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Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, December 3
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Paul George, James Harden, Tim Duncan, Taj Gibson, Ryan Anderson, Luol Deng, Gordon Hayward, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Jrue Holiday.
RotoWorld reports: Jazz -
Gordon Hayward scored a season-high 29 points in Monday's win over the Rockets to go with five boards, three assists, one steal and four turnovers on 12-of-18 from the field.
He went to the basket tonight and seven of his field goals came from within eight feet. Hayward has been effective at getting those shots this year with shots from that range account for 31 percent of his attempt total. Hayward was coming in ice cold, making just 31.1 percent of his shots from the field over his last 10. His owners can expect more lines like Monday and there might still be a chance to buy low since he hasn't hit a 3-pointer in any of his last four games.
RotoWorld reports: Rockets -
Terrence Jones had his worst start of the season on Monday, scoring two points with four boards and one foul in 18 minutes against the Jazz.
He and Omri Casspi shared the minutes at power forward tonight. Jones only came out in favor of Casspi and vice versa in the losing effort. The 21-year-old forward was just too good over his previous 10 to not give him some leash, averaging 13.6 points, 8.6 boards, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 triples on 54.5 percent from the field.
RotoWorld reports: Pelicans -
Jrue Holiday kept up his hot stretch on Monday, hitting an and-one, game-winning layup in triple overtime for the last of his 19 points to go with eight boards, 12 assists, one steal, one block and two turnovers in 49 minutes.
The stats really don't even tell the story and Jrue was making big plays when the Pelicans needed them. He's suddenly become a much better finisher around the basket and has used his left hand a lot more. Holiday should have more of a scoring burden on his shoulders with Anthony Davis recovering from a broken hand.
RotoWorld reports: Bulls -
Taj Gibson scored a career-high 26 points against the Pelicans in a 131-128 loss, adding 14 boards, five blocks and no turnovers on 10-of-19 shooting in 44 minutes.
He was great and didn't pick up his first foul until his 41st minute. Gibson checked back in at the 4:28 mark in the third quarter and didn't leave the game at any point after that. He's always been a littler busier down the stretch of games, but he was the Bulls' best man in the frontcourt tonight. Considering his averages of 22.3 points, 8.7 boards and 2.0 blocks over his last three, it makes sense to grab him for anyone not happy with the big man at the end of their bench.
RotoWorld reports: Spurs -
Tim Duncan hit a game-winning jumper with 0.4 seconds left to beat the Hawks 102-100 on Monday, scoring 23 points with 21 boards, two assists, one steal and two blocks in 35 minutes.
He shot 10-of-15 from the field in his best game of the season. After a terrible start, Duncan has shot at least 61.5 percent in each of his last three games. It was only a matter of time before he snapped out of it and he could stay hot for a while. Although, his owners will have to be on the lookout for the random rest by coach Gregg Popovich. Click the link below for the video of the game-winning shot.
CBS Sports reports: Even a career-best scoring night from Paul George couldn't keep the Pacers from losing their second loss of the season Monday, as they fell to the red-hot Trail Blazers, 106-102.
George scored a career-high 43 points on 15 of 30 shooting, including an absurd 7 of 15 from three-point range. George surpassed his previous career-best scoring mark in the final 25 second of the game, by making a pair of 3-pointers in a frantic attempt to mount a comeback.
George added three rebounds, three assists and three turnovers, while turning the ball over three times in 38 minutes of action. His breakout season continues, and he is now averaging 24.9 points per game, up from 17.4 last season.
CBS Sports reports: Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson played a huge role in his first start of the season Monday, as he played 57 games in a triple-overtime win over the Bulls.
Anderson, who started in place of the injured Anthony Davis, led the team with a career-high 36 points. He shot 12 of 20 from the field and added seven 3-pointers, while going 5 of 5 at the free-throw line. He tossed in six rebounds and a blocked shot in a 131-128 win.
Anderson has scored 30-plus points in consecutive games with Davis out, and is now averaging 22.6 points per game since returning from a foot injury.
CBS Sports reports: Magic center Nikola Vucevic had X-rays taken on his left ankle after Monday's game, the results of which came back negative for structural damage. Vucevic was able to walk out of the arena without crutches according to the Orlando Sentinel, but it is not clear if he will miss time as a result of the injury.
Vucevic played just 26 minutes in Monday's game, finishing with 10 points, eight rebounds and two assists, while turning the ball over five times in a 98-80 loss to the Magic. He is averaging 15.0 points and 11.1 rebounds per game on the season.
CBS Sports reports: Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph did not practice Sunday or Monday, as he continues to deal with an ingrown toenail. He told the team's sideline report the toe is "still sore and big as a balloon," and is officially questionable for Tuesday's game against the Suns.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, December 2
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Andre Drummond, LaMarcus Aldridge, Paul George, Ryan Andeson (Pelicans), Damian Lillard, David West, LeBron James and Tyreke Evans.
