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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

George Hill led the Kings to a 93-88 win over Dallas on Friday with 21 points in 32 minutes.

De'Aaron Fox got all the headlines for his strong opener, but this is still Hill's backcourt (at least for now). He finished an impressive 9-of-12 from the field and added five rebounds, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers. Fox had nine points and 10 dimes in 26 minutes and both players can coexist on the court, so expect to see more two-PG lineups going forward. Hill will be a fun player to own until the tank gets rolling.
Oct 20 - 11:22 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu was terrific against the Pacers on Friday with 16 points, 16 rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block, no turnovers and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

Despite coach Terry Stotts' best efforts, we now know Aminu will be starting in every game as the power forward while he's healthy. There was talk of him playing some SF, but that's not happening and he's done very well early. Although, the matchups were good ones, Aminu still looks like a player that needs to be owned in all leagues.
Oct 20 - 11:13 PM

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Dennis Smith Jr. (left knee effusion) has "a little swelling" and confirmed that he won't play on Saturday in Houston.

The good news is that the injury is not believed to be serious, so hopefully he'll be back after the weekend. His fantasy owners can expect an update on his knee no later than Monday afternoon before their game against GSW. In the meantime, J.J. Barea (nine points, 10 assists) and Yogi Ferrell (14 points) will hold down the fort in the backcourt.
Oct 20 - 11:09 PM

Rodney Hood was diagnosed with a left calf strain and will be re-evaluted with an MRI on Saturday morning.

If this diagnosis holds up, this would be a huge relief for the Jazz. It's also worth noting that the Jazz have ruled out an Achilles injury. Still, it wouldn't be surprising at all if he misses time because he had to be carried off the floor by his teammates. His owners should sit tight until we get an update on Saturday, but look for Alec Burks and Donovan Mitchell to see more minutes if Hood misses time.
Oct 20 - 10:56 PM

Dwight Howard went off against his former Hawks team on Friday with 20 points (8-of-12 FGs), 10 rebounds and one block in 33 minutes.

Dewayne Dedmon and John Collins weren't able to contain Howard in the paint, but his night wasn't all good as he hit 4-of-8 free throws and turned the ball over six times. Cody Zeller wasn't able to play with a right knee bruise and could miss more time, so Howard will get a bump in minutes until his backup returns to action. If you're punting free throws, you should be happy with Howard's start as a Hornet.
Oct 20 - 10:51 PM

Frank Kaminsky bounced back on Friday vs. the Hawks with 21 points in 33 minutes.

Kaminsky had a quiet opener with four points on 1-of-9 shooting, but he had the hot hand tonight and shot 7-of-14 from the field with six rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers. Kaminsky got a lot of extra run tonight, but it had more to do with Marvin Williams' (zero points on 0-of-6 shooting) poor shooting than Cody Zeller's injury -- Johnny O'Bryant got the backup center minutes. Kaminsky is a lukewarm pickup unless he keeps getting minutes at the expense of Williams.
Oct 20 - 10:23 PM




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