|Fri Dec 19||04:19||Bayless scored 17 points (6-12 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and added fo...||Jerryd Bayless||PG||Raptors||Doppelganger|
Bayless scored 17 points (6-12 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and added four rebounds, five assists and one block in 29 minutes of action.
Bayless has seen an uptick in minutes late, likely a result of the loss of Jabari Parker (knee) for the season. Whatever the reason may be, he continues to see court time and produces modest numbers at best when given the chance to play.
|Fri Dec 19||04:11||Mayo scored 19 points (7-13 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and landed two ...||O.J. Mayo||SG||Grizzlies||Def Fresh Flow|
Mayo scored 19 points (7-13 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and landed two rebounds with one assist and a steal in 23 minutes of action on Thursday against the Kings.
Over his last four games Mayo has played as much as 36 minutes and as little as 11 minutes. This is not something you want when building a fantasy team. Predictably and reliably are something good fantasy teams exploit - this is a case of neither.
|Fri Dec 19||00:29||Kevin Durant: (Ankle) Done For The Night||Kevin Durant||SF||Thunder||The Schellackers|
Durant suffered an ankle injury near the end of the first half and will not return, The Oklahoman reports.
Durant reportedly had precautionary X-rays taken, but they came back negative and the right ankle sprain was graded as mild. The Thunder play again Friday, but it wouldn't be surprising if he rests in preparation for a game Sunday against the Lakers. Either way, the team should update his status before Friday's tipoff.
|Fri Dec 19||00:03||Kevin Durant: Leaves With Ankle Injury||Kevin Durant||SF||Thunder||The Schellackers|
Durant limped off the floor late in the first half after rolling his ankle on Maurice Speights' foot, The Oklahoman reports.
Durant reportedly walked slowly into the locker room under his own power, so it's quite possible he will be able to return for the second half. He was having a mammoth game before the injury scoring a career-high 30 points in the first half. The team will likely provide an update in his status as the second half begins.
|Thu Dec 18||23:24||Calderon scored 12 points (5-10 FG, 2-2 FT) and added three rebo...||Jose Calderon||PG||Raptors||The Sith Lords|
Calderon scored 12 points (5-10 FG, 2-2 FT) and added three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 36 minutes of action on Thursday against the Bulls.
On the year, Calderon is averaging 8.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.6 3PM - he hasn't been very good. This is the lowest per game assist total Calderon has had in his career. If the Knicks ever get something going, Calderon should bounce back and produce respectable assist numbers. He is someone to watch as many owners have given up on him this season. The good news is that he is getting to play. He has averaged 35 minutes per game over his last three.
|Thu Dec 18||23:17||Stoudemire scored 16 points (7-13 FG, 2-3 FT) and added six rebo...||Amare Stoudemire||PF/C||Knicks||Doppelganger|
Stoudemire scored 16 points (7-13 FG, 2-3 FT) and added six rebounds, two assists, two steals and four blocks in 31 minutes of play against the Bulls on Thursday.
Stoudemire is playing well. Over the last week he has averaged 13.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 2.0 steals and 1.7 blocks. He is putting up numbers in all categories. He is going to continue to get minutes while the Knicks attempt to salvage something and he is close to a double-double on most nights. He's hard to argue with at this point.
|Thu Dec 18||23:16||Rose (illness) won't travel with team to Memphis for Friday's ga...||Derrick Rose||PG||Bulls||Doppelganger|
Rose (illness) won't travel with the team to Memphis for Friday's game against the Grizzlies, but he hasn't been ruled out, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Rose could still join the team in Memphis, but he would travel there on his own. It's unclear exactly what he is dealing with, but it could cause him to miss at least two games. If he can't go Friday, Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Brooks would again likely receive extra minutes at point guard.
|Thu Dec 18||23:12||Babbitt only appeared in 14 minutes Thursday in win over Rockets...||Luke Babbitt||SF||Trailblazers||Free Agent|
Babbitt only appeared in 14 minutes Thursday in a win over the Rockets, scoring nine points (3-4 FG, 3-4 3Pt).
In his past two games, Babbitt has combined to play just 24 minutes despite starting in both. Babbitt is quietly shooting 47.1 percent from three, but isn't doing much else. The 25-year-old has just 12 combined rebounds in his past four games, and hasn't recorded an assist since Dec. 2.
|Thu Dec 18||23:09||Aldrich scored 13 points (5-8 FG, 3-4 FT) and added 10 rebounds,...||Cole Aldrich||C||Thunder||Free Agent|
Aldrich scored 13 points (5-8 FG, 3-4 FT) and added 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 26 minutes of action on Thursday against the Bulls.
This is a fantastic outing from Aldrich. He hasn't wiggled his way into too many starting lineups throughout his career, but he has found a way onto a Knicks team that is desperate to uncover any players they can keep for the long term. It wouldn't be too surprising to find value in Aldrich this season as the Knicks need to figure out what assets they really have.
|Thu Dec 18||23:05||Garcia out again Thursday against Pelicans, missing his fourth g...||Francisco Garcia||SG||Kings||Buchanalia|
Garcia was out again Thursday against the Pelicans, missing his fourth game in a row.
