Devin Harris PG DAL 21 Hrs
Devin Harris scored 20 points off the Mavericks' bench on Sunday, making 6-of-9 FGs with four 3-pointers, five assists and four steals in 24 minutes.
Harris has proven to be a key part of coach Rick Carlisle's rotation, though his 20-minute role doesn't lend itself to reliable value in standard leagues. Keep him on the radar if you need a trickle of points, 3s, assists and steals, but he's probably best left on the waiver wire during Dallas' upcoming three-game week.
Jae Crowder F DAL 21 Hrs
Jae Crowder strained his abdomen during Sunday's game and was unable to return.
He finished with two points and one rebound in seven minutes, but his absence will probably go unremarked in fantasy leagues given his marginal role off the bench. Consider him questionable for Tuesday's road game vs. the Warriors.
David West PF IND 21 Hrs
David West cooled off vs. the Mavericks, making 2-of-9 field goals to finish with eight points, seven rebounds and three assists in a road loss.
The Pacers have dropped four straight games, on the heels of a five-game win streak. They'll look to get back on track vs. the Celtics on Tuesday, and fantasy owners can safely anticipate a bounce-back effort from West -- few players are as steady and reliable as Indy's 11-year veteran.
Paul George SG/SF IND 21 Hrs
Paul George shook off a few poor games to lead the Pacers with 27 points on Sunday, but it wasn't enough to snap the Pacers' four-game losing streak.
George made 8-of-14 FGs and 9-of-9 FTs, with two 3-pointers and 11 rebounds. The Pacers defense was once again the cause of their defeat -- Indiana has been giving up a shocking 110 points per game since the All-Star break, prompting multiple player-only meetings to sort things out, and they yielded another 105 points to the Mavs on Sunday.
George Hill G IND 21 Hrs
Coming off a four-point dud on Friday, George Hill scored 20 points with two 3-pointers, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in Sunday's loss to Dallas.
This was Hill's first 20-point game in over a month, and he's been held to single digits in three of his past five games. Given that this outburst came against Jose Calderon and the Mavs' sketchy perimeter defense, it's unwise to expect a repeat performance vs. the Celtics on Tuesday.
Evan Turner SG/SF IND 21 Hrs
Evan Turner came up empty again in Sunday's road loss, scoring two points on 1-of-3 shooting in 25 minutes off the Pacers' bench.
C.J. Watson (elbow) was unavailable but that hardly explains how awful Indy's bench played -- the entire second unit combined for four points on 1-of-9 shooting. It's too risky to rely on Turner in standard leagues right now, let alone guys like Luis Scola, Rasual Butler, Ian Mahinmi and Donald Sloan.
Terrence Jones F HOU 21 Hrs
Terrence Jones vanished on Sunday, scoring two points with four rebounds in just 20 minutes of action.
Jones was struggling vs. LaMarcus Aldridge and the Rockets quickly found success with a small lineup, so coach Kevin McHale shifted gears and sat Jones for all but six minutes of the second half and overtime. This makes two straight duds for Jones, whose pattern of explosive weeks followed by stretches of barren production continue to be a thorn in his owners' side. With any luck he'll re-emerge as a force during Houston's upcoming three-game week, beginning Tuesday at Oklahoma City.
Jeremy Lin PG HOU 21 Hrs
Jeremy Lin came out of nowhere to score 26 points off Houston's bench on Sunday, sinking 10-of-12 free throws with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, one assist and two steals in 34 minutes.
He played the majority of the second half alongside Patrick Beverley (12 points, four steals) and took over at PG once Bev fouled out in overtime. Hopefully this huge game off the bench will thrust Lin into a bigger role going forward, but he's hard to trust after failing to score more than 11 points in any of his previous nine games.
Robin Lopez C POR 21 Hrs
Robin Lopez held his ground in 38 minutes of action vs. the Rockets on Sunday, finishing with 11 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks for his 24th double-double of the season.
Head coach Terry Stotts opted not to double-team Dwight Howard on most possessions, in an attempt to keep Houston's perimeter game under wraps -- the ploy worked for the most part, holding Houston to 9-of-29 from downtown, while Dwight posted 17 & 12 with three blocks and five turnovers. Lopez continues to wildly exceed expectations, and his fantasy owners can look forward to a juicy five-game week from March 24-30.
Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 21 Hrs
Nicolas Batum did not wear a mask to protect his bruised nose on Sunday, and the injury didn't seem to bother him as he piled up eight points, 12 rebounds, six assists, one steal and two blocks.
Batum fractured his nose this summer and suffered a nasal contusion on Friday. He was fitted for a mask but he's very resistant to wearing it, and for now his preference has trumped the training staff's caution. His solid night was marred only by a lack of 3-pointers and a whopping seven turnovers, which proved costly as Portland fell by five points in overtime.