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Kevin Love injured his right thumb in the second half of Friday's game and X-rays were negative.

This is good news that he didn't suffer a break, especially considering he broke his third and fourth metacarpals earlier this year. Love's next step may be an MRI to check on the ligaments in his thumb. He left the game with 1:16 left in the fourth quarter and was already struggling with his shot, hitting just 4-of-18 attempts for 14 points to go with nine rebounds. His recent shooting slide doesn't do him any favors trying to convince owners that his hand is right.
Fri, Dec 14, 2012 10:11:00 PM

Jonas Valanciunas hit 8-of-10 shots, a 3-pointer and 6-of-6 free throws for a season-high 23 points and 15 rebounds in 28 minutes of Monday's loss to the Clippers.

He also had 23 points in the season opener, but has been pretty quiet ever since. He hadn't scored more than nine points in his previous three games and it looked like Jakob Poeltl might be ready to challenge him for his job. Hopefully the Raptors figure out that he needs more minutes (tonight marked his most since Nov. 15) and turn him loose. Either way, despite his struggles, JV is too good to drop in any league.
Dec 12 - 1:05 AM

Jordan Bell started for Draymond Green (shoulder) on Monday vs. the Blazers and scored 11 points on 5-of-6 shots and 1-of-2 free throws with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 26 minutes.

The nickname "mini Draymond" is catching on and there are a lot of similarities with the way both players can fill up the box score, especially in steals and blocks. He had another ridiculous chase-down block on Damian Lillard tonight and has been slowly earning coach Steve Kerr's trust over the past few weeks. He continues to trend up as a high-upside stash, but keep in mind the Warriors only have one more game this week.
Dec 12 - 12:59 AM

Kevin Durant led the Warriors to their seventh straight win in a 111-104 victory over the Blazers on Monday, scoring 28 points (11-of-21 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) with nine rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two triples in 36 minutes.

Durant was putting up 35.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 8.5 assists, 3.5 blocks, 0.5 steals and 3.0 triples in his last two games without Stephen Curry (ankle) and continued his dominant play tonight. Durant did have a slight limp near the end of the third quarter and a trainer was working on his lower right leg, but he did return to the game and seemed fine. The only concern for Durant’s owners is that they only get to deploy him one more time this week.
Dec 12 - 12:53 AM

Montrezl Harrell was on fire on Monday night, but hurt his right knee on the landing after a great shot block. NBA TV cut away from the game so we didn't get to see how Harrell exited the court, but we'll assume it was gingerly, at best.

He was down, in a lot of pain, and we're going to assume he won't return. If that's the case, he'll finish with 17 points, four rebounds and two blocks, despite playing just 14 minutes. Hopefully the injury isn't serious, and there are reports that he remained on the bench and was trying to shake it off. Despite the big line, he'll need more minutes than he's getting to be a must-own in fantasy. Sam Dekker gets a boost if Harrell's going to miss time.
Dec 12 - 12:35 AM

Nick Young (concussion) will not return to Monday's game vs. the Blazers.

He will now enter the concussion protocol and is in danger of missing Thursday's game vs. Dallas. Young was playing well tonight with 12 points and a pair of triples in 13 minutes, but he caught an inadvertent elbow from Jordan Bell while fighting for a rebound. If Young misses time Patrick McCaw will likely pick up his minutes.
Dec 12 - 12:29 AM

James Harden (calf) matched his career-high with 17 assists in Monday's win over the Pelicans, adding 26 points, one rebound, six steals, four triples and three turnovers.

That's the sixth time in his career that Harden has recorded 17 assists and all six of those games happened in 2016 or later. He was toying with the Pelicans' defense tonight and 11 of his assists were alley-oop lobs to Clint Capela. Arguably the frontrunner for the MVP Award, Harden will look to stay hot against a depleted Hornets team on Wednesday.
Dec 11 - 11:13 PM

Clint Capela scored a career-high 28 points on 13-of-14 shooting in Monday's 130-123 win over the Pelicans.

James Harden and Chris Paul were giving Capela easy looks around the rim all night and the Rockets destroyed the Pelicans with the pick-and-roll. Capela also limited DeMarcus Cousins to 24 points without Anthony Davis which is no easy task, and he also matched his career-high with five blocks to go with his eight rebounds in 24 minutes. Capela is a rising star in the NBA and is firmly in the discussion for the Most Improved Player Award.
Dec 11 - 11:03 PM

E'Twaun Moore dropped a career-high 36 points on 15-of-20 shots, but it wasn't enough in Monday's 130-123 loss to Houston.

Moore was feeling it tonight, hitting six of the Pelicans' franchise record of 18 triples. He dished out three assists with three rebounds and three turnovers and was one of three Pelicans who played 41 or more minutes. While this was a fluky line in a shootout, Moore was having a strong December prior to Monday with averages of 16.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.2 triples in that span. He's worth owning while he's hot, especially with Anthony Davis (thigh) banged up.
Dec 11 - 10:50 PM

Rajon Rondo triple-doubled with 13 points (5-of-12 FGs), 12 assists, 12 rebounds, three triples and eight turnovers in Monday's 130-123 loss to Houston.

That's the 30th triple-double of his career and that makes him the only player in the NBA to have at least one triple-double in each of the last 10 seasons. Rondo has really expanded his 3-point range in recent years and that's going to be huge for New Orleans' floor spacing -- he's hit three or more triples 16 times in his career and all of them have come after 2014. He played 42 minutes after playing 37 on Sunday, so hopefully the Pelicans are done watching his minutes.
Dec 11 - 10:43 PM

Jrue Holiday scored a season-high 37 points on 16-of-21 shooting in Monday's 130-123 loss to Houston.

He finished one point shy of his career-high and has been rolling, scoring 30+ points in three out of his last five games. Holiday usually eats when Anthony Davis (thigh) sits and that was the case tonight, as he has a 24.2 usage rate with Davis off the floor compared to 20.6 when he's playing. Holiday played 41 minutes for the second night in a row and his owners should expect more monster lines if Davis needs to miss more time.
Dec 11 - 10:36 PM

Nikola Mirotic started in place of Lauri Markkanen (back) on Monday and hit 9-of-14 shots, three 3-pointers and 3-of-6 free throws for 24 points, eight rebounds and a block in 32 minutes.

Miro hit 6-of-10 shots and five 3-pointers for 19 points on Saturday and has wasted no time getting back into the mix for the Bulls. Bobby Portis got off to a very hot start for the Bulls this season and then cooled off and it would not be surprising to see Mirotic follow the same path. But Fred Hoiberg is impressed, saying "Niko has been awesome. That's obviously an understatement." He's hot right now and probably worth adding if you have someone to cut, but he should continue to be a boom or bust fantasy player going forward.
Dec 11 - 10:34 PM




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