|Sat Dec 20||03:53||Jefferson scored 20 points (9-23 FG, 2-2 FT) and added 12 reboun...||Al Jefferson||PF||Timberwolves||Back in the Saddle|
Jefferson scored 20 points (9-23 FG, 2-2 FT) and added 12 rebounds, three assists and one steal in 36 minutes of effort on Friday against the 76ers.
Jefferson continues to produce, yet he is producing less than he did last year. His minutes are virtually the same - he is averaging 33 minutes per game this season and he averaged 35 minutes per game last year. His regression is likely due to the slow start of the Hornets, who are underperforming as a whole this season despite the free agent acquisition of Lance Stephenson.
|Sat Dec 20||01:16||Westbrook had his third consecutive 30-point game Friday against...||Russell Westbrook||PG||Thunder||The Sith Lords|
Westbrook had his third consecutive 30-point game Friday against the Lakers, dropping 31 (9-22 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 13-13 FT) in 36 minutes.
With Kevin Durant out, Westbrook was the primary offensive option for the Thunder. He's now scored over 30 points in five of his 11 games since returning from injury at the end of November. Westbrook is on fire, and certainly isn't being held back by any ailments. Friday, Westbrook completed a double-double by picking up 10 assists and also had five rebounds.
|Sat Dec 20||01:13||Bryant had his worst shooting game of season Friday in loss to T...||Kobe Bryant||SG||Lakers||Back in the Saddle|
Bryant had his worst shooting game of the season Friday in a loss to the Thunder, making just three of his 15 attempts and finishing the game with nine points (3-15 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT).
Bryant was cold all game, and he looked slow at times, but the television broadcasters reported that Lakers team doctors said he was healthy. Bryant played 35 minutes Friday, but made his fewest shots in a game since December of last year and missed the Lakers' final shot in the waning seconds of the game, sealing the victory for the Thunder.
|Sat Dec 20||01:07||Hill (illness) had underwhelming night Friday in loss to Thunder...||Jordan Hill||PF||Rockets||Back in the Saddle|
Hill (illness) had an underwhelming night Friday in a loss to the Thunder, scoring 10 points (4-8 FG, 2-2 FT) in 21 minutes.
Hill only had two rebounds the entire game, his lowest total in a game all season. Hill missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday with an upper respiratory infection, but it's unclear if he was still hampered by the illness Friday.
|Sat Dec 20||01:04||Young ejected in Friday's game for hitting Thunder's Steven Adam...||Nick Young||SG||Wizards||Team Erik|
Young was ejected in Friday's game for hitting the Thunder's Steven Adams in the throat with his elbow.
Young left the game with 10 points in 4-of-8 shooting. Adams actually missed his free-throws from the technical, but the Lakers clearly missed Young down the stretch, as they ended up letting a lead slip away in the fourth quarter.
|Sat Dec 20||00:18||Paul had 15 assists and 17 points (8-17 FG, 1-4 3Pt) Friday in l...||Chris Paul||PG||NO Hornets||Free Agent|
Paul had 15 assists and 17 points (8-17 FG, 1-4 3Pt) Friday in a loss to the Nuggets.
Heading into Friday, Paul was second among all point guards in double-doubles, and picked up his 14th against the Nuggets. Ultimately, the Clippers were brought down by their bench, who scored just two points all night outside of Jamal Crawford.
|Sat Dec 20||00:15||Farmar missed all five of his shots Friday in just nine minutes ...||Jordan Farmar||PG||Lakers||Free Agent|
Farmar missed all five of his shots Friday in just nine minutes of play in a loss to the Nuggets.
Farmar was just a part of the problem for the Clippers' bench, who had just two points all night outside of Jamal Crawford, who dropped 20. In his 10 previous games, Farmar was averaging just 6.2 points and 1.7 assists in 15.6 minutes per game.
|Sat Dec 20||00:12||Crawford scored 20 points (7-15 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT) in 26 minut...||Jamal Crawford||SG||Hawks||Iavaronis|
Crawford scored 20 points (7-15 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT) in 26 minutes in a loss to the Nuggets on Friday.
Excluding Crawford, the Clippers' bench scored just two points the entire night. As always, Crawford provided an offensive spark off the bench. He doesn't do much else besides put up points, but he has 20 or more points in 11 games this season.
|Sat Dec 20||00:08||Griffin attempted 18 free throws in loss to Nuggets on Friday, t...||Blake Griffin||PF||Clippers||Free Agent|
Griffin attempted 18 free throws in a loss to the Nuggets on Friday, tying a career high, on his way to 32 points (9-20 FG, 14-18 FT).
Griffin led all scorers, and also had 12 rebounds and three assists in the loss. Griffin has been incredibly productive this season in offensive and defensive categories.
|Sat Dec 20||00:02||Robinson scored season-high 20 points (6-11 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 4-7 FT)...||Nate Robinson||SG||Celtics||Free Agent|
Robinson scored a season-high 20 points (6-11 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 4-7 FT) Friday in a victory over the Clippers.
This was the first time that Robinson had scored at least 20 since Jan. 5 of this year. He led the Nuggets in scoring in Friday's upset, and also had five rebounds and three assists. However, Robinson hasn't been nearly consistent enough this season to be a reliable fantasy option.
|Fri Dec 19||23:59||Afflalo shot just 28.6 percent (4-14) from floor Friday in loss ...||Arron Afflalo||SG||Nuggets||Free Agent|
Afflalo shot just 28.6 percent (4-for-14) from the floor Friday in a loss to the Clippers, scoring 12 points in 32 minutes.
