Kevin Durant chipped in 25 points (9-18 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT) along with six rebounds, six assists and four blocks over 40 minutes in Monday's 106-100 loss to the Hawks.
Durant carried the team in the first half, but moved out of Russell Westbrook's way down the stretch. Still, the all-star forward was able to post a pretty nice line. He's been very hot from downtown, shooting 51.9 percent (14-27) in his past four games. Durant's numbers have been excellent, though his bodies ability to stay healthy remains a concern.
Cam Ward gave up four goals on just 22 shots in a 4-3 road loss to the Rangers on Monday.
One of the league's worst teams losing to one of the best isn't exactly shocking, but the fact that Ward has allowed seven goals over his last 36 shots certainly is. With 19 appearances under his belt already this season, the veteran is very much the undisputed No. 1 in Raleigh, but the fact that he has just seven victories and an awful .898 save percentage on a dismal Carolina Hurricanes team leaves him well behind the pack of the league's most desirable fantasy netminders.
Nikola Jokic posted a solid line Monday against the Bucks with eight points (4-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 0-2 FT), six rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in 25 minutes.
Jokic has had his fair share of inconsistent performances over the past five games, starting with two double-digit scoring outings, followed by two duds, and finishing with his most recent solid performance. He young big man has a lot of potential, but he's now splitting minutes with Joffrey Lauvergne, and is only worth a hold in deeper formats.
Russell Westbrook turned it on in the second half, finishing with 34 points (11-24 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 11-11 FT), 11 rebounds and seven assists in Monday's 106-100 loss to the Hawks.
Westbrook reverted back to posting insane fantasy lines after scoring just 14 points in Friday's win against the Pistons. He also added two steals, but turned the ball over six times and averaging about that many per game in his last five. With Kevin Durant back in the lineup, Westbrook hasn't had to carry all of the scoring load, which will likely prevent him from going off on a nightly basis.
Van Riemsydk assisted on all three goals in Monday's win over the Oilers.
It was the most productive night of the season for James van Riemsdyk , as he had just one multi-point effort on the year coming into Monday's contest. JVR had gotten off to a slow start but could be heating up with seven points in his last six games.
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