Kobe Bryant tweets displeasure with Steve Blake trade
FEB 20, 6:17p ET | Glenn McGraw/Gamedayr
Rotowire: Apr 16 / 11:04a ET
News: Blake chipped in 14 points (5-8 FG, 4-7 3Pt), five assists, three rebounds, and one steal in 26 minutes during Wednesday's season final in Dallas.
Impact: On Monday, the Blazers lost both Nicolas Batum (knee) and CJ McCollum (ankle) to injury, but Blake failed to make an appearance, likely in order to rest for the postseason. With the duo on the pine Wednesday, Blake earned his most work since Dec. 23, and fifth-most run of the season. If Batum and McCollum remain afflicted by their respective ailments in Sunday's playoff opener at Memphis, Blake could play a larger role than normal.
Rotowire: Mar 25 / 11:32a ET
News: Blake contributed 10 points (2-4 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five assists, one rebound, and one steal in 15 minutes during Tuesday's loss to the Warriors.
Impact: More often than not, Blake's outings are clunkers for fantasy purposes, but he'll occasionally tally an acceptable assist total or hit a few treys. On Tuesday, he was on point in both regards, knocking down multiple threes for the second time in 14 games, while dishing five-plus dimes for the fourth time in March. However, his output since the break -- 3.9 points (on 46 percent shooting), 2.7 assists, 1.4 rebounds, and 0.9 threes in 14 minutes -- doesn't exactly inspire confidence.
Rotowire: Feb 12 / 9:37a ET
News: Blake recorded five points (1-4 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three assists, one rebound, and one block in 23 minutes during Wednesday's victory against the Lakers.
Impact: With the return of Robin Lopez to begin February, the Blazers' rotation has stabilized, and Blake's workload in particular has jumped in kind. In five games this month, Blake has averaged 22 minutes, which is a modest boost from his 17 minutes per contest in January. His output still leaves something to be desired -- 5.2 points, 3.8 dimes, two rebounds, one trey, and one steal per outing in February -- but the soon-to-be 35-year-old is more crucial for his veteran savvy behind Damian Lillard than his relevance in fantasy circles.