Afflalo's shooting has been inconsistent this month. He's shot under 30 percent in four games in December, but has shot better than 50 percent in five starts. Owners should continue to use Afflalo on a daily basis, but should also be aware that these poor shooting nights can occur.
|Fri Dec 19||23:56||Foye (quad) still doesn't have timetable to return to lineup||Randy Foye||PG||Wizards||Back in the Saddle|
Foye (quad) still doesn't have a timetable to return to the lineup, and hasn't even gotten on the court to run, The Denver Post reports.
It doesn't seem likely that Foye returns in 2014, and will see the court in January at the earliest. He's been out since Nov. 25 with a quadriceps tear and isn't doing basketball-related work as of this week. Danilo Gallinari will continue to be a primary option for the Nuggets off the bench, and Arron Afflalo has been playing over 31 minutes per game this season as a starter.
|Fri Dec 19||23:42||Green attempted career-high 21 shots Friday in triple overtime l...||Danny Green||SG||Cavaliers||Free Agent|
Green attempted a career-high 21 shots Friday in a triple overtime loss to the Trail Blazers, scoring a season-high 27 points (9-21 FG, 6-9 3Pt, 3-3 FT).
Green was amazing in Kawhi Leonard's absence. The 27-year-old has been taking on a larger role in the offense with Leonard out, and has a combined 52 points in the past two games. Green also completed a double-double Friday by grabbing 10 rebounds. Green is a valuable play in most leagues, especially daily, with Leonard out, although Green has been coming off the bench.
|Fri Dec 19||23:33||Duncan played in 43 minutes Friday in triple overtime loss to Tr...||Tim Duncan||C||Spurs||The Sith Lords|
Duncan played in 43 minutes Friday in a triple overtime loss to the Trail Blazers, scoring 32 Points (12-24 FG, 8-9 FT) and grabbing 10 rebounds.
This was the Spurs' second consecutive 3OT game, and Duncan has combined to play 91 minutes in those matchups. This playing time guarantees that Duncan (and the rest of the Spurs' veterans, for that matter) will get some nights off in the near future.
|Fri Dec 19||23:30||Matthews had one of his worst shooting nights of season, going 5...||Wesley Matthews||SG||Jazz||Buchanalia|
Matthews had one of his worst shooting nights of the season, going 5-for-19 from the floor and making just two of his nine shots from three for 16 points.
Matthews has been very consistent this season, so owners shouldn't be worried, and he managed to get to 16 points anyway in a triple overtime game. The 28-year-old made up for his poor shooting numbers by grabbing seven rebounds and picking up five assists and three steals. He also didn't turn the ball over once in 50 minutes of action.
|Fri Dec 19||23:27||Aldridge had season-high 16 rebounds in triple-overtime win over...||LaMarcus Aldridge||PF||Trailblazers||Iavaronis|
Aldridge had a season-high 16 rebounds in a triple-overtime win over the Spurs on Friday and scored 32 points (13-27 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 5-5 FT).
This was Aldridge's 15th double-double of the season. He's grabbed double-digit rebounds in all but two games this month (and he had nine boards in those two outings) and has over 30 points in three starts in December.
|Fri Dec 19||23:11||Brooks scored 17 points (6-13 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT) Friday in win...||Aaron Brooks||PG||Rockets||Team Erik|
Brooks scored 17 points (6-13 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT) Friday in a win over the Grizzlies while Derrick Rose sat out his second straight game with an illness.
Brooks scored 18 on Thursday as well with Rose out. This time, Brooks played a season-high 32 minutes while starter Kirk Hinrich struggled to get anything going. When Rose sits, Brooks could be worth a start, especially in daily leagues.
|Fri Dec 19||23:08||Love scored just six points (1-10 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), but grab...||Kevin Love||C||Timberwolves||The Schellackers|
Love scored just six points (1-10 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), but grabbed 14 rebounds and swatted three shots in the win over Brooklyn on Friday.
Love has hit just 31 percent of his 3-pointers in his last five games. He has not stopped boarding and has 13.2 rebounds over that same span. It looks like Love's shooting will come and go, but the boardwork will be consistent.
|Fri Dec 19||23:03||Miller (concussion) returned from seven-game absence and hit sev...||Mike Miller||SG||Wizards||The Sith Lords|
Miller (concussion) returned from a seven-game absence and hit seven 3-pointers on his way to 21 points (7-8 FG, 7-8 3Pt) in the win over the Nets on Friday. He played 34 minutes.
Miller jumped right back into the fray after not playing since Dec. 4. This was likely just a one-game anomaly, but he could be a nice source of 3-pointers if he sticks in the starting lineup (and stays healthy).
|Fri Dec 19||23:00||Marion came off bench to play 17 minutes and provided eight poin...||Shawn Marion||SF||Mavericks||The Sith Lords|
Marion came off the bench to play 17 minutes and provided eight points (4-6 FG) in the win over the Nets on Friday.
Marion was replaced in the starting lineup by Mike Miller. He scored his most points since Dec. 5, but his value won't change greatly as a reserve.