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Updating an earlier item, the Spurs plan to activate Kawhi Leonard (quad) for Friday's game against the Hornets.

Before the injury, Leonard had gotten off to a solid all-around start, averaging 10.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.0 treys in his first nine games. The Spurs will likely bring him back slowly at first given that he's now been out five weeks.
Thu, Dec 20, 2012 03:13:00 PM

Isaiah Thomas filled it up in just 20 minutes during an easy 119-99 win over the Lakers on Wednesday, making 9-of-11 from the field for 23 points with one rebound, three assists and five 3-pointers.

That's good for a ridiculous 104.5 effective field goal percentage, 17.8 assist ratio and a 29.2 usage rate. Thomas is definitely going to have some down nights with his minutes taking a hit, but he just looks so good in this up-tempo offense. He won't be this great, but should be a player worth starting now and would become a tremendous asset should Goran Dragic or Eric Bledsoe need to miss time.
Oct 30 - 4:03 AM

Marcus Morris caught fire against the Lakers on Wednesday with 21 points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and five 3-pointers as the starting small forward.

He owned the Lakers last season and got it going tonight in the blowout. In the post-game interview, Morris said he was practicing 200-300 attempts from beyond the arc per night, so it paid some immediate dividends. P.J. Tucker is still out for two more games, so fantasy owners should consider Marcus a near must-start option until further notice.
Oct 30 - 3:31 AM

Kobe Bryant attempted 25 of the Lakers' 86 shots from the field, making 11 of them for 31 points with four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in a blowout 119-99 loss to the Suns on Wednesday.

If you're scoring at home, he had a usage rate of 43.6, which is a basically 150 percent of what the 2013-14 league leader posted. Usage is obviously not going to be a problem for Kobe, so the stats are going to be there as long as you're OK with some efficiency issues. He should get better and just needs to stay healthy.
Oct 30 - 3:27 AM

Ed Davis turned in a big line against the Suns on Wednesday with 14 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in 33 minutes.

He is 2-for-2 with big lines and it looks like he's earning his bump in minutes. The Lakers are getting absolutely torched on defense and Carlos Boozer isn't helping. A move to the starting lineup for Davis could help, but he's still worth owning in most leagues even with his current bench role.
Oct 30 - 3:04 AM

Damian Lillard hit just 3-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 10 points, two rebounds, five assists and a steal in Wednesday's opening win over the Thunder.

This is not what owners were looking for and it's possible that Lillard was more concerned about chasing Russell Westbrook all night than playing well offensively. He failed in both areas, but is still primed for another big season. Put this one in your rearview mirror and get ready for Game 2. Despite his struggles tonight, the Blazers pulled away from the Thunder in the fourth quarter.
Oct 30 - 2:28 AM

Brandon Jennings played just 20 minutes against Nuggets on Wednesday, scoring four points with four rebounds, two assists and three turnovers on 2-of-4 from the field.

Uh oh. It takes a special type of player to fit on coach Stan Van Gundy's system and Jennings is certainly not the prototype. He did have some Achilles soreness and maybe that was a factor, but the coast is clear on the injury front right now. Jennings is probably one of the biggest losers from a fantasy perspective tonight and he is on thin ice after just one game.
Oct 30 - 2:19 AM

Russell Westbrook hit 11-of-26 shots and a 3-pointer on his way to 38 points, three rebounds, six assists, three steals and just two turnovers in Wednesday's loss.

He was a one-man wrecking crew tonight and it will likely continue as long as Kevin Durant is out. His two turnovers were possibly more impressive than all the points, but he's not going to turn it over a lot if he's shooting instead of passing.
Oct 30 - 2:18 AM

Draymond Green got the start for injured David Lee (hamstring) in Wednesday's opener and double-doubled with 12 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, a steal and two 3-pointers on 4-of-7 shooting.

He also had five turnovers in his 34 minutes, but owners who bought the Rotoworld hype on Green have to be pleased with tonight's line. Now we'll have to see what Green can do coming off the bench behind Lee, once he's healthy enough to play.
Oct 30 - 1:50 AM

Kenneth Faried kept his momentum from the summer going in the regular season with 22 points, 17 rebounds, four assists and three turnovers in 28 minutes against the Pistons on Wednesday.

The assists were a nice touch based on how he hasn't averaged more than 1.6 assists per game in any month of his career. Faried's shots are also going up and it's pretty clear he's the focal point of the frontcourt attack. His bandwagon is going to fill up pretty quickly at this rate.
Oct 30 - 1:39 AM

Taj Gibson made 10-of-12 field goals in Wednesday's season opener vs. New York, finishing with 22 points, eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

The Knicks' frontcourt is dismal, which makes Gibson's line less impressive, but it's still encouraging to see him thrive in a bench role behind Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol. He's a solid source of rebounds and blocks, but in general fantasy owners should view him as a late-round option at best.
Oct 30 - 1:20 AM

Derrick Rose had a quiet season debut on Wednesday, scoring 13 points with three rebounds, five assists, two steals and three turnovers in an easy win vs. New York.

Rose averaged 28.5 points in Chicago's final two preseason games and his minutes should spike for Thursday's matchup with the Cavaliers. He was calm and collected after the game, saying, "It's still going to take some time ... I might have some bad games here and there. But that's not going to stop me from trying to be aggressive." Fantasy owners can't ask for more than a healthy Rose adopting an aggressive mindset, and his season debut should be considered an unqualified success.
Oct 30 - 1:19 AM




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