Patrick Maroon scored his second goal of the season and added two assists in Friday's win over the Coyotes.
Maroon only saw 11:33 of ice time, but he made the most of it, striking for a power-play tally and earning first star of the game honors. The 27-year-old has just 11 points in 45 games and doesn't see significant ice time, but if the Anaheim Ducks keep rolling, the former 34-point-getter could be worth grabbing in some deeper leagues.
LaMarcus Aldridge posted 14 points (5-11 FG, 4-4 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals over 28 minutes in Friday's 116-90 victory over the Mavericks.
The 30-year-old was a force on the glass and on defense during his modest time on the court, and played a major role in the game being definitively decided by halftime. Aldridge has been outstanding during Tim Duncan's multi-game absence, and has been given the opportunity to put up numbers that are reminscent of his glory days in a Portland uniform. He's gotten February off to a remarkable start, averaging 26.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 3.3 blocks, and 1.0 steals over 31.0 minutes in three contests. As long as Duncan remains sidelined, Aldridge has certainly proven capable of offering stellar multi-category production.
Kawhi Leonard tallied a team-high 23 points (9-16 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), two rebounds and an assist over 27 minutes in Friday's 116-90 victory over the Mavericks.
The All-Star small forward helped make sure the San Antonio Spurs made quick work of the Mavs, helping stake San Antonio to a mammoth 62-26 lead by intermission. It was Leonard's third 20-point-plus performance in the last four games, after failing to hit the mark in nine of the 12 contests prior to that stretch. Although his minutes are constantly in question due to the Spurs frequently holding comfortable leads in the second halves of games, Leonard remains a top-shelf option in all fantasy formats.
Rakell skated on the second line, firing three shots on goal in 14:48 of ice time. The 22-year-old has been producing for a surging
Rodney Hood poured in a game-high 23 points (9-18 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, an assist and two steals over 41 minutes in Friday's 84-81 victory over the Bucks.
The second-year pro may be Utah's most pleasant surprise this season, with the consistency in his overall game taking a major step up from his rookie campaign. The Duke product has now posted 12 double-digit scoring performances in his last 13 games, including four outings in his last six with over 20 points. Hood's play has helped take some of the scoring load off Gordon Hayward's shoulders, particularly when Derrick Favors missed 16 games earlier in the season with a back injury. The 23-year-old's numbers figure to remain on an upswing the remainder of the campaign as his overall game continues its development.
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