NBA Player News
|10/26/2016||LaMarcus Aldridge, SA, F-C|
|Aldridge finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds in a 129-100 win at Golden State on opening night.
Analysis: Aldridge, who averaged 18 points and 8.5 rebounds a year ago, seemed more than happy with his role on this night.
|10/26/2016||Kawhi Leonard, SA, G-F|
|Leonard came up big with a career-high 35 points in Tuesday's 129-100 win over Golden State in the season opener. He went 15 for 15 from the free-throw line.
Analysis: Leonard could be poised for the best season of his career on the offensive end. He's certainly a good bet to fill out the stat sheet.
|10/26/2016||Jonathon Simmons, SA, SF|
|Simmons had a surprisingly big night on Tuesday, helping the Spurs roll to a 129-100 win at Golden State. He finished with 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting.
Analysis: Simmons, who averaged 6 points on 50.4 percent shooting in 55 games as a rookie, appears to be in line for a much greater role this season.
|10/26/2016||Kevin Durant, GS, F|
|Durant finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in Tuesday's blowout loss to the Spurs.
Analysis: It looks as though Durant will get his share of touches on Golden State's super team.
|10/26/2016||Stephen Curry, GS, G|
|Curry had 26 points on opening night, but shot just 3 of 10 from 3-point range in a 129-100 loss to the Spurs.
Analysis: Curry is a career 44.4 percent shooter from 3-point range, so we expect he'll bounce back quickly in the Warriors' next contest.
|10/26/2016||Draymond Green, GS, F|
|Green filled the stat sheet on opening night with 18 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and five steals in a blowout loss to the Spurs. He also hit two 3-pointers.
Analysis: Green came somewhat close to averaging a triple-double last season with 14 points, 9.5 rebounds and 7.4 assists. Hopefully, you snagged him early on draft night.
|10/26/2016||LeBron James, Cle, F|
|James scored 19 points and added 11 rebounds and 14 assists and the Cavaliers beat the New York Knicks 117-88 on Tuesday night in the NBA season opener.
Analysis: James had his 43rd career triple-double in the regular season and second straight dating back to the Finals, when he eviscerated the Warriors to help the Cavs overcome a 3-1 deficit and win Game 7 in Oakland.
|10/26/2016||Kyrie Irving, Cle, G|
|Irving scored 29 points and the Cavaliers beat the New York Knicks 117-88 on Tuesday night in the NBA season opener.
Analysis: Irving scored 19 in the third quarter to turn a tight game into a rout, a reminder of the rare scoring ability Irving has. Another example came when he splashed a 3 in Stephen Curry's face to give the Cavs their first championship in franchise history.
|10/26/2016||Kevin Love, Cle, F-C|
|Love had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavs in their 117-88 rout of the Knicks on Tuesday.
Analysis: Love only shot 6 of 15 from the floor but got to the line 12 times, an outstanding sign for the Cavaliers after he averaged just 4.1 free-throw attempts last season.
|10/26/2016||Derrick Rose, NY, PG|
|Rose had 17 in his Knicks debut, a 117-88 loss to the Cavaliers on Tuesday.
Analysis: Rose had four turnovers and just one assist, but occasionally showed explosive flashes in the open court.
|10/26/2016||Damian Lillard, Por, PG|
|Lillard scored 39 points and the Portland Trail Blazers extended their winning streak in home openers to a league-record 16 straight games with a 113-104 victory over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night.
Analysis: Lillard is the clear face of the franchise and could wind up in the MVP conversation before all is said and done.
|10/26/2016||Derrick Favors, Uta, F-C|
|Favors missed the Jazz's 113-104 loss to the Blazers on Tuesday with a sore knee.
Analysis: Favors only played one preseason game due to the injury and it's unclear when he'll return for a team that's already missing Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks.
|10/26/2016||C.J. McCollum, Por, G|
|McCollum had 25 points and the Portland Trail Blazers extended their winning streak in home openers to a league-record 16 straight games with a 113-104 victory over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night.
Analysis: There doesn't figure to be a higher-scoring backcourt in the league this season than McCollum and Damian Lillard, and the two are off to a great start after combining for 64 points.
|10/26/2016||Joe Johnson, Uta, G-F|
|Johnson scored 29 points in his debut with the Jazz, a 113-104 loss to the Blazers on Tuesday.
Analysis: Johnson scored 27 in the second half, a performance that was stunning to say the least. Don't expect many more of those.
|10/26/2016||Rodney Hood, Uta, G-F|
|Hood had 26 points in the Jazz's 113-104 loss to the Blazers on Tuesday.
Analysis: Hood had a solid second season in 2015-16 and could be ready to take an even bigger leap toward stardom in Year 3.
|10/26/2016||Damian Jones, GS, C|
|Jones is expected to be out until December rehabbing a chest injury.
Analysis: The Warriors could use some help protecting the rim with Andrew Bogut gone, and perhaps Jones can eventually provide some of that.
|10/26/2016||Tony Allen, Mem, G-F|
|It's been reported that a knee injury will keep Allen out of the Grizzlies' season opener Wednesday.
Analysis: Continue to monitor Allen's progress going forward.
|10/26/2016||Tony Allen, Mem, G-F|
|Allen won't play in Wednesday's opener due to a right knee injury.
Analysis: Allen played in 64 games and made 57 starts for the Grizzlies last season. Known for his strong play on the defensive end, Allen averaged 8.4 points and 4.6 rebounds and was 15th in the league with 1.72 steals per game.
|10/26/2016||Dennis Schroder, Atl, PG|
|The Hawks gave Schroder, their new starting point guard, a four-year contract extension worth $70 million Wednesday.
Analysis: Schroder spent the last three seasons as Jeff Teague's backup before the Hawks committed to Schroder by trading Teague to Indiana in the offseason. Schroder set career highs with his averages of 11 points and 4.4 assists last season. The Hawks are 11-5 in his 16 career starts.
|10/26/2016||Ben Simmons, Phi, F|
|Simmons says there is no timetable for his return from a broken bone in his right foot. Simmons says he has not discussed the possibility of sitting out the season.
Analysis: Simmons attended the Philadelphia 76ers' season opener on Wednesday in street clothes and says he's taking his time in the rehabilitation process. Simmons was set to watch the game against Oklahoma City from the locker room.
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