Yasiel Puig has returned to the Dodgers starting lineup Friday.
Puig was hit by a pitch on the hand and was removed from last Saturday's game. He's making his first career start in CF Friday night, and if he performs well may be there to stay, as the team lacks any better options at the MLB level, though Joc Peterson is waiting to be called up at Triple-A, something that is expected to happen soon, especially if Matt Kemp is dealt. Puig should be fully recovered from his sore hand after several games off and is s=good to go Friday. ANALYST: Ben Diamond
Kevin Durant scored 40 points (12-25 FGA, 13-13 FTA) with 14 rebounds, five assists, one steal, and two blocks over 40 minutes in Saturday’s loss against the Warriors.
The fact that Kevin Durant missed practically the entire 2014-’15 season and barely skipped a beat is insane. It’s almost like he was never injured in the first place. Anyways, over his last five games specifically, Durant has done serious damage. He’s averaged 33.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.4 blocks per game. The fact Durant has taken 25 shots in two consecutive games lets us know that Russell Westbrook is finally realizing who the alpha on the Oklahoma City Thunder is. Durant will always be costly in DFS because he has the ability for 70 point outbreaks such as Saturday’s game against the Warriors. Costly or not, he’s one of the best players in the world and is worth every penny. Analysis: James Grande