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Wear tallied 11 points (3-5 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and two rebounds across 14 minutes in Friday's 92-91 loss to the Heat.
Fresh off inking a second 10-day contract, the former Bruin led the second unit in scoring with a season-high point total. Wear has seen between 12 and 16 minutes over the last four contests, and he's logged double-digit minutes in six of the eight games he's suited up for so far. Although Wear has offered some decent offense relative to playing time, it remains to be seen what the extent of his role will be once Brandon Ingram (groin) returns to action.
Ball finished with nine points (4-15 FG, 1-3 3Pt), eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one block across 38 minutes in Friday's 92-91 loss to the Heat.
The rookie's shooting struggles persisted for another night, but he continued to make up for it with superior production elsewhere. Ball's success rate in nine March contests is down to 34.0 percent, which partly consists of a current four-game stretch of sub-30-percent shooting. As inconsistent as his scoring contributions have once again become, Ball is essentially on the opposite end of the spectrum when it comes to rebounds, assists and steals, which allows him to keep his fantasy value elevated -- albeit far from maximized -- across all formats.
Kuzma (ankle) went for 11 points (5-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt) eight rebounds, three assists and one steal across 33 minutes in Friday's 92-91 loss to the Heat.
The rookie returned after a one-game absence, and although his usage was a bit lower than it had been over the two games prior to the injury, he still managed a solid line overall. Kuzma continues to run with the first unit in place of Brandon Ingram (groin), which has helped him to seven consecutive double-digit scoring efforts to open March. Ingram has progressed to a day-to-day designation, however, so Kuzma's starting tenure could be nearing its end.
Lopez (back) supplied 18 points (5-10 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 4-5 FT), four rebounds, two assists and two blocks across 33 minutes in Friday's 92-91 loss to the Heat.
The veteran center shook off the back tightness that had him listed as a game-time decision at one point to generate the second-highest point total on the Lakers for the night. Lopez's streak of double-digit scoring has now reached 11 games, and he's now drained multiple threes in five consecutive contests as well. The 10-year pro has evolved into a pivotal part of the offense during Brandon Ingram's extended absence with a groin injury, a trend that fantasy owners certainly hope can endure the latter's eventual return to the lineup.
Randle offered 25 points (9-17 FG, 7-9 FT), 12 rebounds, two assists and one steal across 38 minutes in Friday's 92-91 loss to the Heat.
Randle's scoring and rebounding totals once again led the Lakers, an increasingly common and encouraging occurrence. The fourth-year big now has four consecutive double-doubles and continues to wade through foul trouble on most nights to still play a heavy allotment of minutes and produce handsomely with them. Factoring in Friday's line, he's averaging an impressive 23.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.0 rebounds across 34.2 minutes over nine March contests.
Richardson (foot) contributed four points (1-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), eight rebounds, four assists and four steals across 32 minutes in Friday's 92-91 win over the Lakers.
Originally designated as doubtful for the contest, Richardson eventually managed to take the court, although the results were less than ideal. The 24-year-old had missed Wednesday's game against the Kings and played only 16 minutes versus the Trail Blazers last Monday, so Friday's difficult night was an extension of a rough week for the third-year forward. Given that he's racked up six consecutive double-digit scoring efforts to open March before his injury, Richardson is likely to look much more like his usual self with two days of rest over the weekend before a Monday night tilt against the Nuggets.
Adebayo posted 11 points (5-10 FG, 1-3 FT), eight rebounds and two assists across 35 minutes in Friday's 92-91 win over the Lakers.
The rookie drew another start for Hassan Whiteside (hip) and generated his best scoring total since March 1. Adebayo continued his superior work on the glass as well, as he's now hauled in eight to 16 rebounds over the last four. The former Kentucky Wildcat has taken nine or 10 shot attempts in his last three games as well, although a pair of nightmarish shooting performances (combined 3-for-19) within that sample had capped his scoring contributions prior to Friday. As long as Whiteside remains sidelined, Adebayo's value continues to see a nice bump, although the former could potentially be ready for a return Monday against the Nuggets.
White was recalled from the G-League's Erie BayHawks on Saturday.
White agreed to a two-way deal with the Hawks back in mid-January and has seen solid run with both the Hawks and the BayHawks since. At the NBA level, he's averaged 5.4 points and 1.7 boards across 14.3 minutes in seven appearances. In the G-League, he's posting 16.0 points and 4.6 rebounds while hitting 2.6 threes at a 40.3 percent clip in 31.4 minutes per game.
Johnson generated 12 points (5-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block across 25 minutes in Friday's 92-91 win over the Lakers.
Johnson checked off every box on the stat sheet in what was his third strong outing in the last four games. The veteran big man has scored in double digits in three of the past four, shooting over 60.0 percent in three of those contests. The 31-year-old has stepped it up on the glass over the last three -- all games that Hassan Whiteside (hip) has been sidelined -- hauling in six to 10 boards in those outings. Johnson's scoring continues to fluctuate, but he tends to take on a larger role when Whiteside is missing from the frontcourt.
Olynyk produced 17 points (7-14 FG, 3-8 3Pt), five rebounds, three steals and two blocks across 24 minutes in Friday's 92-91 win over the Lakers.
Olynyk has now scored in double digits in six of the last eight games, and he's seen an encouraging bump in usage over the last two contests. The fifth-year big has combined for 27 shot attempts in that pair of outings and continues to also offer solid complementary production in the area of rebounds, assists and blocks. Olynyk continues to see a solid allotment of minutes irrespective of whether he's deployed as a starter or off the bench, and Friday's production pushes his monthly averages to 10.8 points (on 45.9 percent shooting), 6.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.1 steals across 22.9 minutes over nine games.