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Dirk Nowitzki said he would be OK with taking a paycut next offseason if it helped the Mavs lure big-time free agents to Dallas this year.

Nowitzki also said he planned to be a part of the team's pitches to potential free agents, particularly Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. It's not exactly a surprising statement from an aging veteran who saw this year that he needs elite-level help to win another title. The Mavs have plenty of cap space already, but an extra bit from Dirk next summer could help the team round out roster in the long term and sell Paul or Howard on a four- or five-year plan.
Wed, May 15, 2013 02:52:00 PM

Russell Westbrook picked up his 21st triple-double of the season on Wednesday with 27 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists, but he also had 10 turnovers in a lopsided loss to the Warriors.

Westbrook had his triple-double halfway through the third quarter, marking the 22nd time in his career that he's done it in three quarters or less. He made 8-of-23 FGs and 10-of-11 FTs tonight, with two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer, and continues to be a ridiculous fantasy asset on a nightly basis, especially in DFS and points leagues. Tonight's loss drops the Thunder into a virtual tie with Memphis for the No. 7 seed in the West, but they're still six games up on the No. 8 seed Nuggets.
Jan 19 - 1:26 AM

David West has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his left thumb, and he will be reevaluated in two weeks.

The injury was initially called a bruise, but X-rays revealed a more serious issue. The Warriors' frontcourt gets even thinner without him, and they're likely to turn to Kevon Looney while emphasizing more small-ball lineups featuring Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and Ian Clark. There's no clear-cut fantasy winner in this situation.
Jan 19 - 1:17 AM

Garrett Temple played 29 minutes off the bench against the Pacers on Wednesday with nine points, four rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer.

He should be getting a big bump in usage and playing time with Rudy Gay (Achilles). In the previous stretch Gay missed 10 of 11 games, Temple averaged 10.2 points, 3.4 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.5 treys on 42.4 percent from the field and 89.5 percent from the line. That was good for eighth-round value in that stretch, so he is worth a look in standard leagues.
Jan 19 - 1:15 AM

Preliminary tests indicated Rudy Gay has suffered a torn left Achilles.

He'll have an MRI on Thursday to confirm the injury, which is likely to end his season. Gay had micro tearing in his left Achilles dating back to 2014 and received shockwave treatment before. He's heading into a contract year and the timing is just terrible for the 30-year-old forward. The Kings will have to count on Garrett Temple, Matt Barnes and Anthony Tolliver. Temple is worth a pickup in standard leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Jan 19 - 12:48 AM

Rudy Gay (leg) was carried off the court in the third quarter on Wednesday.

It did not look good. He was driving along the baseline and his leg gave out on the play. Gay couldn't put any weight on his left leg and the Kings had four people carry him off the court. Considering how the Kings have been careful with him, he's likely to miss time here. Matt Barnes, Anthony Tolliver and Garrett Temple could all gain value.
Jan 19 - 12:22 AM

James Harden put on an offensive clinic during a 111-92 win over the Bucks on Wednesday, scoring 38 points with six rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

If you didn't see this game, you missed a great one with Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo going off. Antetokounmpo gave Harden some props after the game. "I think I can say right now he is the best player in the league," Giannis said. Harden has been surging over his last seven, averaging 34.3 points, 9.0 boards, 10.1 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 3.9 treys on 63.2 true shooting percentage. This game also moved him past Anthony Davis for No. 2 on the points per game leader board this season.
Jan 19 - 12:17 AM

Reggie Jackson drained 10-of-20 shots en route to 26 points on Wednesday, adding five boards, four assists and two 3-pointers in an easy 118-95 win vs. Atlanta.

Detroit scored 42 points in the first quarter tonight, their highest-scoring quarter of the entire season, and Jackson was the early engine of the offense. He's really found a groove in January, averaging 19.5 points, 1.8 triples, 5.4 assists and 0.9 steals, which is more in line with his numbers from last season. His owners' patience is finally paying off.
Jan 19 - 12:09 AM

Anthony Davis (hip, thumb) played 29 minutes on Wednesday, finishing with 21 points (9-of-17 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), 14 rebounds, four assists and one block.

AD survived yet another injury scare tonight when he left to get X-rays on his left hand, but he quickly returned while wearing a splint on two fingers. He seems to be perpetually banged up, yet he's only missed three games this season. The risk of a shutdown is limited by the fact that New Orleans is just 1.5 games out of the playoff picture, and thus far Davis has paid off richly for his risk-taking owners. As a precaution, we'll add him to the injury report ahead of Friday's home game vs. Brooklyn.
Jan 19 - 12:00 AM

Isaiah Thomas lit up the Knicks for a game-high 39 points in a losing effort on Wednesday, making 12-of-25 FGs and 10-of-10 FTs with five 3-pointers, three boards and two assists.

Thomas came in averaging 10.1 points in the fourth quarter this season, the highest mark since NBA.com began tracking the stat in 1997-98. Another stat worth remembering, especially for DFS purposes, is that Thomas came in averaging 36.5 points in games that Avery Bradley missed this season. Brad Stevens hinted that Bradley could miss more time with his sore Achilles, so Thomas' outlook this week is even better than usual.
Jan 18 - 11:32 PM

Al Horford shot just 2-of-14 from the field on Wednesday to score five points with 10 assists, seven rebounds, one steal and one block.

Horford was 1-of-10 from the field at halftime with six attempts behind the arc, which was taking the stretch-center concept a little too far. The assists were a season-high and his boards tied Amir Johnson (10 points, seven boards, two blocks) for the team-high, but Boston still got "pummeled" on the glass with a 57-33 disadvantage. Horford should have much better luck vs. the Blazers' frontcourt on Saturday.
Jan 18 - 11:31 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 32 points in a 111-92 loss to the Rockets on Wednesday, adding 11 rebounds, six assists, one steal, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

He was the only player in his game to get double-digit boards and some of that was due to him playing center in this game. This was his eighth 30-point game on the season and 17th double-double. His scoring efficiency is truly elite over his last 14, posting a 64.4 true shooting percentage on a 29.9 usage rate. Now that he has his jumper work, Giannis is one of the most unstoppable scorers in the NBA at age 22.
Jan 18 - 11:30 PM




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