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Luc Mbah a Moute had a really nice game vs. the Warriors on Tuesday with 14 points, four rebounds and two 3-pointers.

The Rockets used an 8-man rotation tonight, so that's a good sign for LMAM's minutes going forward. He's still not a good pickup and has very little upside as evidenced by his averages of 6.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.5 triples with the Clippers last season.
Oct 18 - 1:59 AM

Eric Gordon scored 24 points with one rebound, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 29 minutes vs. the Warriors on Tuesday.

The reigning Sixth Man of the Year finished 9-of-16 from the field, but missed all six of his 3-point attempts which was a rare sight -- he hit 3.3 triples per game last season. With Chris Paul (knee) banged up, it's possible Gordon could get some extended run in a great matchup with the Kings on Wednesday night. For what it's worth, the Rockets started Gordon next to Harden in the preseason when CP3 was out.
Oct 18 - 1:55 AM

Shaun Livingston played 19 minutes off the bench on Tuesday and hit 2-of-5 shots for six points and five assists in a tough 122-121 loss to the Rockets on opening night.

Livingston probably saw a few more minutes than he normally would with Stephen Curry in foul trouble, while the Warriors rolled with Livingston and Nick Young in the backcourt in the first half. Young was on fire early and Livingston was serviceable, but there's no reason to think about adding Livingston unless your league is insanely deep.
Oct 18 - 1:54 AM

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said Chris Paul was "playing on one leg" against the Warriors on Tuesday.

Paul scored just four points on 2-of-9 shooting in his Houston debut, but he did hand out 11 assists with eight rebounds, two steals and a block in 33 minutes. Paul was bothered by a shoulder and knee issue in the preseason, and it sounds like the latter bothered him tonight. "[CP3 was] dragging his leg a little bit, I had to get him out of there," D'Antoni said after the game -- the Rockets pulled him with five minutes left in regulation in a very close game. We'll put him on the injury report and consider him questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Kings.
Oct 18 - 1:51 AM

Nick Young scored 20 points in 13 minutes for the Warriors and finished the game with 23 points, two rebounds and six 3-pointers on 8-of-9 shooting in 26 minutes off the bench in Tuesday night's opener.

Young did most of his damage in the first half, when the Warriors opened up a 17-point lead, but the Rockets clawed back for the win as Draymond Green sat out the fourth quarter with a strained left knee. Young was fantastic tonight, but we're not ready to declare him a waiver-wire god just yet. He won't shoot it this well on most nights and Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Green will be much more lethal going forward. Just keep an eye on Swaggy P for now. And let's not forget that Andre Iguodala was on the shelf for this one with a sore back.
Oct 18 - 1:50 AM

Kevin Durant took an extra dribble before nailing the potential game-winning shot in Tuesday's loss, but it was still on his fingertips when the buzzer sounded.

The Rockets won 122-121 and Durant might have won the game for the Warriors had he not taken an extra dribble in an effort to avoid a potential blocked shot by James Harden. It's unlikely that Harden would have actually blocked Durant's shot, but he was coming at him hard and Durant chose to lose him with the dribble. He hit 7-of-15 shots and two 3-pointers for 20 points, five rebounds, seven assists and four blocks on the night, and while it wasn't an incredible performance, he showed all the tools that make him a fantasy stud. It's coming.
Oct 18 - 1:47 AM

James Harden was phenomenal in Tuesday's season-opening 122-121 win over the Warriors, scoring 27 points on 10-of-23 shooting.

With Harden leading the way, the Rockets overcame a 17-point deficit and went on a 10-3 run in the final 3:45 of the game. Harden still ran the offense a ton next to Chris Paul, dishing out 10 assists with six rebounds, one steal, four 3-pointers and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes. Even though he's sharing the backcourt with a future Hall of Famer, there's no reason why Harden can't be a top-5 fantasy asset in most formats.
Oct 18 - 1:45 AM

Stephen Curry hit 8-of-18 shots and 3-of-9 3-pointers for 22 points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal in 29 minutes of a home loss to the new-look Rockets on ring night in Oakland.

