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DeMarcus Cousins scored 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting with 15 rebounds, one assist, two steals, and two blocks in Monday's win over the Warriors.

Make no mistake, this was the ugliest awesome stat line you will ever see, as Cousins' decisions with the ball, attitude, and lackadaisical approach were all on display for the world to see. If he ever gets it together upstairs, watch out.
Tue, Nov 6, 2012 05:21:00 AM

Paul Pierce had 14 points in Tuesday's home loss vs. Atlanta, and in the process he passed Jerry West to become the 17th-leading scorer in NBA history.

Pierce overtook West with point number 25,194, a testament to his durability as well as his elite scoring ability. The 37-year-old has settled in nicely with the Wizards this year, returning mid-round value with averages of 13.1 points, 1.3 triples, 5.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 0.7 steals per game.
Nov 25 - 9:50 PM

Jeff Teague had 28 points (8-of-18 FGs, 12-of-15 FTs), three assists, two steals and one block in Tuesday's impressive road win, giving him three straight games with at least 20 points.

Teague has three single-digit scoring games this year but they shouldn't obscure his value, as he's currently the 12th best point guard to own in 9-cat leagues. Kyle Korver is shooting lights-out from beyond the arc, and guards Shelvin Mack and Dennis Schroder are also playing well in reserve roles, giving Atlanta enviable backcourt depth.
Nov 25 - 9:47 PM

Bulls F Cameron Bairstow will start Tuesday's game vs. the Nuggets.

Joakim Noah (eye, knee) and Taj Gibson (ankle) are out and Pau Gasol is filling in at center, and coach Tom Thibodeau likely didn't want to disrupt his bench by starting Nikola Mirotic at PF. Bairstow has played a total of 11 minutes this season and fantasy owners should leave him on the waiver wire.
Nov 25 - 9:13 PM

John Henson was helped off the court on Tuesday with a sprained left foot, and he will not return.

He began limping after challenging a shot on defense and the Bucks quickly diagnosed him with a sprained foot. If the injury is serious enough to cost him any games, a few extra minutes would be available for Larry Sanders, Zaza Pachulia and Ersan Ilyasova.
Nov 25 - 8:49 PM

Joakim Noah has been diagnosed with a left knee effusion, more commonly referred to as water on the knee, and he will not play on Tuesday.

Noah also has an eye injury, but his surgically-repaired left knee is a more serious concern for fantasy owners. Pau Gasol will shift to center in his absence and Nikola Mirotic is a terrific speculative pick-up, having averaged 13.3 points, 2.0 threes and 7.0 rebounds over Chicago's past four games. The Bulls play in Boston on Friday, so Noah's owners will have to stay alert for updates over the next few days. At the moment we're considering him day-to-day.
Nov 25 - 7:50 PM

Derrick Rose (hamstring) will play on Tuesday, as expected.

He was technically listed as 'probable' and the Bulls have been understandably protective of Rose early in the season, so fantasy owners are wise to check his status before every game. He scored 18 points in a somewhat passive performance on Monday and we can only hope he'll continue to build on that performance without any health-related setbacks.
Nov 25 - 7:42 PM

Kirk Hinrich (chest) will play vs. the Nuggets on Tuesday.

He's probably not 100 percent healthy, but the Bulls' tough veteran will suit up as Derrick Rose's primary backup. As long as Rose is healthy there's no reason to touch Hinrich in 12-team fantasy leagues.
Nov 25 - 7:37 PM

The Kings are hopeful that Rudy Gay (Achilles) will be able to return for Friday's game vs. the Spurs.

That means that Gay is not expected to be available for Wednesday's game vs. the Rockets, and we'll be monitoring his status closely. Omri Casspi has slid into the starting lineup with Gay sidelined, and he can be a nice short-term option for owners seeking some 3-point shooting. Stay tuned for an official update on Gay's status as we draw closer to Wednesday's tip.
Nov 25 - 7:29 PM

The Lakers have been awarded a $4.85 million disabled player exception for Steve Nash, who is out for the season with nerve damage.

The Lakers are over the salary cap and this exception will allow them to sign a free agent for the remainder of the season, or possibly trade for a player in the final year of their contract. We should hear reports about possible targets for L.A. in the coming days, so owners in deep leagues should keep an eye out for updates.
Nov 25 - 7:18 PM

Andrew Bogut (eye) will start vs. the Heat on Tuesday.

He was downgraded to questionable but was a full participant during shootaround, and the bruise to his orbital bone shouldn't have any lasting effects. Fantasy owners can comfortably deploy him in a favorable matchup vs. Miami's frontcourt.
Nov 25 - 7:03 PM

Omer Asik (back) will return to action on Tuesday after missing the past four games.

Asik was a partial participant in Monday's practice and is finally ready to play after missing the past week, which will send Alexis Ajinca back to the bench and steal a few minutes from Ryan Anderson. Asik has been a terrific source of rebounds this year, as well as FG percentage and blocks, so owners relying on his big-man stats should activate him in all lineups.
Nov 25 - 7:02 PM




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