Garcia sustained a calf injury on Dec. 6 and hasn't appeared in a game since then. The veteran should be considered day-to-day, since no timetable has officially been given for his return.
|Thu Dec 18||22:57||Gasol scored 20 points (8-15 FG, 4-4 FT) and added seven rebound...||Pau Gasol||PF/C||Lakers||Team Lorin|
Gasol scored 20 points (8-15 FG, 4-4 FT) and added seven rebounds, two assists and a whopping five blocks in 36 minutes of action on Thursday against the Knicks.
Gasol nearly had a double-double in this game and he accumulated a total of 36 minutes. Over his last three games he has averaged a double-double (11.7 points and 10.3 rebounds) and has 1.7 blocks per game during that span. Those are great numbers, despite not scoring at his usual clip, but he remains a great fantasy asset due to his ability to rebound, block shots and even chip a few assists in.
|Thu Dec 18||22:51||Brooks scored 18 points (5-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 5-6 FT) and added two ...||Aaron Brooks||PG||Suns||Buchanalia|
Brooks scored 18 points (5-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 5-6 FT) and added two rebounds, five assists and one steal in 25 minutes of action against the New York Knicks on Wednesday.
Whenever Derrick Rose (illness) sits a game, this will be a sneaky play, especially in daily fantasy leagues. Brooks can shoot the ball when given an opportunity. He has shown that throughout his career.
|Thu Dec 18||22:01||Durant will continue to receive minutes totaling in mid-thirties...||Kevin Durant||SF||Thunder||The Schellackers|
Durant will continue to receive minutes totaling in the mid-thirties moving forward, ESPN reports.
Durant had been working on a minutes limit prior to Tuesday's game, in which he received 36 minutes. It appears that will continue to be the case moving forward, as he will probably eventually make his way back to playing nearly the full 40 minutes again.
|Thu Dec 18||21:52||Lance Stephenson: (Groin) Out Friday||Lance Stephenson||SG||Pacers||Free Agent|
Stephenson (groin) will miss Friday's game against the Sixers.
Stephenson didn't practice Thursday, and is expected to miss both Friday and Saturday's contest. He has now been confirmed out for Friday, and he will receive an update on his status at some point before Saturday's game as well. If he's unable to go, Gerald Henderson and Gary Neal both would be candidates for added minutes.
|Thu Dec 18||21:34||Lee (hamstring) expected to return next week assuming he doesn't...||David Lee||PF||Warriors||Doppelganger|
Lee (hamstring) is expected to return next week assuming he doesn't suffer any setbacks in practice, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Lee has been dealing with a nagging hamstring issue all season, but it appears he could be ready to return again at some point next week. The team is off until Monday, but has games Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Lee rejoining the lineup will be a boost for the Warriors, who are currently without Andrew Bogut for a unknown period of time.
|Thu Dec 18||21:17||Dudley will come off bench for Thursday's game against Kings||Jared Dudley||SF||Suns||Buchanalia|
Dudley will come off the bench for Thursday's game against the Kings, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Dudley received the start Wednesday due to a plethora of injuries in the Bucks' frontcourt. He will head back to the bench Thursday, with Giannis Antetokounmpo receiving the start on the wing and Johnny O'Bryant starting at the four.
|Thu Dec 18||20:24||DeMarcus Cousins: (Illness) Will Start Thursday||DeMarcus Cousins||PF/C||Kings||Def Fresh Flow|
Cousins (illness) will start Thursday against the Bucks.
Cousins was initially listed as questionable for Thursday's matchup, but was later upgraded to probable Thurday. He will take his spot back int the lineup after a 10-game absence because of meningitis. With Larry Sanders out, Cousins will likely spend most of the night matched up with Zaza Pachulia.
|Thu Dec 18||19:55||Terry (personal) will return to Rockets on Saturday according to...||Jason Terry||SG||Mavericks||Team Lorin|
Terry (personal) will return to the Rockets on Saturday according to coach Kevin McHale, Fox 26 in Houston reports.
Terry will miss his second game Thursday after his wife gave birth Tuesday afternoon, but appears set to return Saturday. He has been coming off the bench recently, and will likely continue to do so moving forward.
|Thu Dec 18||19:47||Nelson one of three players traded to Celtics on Thursday as par...||Jameer Nelson||PG||Magic||Team Lorin|
Nelson was one of three players traded to the Celtics on Thursday as part of the deal that sent Rajon Rondo to the Mavericks, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Nelson had been seeing around 25 minutes per game with the Mavericks, but despite the downgrade in team context, there's no guarantee the rebuilding Celtics will be as willing to hand the aging guard as much playing time. With Rondo out of the picture, rookie first-rounder Marcus Smart will presumably get the first crack at assuming point guard duties for the Celtics, likely relegating Nelson to a backup role. Even so, Smart is still working his way back from an Achilles injury and could be eased back into action, potentially allowing Nelson to act as a short-term placeholder in the starting lineup. Nelson was averaging 7.3 points and 4.7 rebounds across 23 games with the Mavericks.
|Thu Dec 18||19:45||Nicolas Batum: (Wrist/Knee) Questionable For Friday||Nicolas Batum||SF||Trailblazers||The Sith Lords|
Batum (wrist/knee) did not practice Thursday and is questionable for Friday's game against the Spurs, the Oregonian reports.
Batum has seen an increase in minutes over his last five games at nearly 37 versus 34 for the season. He hasn't seen an increase in production, however, and is shooting just 33.3 percent over the five-game span, averaging 8.2 points, 5.6 assists and 3.6 boards. His status for Friday's game should be updated either Friday morning or closer to tipoff.