Coach Greg Popovich announced Wednesday that Lyles won't be available for the restart of the NBA season due to appendicitis, Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com reports. The 24-year-old was expected to see an expanded role in the absence of LaMarcus Aldridge (shoulder), but the appendicitis appears to have cost him that opportunity. According to Garcia, Lyles recently underwent an appendectomy in Orlando and has been officially ruled out for the remainder of the season.
Lyles stands to benefit from LaMarcus Aldridge undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery. In the 10 games Aldridge has missed this season, Lyles has seen an increase of 8.4 minutes per game. That's also led to an increase of 9.9 fantasy points per game. Per 36 minutes, with Aldridge off the court, Lyles averages 13.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 2.1 combined steals-plus-blocks.
Lyles went for 14 points (5-9 FG, 4-7 3Pt), 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 32 minutes during Tuesday's 119-109 win over the Mavericks. Lyles has scored in double digits in five of his last six games, averaging 15.3 points while shooting 47.1 percent from deep during that stretch. He's not going to score at this rate on a nightly basis, so fantasy owners should try to make the most out of Lyles' hot streak. He's providing decent value as a streaming alternative for users looking for points, rebounds and three-point stats.
Lyles posted 19 points (6-12 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, two assists and one block across 23 minutes during Friday's 139-120 loss to the Nets. Friday's game was played at a breakneck pace of 106.1, which is one full possession more than the fastest team in the league (Bucks, 105.1). Lyles was able to fire off plenty of shots in the process, hitting a season-high five triples in just 23 minutes. He should continue to see starter's minutes while LaMarcus Aldridge (shoulder) remains sidelined. Over the past four games, Lyles is averaging 16.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 steals, 1.5 assists and 1.0 block across 33.3 minutes.
Lyles scored 20 points (8-17 FG, 4-7 3Pt) and added six rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 37 minutes during Monday's 116-111 loss to the Pacers. Lyles has taken full advantage of the fact both LaMarcus Aldridge (shoulder) and Jakob Poeltl (knee) are out, and he scored 20 points for the second straight game. He should be tasked with a similar role on offense Tuesday against the Hornets, as Aldridge is expected to remain out for that contest as well.
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