RotoWorld reports: Blazers -
Wesley Matthews suffered a left hip injury in Sunday's win over the Lakers.
He downplayed the injury and said he should be fine for Monday's game against the Pacers. Matthews finished with 17 points, three assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in the win at Staples. He hit a clutch three down the stretch and Portland has been terrific at closing out games all year. In fact, they lead the NBA in field goal percentage and 3-point percentage in the last five minutes of games that are within five points. Matthews is having a terrific season.
RotoWorld reports: Lakers -
Pau Gasol (sprained right ankle) told reporters that he will have an MRI on Monday.
He shot just 3-of-15 from the field in 25 minutes on Sunday before sitting out the entire fourth quarter. He was often the last guy running the court and the bulk of his attempts were long jumpers or scattered post-ups during which he lacked any semblance of explosion and quickness. Stay tuned for updates on Monday. If he misses any time, expect more opportunities for Robert Sacre, Jordan Hill (ankle), Shawne Williams, and possibly Chris Kaman (back).
RotoWorld reports: Blazers -
Nicolas Batum came tantalizingly close to another triple-double in Sunday's road win, scoring nine points with nine rebounds and nine assists.
He added one 3-pointer and one steal and this line encapsulates his across-the-board value -- Batum can be held to single-digit scoring and still deliver a borderline-elite fantasy performance. In a bit of esoteric NBA information, the only other players since the 1985-86 season to record exactly nine points, nine rebounds and nine assists were Brian Shaw (1994), Vlade Divac (1997) and Brad Miller (2007).
RotoWorld reports: Knicks -
Iman Shumpert played a season-low 21 minutes vs. the Pelicans on Sunday, as the Knicks' fell 103-99 for their ninth consecutive defeat.
Mike Woodson recently denied allegations that he dislikes Shumpert, saying, "If I didnít like him, I donít think heíd be averaging 30 minutes on my ballclub." He's only played 30+ minutes once in the past four games, however, so the truth may be seeping to the surface as Woodson's Knicks try to claw their way out of their losing streak. Shumpert finished with seven points and seven rebounds, the latest in a long line of duds.
RotoWorld reports: Pelicans -
Tyreke Evans' recent surge continued on Sunday with a season-high 24 points, seven assists, four steals and only one turnover in 35 minutes, as the Pelicans held on for a road win in New York.
Evans drained 8-of-13 FGs and 8-of-11 FTs on his way to his ninth straight double-digit scoring game. His awkward start this season was due partly to his ankle injury, which has now healed, and he's recovered mid-round value in the past two weeks.
CBS Sports reports: Lakers forward Xavier Henry scored a season-high 27 points on 9 of 12 shooting off the bench in his team's 114-108 loss to the Blazers Sunday.
Henry's 27 minutes were more than he had in any game in November, and he added five rebounds, one assist and one steal to his line. He has averaged 9.2 points and 19.3 minutes in 18 games this season.
CBS Sports reports: Thunder forward Kevin Durant recorded his first triple-double of the season in Sunday's 113-103 win over the Timberwolves, tallying 32 points (on 14 of 21 shooting), 12 assists and 10 rebounds in 44 minutes.
If that wasn't enough, Durant also added four blocks and four steals, both of which were season highs. He has averaged 28.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 15 games for the 12-3 Thunder.
CBS Sports reports: Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, who exited Sunday's game with a hand injury, has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his left hand, the team announced.
Davis is out indefinitely with the injury. He has averaged 19.6 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game.
CBS Sports reports: Warriors guard Stephen Curry scored a team-high 36 points on 14 of 24 shooting, including 5 of 8 shooting from behind the arc, in his team's 115-113 win over the Kings Sunday.
Curry added 10 assists, three steals, two rebounds and one block while combining with Klay Thompson to go 13 of 19 from three-point range in the close win. He has averaged 22.3 points and 8.7 assists in 15 games played.
CBS Sports reports: Heat forward LeBron James scored a team-high 26 points on 8 of 13 shooting and 9 of 10 shooting on free throws in his team's 99-98 win over the Bobcats Sunday.
James hit four free throws with less than 15 seconds left in the game to keep the Heat ahead by a slim margin, surviving three made free throws from Kemba Walker with one second left on the block.
James, who suffered a few minor injuries in Friday's game, also had five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 38 minutes of action. He has averaged 26.2 points, 6.3 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 17 games for the 14-3 Heat.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, December 1
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were John Wall, James Harden, Luol Deng, Andrew Bynum (Cavs), Joe Johnson, Monta Ellis, Tony Parker, Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Millsap (Hawks) and Brandon Knight (Bucks).
RotoWorld reports: Bulls -
Jimmy Butler remains "two steps away" from returning from turf toe, according to Tom Thibodeau.
