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John Wall kept it going during a 111-98 win over the Pacers on Thursday, scoring 20 points with two rebounds, 12 assists, one steal, two blocks and five turnovers in 37 minutes.

Break up the Wizards. They have won 11 of their last 12 to help them surge to the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference. Wall has also passed Russell Westbrook for No. 2 in assists thanks to this outburst and is just 0.02 steals per game behind Draymond Green for the league lead in that department. Wall has absolutely earned his All-Star spot and has been among the best Eastern Conference player in the past month.
Thu, Feb 16, 2017 10:11:00 PM

Ricky Rubio (hip) will be available to play Friday night vs. the Blazers.

Rubio missed Utah's final three games before the All-Star break, but was playing his best ball of the season prior to the hip injury. Over a seven-game stretch from late January through early February, Rubio was averaging 20.7 points, 7.7 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.9 treys, while shooting 53.8 percent from the floor. Royce O'Neale played well in Rubio's absence but will see his minutes dip with Ricky back in the mix.
Feb 23 - 1:16 PM

Tyson Chandler (neck spasms) is listed as doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Clippers.

Chandler was ruled out of the Suns final game prior to the All-Star break due to the neck ailment and still dealing with the injury. He has been unable to practice and is seeing a neck specialist on Friday. The Suns hope to have an update on his condition by Friday evening. Alex Len is expected to draw the start at center if Chandler is unable to play on Friday.
Feb 23 - 1:09 PM

Coach Brad Stevens said that he expects Marcus Smart (thigh) to play Friday vs. the Pistons.

Smart missed the final 11 games before the All-Star break due to a hand injury. He's been cleared to return from that ailment; however, he sat out Thursday's practice due to a thigh bruise. Yet, the bruise is considered minor and we should see Smart make his return to action on Friday night. Terry Rozier will see his playing time reduced with Smart back in the lineup.
Feb 23 - 11:09 AM

X-rays on Danilo Gallinari's bruised right hand came back negative, and Gallinari is hopeful that he will be able to play Friday night vs. Phoenix.

Gallinari suffered the injury in Thursday's loss to the Warriors. Gallo said there was some swelling in the hand, so we'll see how it responds. We may not get an update until Friday afternoon. If Gallinari is unable to play, Tyrone Wallace and Wes Johnson would soak up additional minutes.
Feb 23 - 9:13 AM

Stephen Curry popped off for 44 points on 14-of-19 shooting in Thursday's 134-127 win over the Clippers, adding eight triples, nine dimes, six boards, two steals and four turnovers in 36 minutes.

The Dubs got off to an incredible start in this one, and Curry had his #StephGonSteph moment early, draining a halfcourt shot at the buzzer to end the first quarter of action. He was also a perfect 8-of-8 from the charity stripe, giving him a remarkable 94.2 true shooting percentage on the evening to accompany his 33.1 usage rate, and it looks like Steph has a decent chance of putting together yet another 50-40-90 season.
Feb 23 - 2:09 AM

Russell Westbrook hit a buzzer-beating jumper to defeat the Kings 110-107 on Thursday, scoring 17 points with 15 rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, one 3-pointer and seven turnovers in 40 minutes.

He was open for a 3-pointer near the top of the key for one of the flattest triples you'll see this season, but it still counts for three. Before the game-winner, this was the 33rd time he's posted a triple-double before the fourth quarter in his career, and he had plenty of time to spare with it coming at the 7:04 mark in third quarter. Westbrook is up to 97 career triple-doubles and he'll likely be at 100 in the next couple weeks. He's not going to have the historic year like his MVP 2016-17 campaign, but Westbrook has been better after a slow start a couple months ago.
Feb 23 - 1:13 AM

LeBron James racked up 32 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and two steals in a tough loss vs. the Wizards on Thursday.

LBJ sank 13-of-18 field goals tonight, with one 3-pointer, but that was the extent of the Cavs' offensive efficiency -- his teammates shot a combined 29-of-66 from the field (43.9%). Cleveland's revamped lineup had won five straight prior to this loss, but the No. 3 seed Cavs are still just 2.5 games ahead of the No. 6 seed Bucks. With home-court advantage in the playoffs at stake, LeBron's fantasy value looks rock-solid.
Feb 22 - 11:16 PM

Tomas Satoransky was terrific during Thursday's win in Cleveland, scoring 17 points on 6-of-7 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws in 31 minutes.

The 26-year-old guard added eight assists, four rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer without a single turnover. John Wall (knee surgery) recently got off crutches but he's unlikely to return before mid- to late-March, giving Satoransky at least a few weeks of unfettered minutes as the Wizards' starting PG. He's quietly emerged as one of the best waiver-wire additions this season, with past-month averages of 10.5 points (55.7% FGs, 100.0% FTs), 1.4 triples, 2.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.6 blocks.
Feb 22 - 11:09 PM

Joel Embiid filled it up during a 116-115 win over the Bulls on Thursday, scoring 30 points with 13 rebounds, five assists, three steals, four blocks, one turnover and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

Hello, Mr. Process. This was about as close to a 5x5 as he's been in his career. Embiid's minutes were starting to trend down earlier this month at just 29.7 in his previous February games, so getting up to 35 makes it seem like he could be closer to the 32.5 per game he played back in January. The 76ers are rolling with a six-game winning streak and they now have a 98 percent chance to make the playoffs, per FiveThirtyEight.com. The 76ers also have one of the easiest remaining schedules in the NBA, so playoff fever in Philly looks like it'll go beyond February.
Feb 22 - 11:07 PM

Ben Simmons scored a career-high 32 points with seven rebounds, 11 assists, one steal, one block and two turnovers in 34 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday.

He was very good from the field at 13-of-18, but he did make just 6-of-11 from the line. His free throw shooting has been an Achilles heel, but he knocked down two huge ones with six seconds left to help the 76ers earn their sixth straight win. Plus, coach Fred Hoiberg said the Bulls wanted to foul Simmons on the previous possession, but the 76ers got the ball to J.J. Redick, who made both with eight second left. Simmons and Joel Embiid play very well off each other and the sky is the limit with this duo.
Feb 22 - 11:01 PM

Bobby Portis went berserk off the bench against the 76ers on Thursday, scoring a career-high 38 points with eight rebounds, two assists and six 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

Those 3-pointers were a career-high and he only turned the ball over one time while taking a whopping 26 shots from the field. Portis is likely going to stay on the bench for the foreseeable future, but that's OK as this gem ranks second for points off the bench in a single game behind 6MOY favorite Lou Williams (40, twice). Portis needs to be owned in all leagues.
Feb 22 - 10:48 PM




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