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Mindaugas Kuzminskas Headshot

Kuzminskas tallied 14 points (3-8 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and one steal over 32 minutes in Thursday's 110-95 loss to the Trail Blazers.

Drawing the start for Carmelo Anthony (knee), Kuzminskas turned in a solid effort that was assisted by a perfect performance from the charity stripe. The 27-year-old's scoring total represented his first double-digit performance since Jan. 29 against the Hawks, as he's seen modest minutes or been left out of the rotation altogether on numerous occasions over the last six weeks. If Anthony were to miss Saturday night's tilt versus the Spurs, Kuzminskas would presumably be in for another run with the first unit.
11:45 am (EST)
Darren Helm Headshot

Helm (lower body) will not play Friday night, but Sunday's game against the visiting Wild is a possibility, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

The Red Wings have 265 total man games lost this season -- including 28 for the speedy Helm -- so what's another going to hurt a team out of the playoff race? For fantasy owners, though, he's one less special teams and scoring option likely to be found on the clearance rack in daily settings.
11:42 am (EST)
Luis Cessa Headshot

Cessa was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and reassigned to minor league camp on Friday, Brendan Kuty of The Star-Ledger reports.

The right-hander had an outside shot at breaking camp in the rotation but didn't make the cut after posting a 6.52 ERA. Cessa may wind up an option later on in the 2017 season, though, considering the likely volatility of the back end of the Bombers' starting quintet.
11:42 am (EST)
Courtney Lee Headshot

Lee poured in 16 points (6-12 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four assists, one rebound and one steal over 41 minutes in Thursday's 110-95 loss to the Trail Blazers.

The veteran guard played a team-high amount of minutes while posting his best scoring total since March 6 versus the Magic. Lee does have double-digit scoring efforts in three of his last four games and eight overall this month. He's now posting his second-best monthly scoring average (11.2) of the season in March.
11:41 am (EST)
Aaron Gordon Headshot

Coach Frank Vogel said Gordon (hip) would play Friday against the Pistons, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

The Magic listed Gordon as questionable on their injury report heading into Friday he nursed a sore left hip, but he apparently went through morning shootaround without incident and has been given the green light to suit up Friday. Expect Gordon to assume his usual role at power forward, which should afford him around 28-to-35 minutes if the Magic are able to stay competitive throughout the evening.
11:38 am (EST)
Kristaps Porzingis Headshot

Porzingis posted 18 points (8-21 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), nine rebounds, one assist, three blocks and one steal over 38 minutes in Thursday's 110-95 loss to the Trail Blazers.

Porzingis led the Knicks in scoring on the night with Carmelo Anthony (knee) out, while coming just a rebound short of his second double-double in the last three games. He continued his stretch of double-digit scoring efforts as well, one that's encompassed all 11 March contests he's participated in. Factoring in Thursday's production, he's averaging 17.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.2 blocks across 33.4 minutes during the month.
11:37 am (EST)
Adrian Gonzalez Headshot

Gonzalez (elbow) is back in the Dodgers' Cactus League lineup Friday, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

The veteran first baseman has been in and out of the lineup for much of spring as the club tends to his elbow issue, which flared up earlier this week on a check swing. Gonzalez appears set, though it would be more comforting for those taking a fantasy draft chance on him to see more sustained action to close out spring training.
11:37 am (EST)
Jeff Green Headshot

Coach Frank Vogel said Green (back) would be a game-time call for Friday's tilt with the Pistons, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Green ended up missing Wednesday's loss to the Hornets while battling back spasms, but it seems he's at least improved on some level over the past two days. The Magic will check back in on Green's condition shortly before the 7:00 p.m. ET tip off, but if he's sidelined for another contest, Mario Hezonja would likely serve as the top backup to Aaron Gordon (hip), who has been cleared to play after being labeled as questionable heading into Friday.
11:35 am (EST)
Jhonny Peralta Headshot

Peralta is likely to start at third base on Opening Day, while Jedd Gyorko is expected to serve as a utility infielder, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

We've had similar reports recently, but Langosch is gleaning the likelihood from manager Mike Matheny's comments, which appear to hint at the Opening Day plans. Despite Peralta's potential for 20 home runs in a full season, Peralta's playing time may be his biggest asset as a fantasy player. With that possibly in flux as the year progresses, his ceiling remains quite low in most fantasy games.
11:33 am (EST)
Ben Bishop Headshot

Bishop earned his first win as a King stopping 19 of 21 shots Thursday against the Jets.

There wasn't much for Bishop to do, who faced just 16 shots on even strength. It's the third straight game Bishop has allowed just two goals, but is still clearly the No. 2 goalie behind Jonathan Quick. He's 1-2-2 in five appearances with the Kings with a respectable 2.48 GAA but underwhelming .900 save percentage. He'll likely make his next appearance on the 28th against the Oilers or on the 29th against the Flames when the Kings plays back-to-back.
11:29 am (EST)
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