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D. Booker - SG
Booker tallied 26 points (8-17 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 8-10 FT), five rebounds, three steals, and two assists in 32 minutes during Thursday's 118-98 loss to the Pistons.
Booker shifted to the point-guard position Thursday, compiling a team-high 26 points in 32 minutes. The game was a blowout which meant Booker's playing time was somewhat reduced. Strangely enough, his assists total was the lowest he has had since the end of January. This was simply due to his teammates not hitting their shots and he will be better than this on most nights. The Suns will head West to face the Kings on Saturday in what should be an uptempo style game.
Added 4:48 am (EST)
R. Holmes - PF
Holmes ended with 10 points (2-4 FG, 6-8 FT), five rebounds, two steals, two blocks, and one assist in 21 minutes during Thursday's 118-98 loss to Detroit.
Holmes returned to the court after missing two games with a quad injury. He finished the game with contributions across the board and the injury appeared a non-factor. Holmes has flirted with standard league relevance this season, with his production often tied to that of DeAndre Ayton. Ayton was in foul trouble during this game which meant Holmes was able to stay on the floor for an extended period. He can typically provide owners with blocks and steals but is a risky play given the recent form of Ayton.
Added 4:44 am (EST)
M. Bridges - SF
Bridges finished with 13 points (5-12 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven assists, three rebounds, and one steal in 39 minutes during Thursday's 118-98 loss to the Pistons.
Bridges played a team-high 39 minutes Thursday, ending with a solid enough line in the 20-point defeat. Kelly Oubre Jr. (thumb) has been ruled out for the season and T.J. Warren would appear headed for the same fate. Bridges is basically the last man standing and has played at least 37 minutes in four straight games. He won't put up big scoring nights all too often but can provide assists, steals, and three-pointers and should be on a roster in most competitive leagues.
Added 4:38 am (EST)
I. Smith - PG
Smith totaled 11 points (5-9 FG, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 24 minutes during Thursday's 118-98 victory over Phoenix.
Smith continues to split minutes with Reggie Jackson, both seeing 24 minutes in Thursday's comfortable victory. The timeshare is certainly frustrating for Jackson's owners but puts Smith on the radar in standard leagues. Smith is capable of helping in points, assists, and steals and with a back-to-back coming this weekend, is worth considering.
Added 4:34 am (EST)
B. Griffin - PF
Griffin had 17 points (4-17 FG, 2-11 3Pt, 7-10 FT), eight assists, seven rebounds, one steal, and one block in 31 minutes during Thursday's 118-98 victory over the Suns.
Griffin returned after missing the Pistons last game due to rest. He was able to contribute across the board but finished 4-of-17 from the field including 2-of-11 from beyond the arc. Griffin's infatuation with the three-point shot has certainly impacted his efficiency, however, owners cannot really complain after what has been an impressive overall season. The Piston may think twice about resting Griffin again given their previous effort against the Cavaliers and he will hopefully be locked in for big minutes, starting with this weekend's back-to-back set.
Added 4:28 am (EST)
W. Ellington - SG
Ellington finished with 23 points (7-11 FG, 6-10 3Pt, 3-5 FT), one rebound, one steal, and one block in 31 minutes during Thursday's 118-98 victory over the Suns.
Ellington stayed hot in Thursday's win, finishing the game with 23 points including six triples. Over his last five games, he is averaging over four three-pointers per contest. He has also contributed a combined six steals in that time and is certainly on the radar in competitive leagues.
Added 4:23 am (EST)
S. Dekker - SF
Dekker (DNP-Coach's Decision) did not see the court in Thursday's 113-108 loss to the Nuggets.
Dekker has appeared in just two of of the last five game while combining for only one point (0-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two dimes, and one board across 18 minutes of action. The 24-year-old forward had earned double-digit minutes in five straight games prior to this recent stretch. However, unless he suddenly starts earning ample minutes again he's unlikely to provide much value during the last nine games of 2018-19.
Added 1:31 am (EST)
W. Johnson - SF
Johnson managed three points (0-1 FG, 3-3 FT) and one rebound in seven minutes during Thursday's 113-108 loss to the Nuggets.
Johnson has appeared in only four games thus far in March and has been limited to single-digit minutes in each of them. As the regular season winds down and the Wizards fall out of playoff contention, Johnson is unlikely to receive many minutes across the last nine games of 2018-19.
Added 1:26 am (EST)