Stan Van Gundy said that Brandon Jennings (Achilles) doesn't have his quickness back yet.
"He doesn’t have his quickness back," Van Gundy said. "He’s a ways away but he’s getting there. He can do pretty much everything. It’s just getting back into being able to play at that tempo. There’s definitely been progress but he’s still a ways away." This isn't a huge surprise considering Jennings is expected to return around Christmas, but it's encouraging that he is basically doing everything in practice and it sounds like his workload should increase soon. Reggie Jackson is locked in as the starting point guard, so it's hard to imagine Jennings making an impact in standard leagues when he returns.
Juan Pablo Vaulet played in his first game since returning from ankle surgery in Argentina on Friday.
The Nets have stashed the young prospect overseas and he won't play in the NBA this season, but it's possible that he could come to the states for the 2016-17 season. Vaulet is reportedly the "best young player that Argentina has produced in a decade," so hopefully we will be able to get a good look at him this coming summer.
Nene (left calf) said that he will "definitely" will sit out Saturday's game against the Raptors.
He added that it would be "impossible" for him to play after suffering a left calf injury during Friday's loss to Boston, and it'll likely be Jared Dudley (who logged 30 minutes on Friday) picking up the most minutes with Nene on the shelf. Dudley had himself a nice game on Friday with 19 points, five boards, two swats and three treys, so he's worth considering as a punt play in DFS on Saturday.
Chris Paul was in control on Friday during a 111-90 win over the Pelicans, scoring 17 points with five rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.
A lot of people probably aren't happy with CP3 because he tried to get a foul off Anthony Davis (knee) in transition and it short of put Davis' knee in an awkward spot. That aside, Paul has 26 assists in his last three games to go with just two turnovers. He looks like he's back and over his groin injury.
T.J. Warren erupted for a career-high 28 points on 12-of-16 shooting during Friday's blowout loss to the Warriors, adding six boards, two assists, two steals, two treys and two turnovers through 35 minutes of action.
Warren's been en fuego over his past three outings, with averages of 20.7 points on an unsustainable 61.4 percent shooting from the field, but the problem is he's not bringing much else to the stat sheet (3.3 boards, 1.3 assists, 0.7 triples, 0.7 steals). He's worth an add in deep leagues for those looking to ride the hot streak, but just know his limitations and that he's not going to be shooting 61.4 percent from the field for an entire season. He does, however, make for an intriguing addition in points formats.
Austin Rivers scored 17 points off the bench against the Pelicans on Friday with one rebound, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.
Revenge game? THE REVENGE GAME?!! Rivers was basically jettisoned by the Pelicans at the 2015 trade deadline last year, so this was probably the main landmark on Narrative Street of the season. We'll need to see him do it again when he's not going against a team that essentially cut him.
Jamal Crawford made 2-of-8 from the field for nine points with three rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes on Friday.
He's clearly fallen off after a really nice run while the Clippers were thin in their backcourt earlier this month. If you picked him up within the past two weeks, it's probably time to send him back to the wire for his low multiple-category upside.
Lance Stephenson scored 10 points against the Pelicans on Friday, adding five rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.
It was his best game as a Clipper. Stephenson hasn't exactly been fundamentally sound in the past couple seasons, so hopefully this is a start of good things on the way. Of course, there's almost no way you can pick him up in almost any league until he strings together 3-5 decent games.