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The Latest: NBA, Raptors cooperate in battery investigation

Fri Jun 14 2:47pm ET

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on an investigation of whether the president of the Toronto Raptors pushed and hit a sheriff's deputy in the face. (all times local):

11:40 a.m.

The NBA and the Toronto Raptors say they are cooperating with California authorities investigating whether the team's president pushed and hit a sheriff's deputy in the face as he tried to get onto the court after the team's championship-clinching victory.

NBA spokesman Mike Bass said Friday the league is in contact with the Raptors and authorities while gathering more information.

Alameda County sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly told the San Francisco Chronicle that team president Masai Ujiri tried to push past a deputy who then asked for a credential needed to enter the court.

Kelly says the deputy pushed back and the executive pushed again and ''struck our deputy in the face.''

The Raptors said in a statement to The Associated Press that the team is cooperating with authorities and looking into the incident. The team says it looks forward to resolving the situation.

Player Notes
Seth Curry Aug 3 9:40am ET

Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry put together a nice bounce-back effort on Sunday against Phoenix, scoring 16 points on 6-for-11 shooting. He went 3-for-6 from downtown and also notched a couple of rebounds and assists. Curry really needed this after finishing Friday's loss to Houston with just three points and without a made field goal. It was Tim Hardaway Jr.'s time to struggle in this one as he finished 0-for-8 from downtown and had only two points. The Mavs are back in action on Tuesday in a favorable matchup against Sacramento, who have really struggled defensively since the restart.

Kristaps Porzingis Aug 3 9:30am ET

Dallas Mavericks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis remained in hot scoring form on Sunday, finishing a 117-115 loss to Phoenix with 30 points on 10-for-20 shooting. He went 2-for-5 from three-point range and 8-for-11 at the line, adding eight rebounds and four blocks. The Mavs have lost both of their games since the restart, but Porzingis has been very productive all over the court. He'll be in a superb spot for another great performance on Tuesday against the Kings, who have been all over the place defensively since the restart, giving up 130.5 points per game.

Luka Doncic Aug 3 9:20am ET

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic had a monster game against the Suns on Sunday, racking up 40 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds in a 117-115 loss. He missed all three of his shots from downtown but shot a solid 11-for-20 from the field with an 18-for-19 record at the line. Doncic has struggled from deep in his first couple of games in Orlando, shooting 1-for-12, but he's still gotten the job done and we can expect more of the same on Tuesday against Sacramento. Doncic has crushed it so far vs. the team that opted against drafting him, averaging 25.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 9.5 assists in six career appearances.

Cameron Johnson Aug 3 9:10am ET

Phoenix Suns small forward Cameron Johnson had one of the best games of his young career on Sunday, posting a 19-point, 12-rebound double-double against Dallas. He played a team-high 40 minutes as a starter, shooting 6-for-11 from the field and a superb 4-for-8 from downtown. The 24-year-old rookie added four assists to his first career double-double. Johnson now has three consecutive strong outings under his belt, which should be a huge boost to his confidence. The next matchup against the Clippers promises to be a difficult one, but Johnson did have a decent 11-point outing on 50 percent shooting against them last time out on Feb. 26.

Ricky Rubio Aug 3 9:00am ET

Phoenix Suns point guard Ricky Rubio had a very good game against Dallas on Sunday, finishing a 117-115 win with 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. He missed only once with three attempts from deep and shot 7-for-17 overall from the field. Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton found themselves in foul trouble, but the Suns still managed to erase a big deficit and win. Rubio played a big part in the comeback, and Phoenix will need another big collective effort on Tuesday against the Clippers. They are a top defensive team, but point guards have caused the Clippers some troubles this season, including Rubio who finished the previous meeting between the two teams with 18 points, 10 assists, and six rebounds.

Devin Booker Aug 3 8:50am ET

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker delivered a 30-point performance on Sunday, leading the team to a sweet 117-115 win over Dallas. He fouled out late on, but the damage was done already with 10-for-20 shooting from the floor and 9-for-10 work at the line. Booker also had four assists, three rebounds, and one steal. The 23-year-old sharpshooter has started life well in Orlando, but he gets a very difficult challenge next on Tuesday against the Clippers. They limited Booker to 26 percent shooting and 14 points in the most recent meeting on Feb. 26.

Gordon Hayward Aug 3 12:20am ET

Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward recorded 22 points, eight rebounds, four triples, three assists and a steal in a victory over the Trail Blazers on Sunday. Hayward was very efficient, shooting 60 percent from the field and 80 percent from deep. When the 30-year-old plays like this, it makes Boston a real threat to win the title. Hayward plans to leave the bubble for the birth of his child, though that won't be until around September. He dropped 29 points on Miami, his next opponent, back in January.

Jaylen Brown Aug 2 11:50pm ET

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown was in a zone from three-point range on Sunday, drilling 6 of 8 treys in a 128-124 win over Portland. Brown finished with 30 points, six rebounds, two steals and an assist, playing more minutes than any other Celtic not named Jayson Tatum. Boston's young guns led the way, with Kemba Walker and Gordon Hayward combining for only 16 shots. There are enough shots to go around in the offense for all four players to have solid numbers on most nights, which is rare. Brown will next play against the Miami Heat, who he's averaged 28 points per game against in two contests.

Jusuf Nurkic Aug 2 11:20pm ET

Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic is showing no signs of rust after missing most of the 2019-20 season rehabbing his leg injury. Nurkic dominated Boston on Sunday in a losing effort, scoring 30 points with nine boards, five assists, two steals, a block and a triple in 32 minutes. The 25-year-old feasted on the smaller Daniel Theis all night and was virtually unstoppable down low. Nurkic's next matchup will come against the small-ball Rockets on Tuesday, a dream matchup for the 7-footer. Fire him up in DFS.