Curry was in foul trouble with four and Nick Young was on fire early, so this is not a good game to measure Steph by. He'll bounce back soon enough and is still one of the league's best fantasy options, obviously.
Oct 18 - 1:44 AM

Klay Thompson hit 6-of-14 shots and 4-of-7 3-pointers for 16 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in Tuesday's season-opening loss to the Rockets on ring night in Oakland..

Thompson played well but the Rockets went on a 10-3 run to close out the game and it didn't help that Draymond Green was in the locker room with a strained left knee. Thompson played well, but was far from a beast. He'll pick up his game soon enough, so just be patient with him. Klay was on fire in the first half, but cooled off after the break.
Oct 18 - 1:41 AM

Clint Capela played just 18 minutes vs. the Warriors on Tuesday, scoring 12 points with four rebounds, one steal and one block.

He finished 5-of-9 from the field and missed his only free throw, and he also had a +/- rating of -23 in his limited action. This was a tough matchup for Capela with the Warriors going small for most of the night, so Capela's owners have no reason to panic. Better days are ahead for the promising 23-year-old center.
Oct 18 - 1:40 AM

P.J. Tucker looked like a stud in his Houston debut on Tuesday vs. Golden State, scoring 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting (4-of-6 FTs) with six rebounds, one steal and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

Tucker was brought to Houston for matchups like these and he could be an X-Factor in the playoffs for his ability to guard players such as Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant and LeBron James. He was a leader tonight and he'll get plenty of minutes with his ability to play multiple positions, but he probably won't have too many big scoring nights like this one. We won't call him a must-own player after one big game, but he's off to a great start and is worth a look if you're targeting rebounds, triples and steals.
Oct 18 - 1:37 AM

Omri Casspi (ankle) won't return to Tuesday's game vs. the Rockets.

He was originally questionable for this game because of his ankle, but he tweaked it after just four minutes of action and finished with two points and one rebound. He has no fantasy value and only entered the game due to injuries to Draymond Green (knee) and Andre Iguodala (back).
Source: Warriors PR
Oct 18 - 1:13 AM

Draymond Green took a shot to his left knee at the end of the third quarter, shot some free throws, and then headed to the locker room with a left knee strain in Tuesday's opener. He will not return to the game.

Green was clearly in pain and struggled to shoot his free throws after being fouled, then quickly headed to the locker room to be checked out. This injury could go in any direction so it's simply too early to predict a timetable. Hopefully the Warriors are just being cautious with him and he'll be ready to go for Game 2, but obviously, his owners will want to keep a close eye on the news feed over the coming days. David West and Jordan Bell will absorb his minutes, but neither player is a hot waiver wire pickup at this point. For the record, Green told ESPN "I'll be good. I'm fine," after the game.
Oct 18 - 1:02 AM

Vander Blue has agreed to a two-way contract with the Lakers.

He'll spend the majority of the season in the G-League, but he's allowed to spend up to 45 days with the Lakers in 2017-18. He's not on the fantasy radar in the vast majority of leagues, but could be called up for the first two games of the season with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope suspended.
Oct 18 - 12:14 AM

Jaylen Brown put on a show with a career-high 25 points in Tuesday's loss to Cleveland.

Brown started at shooting guard, but shifted to small forward when Gordon Hayward left the game with a gruesome leg injury. He not only played great defense on LeBron, but he was attacking the rim relentlessly and his athleticism helped him get a lot of easy looks in transition including some monster dunks. He finished 11-of-23 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line with six rebounds, three steals and two triples (on nine attempts) in 40 minutes. He's looking at heavy minutes this season and proved tonight that he was the worth the gamble in the later rounds. If he's on the wire, change that.
Oct 17 - 11:36 PM


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