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Jeremy Pargo scored a career-high 28 points in his start at point guard for injured Kyrie Irving (finger) on Wednesday, hitting 11-of-19 shots (including four threes) with five rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 39 minutes.

Our deepest apologies for calling him a fantasy non-factor earlier in the day, but if you read some of the other work on the site and on Twitter perhaps you knew he had a shot at a big night going in. Bryon Scott likes him for his defense and he was able to show his offensive ability tonight, keeping former backup Donald Sloan on the bench all night. Daniel Gibson (elbow) didn't play tonight and his return will definitely hinder Pargo, but on a shallow team there could be plenty of minutes to go around. Owners shouldn't expect this every night, but Pargo is a must-own player in most formats after this result.
Wed, Nov 21, 2012 09:57:00 PM

Tony Snell started for the Bulls on Tuesday with Jimmy Butler (elbow) out, and he finished with 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting, three 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 40 minutes.

Snell's prolific 3-point shooting has been enough for mid-round value over the past month, and he's a terrific pickup now that Butler is on the shelf for 3-4 weeks. He tweaked his right ankle and banged his knee in the first quarter but continued to play, and we're leaving him off the injury report in advance of Thursday's game vs. OKC.
Mar 3 - 11:20 PM

Nikola Mirotic came off Chicago's bench for 23 points, three 3-pointers, eight rebounds and one block in 32 minutes vs. the Wizards on Tuesday.

Mirotic dropped 29 points on Sunday and is a must-own player while both Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler are on the sidelines. This is the first time Chicago's rookie has scored 20+ points in consecutive games, but he has a good chance to keep the streak going with a 32-minute role vs. the Thunder on Thursday. Double-check that Mirotic isn't still available on your waiver wire.
Mar 3 - 11:19 PM

Joakim Noah racked up 14 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and three blocks to help Chicago hold off the Wizards on Tuesday.

He made 4-of-5 shots but was 6-of-10 at the free throw line and he turned the ball over five times in a testy matchup vs. the Bulls' conference rival -- Nene even committed a flagrant foul vs. Noah after saying before the game that he "hates" the Bulls. Noah has double-digit rebounds in eight straight games and he'll be asked to do more offensively for the short-handed Bulls, setting him up for a productive run in the season's final weeks.
Mar 3 - 11:18 PM

Nene fouled out of Tuesday's game with zero points in 20 minutes of action, though he did get six rebounds, two assists and two steals.

The veteran PF said before the game that he "hates" the Bulls but he didn't support his comment with any actions tonight, and the Wizards fell 92-97 in Chicago. Nene has been a borderline fantasy option, due largely to his 25-minute role, and he's only worth deploying if you're in need of rebounds, steals and especially FG percentages.
Mar 3 - 11:10 PM

Bradley Beal shot just 6-of-18 from the field on Tuesday, finishing a road loss to the Bulls with 13 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block.

Beal is now a combined 8-of-28 in two games since returning from his leg injury, but the good news is that he's averaging 33.5 minutes in those contests. The Wizards' willingness to give him such a heavy workload suggests that he's fully recovered, and it shouldn't take long before his shots start falling.
Mar 3 - 11:10 PM

Jeff Teague returned to action on Tuesday with 25 points on 7-of-12 field goals and 9-of-11 free throws, helping the Hawks to a comeback win vs. the visiting Rockets.

He rested as a precaution on Saturday and Mike Budenholzer has torn a page out of Gregg Popovich's playbook by occasionally resting his starters en masse. The game off seems to have done Teague some good, as he scored 20 points for the first time in eight games and made multiple 3-pointers for the second time in a month.
Mar 3 - 10:57 PM

Jordan Clarkson had 19 points, one 3-pointer, four assists and one steal in Tuesday's road loss in Charlotte, making 9-of-19 shots including a critical driving layup with nine seconds remaining.

The Lakers want Clarkson to play in Summer League but he's rapidly developing into a reliable NBA point guard. "I'm still real excited about Jordan Clarkson," Byron Scott said in late February. "I keep getting excited about that kid because his growth is getting better and better." Fantasy owners can say the same thing, and he deserves to be owned in standard leagues with averages of 14.0 points, 0.9 threes, 3.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.0 steals in 16 starts this season.
Source: L.A. Times
Mar 3 - 10:27 PM

Derrick Favors scored 21 points with six boards, three assists, two steals and three blocks in 36 minutes against the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

He shot 8-of-14 from the field and made 5-of-6 attempts from the charity stripe to add to his impressive performance. Favors has averaged 18.0 points, 9.4 boards, 1.2 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.2 blocks over his last five games, and with no competition for playing time, there is no reason why he shouldn't be able to keep it going.
Mar 3 - 10:27 PM

Jeremy Lin sank a late 3-pointer in Charlotte on Tuesday, finishing the Lakers' one-point loss with 23 points, six rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one block in 30 minutes.

Lin made 9-of-16 shots overall and he's been gaining steam with increased minutes and offensive responsibilities since the All-Star break. Despite averaging under 28 minutes in his previous five games, Lin was already helping fantasy owners with 17.0 points on 50.0 percent FGs and 75.0 percent FTs, as well as 2.8 boards, 5.0 assists and 1.2 steals. Tonight's eruption clinches the deal and he shouldn't be floating on your waiver wire.
Mar 3 - 10:27 PM

Lance Stephenson didn't leave the Hornets bench in the second half on Tuesday, finishing with five points, three rebounds and two assists in just 10 minutes.

Born Ready has solid per-36-minute averages for rebounds (6.5) and assists (5.9), but that's where the good news ends. He has a morbid True Shooting of 40.3 percent and coach Steve Clifford opted to deploy Jeff Taylor ahead of him in the second half. Clifford explained the benching afterward by saying, "From here on out it's got to be sub-to-win." That line sums up Stephenson's lack of value for both the Hornets and fantasy owners.
Mar 3 - 10:23 PM

Al Jefferson racked up 21 points, 16 rebounds, three steals and one block vs. the Lakers on Tuesday.

Big Al leads all NBA players in total post-ups, which account for 58.6 percent of his offensive possessions. He predictably lived in the paint vs. the Lakers' frontcourt of Robert Sacre, Carlos Boozer and Ryan Kelly, but shot only 9-of-19 from the field and 3-of-7 from the line. The Hornets are essentially tied with the Nets for the final playoff spot in the East, raising the stakes for Wednesday's game in Brooklyn.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 3 - 10:23 PM




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