is the best player on the planet right now, and the Warriors playoff hopes definitely take a hit without him on the court. Shaun Livingston figures to be the main recipient of the minutes at the point with Curry out, and that makes him a nice daily value as long as he is starting.
The whole series will change when Curry returns, as he will put pressure on Portland's backcourt and open things up for Draymond Green. Shaun Livingston will start until Curry returns.
It will be interesting to see if the result of Game 1 has any bearing on Curry's status for Game 2. That there is any chance at all could bode well for Curry to play later in the series, but that may depend on how long the series lasts. Shaun Livingston will continue to start with Curry out, while Leandro Barbosa will back him up.
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.