Damian Lillard Aug 2 11:00pm ET

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (chest) ended Sunday's loss with a monster line of 30 points and a season-high 16 assists along with five triples. Lillard started the game shaky, just like on Friday, but caught fire to help lead a furious comeback for the Blazers. He's dealing with chest and foot injuries and still putting up big numbers, which is a bad sign for his next few opponents when he gets right. The 29-year-old will get a much-needed day off Monday after playing 89 minutes in two games. Tuesday brings a crucial matchup against the Rockets, who surrendered a triple-double to Lillard back in January.

Jayson Tatum Aug 2 10:40pm ET

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum had a huge game in Sunday's 128-124 win over the Trail Blazers, scoring 34 points on 11 of 22 shooting from the field and 5 of 8 shooting from deep. Tatum added eight assists, seven made free-throws, four boards, two steals and a block. The performance was much-needed after he scored just five points against Milwaukee. Tatum looked like a star in this one and it looks like his third-year breakout is going to continue in the bubble. He'll have shaky shooting performances every now and again, but he'll be a dependable DFS option most nights. Up next is a matchup with the Heat, who defended Tatum well in their first matchup, though that was when they had Jimmy Butler (quarantine) in the lineup. Tatum would be a more appealing option if Butler doesn't play.

Jarrett Allen Aug 2 6:10pm ET

Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen posted 22 points and 15 rebounds in 38 minutes of floor time on Sunday. Allen didn't do much in his first game back- only playing 27 minutes- though it's possible the Nets wanted to ease him back into things. The 22-year-old is all Brooklyn has manning the five position in the bubble, so expect more big games from him than not. Allen should be a DFS darling the rest of the way, as long as players are cool with his poor free-throw shooting and limited offensive repertoire.

Joe Harris Aug 2 6:00pm ET

Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris caught fire from deep in Sunday's win over the Wizards, going 6-for-7 from beyond the arc with 27 points. It was an encouraging performance from Harris, who took advantage of the wealth of opportunities available in Brooklyn's rotation after having a quiet first game in the bubble. He won't have 27 points every game but he makes for a strong DFS play in the right matchup. He'll get a juicy matchup on Tuesday against the Bucks, considering Brooklyn will have to score to keep up with their offense. Despite having the best record, Milwaukee has surrendered the most three-pointers made in the NBA.

Caris LeVert Aug 2 5:50pm ET

Brooklyn Nets guard Caris Levert erupted for 34 points in a 118-110 victory over the Washington Wizards on Sunday. He shot 44% from the field on 25 attempts and only had one turnover, so it was an excellent performance from the former Michigan Wolverine. LeVert's usage rate of 29.2 is a career-high and it could soar ever higher down the stretch, considering the number of absences on Brooklyn's roster. LeVert will have to be at his best on Tuesday if the Nets hope to compete with the Milwaukee Bucks, owner of the NBA's best record.

Troy Brown Jr. Aug 2 5:30pm ET

Washington Wizards forward Troy Brown nearly notched the first triple-double of his young career in his first bubble game. Brown scored 22 points with 10 rebounds, eight assists, one triple and one steal in 38 minutes of a 118-110 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. The 21-year-old was a popular waiver wire pick in redraft leagues earlier in the year and is now looking like a great DFS play for the remainder of the season. With no Bradley Beal in the lineup the rest of the way, there's a ton of shots and playmaking opportunities available and Brown looks poised to take advantage of it.

Thomas Bryant Aug 2 5:10pm ET

Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant played his best game of the season on Sunday in a loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Bryant posted season-highs in points, 30, and rebounds, 13, while adding four triples, three assists, two blocks and a steal in 37 minutes. Prior to the shutdown, the 23-year-old was enjoying his best offensive season yet, with career-highs in points and three-point percentage. With Bradley Beal (shoulder) out for the rest of the season, Bryant could be the focal point of the offense for Washington the rest of the way. He's an ideal DFS target because he won't cost as much as other centers and should haul up plenty of shots in the bubble.

Lance Thomas Aug 2 2:00pm ET

Brooklyn Nets forward Lance Thomas will jump into the starting five for Monday's game against the Washington Wizards. He replaced Timothe Luwawu in the starting lineup for Friday's game. Thomas finished with six points, two rebounds, and one assist in 18 minutes. Luwawu dropped a team-high 24 points with four rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. Thomas can likely be ignored in all fantasy formats, but Luwawu could have some sneaky value if he puts up solid numbers again.

Kemba Walker Aug 2 2:00pm ET

Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (knee) will see his playing time increased to around 17-23 minutes, according to head coach Brad Stevens. He played in 19 minutes during Friday's game, but didn't suffer any setbacks to his bothersome left knee. The Celtics are going to continue to be cautious with Walker going forward. The goal is to have him at full health in time for the postseason. His fantasy value is going to be limited until he gets back to playing his normal amount of minutes.

Zion Williamson Aug 2 2:00pm ET

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (conditioning) is expected to be under a minutes limit for Monday's game, according to Pelicans VP David Griffin. Williamson missed 13 days of the bubble and left for a short period of time due to a family emergency. He has only played 15 and 14 minutes during the first two seeding games. The Pelicans continue to struggle with Williamson playing less minutes, but the team is focused on the future. Williamson won't have much fantasy value until the team gives him more playing time.

Jamal Crawford Aug 2 1:50pm ET

Brooklyn Nets guard Jamal Crawford (conditioning) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Washington Wizards. He was listed as questionable, but it doesn't sound like Crawford is in game shape yet. Crawford joined the Nets late and wasn't able to play in the scrimmages or their first seeding game. It's unclear when he'll be ready to play, but he could have some low-end DFS value once he's back to full speed.