|Thu Dec 5||00:56||Brandon Jennings plays okay in win vs. Bucks||Brandon Jennings||PG||Bucks||Doppelganger|
Brandon Jennings heard his share of boos in his return to Milwaukee on Wednesday, scoring 17 points with two boards, 11 assists, three steals, one block, two 3-pointers and six turnovers in a 105-98 win.
He couldn't get his shot to fall, but the double-double with some steals and 3-pointers made this a worthwhile game for Jennings. He shot 4-of-16 from the field and dropped his season field goal percentage to 38.2 percent, but at least he's been dynamite in points, assists, steals and 3-pointers.
|Thu Dec 5||00:51||LaMarcus Aldridge scores season-high 38||LaMarcus Aldridge||PF||Trailblazers||Iavaronis|
LaMarcus Aldridge stayed red-hot on Wednesday, hitting 17-of-28 shots for a season-high 38 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and two steals in an impressive win over the Thunder.
The Blazers are now 16-3 and, along with the Pacers, look like one of the best teams in the league. Aldridge is killing it, averaging 27.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.6 blocks on 54 percent shooting over his last five games. More blocks would be nice, but we doubt any of his owners are complaining. In the second half of tonight's game, Aldridge and Nicolas Batum scored 38 points on 17-for-22 shooting combined, which spelled doom for the Thunder.
|Thu Dec 5||00:38||Kevin Durant scores 33, zero assists in loss||Kevin Durant||SF||Thunder||Doppelganger|
Kevin Durant hit 11-of-23 shots and one 3-pointer on his way to 33 points, seven rebounds, zero assists, a steal and two blocks as the Thunder lost for just the fourth time this season on Wednesday.
This was KD's first game without an assists since March 13 of last season and it might be the last time it happens this year. He's hit just 19-of-44 shots over his last two games, so look for him to bust loose against the Pelicans on Friday.
|Thu Dec 5||00:33||Luke Ridnour plays 28 minutes off bench||Luke Ridnour||PG||Bucks||Free Agent|
Luke Ridnour played 28 minutes against the Pistons during a 105-98 loss on Wednesday, scoring 10 points with three rebounds, eight assists, three steals and two turnovers.
Coach Larry Drew went with Ridnour a little more after the Bucks looked bad on both ends with Brandon Knight running the point. Knight played 30 minutes or more in each of his last four games while Ridnour didn't crack the 24-minute mark in any of his last four. That's been the story with coach Drew for most of the season, so really the certain thing about the backcourt rotation of the Bucks is that it might be uncertain for a while.
|Thu Dec 5||00:29||O.J. Mayo has another bad game||O.J. Mayo||SG||Grizzlies||Buchanalia|
O.J. Mayo shot 2-of-8 from the field for seven points with one board, four assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes on Wednesday.
He has been a complete nightmare all season. Mayo is shooting just 44 percent in the paint this season, which is way down from his 52.7 percent last season with the Mavericks. He was starting to turn around his horrific season with a 19-point game on Monday, but it's been a turbulent ride along the way. Mayo has some upside and can be viewed as a buy-low guy as long as the price isn't something you're going to badly miss.
|Thu Dec 5||00:13||Luis Scola scores 14 points in 16 minutes||Luis Scola||C||Rockets||The Schellackers|
Luis Scola played just 16 minutes off the bench Wednesday, but still had 14 points and six rebounds in a win over the Jazz.
He's averaging 12 points and 5.5 rebounds over his last two games, but scored eight or fewer in each of his previous three games. And the fact he's played 16 or fewer minutes in three straight games means he should be on the waiver wire in most fantasy leagues.
|Thu Dec 5||00:05||Ersan Ilyasova finally breaks out of funk||Ersan Ilyasova||PF||Bucks||Iavaronis|
Ersan Ilyasova had a long overdue nice outing against the Pistons on Wednesday, shooting 8-of-19 from the field for 22 points with 10 boards, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.
He had a season high in points and boards while matching his best in 3-pointers in a game. The Bucks have been bringing Ilyasova off the bench to keep him fresh and perhaps limit the chance he aggravates an injury, but 37 minutes tonight speaks volumes. Considering how great he was after the break last season, Ilyasova owners should be feeling a lot better following this gem and should expect him back in the starting lineup on Friday against the Wizards.
|Wed Dec 4||23:56||Aaron Brooks starts second half in loss||Aaron Brooks||PG||Rockets||Team Erik|
Aaron Brooks started the second half as the Rockets went small against the Suns on Wednesday, and had 17 points, four rebounds, four assists, three steals and three 3-pointers on 7-of-18 shooting in the loss.
Brooks was a popular fantasy play when Jeremy Lin went down with his knee injury, but owners soured on him after Saturday's three-point dud. He's still averaging 13.6 points, 2.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 2.2 steals and 2.2 3-pointers over his last five games, and it looks like he should continue to be a decent fantasy option for as long as Lin is out.
|Wed Dec 4||23:54||Monta Ellis has a bad shooting game||Monta Ellis||PG||Warriors||The Schellackers|
Monta Ellis shot 5-of-13 from the field for 14 points with six boards, 10 assists, three steals and one turnover in Wednesday's 100-97 victory over the Pelicans.
The assists are nice to see and he's dropped 7.0 dimes per game over his last five. He hasn't been too bad in other areas, averaging 15.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 0.6 triples in that span. Ellis is one of the best guards to own in fantasy and his owners should have some high hopes for his first year in Dallas.
|Wed Dec 4||23:52||DeJuan Blair plays season-high 29 minutes||DeJuan Blair||PF||Spurs||Doppelganger|
DeJuan Blair played a season-high 29 minutes against the Pelicans on Wednesday, scoring 12 points with four boards and one block on 6-of-10 shooting.
