DTDGiannis Antetokounmpo G/F MIL 3 hours ago
Antetokounmpo (knee) is listed as probable for Saturday's game against the Jazz.
Antetokounmpo sat out the team's most recent game Wednesday against the Suns due to soreness in his right knee -- the same knee giving him some discomfort over the summer. However, it appears the team feels relatively confident he'll suit up for Saturday's contest. More word on his status should emerge following that day's morning shootaround.
Terrence Jones PF FA 3 hours ago
Jones was waived by Qingdao of the Chinese Basketball Association, freelance reporter David Pick reports.
Jones signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the club in July. It's somewhat of an odd development considering he had a solid year in 2016-17 with the Pelicans and Bucks, posting 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds across 23.5 minutes per contest. As of right now, it's unclear what's next for him.
Ivan Rabb PF MEM 3 hours ago
Rabb (concussion) has been cleared to play in Friday's G-League game with the Memphis Hustle.
Rabb is seeing good run in the G-League this season, posting 21.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.8 blocks across 32.0 minutes per game. For now, however, it still seems unlikely he'll garner significant minutes at the NBA level this season.
Noah Vonleh PF POR 3 hours ago
Vonleh mustered seven points (3-5 FG, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds and one block across 25 minutes in Friday's 127-125 win over the Nets.
The 22-year-old big man had exploded for a combined 29 rebounds over the prior pair of contests, but he came back down to earth somewhat on that front Friday. While Vonleh remains minimally involved on the offensive front, his typically solid work on the glass keeps him under consideration for those looking for some rebounding help in deeper formats.
Evan Turner SG/SF POR 3 hours ago
Turner turned in 13 points (6-15 FG, 1-2 3Pt), four assists, three rebounds and one steal across 27 minutes in Friday's 127-125 win over the Nets.
Turner bounced back from a five-game stretch of single-digit scoring tallies with an efficient performance in the high-scoring win. The 29-year-old put up a season high number of shot attempts while putting up his best shooting percentage since Nov. 13 against the Nuggets. Turner's scoring contributions do tend to fluctuate from time to time, but his ability to consistently check off the rebounds and assists boxes consistently keeps him fantasy-viable, particularly in deeper formats.
Kendall Marshall G FA 3 hours ago
Marshall has retired from the G-League, Chris Reichert of 2 Ways & 10 Days reports.
Marshall hasn't played in an NBA game since 2015-16, when he averaged 13.3 minutes per game with the 76ers. He was most recently with the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario in the G-League, where he averaged 14.3 minutes per game in three appearances this season.
CJ McCollum G POR 4 hours ago
McCollum tallied 26 points (10-19 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT), five assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block across 39 minutes in Friday's 127-125 win over the Nets.
The fifth-year guard suffered through his worst shooting performance of the season Wednesday against the Sixers, so Friday's effort was a welcome sight to say the least. McCollum played an integral part in the hard-fought win, shooting at least 50 percent for the fifth time in the last seven games in the process. The 26-year-old has cracked the 20-point mark in four of his last six contests as well, keeping him a top-tier guard option in all formats for scoring, shooting percentage and three-pointers in particular.
Jusuf Nurkic C POR 4 hours ago
Nurkic tallied 29 points (12-19 FG, 5-10 FT), 15 rebounds, three assists, four blocks and one steal across 31 minutes in Friday's 127-125 win over the Nets.
Nurkic stepped up with his best effort of the season, and every last one of his points were critical to the hard-fought victory. The 23-year-old big man's layup and subsequent made free throw with 27 seconds remaining snapped a 123-123 tie and afforded the Blazers a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Nurkic now has consecutive double-doubles for the first time this season and is remaining heavily involved in the offense, taking double-digit shot attempts in seven of his last eight contests. Despite the occasional scoring fluctuations, he remains a top 15 center for fantasy purposes.
Damian Lillard PG POR 4 hours ago
Lillard posted 34 points (10-19 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 10-11 FT), nine assists, four rebounds, one steal and one block across 37 minutes in Friday's 127-125 win over the Nets.
Lillard's scoring total was a game-high figure and represented his second consecutive 30-point effort. He also equaled his second-highest assist total of the season while turning in his second-best shooting performance of the campaign (52.6 percent). Lillard has been particularly hot from long distance over his last pair of contests, as evidenced by a matching 52.6 percent success rate from behind the arc. The All-Star point guard will look to continue his successful month against the Wizards on Saturday night.
Pat Connaughton SG/SF POR 4 hours ago
Connaughton posted four points (2-2 FG), two assists and one rebound across 15 minutes in Friday's win over the Nets and will start again in Saturday's matchup with the Wizards, Casey Holdahl of Blazers.com reports.
Connaughton got a surprise starting nod over Maurice Harkless, but Harkless still played 19 minutes to Connaughton's 15. Nevertheless, head coach Terry Stotts must have liked what he saw with Connaughton in the starting lineup, as he'll be back there Saturday in Washington. He still doesn't do enough offensively, however, to warrant any sort of fantasy value.