Zeller has missed 12 of the last 13 games for the Hornets with what is being listed as a sore quad, although it's clearly quite significant considering he's been sidelined just over a month now. He's not expected to take the court yet again Sunday, with his next opportunity to play coming on Tuesday against the Lakers. Look for Frank Kaminsky to log another start in his place and with Miles Plumlee (calf) also out, he'll be relied upon for big minutes Sunday. Kaminsky is coming off an impressive showing Saturday against the Kings where he went off for 23 points (9-18 FG, 5-9 3Pt), 13 rebounds, three assists and two steals over 38 minutes.
Asik is now slated to be sidelined for the third consecutive game due to an illness, although it won't have much of an impact on the Pelicans' frontcourt rotation. His next chance to return will come Wednesday against the Pistons.
Pachulia saw two more minutes than in his return Thursday and posted his best rebound total since Jan. 23, when he'd hauled in 10 versus the Heat. With Kevin Durant out with a hand bruise Saturday, all of the Warriors seemed to see at least a slight uptick in usage, and Pachulia was no exception. However, he did also run into foul trouble, curtailing his overall playing time. Apparently back at full health following a lengthy absence due to a shoulder injury, the veteran can be counted on for the occasional double-digit scoring effort and solid work on the glass.
After he was acquired from the Thunder prior to the trade deadline Thursday, Lauvergne was unavailable for Friday's win over the Suns, but coach Fred Hoiberg opted to have the big man and newly-acquired point guard Cameron Payne make their Bulls debuts in the second half of the back-to-back set. Lauvergne only saw minutes in garbage time Saturday, but once he has a chance to log some practices with his new team, he could push power forwards Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic for playing time.
Despite returning to the starting five after coming off the bench Thursday, Capela still played a modest 22 minutes. However, he was highly efficient with his time on the court, coming within a rebound of his first double-double since Jan. 31. Capela did manage his seventh double-digit scoring effort in eight February games while hauling nine rebounds for the fourth time during the month as well. Despite typically playing under 30 minutes, the 22-year-old has developed into one of the steadier fantasy producers at the center position due to his solid shooting and strong work on the glass.
Towns abused the Rockets in the paint throughout the night, easily tallying his third straight double-double and hauling in a career high amount of rebounds in the process. Towns has been outstanding on the glass all season but particularly effective in the last three games, averaging 19.6 boards during that stretch. He's also put up less than 15 shot attempts only twice in 11 February contests, and naturally serves as an elite option in all formats.
Frye drew the start at power forward for the fourth straight game and posted his third double-digit scoring effort over that span. However, he's struggled with his shot in the last three contests, tallying a 30.3 percent success rate (10-for-33) over that span. Frye's trademark three-point shot has abandoned him as well, as he's drained only five of his 20 attempts from behind the arc during that stretch. Despite the recent struggles, he remains a viable short-term grab for those in need of help in various scoring categories, as well as rebounds.
With both Cody Zeller (quad) and Miles Plumlee (calf) out for the Hornets, Kaminsky was asked to play 38 minutes during Saturday's tilt against the new-look Kings. He responded by having one of his best games of the season, highlighted by his season-high five made threes and zero turnovers. As long as Zeller remains out, Kaminsky makes for a solid fantasy play in both year-long and DFS formats as a power forward/center, especially since he's taken double-digit field goal attempts in 10 of his last 11 outings.
After scoring just two points in his last game, Whiteside roared back with one of the best performances of his career from the charity stripe. Despite his somewhat inconsistent offensive efforts, he remains a force on the glass, recording double-digit rebounds in 10 of his last 12 games -- and pulling down nine boards in each of the other two.
Paul George's ejection in the third quarter spelled the end of any chance the Pacers might have had to steal a road win, but Turner still put together a decent performance. His increased workload may be taking its toll on the 20-year-old, however -- he has yet to record a double-double in February, and his shooting percentage has tumbled to 44.9 percent, making this the first month this season in which Turner will shoot less than 50 percent.