He made his second start of the year and could stick as a starter. Blair didn't have a steal, which is a bit of a surprise with his 1.6 per game. He ranks fifth among power forwards and centers in steals per game despite playing just 20.8 minutes per game. The former Spur didn't have a great game tonight, but the extra minutes are a sign that better things are on the way.
|Wed Dec 4||23:51||Omri Casspi scores 14 in loss to Suns||Omri Casspi||SF||Kings||Iavaronis|
Omri Casspi came off the bench for 14 points, seven rebounds, a steal and two 3-pointers on 6-of-13 shooting in Wednesday's loss.
Francisco Garcia got the start for Chandler Parsons, who missed his second straight game with a sore back, but had just eight points and two 3-poitners on 3-of-9 shooting. Once Parsons is back both Casspi and Garcia will go back to being hit-or-miss fantasy options. Either player could go off on any given night, but could also do next to nothing, making both of them tough to own, and even tougher to throw into fantasy lineups.
|Wed Dec 4||23:49||James Harden struggles with shot in loss||James Harden||SG||Thunder||The Schellackers|
James Harden hit just 3-of-17 shots and was 0-for-10 from downtown on his way to 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal Wednesday, and also committed five turnovers.
It would be nice to see Harden get the turnovers under control, but he's been outstanding when healthy this season, and he simply had one of those nights in this one. He did hit 8-of-8 free throws, but that's little consolation for owners counting on a big night from their first-round pick. He's 18-of-18 from the line over his last two games.
|Wed Dec 4||23:32||Goran Dragic with one assist on Wednesday||Goran Dragic||PG||Suns||Free Agent|
Goran Dragic hit 6-of-11 shots for 19 points, two rebounds, one assist, four steals, a block and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's win over the Rockets.
The one assist is highly disappointing, and is likely a direct result of Eric Bledsoe finally playing like Eric Bledsoe tonight (20 points, 7 assists). But the fact Dragic still contributed nicely in every other category should leave owners with a good feeling. And while Dragic's numbers will take a hit now that Bledsoe is healthy again, he should still be a very serviceable point guard going forward.
|Wed Dec 4||23:29||Eric Bledsoe scores 20 in win over Rockets||Eric Bledsoe||G||Clippers||Free Agent|
Eric Bledsoe hit 7-of-14 shots and three 3-pointers on his way to 20 points, three rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a block in Wednesday's win over the Rockets.
This was his best game since Nov. 13, just before he suffered a shin injury, and it looks like he's finally about ready to get back on track. As long as he doesn't suffer a setback, Bledsoe is back in must-start territory.
|Wed Dec 4||23:27||Jrue Holiday plays well yet again||Jrue Holiday||PG||76ers||Buchanalia|
Jrue Holiday had another terrific game on Wednesday with 26 points, four boards, nine assists and four 3-pointers on 10-of-17 shooting.
He's hitting on all cylinders over his last five, averaging 18.6 points, 5.6 boards, 10.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.6 triples in 39.8 minutes. He ranks eighth in the NBA in points created by assists per game despite ranking 17th in passes per game, so he's making his ball movement count. The Pelicans are going to need him on his A game with Anthony Davis out and Holiday seems to be up to the task so far.
|Wed Dec 4||23:19||Jason Smith scores 12 points w/ nine boards||Jason Smith||PF||76ers||Free Agent|
Jason Smith scored 12 points with nine boards, one assist, one steal and one block in 36 minutes against the Mavericks on Wednesday.
He played 47 minutes against the Bulls on Monday and looks to be a fixture in the paint while the Pelicans are without Anthony Davis. Smith is solid in both shooting percentages and should be a nice source of points, boards and blocks over the next month for fantasy owners.
|Wed Dec 4||23:16||Channing Frye bounces back in win||Channing Frye||C||Suns||Team Lorin|
Channing Frye hit 6-of-12 shots and two 3-pointers for 14 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in Wednesday's win over the Rockets.
Frye had just eight points on Tuesday, but was back at it again, and remains a must-own fantasy player as long as he sticks in the starting lineup for the Suns.
|Wed Dec 4||23:11||Lou Williams quiet in win over Clippers||Lou Williams||PG||76ers||Team Lorin|
Lou Williams played just 17 minutes and hit 1-of-5 shots for three points, four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in Wednesday's win over the Clippers.
It's been a slow roll for Williams since his return from knee surgery and it looks like it's going to take him some time to get back in a groove. Hold him if you want, but he's going to likely miss one of back-to-back games and simply isn't doing enough to be considered a must-own fantasy player.
|Wed Dec 4||23:07||Kyle Korver ties record, hits six treys||Kyle Korver||SG||Jazz||Free Agent|
Kyle Korver returned from his rib injury and hit six 3-pointers and 8-of-12 shots for a season-high 23 points, three rebounds and five assists, tying Dana Barros by hitting a 3-pointer in 89 straight games.
Korver had missed over a week with his injury, but looked great tonight and will try to break the record on Friday against the Cavaliers, who tend to be generous against opposing guards.
|Wed Dec 4||22:58||Jeff Teague disappears in win over Clippers||Jeff Teague||PG||Hawks||Free Agent|
Jeff Teague hit just 2-of-5 shots and a 3-pointer for six points and six rebounds in 28 minutes of Wednesday's win over the Clippers.
He's been rolling, but cooled off against Chris Paul tonight, while Shelvin Mack got free for 12 points and five assists in 25 minutes. Teague will bounce back, and now that Dennis Schroder is in the D-League, Mack should get plenty of back up PG minutes for the Hawks.