Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Pickups: Ranking the top adds for Week 15
But before we get to this week's waiver pickups, here are the games played by each team in Week 15. Derrick White, PG/SG, Boston Celtics (50% rostered)The Celtics open up Week 15 with a back-to-back set against the Magic and Heat. The Celtics play four games this week, and with a battered backcourt, White is worth streaming this week. Those numbers also went up slightly over the past week, averaging 14 points with 7 boards and 1.3 threes in Week 14. I doubt he'll carry much fantasy value, but he's at least on my radar in deeper leagues.wftv.com
Fantasy Basketball Pickups: Isaiah Hartenstein leads waiver wire adds to consider for Week 15
Making use of the waiver wire during the next several matchup periods is of the utmost importance. Without further ado, here are seven players to consider adding heading into Week 15. Isaiah Hartenstein, New York Knicks (25% rostered)Mitchell Robinson (thumb) will be re-evaluated in three weeks, allowing Hartenstein to earn more minutes than usual in the short term. Moreover, the eventual presence of Antetokounmpo and Middleton should result in even cleaner looks for Allen as the campaign continues. It may only be for one more week — if that — but Lee has legitimate upside as a one-week streaming option for Week 15.wftv.com
Fantasy Basketball: 5 players to consider dropping, including Keegan Murray
By Mike Barner, RotoWireSpecial to Yahoo SportsIt’s not always easy for fantasy managers to drop players they were excited about during draft season. With that in mind, here are five players to consider dropping that are still rostered in many Yahoo leagues. Clarke is only averaging 19 minutes per game this season, leaving him to provide 8.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 blocks. Murray has provided his expected 3-point shooting, averaging 1.8 triples per game. After averaging 26 minutes per game last season, Bamba has only logged 19 minutes per game this year.wftv.com
Devin Booker scores 51 points in 3 quarters, Suns rout Bulls
Devin Booker scored a season-high 51 points in just three quarters, Deandre Ayton had 30 points and 14 rebounds and the Phoenix Suns stretched their winning streak to six games with a 132-113 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.
NBA unveils No. 6 patch to honor Bill Russell across league
"We've heard things like 'pioneer,' 'trailblazer,'" Smart said Monday while wearing a patch honoring the Celtics Hall of Famer who died this summer. "To mention, you know, Bill Russell and the impact that he brought to this game is undeniable." The Celtics have other tributes planned, with two nights set aside to honor Russell’s legacy, including the Oct. 18 opener. 6 can keep it, and Nuggets center DeAndre Jordan was among those who said he would do so to honor Russell’s legacy. “I don’t know anybody that talks about him or knew him that had anything negative to say.”In addition to the jersey patch, teams will also have a No.wftv.com
Bulls rule out LaVine, Caruso for Game 5 in Milwaukee
Bucks Bulls Basketball Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) drives to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks guard Jevon Carter, left, and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 22, 2022, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) (Nam Y. Huh)MILWAUKEE — (AP) — The Chicago Bulls won’t have guards Zach LaVine and Alex Caruso available Wednesday night when they try to keep their season alive in Game 5 of a first-round playoff series with the Milwaukee Bucks. LaVine is in the NBA's health and safety protocols while Caruso is in concussion protocols. Milwaukee won 111-81 in Game 3 and 119-95 in Game 4. Caruso left Game 4 after taking an inadvertent hit to the face from Bucks guard Jevon Carter.wftv.com
Bucks bounce back after blowing big lead to beat Bulls 93-86
Bulls Bucks Basketball Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to get past Chicago Bulls' Patrick Williams during the first half of Game 1 of their first round NBA playoff basketball game Sunday, April 17, 2022, in Milwaukee . The Bucks have won 17 of their last 18 meetings with the Bulls, including all five matchups this season. The Bulls’ lone victory during this stretch came in the 2020-21 regular-season finale when the Bucks rested all their starters. Brook Lopez scored 18 points, Holiday had 15, Khris Middleton had 11 and Bobby Portis added 10. The Bulls cut the lead to 87-86 on Alex Caruso's layup with 1:36 left, but they wouldn’t score again.wftv.com
Vincent scores 20, Heat remain hot by topping Bulls 112-99
Bulls Heat Basketball Miami Heat guard Gabe Vincent (2) and forward Caleb Martin (16) pressure Chicago Bulls center DeMar DeRozan (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, in Miami. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier) (Marta Lavandier)MIAMI — (AP) — Gabe Vincent and Tyler Herro each scored 20 points, and the Miami Heat improved their standing atop the Eastern Conference by topping the Chicago Bulls 112-99 on Monday night. Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 22 points, while Ayo Dosunmu had 18 and Nikola Vucevic added 14 for Chicago. And the Heat are now 3-0 against Chicago, ensuring Miami would hold a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Bulls if one is needed to determine seeding. Heat: Miami is 41-21.wftv.com