He is progressing in his rehab and traveled with the Bulls for Saturday's game in Cleveland, but owners in weekly leagues should keep him benched for the week ahead. He couldn't even put weight on his foot last Monday and his original timetable had him out until early- to mid-December.
RotoWorld reports: Knicks -
J.R. Smith said that his surgically-repaired left knee has been "somewhat" of an issue for him this season.
"Itís taking time," Smith said. "Iím not one to make excuses. I got to play better. If it was hurting so bad, I shouldn't be playing." He had surgery this summer to repair a torn meniscus and chipped patella tendon, and since returning from a season-opening suspension he's averaged just 11.7 points on 32.8 percent shooting. The good news is that there's been no suggestion of him sitting out any games.
RotoWorld reports: Cavs -
Anthony Bennett tied his season-high with 20 minutes played on Friday, and coach Mike Brown even considered starting him at SF before the game.
The fact that Bennett played minutes at SF during the game was itself a surprise. "He hadn't had a lot of reps at [SF] at all, so for us it was an experiment," Brown said. "We may continue to experiment with him there at times. Obviously, itís going to be a work in progress." Bennett has been atrocious and he's shooting 22.4 percent from the field, but that won't stop the Cavs from developing him as the season progresses.
RotoWorld reports: Rockets -
Chandler Parsons' back was "really bothering him" during Saturday's game, according to coach Kevin McHale.
Parsons battled back spasms throughout early November and it's possible that they never fully subsided -- he tweaked his back during a breakaway dunk at the end of the game, but McHale's quote makes it sound like it was an issue even before that play. Consider Parsons questionable for Monday's game in Utah.
RotoWorld reports: Bucks -
John Henson finally got a start at center from Larry Drew in Saturday's 92-85 win over the Celtics with 13 points, 13 boards, three assists and three blocks in 34 minutes.
He had a season high in boards and his 34 minutes marked the first time he played over 30 since Nov. 6. Henson has been blocking a lot of shots lately with an average of 2.8 per game despite playing just 23 minutes per game. It took a while for coach Larry Drew to bite the bullet and put his young big man in the center spot, but it's not likely a move he'll be going back on after pulling out a win. As a side note, this is great news for his value once Ersan Ilyasova comes back. He's worth owning in all standard leagues.
CBS Sports reports: Jazz guard Trey Burke enjoyed arguably his best performance of the season during Saturday's win over the Suns.
Burke went 6 of 15 shooting from the field, including 4 of 6 from downtown, and a perfect 4 of 4 from the free throw line. Three of his four treys came from near the top of the key. He finished the game with a season-high 20 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals while logging 32 minutes of game action in a 112-104 victory.
Burke is averaging 11.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists over his last five games played. He is shooting 33.3 percent from the field over that span.
CBS Sports reports: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant could make his season debut as early as Friday against the Kings in Sacramento, according to a report from ESPN Los Angeles on Saturday.
Bryant, who is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, will have a full week of practice after Sunday's game against the Blazers. Head coach Mike D'Antoni has not ruled him out for Friday against Sacramento if Bryant completes a full week of practice without any setbacks.
"I don't want to anticipate anything," D'Antoni said. "Those are days that he can work and see, re-evaluate how he feels after the three days and then make a decision going forward.
CBS Sports reports: Bucks point guard Brandon Knight looked like his old self as he enjoyed his best performance of the season during Saturday's win over the Celtics.
Knight went 7 of 14 shooting from the field, including a perfect 3 of 3 from beyond the arc, and 3 of 4 from the free throw line. He finished the game with 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists while logging 31 minutes of game action. He also chipped in with one block and one steal in a 92-85 victory.
Knight has scored at least 17 points in his last two games. He is averaging 11.0 points, 5.2 assists and 3.4 rebounds over his last five games played.
CBS Sports reports: Bulls forward Luol Deng stayed red-hot as he matched his season high again with 27 points in Saturday's loss to the Cavaliers.
Deng went 12 of 20 shooting from the field, including 2 of 5 from downtown, and 1 of 1 from the charity stripe. He finished the game with 27 points, 11 assists and four rebounds while logging 39 minutes of game action in a 97-93 defeat.
Deng has stepped up in the absence of Derrick Rose, scoring at least 22 points in his last four games. He is averaging 23.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists over his last five games played.
CBS Sports reports: Spurs guard Tony Parker returned from a mild ankle sprain with a dominant performance during Saturday's loss to the Rockets.
Parker went 13 of 27 shooting from the field, including 0 of 2 from downtown, and 1 of 2 from the free throw line. He finished the game with a team-high 27 points, eight assists and six rebounds while logging 38 minutes of game action in a 112-106 defeat.
Parker is averaging 17.3 points and 7.3 assists over his last four games played.
Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, November 30
In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Jamal Crawford, DeMarcus Cousins, Stephen Curry, Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon, Wes Johnson (Lakers), Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, Al Jefferson, Chandler Parsons and LeBron James.
RotoWorld reports: Hawks -
Lou Williams (knee, rest) returned to action in Friday's win over the Mavs, scoring a season-high 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting (including a three) with two rebounds, two assists and one block in 25 minutes.
The Hawks play Saturday against the Wizards, and we'll be marking Williams questionable for that game until we hear otherwise, but after that there is just one back-to-back for the entire month of December. It looks like he's just about ready to be deployed normally, and traditionally that equals a mid-round value in return for owners. He could falter with the knee issue and be more of a late-round value, but he shouldn't be left on any waiver wires with that type of upside in a shallow backcourt.
RotoWorld reports: Thunder -
Russell Westbrook hit a game-winning 3-pointer in the corner with 0.1 seconds left during Friday's 113-112 overtime win vs. Golden State, scoring a season-high 34 points with one rebound, seven assists, five steals and two 3-pointers in 42 minutes.
His five steals were also a season high and his scoring high topped his previous best of 31 points against Golden State on Nov. 14. Interestingly, Westbrook is 2-of-21 in his career on game-tying or go-ahead shots in the final five seconds, and both of those makes have come against the Warriors. He bounced back nicely from his 2-of-16 stinker on Wednesday and his owners shouldn't have been too concerned since he was a slow starter last year, too.
RotoWorld reports: Knicks -
Carmelo Anthony didn't play well against his former team on Friday, shooting 8-of-22 from the field for 27 points with seven boards and two blocks in 39 minutes.
That's eight losses in a row for the Knicks and only the Bucks have a worse record in the Eastern Conference. Anthony is leading the NBA in field goal attempts per game and is having the worst year of his career based on field goal percentage. The Knicks will look to snap their slide at Madison Square Garden against the Pelicans.
RotoWorld reports: Mavs -
Monta Ellis played through ankle and back soreness in Friday's loss to the Hawks, scoring 12 points on 6-of-15 shooting with three rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and seven turnovers in 37 minutes.
Ellis hasn't been to the foul line in two games now and that's all you need to know that he's not right. The Mavs fly home for the tail-end of a back-to-back on Saturday against the Wolves, and if they decide to give Monta a game off then he wouldn't have to play until Tuesday against the Bobcats (also at home). For that reason we're putting him on the injury report.
RotoWorld reports: Mavs -
DeJuan Blair grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds off the bench on Friday, and also chipped in with nine points and one assist.
Blair hit 7-of-8 freebies to sweeten this line but with Brandan Wright's return from a shoulder injury looming owners don't have a lot to cheer about. Just ride Blair until the wheels fall off.
CBS Sports reports: Jazz center Enes Kanter returned from a sprained ankle off the bench during Friday's loss to the Suns.
Kanter logged 19 minutes of the bench and was held to single-digit scoring for the second time over his last three games. He went 3 of 7 shooting from the field and finished the game with six points and four rebounds in a 112-101 defeat.
CBS Sports reports: 76ers guard Tony Wroten enjoyed his best game of the season in his first game back from a lower back strain Friday night against the Pelicans.
Wroten came off the bench and shot 9 of 13 from the field, including 1 of 2 from downtown, and 5 of 9 from the free throw line. He finished the game with a career-high 24 points, three rebounds and one assist while logging 24 minutes of game action in a 121-105 defeat.
CBS Sports reports: Celtics center Jared Sullinger continues to stretch his range out, as all of his points Friday came from beyond the arc in a 103-86 win over the Cavaliers. Sullinger shot 4 of 9 from the field, with all of his makes coming on five three-point attempts. He added four rebounds and three assists in 25 minutes of action.
Sullinger is now shooting 33.3 percent from three-point range, with 13 makes in 16 games. He made just 1 of 5 in 45 games as a rookie.
CBS Sports reports: Celtics guard Jordan Crawford continued his solid play Friday, recording his career third triple-double in a 103-86 win over the Cavaliers.
Crawford scored just 11 points on 4 of 14 shooting, but more than made up for a poor shooting night by filling up the box score. Crawford dished out 10 assists and had just two turnovers, while adding 11 rebounds in 33 minutes of action.
Crawford has been very solid running the point in Boston, as he is averaging 14.6 points, 7.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game over the last five.
CBS Sports reports: Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (calf) returned from a six-game absence off the bench and enjoyed a solid shooting performance Friday night against the Jazz.
Bledsoe logged 28 minutes off the bench and went 7 of 11 shooting from the field, including 1 of 2 from downtown, and 4 of 6 from the charity stripe. He finished the game with 19 points and six rebounds, with only one of them coming from the offensive end. He also chipped in with two assists and three steals in a 112-101 victory.