03/04/2021, 8:02 PM
Making impact in limited minutes
After missing the first 32 games of the season due to right knee tendinopathy, Claxton has given the Nets' second unit a shot in the arm since returning to action. Though he's been held between 13 and 17 minutes in each of his outings to date, Claxton has filled out the stat sheet nicely during his limited run while converting at a 69 percent rate from the field. Unless Nets head coach Steve Nash elects to limit the playing time of top center DeAndre Jordan, however, Claxton may struggle to see his role expand from this level. Even if Jordan's role isn't reduced, the Nets will still have fewer minutes overall to go around in the frontcourt when Kevin Durant (hamstring) and Jeff Green (shoulder) return to action after the All-Star break.
03/04/2021, 4:05 PM
Facing off against his former team for the first time, Harden rolled to his third triple-double in his last five games. He increased the impact of his stat line by piling up the defensive stats, an area of Harden's fantasy profile that often gets overshadowed by his impressive production in points, three-pointers, assists and free-throw percentage. He's averaging 1.2 steals per game on the campaign, and he could still improve in that area, given that he averaged no fewer than 1.5 steals in any of his eight full seasons in Houston.
03/04/2021, 3:58 PM
Surpasses 20-point mark once again
Irving has scored at least 20 points in five straight contests and while his assist numbers have decreased since the arrival of James Harden, he continues to be an excellent fantasy alternative due to the uptick in his scoring numbers. Since the beginning of February, Irving is averaging 26.8 points per game while shooting 49.4 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range.