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David West shot 11-of-17 from the field for 26 points with five boards and one assist in 41 minutes against the Heat on Wednesday.

He had a big game and did some damage with seven of his field goals coming from within the paint. The Pacers had the Heat right where they wanted them in the first half with a five-point lead and a slower pace, but Miami changed the tempo in the second half. Lance Stephenson was also effective on the glass with his 12 boards to go with seven points, three assists and three steals, but his shot selection was sub-par, shooting 2-of-10 from the field.
Thu, May 23, 2013 12:19:00 AM

Denzel Valentine scored 17 points in another start on Tuesday vs. the Lakers and matched his career-high of five 3-pointers.

The second-year wing hit 6-of-12 shots and missed his only free throw, racking up nine rebounds, four assists and two steals in 38 minutes. He's a great fit in the first unit because he can take the pressure off Kris Dunn with his playmaking skills, and his floor spacing is also crucial. He put up 12.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 3.0 triples in three previous starts and looks like a hot fantasy pickup with his new role.
Nov 22 - 1:54 AM

Kris Dunn started at point guard on Tuesday vs. the Lakers, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting with six assists, five rebounds, one steal, one block, one triple and four turnovers in 32 minutes.

Poor shooting and high turnovers have been a theme for Dunn this season, but he's still flirting with top-100 value in standard 9-category leagues with his averages of 11.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.9 triples. His fantasy arrow is pointing straight up and coach Fred Hoiberg made it sound like he'll have a long leash as the starting PG going forward, so make sure he's not floating on the wire.
Nov 22 - 1:48 AM

Brook Lopez scored a season-low four points on Tuesday vs. the Bulls with nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in just 25 minutes.

His brother Robin won this matchup, posting 14 points on 7-of-11 shots while Brook finished just 2-of-10 from the field. He's had some awesome games this season, but some major duds as well with six games in single digits. Things are only going to get more frustrating with Larry Nance (hand) due back next week.
Nov 22 - 1:24 AM

Kyle Kuzma scored a game-high 22 points in Tuesday's 103-94 comeback win over the Bulls, hitting 7-of-15 shots and 4-of-7 free throws.

The Lakers climbed back from a 19-point deficit and Kuzma kept them in striking distance with a monster first half. He finished with five assists, three rebounds, four 3-pointers and two turnovers in 40 minutes. Larry Nance (hand) is targeting a return to the court next week, but it's hard to imagine the Lakers taking Kuzma out of the starting lineup because they need him to space the floor for Lonzo Ball and they need his offense in general -- the Lakers rank 28th in offensive rating this season.
Nov 22 - 1:13 AM

Lonzo Ball hit just 3-of-13 shots for eight points, 13 rebounds, four assists, one steal, two triples and one turnover on Tuesday vs. the Bulls.

His efficiency is still horrendous, but Ball makes up for it other areas such as rebounding, assists and defensive stats. So how inefficient are we talking? According to ESPN, just 12 players since the advent of the 3-point line in 1979 have posted a true shooting percentage worse than Ball's .368 mark (with at least 500 minutes). Until Ball improves as a scorer, he'll continue to be a much better fantasy asset in leagues that don't punish his shooting woes.
Source: ESPN
Nov 22 - 1:13 AM

Kris Dunn will replace Jerian Grant in the starting lineup on Tuesday vs. the Lakers.

This move was long overdue. "He’s really played well these past few games and has been very aggressive," coach Fred Hoiberg said of Dunn. His ball security and shot selection have improved, and while he'll still struggle with turnovers and shooting percentages, Dunn should be a really nice source of dimes and steals going forward. Denzel Valentine, Justin Holiday, Lauri Markkanen and Robin Lopez will also start.
Nov 21 - 9:06 PM

Paul Millsap will reportedly undergo left wrist surgery and he will be out indefinitely.

Not good. While X-rays came back negative, tests taken over the past few days confirmed the need for surgery and Shams Charania reports he could be looking at a 2-3 month absence. Kenneth Faried got the start in his place on Monday night but finished with just six points and seven boards in 19 minutes, so he's still not a very attractive add. The Nuggets could also go small sans Millsap, shifting Wilson Chandler over to the four and starting Will Barton at the three, in which case Barton would see a nice uptick in value. Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and Barton figure to pick up most of Millsap's usage, and Juan Hernangomez could become a larger part of the rotation. Millsap will be tough to hang onto if you don't have an IR-spot.
Nov 21 - 6:02 PM

Buddy Hield (ankle) and Vince Carter (kidney stones) participated during Tuesday's practice.

Hield has spent the past two games on the sidelines with a sprained right ankle, but he said he felt good after practice and expects to play Wednesday vs. the Lakers. With Hield back out there, it'll be either De'Aaron Fox or Garrett Temple moving to the bench, and Carter's potential return could cut into Bogdan Bogdanovic's minutes. Check back for official confirmation on Hield's status following Wednesday morning's shootaround.
Nov 21 - 5:22 PM

Luke Babbitt (back) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Clippers.

Babbitt suffered the back injury on Monday and is being listed as day-to-day, but he might spend more than just one game on the sidelines with the next two contests after Wednesday being a Friday-Saturday back-to-back set. Ersan Ilyasova could move back into the starting five on Wednesday night, and John Collins should see an uptick in minutes.
Nov 21 - 5:10 PM

Damian Lillard (ankle) is not being listed on the injury report for Wednesday's game against the 76ers.

Lillard tweaked his ankle on Monday night, but he said he didn't expect to spend any time on the sidelines and his absence from the injury report suggests that will be the case. Owners can expect official confirmation following Wednesday morning's shootaround, but it doesn't look like there's anything to worry about here.
Nov 21 - 4:58 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu (ankle) will remain on the sidelines for Wednesday's game against the 76ers.

Aminu is just about at the end of Week-3 of his initial 2-3 week timetable, so he is getting close, but the Blazers probably want him to go through some full-contact practices before putting him back out there. Noah Vonleh will continue to start at the four sans Aminu, and there will be more minutes available for Moe Harkless, Pat Connaughton and Caleb Swanigan. With Aminu close, he's someone to consider stashing away in 12-team leagues.
Nov 21 - 4:56 PM




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