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Brissett logged 12 points (5-6 FG, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and a steal across 24 minutes in Saturday's 133-132 OT loss to the Wizards.
Brissett has emerged as a valuable asset amidst the Pacers' current injury woes. After not catching on in Toronto, the Syracuse product's move to Indiana has been successful, and the youngster has now drawn 11 consecutive starts. His high rebound totals make him a regular double-double threat.
Sumner tallied 13 points (5-8 FG, 3-3 FT), two rebounds, two steals and an assist across 30 minutes in Saturday's 133-132 OT loss to the Wizards.
Sumner drew the start at shooting guard, as Caris LeVert took the reins at point guard to account for Malcolm Brogdon's (hamstring) absence. Now in his fourth season with the Pacers, Sumner's impact has been minimal, but this season is his best campaign yet. The frequent injury scenarios have availed Sumner with more opportunities for impact, but it still isn't enough to show up on the fantasy radar.
Sabonis recorded 30 points (12-21 FG, 0-3Pt, 6-7 FT), 13 rebounds, 13 assists and three steals across 43 minutes in Saturday's 133-132 OT loss to the Wizards.
As expected, Sabonis had his way with Washington's weak frontcourt, but his stellar play wasn't enough to close the deal, as Russell Westbrook ultimately sealed the deal in a must-win game for both teams. After his six-game absence, Sabonis has owned the frontcourt with Myles Turner (toe) out, averaging 26.3 points, 14.8 rebounds, and 10.0 assists over the past four games. The Pacers are currently on track to make the play-in sequence, but they'll need to keep pace with the Bulls, who are hot on their heels for the final spot.
LeVert produced 35 points (12-30 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 8-11 FG, 14 rebounds, eight assists and two steals across 41 minutes in Saturday's 133-132 OT loss to the Wizards.
LeVert amassed a season-high 30 shot attempts in the narrow loss as he continues to make up for Malcolm Brogdon's (hamstring) absence. LeVert is a dependable fantasy option with or without backcourt injuries and is at his best when he's roaming free at the perimeter and creating his own shots. He's manning the point more often in Brogdon's absence, and it provides a noticeable uptick in the assist column.
Len tallied eight points (3-7 FG, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, three blocked shots and an assist across 20 minutes in Saturday's 133-132 OT win over the Pacers.
Coach Scott Brooks routinely makes things difficult for fantasy managers when it comes to the frontcourt, as he often shifts the rotation on a whim. He opted to give Len the start Saturday, and he responded with a solid rebound total. Len isn't known for a high shot volume, so his ability to notch double-doubles is somewhat capped by his lack of scoring opportunities. His overall fantasy value is also restricted due to the current timeshare at the position, as Robin Lopez and Daniel Gafford are also heavily involved.
Hachimura compiled 13 points (6-13 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), six rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot across 35 minutes in Saturday's 133-132 OT win over the Pacers.
Although a minute restriction was announced before Saturday's contest, Hachimura showed no ill effects from his recent illness, and he played a full complement of minutes. Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal are the heart and soul of this squad, and in contrast, the team's frontcourt has been notoriously weak all season. Hachimura has played only 52 games, but the team's front-line production ticks up significantly when the Gonzaga product is available.
Westbrook compiled 33 points (11-26 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 8-9 FT), 19 rebounds, 15 assists, two blocked shots and a steal across 44 minutes in Saturday's 133-132 overtime win against the Pacers.
Westbrook tied Oscar Robertson with his 181st career triple-double Saturday. It seems inevitable that he'll eclipse that record before the season's end, as he's gone off for triple-doubles in 19 of his last 24 games.
Doumbouya compiled 12 points (5-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-3 FT), four rebounds, an assist and a steal across 22 minutes in Saturday's 118-104 loss to the Sixers.
Doumbouya entered Saturday's game with a five-game average of 12.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists, which is arguably the best run of the youngster's career. Depending on how Detroit's offseason moves shake out, the 20-year-old should be a key part of the team's youth rebuild for next season.
Plumlee registered 12 points (6-9 FG), six rebounds, five assists, two blocked shots and a steal across 25 minutes in Saturday's 118-104 loss to the Sixers.
Plumlee's rebound total was certainly low by his standards, but the team also restricted him to 25 minutes, which capped his impact in the game. Plumlee ends the season as the starter, but Isaiah Stewart is breathing down his neck for playing time. The rookie is in line to usurp Plumlee next season, but the ultimate outcome of this positional battle is anyone's guess.
Bey produced 14 points (6-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds and a blocked shot across 24 minutes in Saturday's 118-104 loss to the Sixers.
Detroit's 2020 first-round pick won't win Rookie of the Year honors, but he's certainly in the running after providing much-needed production for the team this season. After a brief adjustment to the pro level, Bey joined the starting lineup and has held on to a first-unit role since mid-February.