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Andrei Kirilenko (back) returned to action on Friday against the Cavs, scoring eight points on 4-of-5 shooting with seven rebounds, six assists, four steals, and three blocks in 31 minutes.

Flirting with a 5x5 night is our idea of a return game. Get him back into lineups ASAP.
Sat, Dec 8, 2012 05:59:00 AM

Carmelo Anthony made 13-of-29 from the field for 36 points against the Kings during an overtime 135-129 loss with 11 rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 46 minutes.

Yeah, about that knee soreness. Anthony has played a whopping 41.8 minutes per game in his last four since returning from knee soreness, averaging 30.8 points, 7.5 boards, 3.5 dimes and 1.3 steals. He is a prime shut down candidate, so his hot streak right now presents a great sell-high chance for his owners.
Dec 28 - 1:22 AM

Cole Aldrich had his best game of the season on Saturday with 18 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in just 24 minutes.

He fouled out and certainly was handled by DeMarcus Cousins, but Aldrich's arrow is pointing up. He was tremendous in his brief time in summer league and is arguably the best healthy two-way big man on NYK, so he might have some short-term value while Amare Stoudemire is out. He might have value beyond STAT's return, too.
Dec 28 - 1:10 AM

It was Khris Middleton's turn for a big game on Saturday in a loss to the Hawks, scoring 21 points with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and five 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

It's almost like coach Jason Kidd is flipping a coin on who he's giving his minutes to. Middleton scored just two points on Friday and wasn't over 24 minutes in any of his previous four games, so it's hard to be bullish on him. He's not a waiver-wire target in standard leagues.
Dec 28 - 12:45 AM

Jeff Teague scored 25 points in a 90-85 win over the Bucks on Saturday with eight rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

Needless to say, he's back. Teague missed three games earlier this month and played in just 24 minutes in each of his last two games. He was playing well before the injury and he should keep the ball rolling against the Cavs on Tuesday.
Dec 28 - 12:34 AM

Derrick Favors posted a massive line on Saturday, finishing with 17 points, 15 boards, three assists, three steals and five blocks in 34 minutes.

He also shot 7-of-11 from the field, and was clearly the most dominant player on the court Saturday. The fact that he did this against the 76ers should be factored in, but this was a great performance nonetheless. As long as Favors stays healthy, more lines similar to this will be on the horizon.
Dec 28 - 12:33 AM

Michael Carter-Williams shot just 2-of-20 from the field in a loss to the Jazz on Saturday, finishing with eight points, four boards, six assists and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

He was terrible Saturday, and to add to his misery he even turned the ball over six times. MCW is one of the most inefficient players in the league, and his shooting percentages and turnovers make him really tough to own in standard leagues. That being said, his numbers will continue to be inflated as long as he continues to see big minutes for the 76ers, and he will continue to be a triple-double threat every time he takes the floor. Owners must take the good with the bad.
Dec 28 - 12:13 AM

Nerlens Noel (ankle) is going to get X-rays after Saturday's game against the Jazz.

He briefly left the game after landing awkwardly on his ankle, but he returned moments later and finished with five points, 10 boards, two assists and one steal in 32 minutes. The 76ers are known to be extremely cautious with injuries so it is possible that Noel could see some time on the sidelines. We will pass along updates as soon as we know more, and we would expect Henry Sims, Robert Covington, and Furkan Aldemir to fill the void should Noel miss any time. Stay tuned.
Dec 28 - 12:05 AM

Nikola Pekovic (ankle) has increased his workload and was able to run on a anti-gravity treadmill at 80 percent on Saturday.

He is scheduled to have an MRI next week in the hope that he will be cleared to run on his full weight soon. However, he is still not close to a return and Minnesota has no reason to rush him back as they are firmly out of the playoff race. Pekovic's eventual return could hurt the value of Gorgui Dieng, but Dieng should still be owned in all leagues for the rest of the way due to his upside and how injury-prone Pekovic is.
Dec 27 - 11:45 PM

Kevin Martin (wrist) is making good progress, and is expected to be re-evaluated in two weeks.

He had surgery on Nov. 25 and the initial diagnosis was 6-8 weeks so it looks like he is on course to return in January as expected. Martin can be picked up for owners in need of 3-point shooting and scoring but expectations need to be tempered as Minnesota will likely ease him back slowly. We will pass along further updates as needed.
Dec 27 - 11:34 PM

Jimmy Butler scored a game-high 33 points in a 107-100 win over the Pelicans on Saturday with five rebounds, two assists, one block and two steals.

This is getting old. Over his last six games, Butler has averaged 26.3 points, 7.2 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.5 blocks and 1.3 triples on 51.5 percent from the field. He is doing all of this with Derrick Rose on the court and it's clear his coach trusts him. Butler is playing like an All-Star and he looks like he's going to do it for a while.
Dec 27 - 11:24 PM

Ricky Rubio (ankle) said that he felt 'good not great' after doing some 5-on-0 work at practice Friday.

He won't take contact in practice until he does feel a little better and also added that he has no return date in mind. We still think he will be able to return in January, but this report is a little disappointing. However, Rubio should be owned in all leagues and his owners will have to remain patient for the time being.
Dec 27 - 11:09 PM




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