Bulls G Caruso sidelined by broken wrist after Allen foul
Bulls Bucks Basketball Milwaukee Bucks' Grayson Allen fouls Chicago Bulls' Alex Caruso during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) (Morry Gash)CHICAGO — (AP) — Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso will have surgery next week to repair his broken right wrist after he was taken down by Grayson Allen during the third quarter of Friday night's 94-90 loss at Milwaukee. Caruso, who turns 28 on Feb. 28, is averaging 8.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 28 games in his first season with Chicago. Caruso was driving to the basket Friday night when a hard foul from Allen caused him to land on his right side. The play was originally ruled a common shooting foul, but it was upgraded to a flagrant 2 after a replay review.wftv.com
Bulls coach Donovan rips Bucks' Allen after flagrant foul
Bulls Bucks Basketball Milwaukee Bucks' Grayson Allen fouls Chicago Bulls' Alex Caruso during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) (Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE — (AP) — Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan says the flagrant foul that resulted in Milwaukee Bucks guard Grayson Allen’s ejection Friday night could have caused a serious injury and merits a closer look from the NBA. Bulls guard Alex Caruso was driving to the basket midway through the third quarter when a hard foul from Allen caused him to land on his right side. And I really hope the league takes a hard look at something like that because (Allen) could have really, really seriously hurt him." “I thought it was a hard foul, for sure, but I thought it was a good, hard foul,” Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton said.wftv.com
Walker, Knicks hang on, deal Bulls first loss 104-103
Knicks Bulls Basketball New York Knicks center Taj Gibson, center, rebounds the ball against Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso, left, and forward Troy Brown Jr. during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) (Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO — (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 21 points, RJ Barrett added 20 and the New York Knicks hung on to hand the Chicago Bulls their first loss of the season 104-103 on Thursday night. The Knicks had the edge in the second quarter, never lost the lead and were ahead 55-51 at the half. The Bulls narrowed New York's advantage to two points twice in the second quarter, but never caught up. Patrick Williams narrowed the Knicks’ lead to 57-56 with a pair of free throws early in the third quarter.wftv.com
Horton-Tucker comes up big in OT as Lakers edge Knicks
Talen Horton-Tucker made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 21.1 seconds remaining, and the Los Angeles Lakers improved their hopes of avoiding the play-in tournament and prevented the New York Knicks from clinching a postseason berth with a 101-99 victory.
Clippers rout Lakers 118-94, move into No. 3 spot in West
Lakers Clippers Basketball Los Angeles Clippers' Paul George (13) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers' Alex Caruso (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Los Angeles. Chiu)LOS ANGELES — (AP) — Paul George led seven players in double figures with 24 points and the Los Angeles Clippers routed a Lakers team minus LeBron James 118-94 on Thursday night, moving into the No. The Lakers outscored the Clippers 29-27 in the third, but couldn't make a serious dent in the deficit. Kuzma played part of fourth with the Lakers' second unit, which scored all of the team's 23 points in the period. UP NEXTLakers: Visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday in the second game of a back-to-back.wftv.com
LeBron, short-handed Lakers beat up on Warriors 128-97
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) dunks in front of Golden State Warriors forward Eric Paschall (7) and center James Wiseman during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Monday, March 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO – LeBron James had a triple-double with 22 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, leading the injury-depleted Los Angeles Lakers past the Golden State Warriors 128-97 on Monday night. Stephen Curry scored 27 points with four 3-pointers and became the Warriors' franchise assists leader a day after his 33rd birthday and in his 12th NBA season. Warriors: Golden State hasn't beaten the Lakers at home since a 115-101 victory on Feb. 2, 2019 — so never at the second-year Chase Center. The Warriors wrapped up their eighth back-to-back this season and third of five playing consecutive days at home.
