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Damian Lillard hit 12-of-25 shots and four 3-pointers for 34 points, two rebounds and two assists in 39 minutes of Tuesday's loss to the Rockets.

The Blazers tried to make a comeback after trailing by 17 late, but could never get over the hump. C.J. McCollum added 22 points, but was 0-for-5 from downtown, and Jusuf Nurkic had 15 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks, but hit just 3-of-9 shots on the night.
Dec 11 - 10:26 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu had 10 points, 15 rebounds and two 3-pointers in Tuesday's 111-103 loss to the Rockets.

He's playing well, averaging 12.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.6 3-pointers on 65 percent shooting over his last five games. If you need a forward and he's available in your league, he's worth grabbing in most leagues.
Dec 11 - 10:23 PM

Anfernee Simons (upper respiratory infection) will not play on Tuesday in Houston.

Simons typically isn't in the rotation anyway, so his playing status is irrelevant in fantasy hoops.
Dec 10 - 5:43 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu scored 14 points (5-of-9 FG, 4-of-6 FT) with eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one blocked shot in 36 minutes Saturday against the Timberwolves.

Aminu, as he's wont to do, contributed on both ends of the floor as Portland managed to take care of Minnesota. Entrusted with the task of defending Karl-Anthony Towns down the stretch, the versatile forward also managed to score in double figures for the fourth time in the last five games. During that stretch Aminu is averaging 14.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.6 three-pointers per game on 71.1% shooting from the field.
Dec 9 - 12:57 AM

C.J. McCollum (ankle) scored 19 points (7-of-15 FG, 2-of-2 FT) with five rebounds, four assists, two blocks, one steal and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes Saturday against the Timberwolves.

McCollum, who missed Thursday's game against the Suns with a sprained left ankle, made a key three-pointer with 25.9 seconds remaining that extended Portland's lead to six points and essentially sealed the win. The talented two-guard did not have a minutes restriction, and he managed to play just one minute less than his average for the season (34.3 mpg).
Dec 9 - 12:51 AM

Jusuf Nurkic scored 22 points (7-of-10 FG, 8-of-9 FT) with 11 rebounds, four assists, four blocks and three steals in 29 minutes Saturday against the Timberwolves.

While Nurkic has now scored 22 points in four different games, it can be argued that his outing against Minnesota was his best of the season to date. The seven-footer posted his 13th double-double of the season, and his blocked shot and steals numbers matched single-game season highs as well. In the two games prior Nurkic scored a total of 18 points on 8-of-21 shooting from the field.
Dec 9 - 12:41 AM

Damian Lillard scored 28 points (8-of-16 FG, 8-of-9 FT) with eight rebounds, six assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes Saturday against the Timberwolves.

It was "Dame Time" late Saturday night, as Lillard scored ten points in the final 3:36 to push the Blazers past Minnesota. In addition to the points, he also assisted a C.J. McCollum three with 25.6 seconds remaining that gave Portland a 111-105 lead at the time. Entering Saturday the All-NBA point guard was averaging 27.2 points per game, and he's scored 28 points or more in five of Portland's last seven games.
Dec 9 - 12:32 AM

Seth Curry will return to his reserve role against the Wolves on Saturday.

C.J. McCollum (ankle) is back in the lineup, which means Curry's stay in the starting unit was brief. He struggled in his spot-start and isn't worth an add at this point.
Dec 8 - 8:25 PM

C.J. McCollum (left ankle) will play Saturday against the Wolves with no minutes restriction.

Despite missing Thursday, there was never much concern because the Blazers were up against the lowly Suns at home for that one. McCollum played 40 minutes on the night he tweaked his ankle on Tuesday, and he should be close to 100 percent. Although, he might get a little extra Robert Covington, so McCollum isn't the best DFS play.
Dec 8 - 8:24 PM

Anfernee Simons (illness) is out for Saturday against the Wolves.

With C.J. McCollum set to return tonight, Simons isn't going to be in the rotation. The 2018 first-round pick is super raw and is coming along faster than expected, but he still has no fantasy value in even the deepest of re-draft leagues.
Dec 8 - 4:08 PM

C.J. McCollum (ankle) is probable for Saturday against the Wolves.

The Blazers gave McCollum the day off against the Suns and blew Phoenix out anyway, so the probable tag suggests he was held out as a precaution. McCollum did finish his Tuesday game, and we'd expect him to be a full go in a tough matchup tomorrow. Seth Curry will move to the bench and Jake Layman won't get much of a chance to build off his career-high 24 points from Thursday.
Dec 7 - 5:15 PM

Damian Lillard needed just 28 minutes to score 25 points during a 108-86 win over the Suns on Thursday, adding five rebounds, eight assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

He took the life out of the Suns right away with 15 points and three dimes in the first quarter to help the Blazers get off to a 34-9 start. The Blazers had matched a season-high losing streak of three games and lost six of the last seven coming into this one, but going against the Suns at home is about as easy as it gets. As for Dame, he's on pace for a career-high scoring season and his durability makes him a top-10 asset in standard leagues.
Dec 7 - 1:06 AM

Nik Stauskas scored nine points wot two rebounds, three assists, one steal and three turnovers in 28 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday.

Coach Terry Stotts did say that Stauskas was going to get some extra run with C.J. McCollum (ankle) sitting, but Jake Layman was too hot to take out. It doesn't sound like McCollum is going to be out for long, so leave Sauce Castillo on the wire.
Dec 7 - 1:05 AM

Seth Curry made 1-of-6 from the field for three points in a start for C.J. McCollum (ankle) against the Suns on Thursday, adding one rebound, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer in 17 minutes.

It was the Jake Layman Show in the first quarter, so Curry didn't get much playing time in the first half. Coach Terry Stotts didn't have Curry out there in true garbage time, so perhaps he wanted to keep him fresh if McCollum needs to miss more time. That said, Stotts is always going to mix and match his way in the first unit when guys are out, so there's little incentive to adding Curry in most leagues.
Dec 7 - 1:05 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu scored eight points with six rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes against the Suns on Thursday.

He had been on a total tear in his previous three, making 19-of-25 from the field (76%) for 17.3 points per game, but it was obviously not sustainable. Aminu's hot streak valued him to top-75 status, but he'll likely trend down and be more of a top-125 kind of player in standard leagues. That's still fine for most owners in 12-team formats.
Dec 7 - 1:04 AM


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