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Nikola Pekovic (thigh) and Alexey Shved (ankle) are expected to return Wednesday.

They'll each end up missing five games. Expect the notoriously tough Pekovic to immediately step back into the starting five and quickly ramp back up to his season average of 31.2 minutes per night. Desperate owners that were using Greg Stiemsma as a blocks specialist for the last 10 days can safely move on.
Tue, Jan 29, 2013 03:34:00 PM

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 15 points with four rebounds, one assist, three steals, three blocks and no turnovers in 25 minutes against the Magic on Friday.

He did have an ugly fall and had the training staff look at the back of his right leg, but he stayed in the game. Hollis-Jefferson's defense was outstanding in this game and he's finally getting some decent usage in this speedy offense. Hollis-Jefferson probably isn't going to be a minutes monster, but averaging 14.5 points per game so far shows he can do enough on offense to add to his defensive stats. He should be owned in all leagues.
Oct 21 - 1:42 AM

Trevor Booker had another gem of a game against the Magic on Friday, scoring 17 points with 11 rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 22 minutes.

After his Wednesday 20-10, he is the first player since Kevin Love in 2009 to post double-doubles in each of his team's first two games of a season off the bench. Coach Kenny Atkinson said last week that Booker's role isn't set in stone and the coach has used a whopping 32 different combinations already this year, but Booker is playing just too well and gets minutes at two positions. While he won't be this good, he has to be added in standard leagues.
Oct 21 - 1:35 AM

Jarrett Allen made the rotation in a win over the Magic on Friday, scoring nine points with two rebounds, one steal and one block in 15 minutes.

He was really, really good and played important minutes in the fourth. The Nets have used a lot of 1-5 pick-and-roll in the preseason and early this year, and Allen continues to find a way to get to the rim for easy dunks. He's also ahead of the curve on defense and he's done a good job getting down the floor on both ends. It's not time to trust him just yet, but Allen made his claim that he's a strong stash in deeper leagues.
Oct 21 - 1:29 AM

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 16 points with five rebounds, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Magic on Friday.

He absolutely has minutes coming his way and he has already played next to D'Angelo Russell for nine minutes this season -- only two minutes tonight. Dinwiddie should be able to find around 20 minutes per game most nights, which is more like 24 minutes because the Nets are flying with their 113 pace and have a point guard-centric offense. Dinwiddie is worth a look for any PG-needy fantasy owner.
Oct 21 - 1:20 AM

Joel Embiid will be rested against the Raptors on Saturday.

He was only expected to play 20 minutes on Friday vs. Boston, but played 28 minutes because the game went down to the wire again. The Process didn't have a monster night, but still made fantasy owners happy with 11 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks, shooting 4-of-16 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line. He missed all six of his 3-point attempts with a few turnovers, but his owners can expect a better output on Monday in Detroit.
Oct 21 - 1:11 AM

Nikola Vucevic scored a career-high 41 points against the Nets during a 126-121 loss on Friday, adding 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals and six 3-pointers.

Those 3-pointers were obviously a career high, and all that offseason talk of him adding 3-pointers may have not sold it enough. Vucevic is in a great spot with the Magic playing more up-tempo and he's still been able to do work on the glass. He wasn't in demand on draft day, but so far he's looking like a bargain.
Oct 21 - 1:09 AM

Kevin Durant finished with 22 points, seven rebounds, an assist and a steal in 31 minutes Friday in New Orleans, but the highlight of the night was his six blocked shots.

Durant tied a career high with six blocks, previously accomplished Nov. 26, 2016. The most amazing part of the blocked shot show was that two of the swats came against Tony Allen in the second half when playing with just one shoe on. That's 10 blocked shots through two games, as he really looks to be on a mission at the defensive end early on.
Oct 21 - 12:57 AM

Bradley Beal scored 25 points with four rebounds, four assists, three blocks and one 3-pointer during a 115-111 win over the Pistons on Friday.

He only attempted three shots from deep and his offensive game is starting to fill out quite nicely. After the break last year, Beal was part of just a handful of guys to post a 26 usage rate with at least a 61 true shooting percentage. He's increased his free throw makes in each of the last three seasons and he's up to 9.0 per game already -- 3.7 makes last year. Beal seems like a near lock to make the All-Star team.
Oct 21 - 12:31 AM

John Wall scored 26 points with three rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, two blocks, eight turnovers and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Pistons on Friday.

Wall will be Wall with his 25-10 kind of lines, but so far we've seen him go to the line 10.0 times per game this season -- up from 6.8 last year, and 4.5 in 2015-16. He just turned 27 and is coming off career highs in scoring, field goal percentage, assists, steals and free throw makes. He's a monster, but you knew that.
Oct 21 - 12:21 AM

Otto Porter scored 28 points with nine rebounds, three assists, four steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Pistons on Friday.

He did most of his damage in the first half with 20 points before the break. Porter has been effective as a stretch four and coach Scott Brooks will gladly play him there as much as possible. He did slow down a bit last year, but so far he's getting big minutes and could be a bigger part of the offense to go with his well-rounded game.
Oct 21 - 12:15 AM

C.J. McCollum scored 28 points during a 114-96 win over the Pacers on Friday, adding seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

The Most Improved Player in 2015-16 got even better in 2016-17 with improved scoring and efficiency during his 80 games. McCollum and Damian Lillard continue to make a case they're a top-three backcourt in the NBA and so far the Blazers are batting 1.000 in getting into garbage time. They will get a real test against the Bucks on Saturday, and McCollum looks like a top-25 player once again this year.
Oct 20 - 11:35 PM




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