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The Legend of Kevin Durant continues to grow as he finished with 43 points (19 in the 4th quarter), 12 rebounds, seven assists, and three steals as the Thunder hand the Lakers their seventh consecutive home loss.

Thursday marked the 34th time this season, most in the NBA, Durant has finished with at least 20 points and five assists (had 33 all of last season). It was also the eighth time this season Durant has scored 40 or more points, which is also a league high (next closet is Kevin Love at three games).ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Carlos Gonzalez (knee) was removed from Friday's game for precautionary reasons.

To borrow one from Adam Carolla: Sssssssssssssssssssssshocking. Gonzalez has managed just 717 plate appearances combined in the last two years, and fantasy owners are all too familiar with his health woes. When healthy in the last two seasons, he's struck out a fair bit more than he ever has before, so we can longer treat CarGo as a top option when healthy. There's definitely upside, but it's hard to imagine him reaching it. Analysis: Brett Talley

Dante Exum didn't play in the second half Friday because he got sick at halftime.

Exum only attempted two shots in 12 minutes on Friday night and missed both, so the numbers corroborate his illness. Aside from a handful of threes and assists, Exum doesn't provide much to fantasy owners. Analysis: Brett Talley

Zack Greinke was frustrated with his lack of command Friday, but said he feels fine physically.

Greinke has had an above average walk rate every year of his career, and he posted the best walk rate of his career last year. This isn't cause for concern whatsoever. Analysis: Brett Talley

Odrisamer Despaigne is still battling for the fifth spot in the starting rotation, according to manager Bud Black.

Despaigne is a ground ball heavy pitcher with a good home ballpark, but he displayed below average strikeout and walk skills in almost 100 big league innings last year. He could be a streaming option in deeper leagues when pitching at home, but he doesn't appear to have the stuff to be more than that. Analysis: Brett Talley

Anthony Ranaudo still has a chance to lock up the last spot in the Rangers rotation. He certainly put in his best bid yet by holding the Athletics to two runs in six innings on Friday. He allowed five hits, did not walk a batter and struck out three.

Ranaudo is probably competing with Nick Martinez and Nick Tepesch for the fifth starter job at this point. Even if he gets the job, his probably not someone you need to consider unless you're in a deep AL-only league. Ranaudo struggles with command and didn't have the stuff to strike minor league hitters out at even a mildly impressive rate. Analysis: Brett Talley

Tanner Scheppers was the Rangers' unexpected Opening Day pitcher in 2014. Now, after injuries derailed his hopes of being a starting pitcher and wrecked his 2014 season, Scheppers is back as a setup reliever.

Scheppers isn't really in line to get saves if Neftali Feliz doesn't work out in the closer role with Kyuji Fujikawa next in line. The Rangers pen looms pretty thin, so Scheppers could work his way into getting some holds, but his fantasy value is limited for now. Analysis: Brett Talley

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored 13 points (3-5 3PA) and grabbed four rebounds in the Sixers 119-98 loss to the Clippers on Friday night.

The former UCLA Bruin didn’t exactly impress in any particular area, but his 13 points were a bit unexpected considering he only averages 10.1 per game on 40-percent shooting. Pass on him unless you are desperate for mediocre flex SF/PF production during your playoff run. Analysis: Dom Murtha

Ish Smith scored 18 points (8-14 FGA) and recorded nine assists in the Sixers 119-98 loss to the Clippers on Friday night.

: Ish played some efficient ball on Friday night, as he not only missed a double-double by one assist, but he managed to score his 18 points on a respectable 57-percent shooting. Smith is a nice player, but to expect him to finish out the season with continued numbers like this is a bit unfair, so take what production you can get out of him.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Nerlens Noel scored 30 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the Sixers 119-98 loss to the Clippers on Friday night.

: Nerlens continued his rabid play as he exploded on Friday night for a career high 30 points and hauled in an impressive 14 boards. If he can in any way maintain this type of play to close out the season, you can bet that he will be one of the top F/C’s taken in all formats going into next year’s draft season. Analysis: Dom Murtha

Blake Griffin scored 10 points (5-8 FGA), grabbed five rebounds, and recorded eight assists in the Clippers 119-98 victory over the Sixers on Friday night.

Blake’s box score looked a little odd on Friday night, as he did not blow anyone away with his scoring or rebounding numbers, but instead he balanced the score sheet so to speak, as he recorded an impressive eight assists to go along with his 10 points and five boards. Don’t expect another night like this from the former Sooner, but it is nice to know that he can pick it up in other areas when he is not excelling on the glass or in the scoring department.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Matt Barnes scored 15 points (3-7 3PA), grabbed four rebounds, recorded three assists, and four steals in the Clippers 119-98 victory over the Sixers on Friday night.

: Barnes stuffed the stat sheet on Friday night as he was able to not only score 15 points, but he added four rebounds, three assists, and four steals to his box score against the Sixers. His season averages won’t blow you away, nor will they warrant a secured fantasy roster spot, but on certain nights given the matchup, he is worth a look in daily leagues.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

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