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After scoring a season-high 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting during Sunday's win in Oklahoma City, Marreese Speights thanked Thunder center Kendrick Perkins.

Speights almost single-handedly kept the Warriors in the game after Andrew Bogut left with an orbital contusion, and afterward coach Steve Kerr could only say, "Mo Speights, again, is ridiculous." He used the spotlight to take a shot at his adversary Perkins, saying, "[Perkins] thinks he’s a tough guy, but at the end of the day, his game is terrible. He always has something to say to me, every time we play against each other. It always gets me going, so: ‘Shout out to Perkins’ for helping me get this game."
Nov 24 - 1:27 AM
Ed Davis - F/C - Lakers

Ed Davis tweaked his ankle during Sunday's game but he confirmed afterward that he'll be fine.

Davis started at PF with Carlos Boozer (shoulder) sidelined, and he was mad at himself for fouling out in just 22 minutes. He's averaging 5.4 fouls per 36 minutes this season so it's not exactly shocking, and his fantasy owners can take solace in the fact that his ankle injury shouldn't limit him vs. the Grizzlies on Wednesday.
Nov 24 - 1:26 AM

Leandro Barbosa (hyperextended knee) wrote after Sunday's game that he "had no serious injury, just a bit of pain."

He attempted to continue playing after the hyperextension but the Warriors' training staff wisely pulled him from the game to prevent further injury. It doesn't sound like he'll miss any time, but as a precaution we'll list him as questionable for Tuesday's game.
Nov 24 - 1:25 AM

Damian Lillard banged his knee early in Sunday's game but it didn't limit him, and he wrote afterward that he's "fine."

A concerned fan asked him about the injury on Twitter and Lillard replied, "I'm fine thanks." He finished with 12 points, five assists and a career-high nine rebounds, so there's no reason to think he'll miss Monday's game vs. the winless 76ers.
Nov 24 - 1:25 AM

Kenneth Faried was victimized by Brian Shaw's rotations on Sunday, scoring eight points with just one rebound and one steal in 19 minutes during Denver's road win in L.A.

Faried sat out until the bitter end of the fourth quarter and the entirety of overtime. He signed a four-year, $50 million extension during the offseason, but coach Brian Shaw may not have received the memo. Darrell Arthur (nine points in 19 minutes) played just as much as Faried, and J.J. Hickson (six points in 12 minutes) wasn't far behind. Faried started slow last year before picking it up after the All-Star break, and owners should do their utmost not to trade him for pennies on the dollar.
Nov 24 - 12:45 AM

Ty Lawson set a new season high with 16 assists in Sunday's overtime win vs. the Lakers, adding 18 points on 5-of-10 FGs and 7-of-10 FTs.

This was a foreseeable performance since the Lakers are giving up the most points (112.5) of any team in the league, as well as the third-most assists (25.4). Lawson turned the ball over five times and didn't have any steals, which is easy to overlook when his 18 & 16 double-double gets the headline. The best news might be that he logged 44 minutes and is showing no symptoms of the lingering ankle injury which cost him a game back in early November.
Nov 24 - 12:45 AM

J.J. Hickson returned to the Nuggets' rotation on Sunday, scoring six points with eight rebounds in just 12 minutes off the bench.

JaVale McGee barely played before going down with a strained leg, and Kenneth Faried was held to 19 minutes, so Hickson benefitted from a deep-but-thin frontcourt rotation tonight. Given that he hadn't played in Denver's previous three games, there's simply no reason to trust him in fantasy leagues.
Nov 24 - 12:44 AM

Arron Afflalo logged 42 minutes on Sunday but made only 5-of-17 shots to finish with 15 points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal.

He made one 3-pointer and hit 4-of-4 free throws down the stretch, which helped take the sting out of his lousy shooting performance. As usual, Afflalo is a solid source of points (17.6) and triples (2.4), while failing to contribute many rebounds (3.4), assists (1.8), steals (0.4) or blocks (0.2). Despite the gaps in his fantasy game, he's returning top-120 value while playing heavy minutes in the Nuggets' chaotic rotation.
Nov 24 - 12:43 AM

Randy Foye went scoreless for the first time this season on Sunday, missing five field goals (four 3-pointers) and both of his free throw attempts in just 11 minutes.

His numbers have been trending in this direction for a while now, as he's topped 20 minutes just once in his past six games and is shooting 40.0 percent on the season. He'll be a deep-league option at best while Ty Lawson, Arron Afflalo and Nate Robinson are all healthy.
Nov 24 - 12:43 AM

Wesley Johnson came alive late in Sunday's game, finishing with seven points, a season-high 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks in 42 minutes of action.

Johnson didn't make any 3-pointers, which is a mild disappointment, but he posterized Danilo Gallinari on a late dunk and his rebound total was more than double his previous season-high. The bad news is that Johnson hasn't cracked double-digit points or made a single 3-pointer in six games -- until he gets going offensively, he's only worth owning in deep leagues.
Nov 24 - 12:41 AM

Danilo Gallinari played a season-high 31 minutes in Sunday's overtime win, finishing with 10 points, two 3-pointers, seven boards and one assist.

He made a crucial 3-pointer with 1:28 remaining in OT and it's very encouraging to see him log so many minutes on his surgically-repaired knee. He may not overtake Wilson Chandler for the starting SF job, and he's shooting just 30.9 percent on the season, so owners should think twice before adding him in typical 12-team leagues.
Nov 24 - 12:41 AM

Timofey Mozgov got into foul trouble but still finished Sunday's ugly road victory with 13 points, 13 rebounds, one steal, one block and one turnover in 30 minutes.

This was Mozgov's fourth double-double of the season and the defensive contribution was a welcome sight, especially since L.A. hasn't given up many steals or blocks to their opponents this season. He's a useful source of the typical big man stats rebounds, FG percentage and blocks, but don't expect much more.
Nov 24 - 12:40 AM

Lakers C Robert Sacre had his most complete game of the season vs. the Nuggets on Sunday, scoring 13 points with three boards, one assist, three steals and one block in just 18 minutes off the bench.

He saw extra minutes with Carlos Boozer (shoulder) unavailable and Ed Davis in foul trouble and dealing with a minor ankle injury. Sacre hadn't played more than 16 minutes in a game all season and has struggled to gain coach Byron Scott's trust, which makes him a non-factor in all but the deepest leagues.
Nov 24 - 12:39 AM

Jeremy Lin (back) wasn't limited in Sunday's disappointing loss to Denver, scoring 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting with three rebounds, five assists, two steals and three turnovers in 36 minutes.

Lin missed Saturday's practice as a precaution but his status was never truly in doubt, and he'll get a few extra days of rest before Wednesday's game vs. the red-hot Grizzlies. After a slow start to the season, Lin has steadily improved over the past four games, averaging 13.3 points on 60.5 percent shooting, with 2.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.3 steals.
Nov 24 - 12:38 AM
Ed Davis - F/C - Lakers

Ed Davis started at PF on Sunday with Carlos Boozer (shoulder) out, but he fouled out in just 22 minutes with four points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

He tweaked an ankle in the second half but that wasn't the cause of his lousy game -- he gambled too often defensively and spoiled a golden opportunity to make his claim to the starting PF job. Boozer is day-to-day and all signs point to him starting again once he's healthy, so Davis' owners will have to content themselves with top-100 value in 20-25 minutes off the bench.
Nov 24 - 12:37 AM


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