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Jamal Crawford contributed 20 points (7-19 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 4-5 FT), two assists, and one rebound in 34 minutes during the Los Angeles Clippers ' 100-93 victory versus the Heat on Sunday.
Crawford wasn't exactly efficient, but his team needed a scoring punch on Sunday with Chris Paul going 8-for-23 and Blake Griffin (hand) still out. Crawford has been cooking lately, recording 20.4 points, 2.8 assists, 1.6 rebounds, one steal, and 0.4 blocks in 30 minutes per appearance over the last five games. He has been seeing a slight increase in playing time lately, and making the most of it. Crawford has taken 13 or more shots in each of the last six games, and it's clear that coach Doc Rivers has been relying on his shifty sharpshooting veteran to keep the Clippers primed for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Luc Mbah a Moute managed two points (0-1 FG, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, and one steal in 20 minutes during the Los Angeles Clippers ' 100-93 win over the Heat on Sunday.
Mbah a Moute may be a starter, but he is barely worth consideration in any fantasy format. His best individual month of the season was January, and he only averaged 4.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 22 minutes per appearance, so it's not like Sunday's yawner was much different from the norm.
Cole Aldrich recorded five points (2-3 FG, 1-5 FT), 11 rebounds, two blocks, and one assist in 13 minutes during the Los Angeles Clippers ' 100-93 win against the Heat on Sunday.
Aldrich grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds, and helped the Clippers earn a close win. After averaging 7.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.9 blocks, and 0.4 steals in 14 minutes per game in 14 January games, the big man has clearly earned himself the backup center role behind DeAndre Jordan. However, this doesn't afford Aldrich enough minutes to make much of an impact in fantasy on most nights.
Marco Belinelli had 18 points (7-17 FG, 2-8 3Pt), four rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 38 minutes during the Sacramento Kings ' 128-119 loss to the Celtics on Sunday.
Belinelli continues to earn plenty of minutes as the starter with Ben McLemore sidelined due to a wrist injury. The 6-5 shooting guard is averaging 16.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.8 threes, and 1.8 steals in 36 minutes per game over the last four contests, and he remains likely to start again on Monday when the Kings take on the Cavaliers in Cleveland.
Rajon Rondo (toe) recorded 14 points (5-10 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 15 assists, six steals, and five rebounds in 39 minutes during the Sacramento Kings ' 128-119 loss to the Celtics on Sunday.
Despite the mounting losses, Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins continue to put up startling numbers. There's no telling what happens going forward with the Kings, but so long as Rondo remains a healthy member of the team, he seems likely to continue posting plenty of counting stats.
DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) contributed 31 points (11-25 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 6-8 FT), seven rebounds, and six assists in 36 minutes during the Sacramento Kings ' 128-119 loss to the Celtics on Sunday.
Cousins was listed as probable, and seems like a good bet to suit up again in Cleveland on Monday. Cousins only ended up missing one game after suffering an ankle injury last week, and he put up huge numbers in three losses this week--including one triple-double. The turmoil is building in Sacramento, but the big man keeps churning out saucy stats even if it includes a hefty batch of turnovers and technical fouls.
Dennis Schroder suffered a laceration to his chin during Sunday's matchup with the Magic, which forced him to receive five stitches following the game, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The laceration forced him to miss a chunk of the fourth quarter, limiting him to just a total of 13 minutes for the game. He finished with six points, 1-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds and an assist during that span. It's unclear whether the injury could keep him sidelined for Monday's game against the Magic, so we'll likely have to wait till after Monday morning's shootaround for another update on his status.
Jae Crowder (shin, ankle) contributed six points (3-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt), four rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 31 minutes during the Boston Celtics ' 128-119 win over the Kings on Sunday.
Crowder's shin and ankle issues have likely contributed to his lackluster performance of late, as he is averaging just 8.4 points, five rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 1.2 assists in 29 minutes per contest in the last five games. Nevertheless, the fact that he was able to play 31 minutes on Sunday is probably a good sign, and Crowder posted 15.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.9 threes, 1.8 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 33 minutes per appearance during 14 January games. The Celtics have games on Tuesday and Wednesday against the Bucks and Clippers respectively, and then they have eight days off, so some much-needed rest is coming soon for Crowder.
Jared Sullinger scored 21 points (10-13 FG, 1-1 3Pt) and added six rebounds, three steals, and one assist in 23 minutes during the Boston Celtics ' 128-119 win against the Kings on Sunday.
Sullinger saw his customary 23 minutes on Sunday, but he was spectacular en route to matching his season-high--which he set back on Nov. 6. The Celtics' front-court is extremely crowded, and coach Brad Stevens has only afforded Sullinger 30 minutes or more in nine contests during 2015-16. The soon-to-be 24-year-old has scored in double figures in each of the last three games, but it's tough to trust him in standard leagues when he only sees 23 minutes in a game despite dominating. That being said, the trade deadline is approaching, so Sullinger is a player to keep an eye on in all formats.
Avery Bradley blew up for 25 points (9-16 FG, 6-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, and three assists in 34 minutes during the Boston Celtics ' 128-119 win over the Kings on Sunday.
Bradley played a team-high 34 minutes and scored a team-high 25 points on only 16 shot attempts, netting six three-pointers in the process. This was his 12th performance of the season in which he scored 20 points or more, and he is averaging 33 minutes per contest. Bradley has gotten better each year he has been in the league, carving out a considerable role as a starter on a scrappy Celtics squad with no shortage of talent at guard.