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G. Trent - SG
Gary Trent Jr. hit 5-of-11 shots and 4-of-9 3-pointers for 16 points, two rebounds and one assist in Tuesday's win over the Rockets.
The points and threes were fun but he didn't do much outside of that. But with Trevor Ariza permanently out of the bubble, Trent is going to be leaned on heavily and a couple of his 3-pointers were big tonight. He was overshadowed by Carmelo Anthony's dagger near the end and didn't add much peripherally, but Trent is officially a huge part of what the Blazers are trying to accomplish in Orlando. Which is overtaking the hurting Memphis Grizzlies for the No. 8 seed and they're just 1.5 games back after tonight's win.
Added 12:05 am (EST)
J. Nurkic - C
Jusuf Nurkic hit 6-of-15 shots and 6-of-6 free throws on his way to 18 points, 19 rebounds, three assists, a steal and three blocks in Tuesday's exciting win over the Rockets.
He didn't reach the 30-point plateau he hit on Sunday but he's played great in all three bubble games, which were also his first three games of the season. He's averaging 22 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks and the Blazers have won two of their three games. They're now just 1.5 games behind the No. 8 Grizzlies, who found out today that Jaren Jackson Jr. is out for the season. The Blazers are going to be highly motivated to win every remaining game and Nurkic, Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum should be some of the safest DFS plays on the slate. Lillard flirted with a triple-double with a 21-9-8 line (and three triples) and CJM added a 20-7-5 line with two 3-pointers in the win.
Added Yesterday 11:56 pm (EST)
C. Anthony - PF
Carmelo Anthony hit just 5-of-14 shots and two 3-pointers, but one of them was a dagger with under a minute left that gave the Blazers a 107-102 lead over the Rockets and ended up securing the 110-102 win on Tuesday.
Melo added 11 rebounds, two steals and a block, and despite not shooting it well tonight, his rebounds, activity and floor presence were all positives for the Blazers. Melo has hit just 5-of-14 shots in two straight games, but as long as he hits them when they matter, his teammates aren't going to complain.
Added Yesterday 11:52 pm (EST)
J. Green - PF
Jeff Green hit 7-of-15 shots and 5-of-9 3-pointers for a season-high 22 points, six rebounds and one assist in Tuesday's loss to the Blazers.
He played the role of Eric Gordon (ankle) tonight and could be leaned on more heavily going forward. He had scored just nine and 10 points in his previous two games, but got it going tonight and had his best game of the season. He might be a fun sleeper pick in DFS if he can keep it going.
Added Yesterday 11:48 pm (EST)
J. Harden - SG
James Harden hit 7-of-17 shots and three 3-pointers for 23 points, six rebounds and nine assists in Tuesday's 110-102 loss to the Blazers.
The Rockets never really got it going and didn't win any of the four quarters of this game, but were still right there at the end until Carmelo Anthony ended things with a dagger 3-pointer. Jeff Green scored 22 off the bench, Danuel House added 17 points and four triples, and Russell Westbrook hit just 5-of-14 shots for 15 points, nine assists and just one turnover. The Rockets are in a battle with the Jazz and Thunder for the 4, 5 and 6 seeds, but the Rockets are still sitting at No. 4, at least for now.
Added Yesterday 11:44 pm (EST)
A. Len - C
Alex Len played three minutes and scored three points in Tuesday's loss to Dallas.
Added Yesterday 10:31 pm (EST)
A. Iguodala - SG
Andre Iguodala played 31 minutes and hit 2-of-6 shots and a 3-pointer for six points, eight rebounds, four assists, a steal and two blocks in Tuesday's win over the Celtics.
He saw a lot of minutes with Jimmy Butler out with an ankle injury and while his play helped his team win, his days of offering much fantasy value are in the past. He's scored a total of 11 points in three games in the bubble and today was his first game with more than 19 minutes.
Added Yesterday 10:00 pm (EST)
D. Robinson - SF
Duncan Robinson hit 6-of-12 shots and five 3-pointers for 21 points, three rebounds, two assists and a block in 29 minutes on Tuesday.
That was a heck of a lot better than his three-point showing on Monday, but he did have 17 points in his first game in the bubble on Aug. 1. Duncan was going off prior to the season being shut down and could get it going again, but we need to see him do this again on a night when Butler (ankle) is in the lineup.
Added Yesterday 9:55 pm (EST)