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Date Player
12/18/2014 Tony Allen, G-F
Allen is out with an eye injury.

Analysis: It's unclear how long Allen will be out.
12/18/2014 Marcus Smart, PG
Smart missed his second straight game Wednesday with a strained left Achilles.

Analysis: Stevens said Smart ''didn't do a whole lot (at practice on Tuesday). He did some spot shooting.''
12/18/2014 Jeff Teague, PG
The Hawks played without leading scorer Jeff Teague on Wednesday.

Analysis: Dennis Schroder started at point guard in place of Teague, who leads the team in points (16.8) and assists (7.0). Schroder had 10 points and 10 assists.
12/18/2014 James Harden, G-F
Harden had 41 points and 10 assists in Wednesday's overtime win in Denver.

Analysis: He's averaging 35.8 points and 8.0 assists in his last four games.
12/18/2014 Kyle Lowry, PG
Lowry finished with 20 points and 12 assists in Wednesday's win over Brooklyn.

Analysis: Lowry is averaging 19.3 points and 10.3 assists over his last three games. He's also hit 7 of 13 from 3-point range over that span.
12/18/2014 Thomas Robinson, PF
Robinson had 15 points and 16 rebounds in Wednesday's win over Milwaukee.

Analysis: It was his first career start, and he matched a career high in points while turning in his second best rebounding effort.
12/18/2014 Mason Plumlee, F-C
Plumlee finished with 23 points and eight rebounds in Wednesday's 105-89 loss at Toronto.

Analysis: Plumlee has started the past five games. He's averaging 18.3 points and 10.0 rebounds in his last four.
12/18/2014 DeAndre Jordan, C
Jordan had 15 points and 23 rebounds in Wednesday's win over Indiana.

Analysis: Jordan is averaging 16.0 rebounds over his last eight games.
12/18/2014 Goran Dragic, G
Dragic returned from injury to drop 20 points Wednesday in Phoenix's win over Charlotte.

Analysis: Dragic added eight assists and just one turnover to his impressive statline. He's gone for 20 or more points seven times this season.
12/18/2014 Zach Randolph, F-C
Randolph had a big night with 21 points and 21 rebounds in a triple-overtime win at San Antonio.

Analysis: Randolph is averaging 19.8 points and 13.2 rebounds during a string of five consecutive double-doubles.
12/18/2014 Al Jefferson, F-C
Jefferson tallied his eighth double-double of the season Wednesday.

Analysis: Jefferson had 28 points and 10 rebounds in a loss to Phoenix. The performance is encouraging for Jefferson following multiple poor showings.
12/18/2014 Kemba Walker, PG
Walker scored 27 points Wednesday in Charlotte's loss to Phoenix.

Analysis: The Hornets point guard has seen an increase in usage lately, tallying at least 20 shots in three of four games. He had previously taken 20 field goals just once this season.
12/18/2014 Marc Gasol, C
Gasol had 26 points and nine rebounds in Wednesday's triple-overtime win at San Antonio.

Analysis: Gasol has been playing well, averaging 23.4 points on 53.7 percent shooting in his last five games.
12/18/2014 Dion Waiters, SG
Waiters scored 21 points on 18 field-goal attempts Wednesday against Atlanta.

Analysis: Waiters' usage was way above average Wednesday, which is likely a result of the Cavaliers' blowout loss. Don't expect Waiters to continue this sort of production.
12/18/2014 Chandler Parsons, F
Parsons netted a season-high 32 points Wednesday in Dallas' win over Detroit.

Analysis: Parsons also added seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in the victory. He is susceptible to the occasional off night, but for the most part, Parsons is one of the top offensive weapons for the Mavericks.
12/18/2014 Josh Smith, F
Smith took just four field goals Wednesday.

Analysis: He finished with just seven points and two rebounds in Detroit's loss to Dallas, and his four field goal attempts were his lowest since April 13, 2011.
12/18/2014 Tim Duncan, F-C
Duncan finished with 23 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals in Wednesday's triple-overtime loss to Memphis.

Analysis: Duncan turned back the clock and hit some big shots. He's still capable of putting up lines like this now and then.
12/18/2014 Andre Drummond, F-C
Drummond had 19 points and 24 rebounds Wednesday in Detroit's loss to Dallas.

Analysis: The Pistons may not win many games this year, but Drummond owns plenty of fantasy value due to games like Wednesday's. His 24 boards are a season-high.
12/18/2014 Danny Green, G-F
Green scored 25 points and went 7 of 13 from 3-point range in a triple-overtime loss to Memphis on Wednesday.

Analysis: Green also had seven rebounds and five blocks in an amazing all-around performance. He had totaled 17 points and three 3s in his previous two games.
12/18/2014 Carmelo Anthony, F
Anthony is again bothered by knee soreness.

Analysis: Anthony has been playing hurt all season and expect him to gut it out and take the court Thursday against the Bulls.
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