NBA Player News
|1/20/2017||Karl-Anthony Towns, Min, C|
|Towns scored 37 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 45 seconds left, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Los Angeles Clippers 104-101 on Thursday night.
Analysis: Towns is on fire of late, averaging 28.0 points, 13.8 rebounds and shooting 63.4 percent over his last six games.
|1/20/2017||Andrew Wiggins, Min, G-F|
|Wiggins had 27 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Los Angeles Clippers 104-101 on Thursday night.
Analysis: Wiggins had averaged just 17.5 points in the nearly two weeks since his 41-point outburst at Washington.
|1/20/2017||Quincy Acy, Bkn, F|
|The Brooklyn Nets signed forward Acy to a second 10-day contract Friday.
Analysis: The 6-foot-7, 240-pound Acy, who was originally signed by the Nets on Jan. 10, is averaging 6.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in 7.5 minutes per contest over four games with the Nets.
|1/20/2017||Nene, Hou, F-C|
|Nene (rest) will not play Friday against the Warriors.
Analysis: The 34-year-old had not missed a game since Dec. 10. Nene no longer has much fantasy value, often playing fewer than 20 minutes off the bench.
|1/20/2017||Trevor Booker, Bkn, PF|
|Booker (rest) and Sean Kilpatrick are both sitting out Friday's game against the Pelicans.
Analysis: This is the second time in a month Booker has been rested, though the Nets' starting power forward and top rebounder also recently missed a game for a hip problem.
|1/20/2017||Sean Kilpatrick, Bkn, G|
|Kilpatrick (rest) and Trevor Booker are both being given the night off Friday when the Nets play the Pelicans.
Analysis: Kilpatrick, who lost his starting job earlier this month, hadn't missed a game all season. Maybe he needs a break after shooting 5 of 23 in the last three games while averaging 6 points. He's at 14.2 for the season.
|1/20/2017||Chandler Parsons, Mem, F|
|Parsons (rest) will sit out Friday's game against the Kings.
Analysis: He's expected to play Saturday when the Grizzlies host the Rockets, his former team.
|1/19/2017||David West, GS, PF|
|West has a non-displaced fracture of his left thumb and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
Analysis: West hasn't been a major contributor, averaging 4.1 points but he does provide a big body for the Warriors.
|1/19/2017||Victor Oladipo, OKC, G|
|Oladipo had 20 points, hitting 4 of 8 from 3-point range, and a season-best four steals in Wednesday's loss at Golden State.
Analysis: Oladipo, who was coming off a dreadful six-point effort two nights earlier, had gone 2 of 13 from distance in his previous three games.
|1/19/2017||Enes Kanter, OKC, C|
|Kanter came through with another solid game off the bench Wednesday with 22 points on 11-of-18 shooting to go with nine rebounds.
Analysis: Kanter is making a case for Sixth Man of the Year honors. He's averaged 19.3 points and 9.4 rebounds over his last nine games while hitting 60.2 percent from the floor.
|1/19/2017||Russell Westbrook, OKC, PG|
|Westbrook totaled 27 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists Wednesday, but he also was harassed into 8-of-23 shooting and 10 turnovers in another blowout loss to former running mate Kevin Durant and the Warriors.
Analysis: It was Westbrook's fourth triple-double in five games and league-leading 21st of the season but also his fourth game with double-digit turnovers. He was 1 of 6 from 3-point range and is 9 of 42 (21.4 percent) in his last six games. Westbrook also struggled in the first meeting with the Warriors, shooting 4 of 15 and scoring 20 points, and faces them again Feb. 11.
|1/19/2017||Kevin Durant, GS, F|
|Durant terrorized his former team again Wednesday, pouring in a season-high 40 points in a 121-100 victory over the Thunder. He shot 13 of 16 with five 3-pointers, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked three shots.
Analysis: Durant scored 39 in the first head-to-head meeting in November, and Golden State won that one by 26. He next faces Oklahoma City on Feb. 11. Durant has been extremely efficient in his last three games, shooting 68.1 percent from the floor and going 11 of 19 on 3-point tries with an 18-to-6 assist-turnover ratio.
|1/19/2017||Stephen Curry, GS, G|
|Curry had another fairly pedestrian game Wednesday with 24 points on 9-of-19 shooting, though he did have eight assists and three steals in a blowout of the Thunder.
Analysis: The two-time reigning MVP has failed to top his season average of 24.6 points in four consecutive games. However, at least he's stepped up in other areas with 8.5 assists and 3.3 steals per game in that span.
|1/19/2017||DeMarcus Cousins, Sac, F-C|
|Cousins had his first triple-double of the season Wednesday with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
Analysis: It was Cousins' fifth career triple-double, but maybe it could have been even better. The Kings were shook by a scary injury to Rudy Gay in the third quarter, and Cousins scored only six points in the second half while missing all nine of his shots from the field and committing six turnovers. He had nine turnovers overall, his third straight game with at least six.
|1/19/2017||Paul George, Ind, F|
|George had 24 points Wednesday, hitting 8 of 15 from the field in a win over the Kings.
Analysis: The Pacers' leading scorer had been held under 20 points in each of the previous three games while shooting 33.3 percent from the floor. The 42 minutes he played Wednesday was his most since the season opener.
|1/19/2017||Jeff Teague, Ind, PG|
|Teague had 22 points, hitting 5 of 6 from the field and all 11 of his free throws, to go with 11 assists and seven rebounds Wednesday.
Analysis: Teague has come close to notching his first career triple-double three times in the past five games, finishing three or fewer rebounds shy. During that five-game span, he has averaged 18.4 points, 10.6 assists and 5.8 boards while shooting 69.8 percent from the floor.
|1/19/2017||Al Jefferson, Ind, F-C|
|Jefferson had a season-high 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting Wednesday.
Analysis: Jefferson showed a glimpse of the player who had been among the league's top centers a few years back. Wednesday's performance, though, came in just 17 minutes. That's a typical amount of court time for the veteran, so unless that soon increases, he isn't a viable fantasy option.
|1/19/2017||Danilo Gallinari, Den, F|
|Gallinari is questionable for Saturday's matchup with the Clippers after sitting out Thursday against the Spurs due to a sprained right ankle.
Analysis: Gallinari had regularly been listed as probable recently due to the nagging ankle problem before being downgrded to questionable Thursday and eventually missing the game. He had been playing through the injury, not missing a game since late November. However, his production has dipped a bit, not scoring more than 15 points in four of his past five games.
|1/19/2017||George Hill, Uta, G|
|Hill will play Friday against the Mavericks after being able to practice Thursday, three days after tweaking his ankle late in Utah's most recent game.
Analysis: The injury-prone veteran has already missed 24 games this season due to injury, so this is something to keep an eye on.
|1/19/2017||Tony Parker, SA, PG|
|Parker (foot) sat out against the Nuggets on Thursday but is expected to play in Cleveland on Saturday.
Analysis: He's averaging 15.3 points and 5.4 assists over his last 10 games.
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