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Devin Booker scored 20 points with four rebounds, two assists, two steals and five 3-pointers in 42 minutes on Saturday against the Raptors.

Booker has now scored 20+ points in nine consecutive games, extending his career-long streak and is tied with Amare Stoudemire for the longest streak by a Suns player. He is averaging career highs in just about every category and has turned it around after a rough start to the season.
Jan 22 - 8:41 PM

Nick Young (knee) scored nine points with two rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes on Sunday against the Mavericks.

Young, who suffered a hyperextended left knee on Friday, played the second most minutes for the Lakers in a blowout, so his knee appears to be just fine. In the last five games, he has averaged 27.8 minutes, 13.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.0 steal per game. Barring any setbacks he should play his regular allotment of minutes moving forward.
Jan 22 - 8:06 PM

Dragan Bender (ankle) will not return to Sunday’s game against the Raptors.

Bender had zero points with one assist and one rebound in four minutes prior to exiting. He has been receiving some extra run as of late, averaging 18.5 minutes per game in his four previous games. Marquese Chriss stands to gain the most if the injury costs Bender any time.
Jan 22 - 7:39 PM

Jeremy Lin (hamstring) won't play vs. the Spurs on Monday.

Lin has missed 31 games and counting, after missing just 23 games prior to this season during his NBA career. There's no indication of when he might get back on the court, and his absence could be due to more than just his hamstring injury, so he's a hard guy to hold without an IR spot.
Jan 22 - 7:36 PM

Andrew Bogut (hamstring) could be cleared to play later this week.

Bogut has missed the last six games for the Mavericks due to the hamstring injury, but he's reportedly likely to go through at least one practice before Wednesday's game. "Like Dirk [Nowitzki] and J.J. Barea on their most recent comebacks, we got to get him on the court for some practice time before we put him in a game," said coach Rick Carlisle. Bogut's return will cut into Salah Mejri and could move Dirk Nowitzki back to the power forward position.
Jan 22 - 7:29 PM

Seth Curry went 6-of-8 from the field during Sunday's blowout win over the Lakers, on his way to 14 points, two boards, two 3-pointers, three assists, one steal and one turnover.

The Mavs ended the first half with a season-high 29-point lead and finished the game with a season-best 49-point win (third-largest victory in franchise history). As for Curry, he's jumped into the mid-round equation over the past month, and with forever injured guys like Deron Williams, J.J. Barea (calf) and Devin Harris as the only other PGs with season-long deals on the roster, Curry is worth owning in most leagues for his post-break appeal.
Jan 22 - 7:15 PM

Luol Deng (wrist) was back in the starting lineup following a two-game stint on the sidelines and produced nine points, two boards, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes.

The low minute total can be attributed to the blowout nature of the game, although Deng's minutes could start trending south as Larry Nance is brought back into the rotation. On the season, Deng ranks outside the top-150, and there won't be much incentive for Luke Walton to prioritize his playing time towards the second half of the year with guys like Brandon Ingram and Nance in need of developmental minutes. In other words, Deng isn't a very attractive pickup in most settings.
Jan 22 - 7:09 PM

Jordan Clarkson struggled like the rest of the Lakers on Sunday, scoring 10 points on 5-of-13 shooting to go with three boards, two turnovers and nothing else in 25 minutes.

D'Angelo Russell (knee) is going to spend the next 1-2 weeks on the sidelines, which should help Clarkson see his playing time more consistently in the 30s, so we wouldn't read much into today's uneventful stat line as the Lakers as a whole were simply dreadful. Clarkson owners can anticipate a bounce-back performance with a much more favorable matchup against the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
Jan 22 - 7:05 PM

Lou Williams was the only Laker to surpass 10 points during Sunday's 122-73 blowout loss to the Mavs, tallying 15 points, one 3-pointer, one assist, one steal and two turnovers in 20 minutes.

The last time D'Angelo Russell (knee, out 1-2 weeks) missed a lengthy stretch, Sweet Lou jumped to a fifth-round evaluation with averages of 22.5 points, 3.2 dimes, 2.3 triples, 1.0 steal and 2.5 turnovers a night on 44.3 percent shooting. He also had a 40-point, and 38-point performance during that 11 game span, seeing his usage rate jump to 31.9 and his minutes rise to the high-20s, so he’s clearly the primary beneficiary sans Russell.
Jan 22 - 6:57 PM

Brandon Ingram struggled in a start at PG on Sunday, going 2-of-12 from the field and 2-of-3 from the line on his way to six points, one board, one steal, three turnovers and zero assists in 36 minutes.

Ingram air-balled his first shot, and just never really got things going after that, but he wasn't the only guy to struggle today as only two Lakers (Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams) managed to crack double-digits in the scoring department. Nick Young finished with nine points, two boards, one triple and one assist, and Julius Randle put up nine points, six boards, four assists, one steal and three turnovers in the blowout. The Lakers lost by 49 points today, their worst loss in franchise history.
Jan 22 - 6:51 PM

Larry Nance (knee) logged 10 minutes off the bench in his return from a 15-game absence on Sunday, registering four points, one rebound, one block and one turnover.

Nance is going to be brought along slowly after missing the past month of action, but he’s someone to keep an eye on. He’s been a sneaky late-round guy on the year with averages of 7.0 points, 5.5 boards, 1.3 dimes, 1.2 steals, 0.6 blocks and just 0.8 turnovers per game on 58.7 percent shooting, and as one of the building blocks in Los Angeles it would make sense to see him eventually be flirting with minutes in the high-20s. He’s a quality deep league stash with mid-round upside.
Jan 22 - 6:37 PM

Justin Anderson scored a career-high tying 19 points on Sunday, adding five boards, two assists, one steal, three 3-pointers and three turnovers in just 16 minutes off the bench.

Anderson did most of his damage during the second half of action sans Wesley Matthews (hip), rocking an insane 48.9 usage rate as he went to work against the lethargic Lakers. However, with Matthews telling reporters after the game that he's planning to play Wednesday vs. New York, Anderson isn't a great pickup in most formats.
Jan 22 - 6:34 PM

Dirk Nowitzki scored 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting to go with five boards, one assist, one steal, one block, one 3-pointer and one turnover in just 20 minutes of play.

This was a solid bounce-back performance following Friday's 1-of-13 shooting disaster, and he also tied J.R. Smith for the 15th spot on the all-time 3-point shooting list in this one. The game was a massive blowout, which helps explain the low minutes for Dirk, but his owners can expect his playing time to return to the upper-20s with a matchup against the Knicks on Wednesday.
Jan 22 - 6:09 PM

Wesley Matthews (right hip strain) is expected to play vs. the Knicks on Wednesday, according to coach Rick Carlisle.

We'll hedge our bets until he's officially cleared to play, but this is still an extremely encouraging report after watching him limp off the court on Sunday. When asked if he'd play vs. the Knicks, he replied, "That's the plan." He benefits from having two days off, and he's known for battling through injuries, so it would be a surprise if he's ultimately ruled out.
Jan 22 - 6:05 PM

Steven Adams (concussion) was limited to non-contact work on Sunday, and his status remains unclear for Monday's game in Utah.

Adams did travel with the team for their road game, which is a good sign, but owners will have to wait until shootaround for another update. OKC has four games next week, so even if Adams sits on Monday he could still have a productive slate.
Jan 22 - 6:03 PM



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