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Paul Pierce had the seventh triple-double of his career with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to go with one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 49 minutes during a double-overtime win over the Heat.

He put the team on his back for much of the game and will certainly be doing more ballhandling with Rajon Rondo out for the year. Pierce was in a major slump in his previous nine games, shooting just 36 percent from the floor for an average of 14.4 points. There's no doubt his season average of 3.8 assists will be on the upswing and his arrow is pointing up in fantasy leagues.
Sun, Jan 27, 2013 04:20:00 PM

Rajon Rondo returned from a day of rest to finish Sunday's home victory with a season-high 18 assists, 13 points, five steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

Not too shabby. This is just the second time Rondo has exceeded 30 minutes since returning in mid-November, as the Pelicans are wisely being cautious with his workload. He's played in two back-to-back sets, though, so the restrictions aren't too severe. He came into this game hot over the past five games, averaging 9.8 points on 56.8% shooting, 1.4 triples, 5.2 rebounds, 9.2 assists and 0.8 steals. Those numbers are going up after tonight's gem.
Dec 10 - 11:09 PM

Jrue Holiday dropped 34 points with five 3-pointers, five assists, four rebounds, two steals and two blocks on Sunday, making 11-of-21 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs in 41 minutes.

Holiday jump-started the offense late, scoring 19 points in the fourth quarter to help New Orleans avoid a loss to the short-handed Sixers. He's really settled into his role alongside Rajon Rondo and is taking advantage of the defensive attention drawn by DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, which frees him up for easier looks. That said, it will be Jrue's defense that gets tested vs. the Rockets on Monday.
Dec 10 - 11:07 PM

Ben Simmons had 27 points, 10 assists, five rebounds and one block, but he couldn't prevent the Sixers' fourth straight loss on Sunday.

Simmons made 10-of-16 FGs and 7-of-9 FTs in a high-scoring affair in New Orleans, and he was relentless attacking the basket -- all of his shots came within 14 feet, and he feasted in the restricted area. As usual, he's a monster for DFS and points leagues, while taking a sizable hit in category leagues due to poor FT shooting (55.7%) and high turnovers (3.8 per game).
Dec 10 - 10:42 PM

Joel Embiid (back tightness) expects to play on Tuesday, but he'll work out on Monday to see how his back responds.

"If it was the Finals I'm sure I could have [played on Sunday]," Embiid said. He first experienced tightness while playing 36 minutes vs. the Lakers on Thursday, but his absence on Saturday was described by the team as simple 'rest'. He was a very late scratch on Sunday, suggesting that he warmed up but didn't feel quite ready, and at least he's optimistic that he won't miss more games. Check back for updates on Monday afternoon.
Dec 10 - 10:39 PM

Will Barton racked up 21 points, nine assists, six rebounds and two steals on Sunday, with just one turnover in 45 minutes.

Barton is thriving in the Nuggets' small-ball lineup, and coach Mike Malone said recently that he's comfortable playing him huge minutes. He's at 33.7 minutes over the past month, during which time he's averaged 17.7 points (49.2% FGs, 74.4% FTs), 2.4 triples, 5.5 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.7 blocks. That across-the-board production is resulting in early-round value, which should be sustainable as long as the minutes are there. He's simply crushing most pre-season expectations.
Dec 10 - 8:55 PM

Trey Lyles erupted for a career-high 25 points on Sunday, hitting 9-of-15 field goals with five 3-pointers, five rebounds and one steal in just 26 minutes off the bench.

Lyles' team-high scoring wasn't enough to earn the victory, as Denver was outscored 12-2 in overtime, but that won't sour the mood for fantasy owners who gambled on him. He was coming off a dud on Friday (three points, 0-of-8 FGs), but was a picture of efficiency tonight -- all of his makes came either from downtown or in the restricted area. He's worth a look for cheap, temporary value while Nikola Jokic (ankle) is on the sidelines.
Dec 10 - 8:54 PM

Lance Stephenson (ankle) came off the bench for 12 points, six rebounds and a season-high six assists in 36 minutes on Sunday.

Darren Collison's absence with knee soreness really opened things up for Stephenson tonight, and the 36 minutes matched his season-high. Despite his solid play, it's impossible to overlook the situational nature of this line. He'd be worth considering if Collison misses more games, but the Pacers don't play again until Wednesday vs. OKC.
Dec 10 - 8:52 PM

Myles Turner made 10-of-15 field goals, including a pair of 3-pointers, to finish Sunday's OT victory with 24 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.

The 21-year-old center didn't commit a single foul or turnover in 41 minutes tonight -- that's now two straight games without a turnover. His 15 shots were the most since Nov. 7 and it was nice to see Indiana look for him offensively, taking advantage of the absence of Nikola Jokic in the middle -- he went 4-of-4 in the restricted area. He's cruising as a top-30 value this month.
Dec 10 - 8:49 PM

Victor Oladipo scored a career-high 47 points in an overtime win vs. Denver on Sunday, making 15-of-28 FGs and 11-of-13 FTs with seven rebounds, six 3-pointers and six assists.

Oladipo took a hard fall in the first half tonight, which forced him to go to the locker room, but he was simply sensational after returning, and he took control of the overtime period. VO added two steals and one block in 45 minutes of action tonight, and he's staked an undeniable claim to first-round fantasy value. "[I'm] just trying to be the best," he said after the game. "Try to be great one day at a time." Fittingly, he left the court to "M-V-P" chants from the adoring home crowd.
Dec 10 - 8:31 PM

Reggie Jackson missed all nine of his field goals on Sunday, scoring two points on 2-of-2 free throws with three assists, two steals and one rebound in 19 minutes.

Jackson watched from the bench as Detroit made a late run with Ish Smith at the PG spot, and this was just a brutal night against an elite defense for R-Jax. He came in averaging 18.8 points in December and hasn't been held to single-digit points in consecutive games all season, however, and owners shouldn't overreact. He gets a terrific matchup vs. the visiting Nuggets on Tuesday.
Dec 10 - 8:04 PM

Kyrie Irving cooled off vs. Detroit, making 4-of-12 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs to finish with 16 points, three boards, three assists and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

Jayson Tatum was also relatively quiet with 11 points, four boards, three 3-pointers and one block, and the Celtics shot just 41.8% as a team tonight. They got the win anyway because of their elite defense, which suffocated the Pistons all night long -- Detroit shot a mere 33.3% from the field. Kyrie said ditching his protective mask didn't impact him tonight, and he should have a big bounce-back game vs. Chicago on Monday. His usage will also get a boost if Al Horford (knee) is forced to sit out.
Dec 10 - 7:56 PM




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