Suns overcome Booker's ejection, hold off Lakers 114-104
Phoenix Suns forward Dario Saric, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Jared Dudley defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES – Dario Šarić scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, Mikal Bridges added 19 and the Phoenix Suns overcame Devin Booker's ejection for a 114-104 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. I feel it was a great road trip.”LeBron James scored 38 points for Los Angeles, which has lost five of seven with mounting injury problems. Dennis Schröder added 17 points, but the Lakers couldn't keep up without regulars Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma and Marc Gasol. “Our guys are giving great effort and great hustle and great fight.
James scores 19 in 1,300th regular-season game in Lakers win
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Lakers blew a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead in their first meeting against the Golden State Warriors. LeBron James scored 19 points in his 1,300th regular-season appearance as the Lakers routed the Warriors 117-91. He was one of six Los Angeles players to score in double figures in a game that was never in doubt. The Lakers were up 20 at the end of the first quarter and had a 73-44 lead at halftime. This is the first matchup between the teams this year after Los Angeles won all three games last season.
Heat hold off depleted Lakers 96-94 in NBA Finals rematch
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, tries to pass as Miami Heat guard Gabe Vincent defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, in Los Angeles. The Heat even kept it together to pull out a win over the defending NBA champions despite a fourth quarter that nearly went wrong. Nunn scored 27 points, Jimmy Butler had 24 points and eight rebounds, and Miami held off the Los Angeles Lakers 96-94 Saturday night in an NBA Finals rematch. Kyle Kuzma scored 23 points while hitting four 3-pointers, and Montrezl Harrell had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers. ... Goran Dragić missed his eighth straight game with a sprained left ankle.
Davis propels Lakers past Grizz 115-105 for 7th straight win
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, goes to the basket as Memphis Grizzlies center Xavier Tillman defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES – Anthony Davis scored 35 points and LeBron James had 28 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in the Los Angeles Lakers' seventh consecutive victory, 115-105 over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night. Montrezl Harrell scored 14 points for Los Angeles, which extended its longest win streak in a year even after falling behind by 20 points in the first quarter. The Lakers had their fourth straight terrible start on their homestand, but they took their first lead late in the third quarter. Lakers: Alex Caruso had two points and six assists in his return from a two-game absence with a hand injury.
LeBron leads Lakers past Thunder again in OT, 114-113
Los Angeles Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker (5) takes the ball from Oklahoma City Thunder forward Darius Bazley (7) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)LOS ANGELES – LeBron James hit the tying 3-pointer late in regulation and then broke up the Thunder's final possession in overtime to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to their sixth consecutive victory, 114-113 over Oklahoma City on Wednesday night. James had 25 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the defending NBA champions, who survived their third consecutive overtime game. OVERTIME FEATSThe Lakers became the seventh team in NBA history to win three consecutive overtime games. AdLos Angeles hadn't played three straight overtime games since 1991.
LeBron takes charge in 2nd OT, Lakers edge Pistons 135-129
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) is defended by Detroit Pistons forward Saddiq Bey (41) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES – LeBron James scored eight of his 33 points in the second overtime, Anthony Davis added 30 points and the Los Angeles Lakers narrowly avenged a loss in Detroit last month with a 135-129 victory over the undermanned Pistons on Saturday night. The Lakers committed a season-high 23 turnovers, blew a 17-point lead and wasted several chances to win in regulation. “There’s so many learning situations for young players and our guys to play against a great team like the Lakers. Lakers: Vogel got a technical foul in the second quarter for arguing about a blocking call on Marc Gasol.