The Scoop:"I'm not considered one of the older guys here, so I have to play," said Green. After a very up-and-down season last year, he's hitting career-highs in all categories this season, and he's entered elite territory. Check back for an official update on his status closer to Friday's tip, but consider him probable.
Danny Green had one of the most unique stat lines in NBA history on Wednesday during a triple-overtime loss to Memphis, scoring a season-high 25 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, five blocks and seven 3-pointers in 52 minutes.
The Scoop:He became the first player in NBA history to make seven triples and block five shots in a game. Unlike last year, Green is seeing consistent minutes and it's led to him flirting with first-round value on the season. He's not going to be this great, but he's absolutely going to smash his ADP.
The Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs have one of the best on-court rivalries in the NBA, dating back to the former's upset of the top-seeded latter in the first round of the 2011 playoffs through a 2013 conference finals in which the Spurs outplayed the Grizzlies in pretty much every way imaginable. When these teams get together, fans can be sure they'll see a hard-fought contest with two veteran squads. Yet Wednesday's matchup in San Antonio involved a few more surprises than usual. After go-ahead three-pointer from Danny Green, the Grizzlies entered the final possession of regulation at a 92-89 disadvantage with 2.5 seconds on the clock. Solid inbounds defense forced Courtney Lee to pass the ball to center Marc Gasol, who was immediately pressured by Manu Ginobili to several feet beyond the three-point arc. Gasol, who had missed all three of his long-range attempts this season and gone just 7-of-49 in his career prior to this shot, ducked under Ginobili's raised arms and launched a desperation leaner. His prayer was answered: That unlikeliest of buzzer-beaters gave the Grizzlies a second chance at a win, but it turned out to be just the prelude to more lunacy. Gasol hit a lay-in with nine seconds left in the extra period to lead to a 10-10 standstill and force a second overtime, which turned out to be the weirdest of all. Down 109-108, Memphis caused Tim Duncan to miss two shots around the basket before Zach Randolph pulled down a key defensive rebound with seven seconds on the clock. Courtney Lee then hit a three-pointer in transition to give his team a thrilling 111-109 lead: It turned out to be short-lived, though, because Duncan turned back the clock with his own buzzer-beater on the very next play. With just 2.6 seconds left, Duncan took the inbounds pass from Boris Diaw near the top of the key and hit a jumper while fading away to his left: If that play looks familiar, it's likely because it's nearly identical to one of the most dramatic shots of Duncan's storied career — the fadeaway he hit right before Derek Fisher's classic, nearly impossible 0.4-second buzzer-beater in Game 5 of the 2004 Western Conference Finals. Wednesday's shot helped detract from a fairly poor night for Duncan (5-of-15 shooting from the line, 9-of-22 from the field), but the Spurs obviously had to show their stuff in the third overtime. That didn't quite happen. Zach Randolph scored all six of the Grizzlies' points over a 2:30 stretch in the middle of the period as the Spurs' offense struggled mightily. Like many third overtimes, this wasn't a well-played five minutes. Nor was it particularly dramatic — no one scored after Danny Green's three-pointer with 40 seconds on the clock as Memphis came away with a 117-116 victory . Drama aside, this win was a very big statement by the Grizzlies, who are now a game behind the Golden State Warriors in the loss column with a 21-4 record. Yet that placement in the standings is almost beside the point — Memphis topped Golden State at FedEx Forum on Tuesday with their inimitable grit-and-grind style and persevered through several tough moments to beat San Antonio. The Grizzlies have two tough games this weekend vs. the Chicago Bulls on Friday night and at the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, but they have served notice to the rest of the league this week regardless of those results. This team is a contender. - - - - - - - Eric Freeman is a writer for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @FreemanEric
This column will concentrate on borderline fantasy options who should get strong consideration to start/bench during the upcoming week based on schedules. Enes Kanter: After averaging a double-double in March and finishing with an even bigger April (15.0 ppg and 12.8 rpg) last year, Kanter looked like a breakout candidate this season. Instead, the 22-year-old got off to an extremely slow start, and all the preseason talk about him launching threes has resulted in a total of seven so far on the year. However, the big man has turned it around of late, as he's been a top-50 player over the last two weeks and has upped his season FG percentage to 53.3 (despite attempting 1.1 threes per game). Moreover, Derrick Favors left Utah's last game with an ankle injury (which resulted in Kanter attempting 17 field goals) that might sideline him a while, and the Jazz play four games this week. Kanter is owned in a modest 62 percent of Yahoo leagues and could be a sneaky start. Mason Plumlee: He's averaging 14.5 points and 11.5 rebounds while shooting 63.6 percent from the floor over the past two games, and Brook Lopez remains sidelined with a lower back strain. There's no guarantee how long Plumlee will stick in the starting lineup, but the Nets play a league-high four games this week, with all of the opponents coming against teams that rank in the bottom half of the NBA in Defensive Efficiency. Danny Green: He certainly doesn't seem like a star averaging just 11.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 1.7 apg, but Green has added 1.3 spg, 1.2 bpg and 2.3 3pt while committing just 1.2 tpg. As a result, he's quietly been the No. 16 fantasy player this season (and No. 7 over the past month). Green's Usage Rate (15.5) is actually tied for the second lowest of his career, but his 29:29 mpg are easily the most of his career. The Spurs play four games this week, with two of them falling on the second of back-to-backs, which means there's a real chance guys like Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and/or Tony Parker sit out. It's crazy Green is still available in nearly 20 percent of Yahoo leagues. Patrick Patterson: He's seen a major bump in Usage Rate since DeMar DeRozan has been out, despite him coming off the bench still. Patterson has averaged 14.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 2.7 threes while shooting 60.0 percent from the floor over the past three games and has been a top-50 player over the last two weeks. Toronto possesses the second-best Offensive Efficiency in the NBA this season and has a favorable schedule this week (playing four games against mostly weak defenses). Patterson is owned in just 23 percent of Yahoo leagues, which is too low. Harrison Barnes: The former top-10 pick has resurrected his career under new coach Steve Kerr, no longer relegated to a bench role that featured him mostly utilized in isolation plays like last season. In fact, Barnes sports a 64.2 True Shooting Percentage (No. 16 in the NBA) and has been a top-30 fantasy player over the past week. However, he's a candidate to bench this week, as the Warriors are the only team in the league to play just two games. Golden State is on a 15-game winning streak and has the second-highest PACE in the NBA, but they are a deep team (and there's a chance David Lee returns soon), and the Warriors' upcoming schedule hurts Barnes' short-term fantasy value. Follow Dalton Del Don on Twitter. https://twitter.com/#!/daltondeldon