NBA Player News
|1/19/2017||David West, GS, PF|
|West has a non-displaced fracture of his left thumb and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
Analysis: West hasn't been a major contributor, averaging 4.1 points but he does provide a big body for the Warriors.
|1/18/2017||Nikola Jokic, Den, F-C|
|A game after scoring a career-high 30, Jokic had 29 points and 15 rebounds in Tuesday's 127-121 win over the Lakers.
Analysis: Jokic is establishing himself as a fantasy stud, averaging 22.7 points, 10.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists while shooting 61.4 percent in his last nine games. The Nuggets visit San Antonio on Thursday, and Jokic had 19 points, 11 rebounds and five assists against the Spurs on Jan. 5.
|1/18/2017||Will Barton, Den, G-F|
|Barton had a season-high 26 points and eight assists in Tuesday's 127-121 win over the Lakers.
Analysis: Barton, who got the start Tuesday with Garry Harris out, made all five of his 3-point attempts and is 10 of 15 from beyond the arc in his last four games.
|1/18/2017||Lou Williams, LAL, G|
|Williams scored 24 points in Tuesday's loss to the Nuggets.
Analysis: Williams has totaled 50 points on 48.4 percent shooting in his last two games after averaging 10.8 points on 31.7 percent shooting in his previous four.
|1/18/2017||Joakim Noah, NY, F-C|
|Noah will miss Wednesday's game against the Celtics due to a sore left ankle.
Analysis: Though he's been healthy for the past six weeks, this injury is a concern because he's already missed time this season due to a sprain to the same ankle and has long battled leg problems.
|1/18/2017||Jahlil Okafor, Phi, C|
|Okafor will play Wednesday against Toronto after previously being listed as probable with ankle soreness.
Analysis: He could see extended minutes with Joel Embiid's status in question due to illness.
|1/18/2017||Klay Thompson, GS, G-F|
|Thompson will start Wednesday against the Thunder after being listed as questionable due to a family matter.
Analysis: The Warriors' PR originally tweeted that Thompson would miss the game before changing his status to questionable. He reportedly flew to Portland to be with his ailing grandfather but planned to fly back to the Bay Area for the game.
|1/18/2017||Wilson Chandler, Den, F|
|Chandler (personal) has been listed as out for Thursday's game against the Spurs.
Analysis: Chandler recently lost his starting job and has been losing minutes to Kenneth Faried.
|1/18/2017||DeMar DeRozan, Tor, G-F|
|DeRozan scored over 20 points for the 14th straight game with 25 in Wednesday's loss at Philadelphia.
Analysis: DeRozan has averaged 28.7 points on 46.3 percent shooting with 6.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists during that 14-game span, but is just 1 for 11 from 3-point range.
|1/18/2017||Avery Bradley, Bos, G|
|Bradley will not play in Wednesday's game against the Knicks due to a sore Achilles.
Analysis: Bradley returned to the court Monday after sitting out the previous for games because of a strained Achilles tendon. He finished with five points - 12.7 below his average - and made 2 of 9 shots in 33 minutes. It's uncertain how long it will keep him out this time.
|1/18/2017||Roy Hibbert, Cha, C|
|Hibbert had a season-high 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting in Wednesday's win over the Trail Blazers.
Analysis: Hibbert, who came in averaging 5.2 points per game, didn't get off the bench in Charlotte's previous contest. Despite Wednesday's solid showing don't expect many more efforts like this from the big man.
|1/18/2017||C.J. McCollum, Por, G|
|McCollum had 18 points in Wednesday's loss to the Hornets.
Analysis: McCollum had scored 12 points in Portland's previous game after scoring at least 25 in each of his previous eight. The Blazers are in Philadelphia on Friday, and McCollum scored 25 in his last game with the 76ers in March.
|1/18/2017||Kyle Lowry, Tor, PG|
|After getting Tuesday night off for rest, Lowry had 24 points, four rebounds, four assists and a season-high five steals in Wednesday's loss at Philadelphia.
Analysis: Lowry was held under five assists for just the sixth time in 41 games, but tied a career high with 16 free-throw attempts. He last hit that total Jan. 13, 2009, with Memphis.
|1/18/2017||DeMarre Carroll, Tor, F|
|Carroll left Wednesday's loss at Philadelphia midway through the third quarter after injuring his neck. It wasn't clear whether Carroll collided with a teammate or a Sixers player, but he stayed down for a couple minutes and needed help walking off the court.
Analysis: Carroll had no points on 0-of-6 shooting before departing Wednesday, but had averaged 16.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in his five previous games.
|1/18/2017||Jonas Valanciunas, Tor, C|
|Valanciunas recorded his fourth double-double in five games with 10 points and 16 rebounds in Wednesday's loss at Philadelphia.
Analysis: Valanciunas has averaged 15.0 boards in that five-game span, and with 10.1 per game, is on pace to surpass the career high he set last season with 9.1. He's 28 for 29 from the free-throw line over the past 13 games.
|1/18/2017||Jodie Meeks, Orl, SG|
|Meeks left Wednesday's game in the second half and did not return because of a right thumb injury.
Analysis: X-rays on Meeks' thumb were negative. ''I have no idea,'' Meeks said when asked how long he would be out. ''This is the first time it's happened to me. Unfortunately it's on my thumb, and you do everything with your thumb, so we'll see after the MRI. The X-rays look pretty good so we'll see what happens.''
|1/18/2017||Ersan Ilyasova, Phi, F|
|Ilyasova had another strong performance with 18 points and five rebounds in Wednesday;'s win over Toronto.
Analysis: Ilyasova has scored in double figures in 21 straight games, averaging 17.0. Ben Simmons' eventual return will surely cut into his playing time, but until then, Ilyasova should remain a productive fantasy player.
|1/18/2017||Derrick Rose, NY, PG|
|Rose tied his season high with 30 points on 13-of-24 shooting and added a season-best 10 rebounds in Wednesday's win in Boston.
Analysis: Since strangely missing the Jan. 9 game against New Orleans, Rose has averaged 21.2 points on 54.2 percent shooting with 4.8 assists and 4.4 rebounds in five games. He had double-digit rebounds for the first time since Jan. 17, 2011.
|1/18/2017||Guillermo Hernangómez, NY, C|
|With the Knicks missing starters Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah, Hernangomez stepped up with perhaps the best game of his career. He matched a season high with 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting and added 11 rebounds Wednesday at Boston.
Analysis: Hernangomez certainly made a case for more playing time and is likely to get it if both Porzingis and Noah remain out Thursday against Washington.
|1/18/2017||Mindaugas Kuzminskas, NY, F|
|Kuzminskas continued a very nice stretch with career highs of 17 points and six rebounds Wednesday at Boston.
Analysis: It was the second straight start Kuzminskas in place of the injured Kristaps Porzinigs. Kuzminskas has averaged 14.8 points on 51.1 percent shooting and 4.3 rebounds in his past four games. He seems a good bet to start again Thursday against Washington.
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