NBA Player News
|11/1/2014||Blake Griffin, F-C||Griffin scored 39 points in Friday's 118-111 win over the Lakers.
Analysis: Griffin shot 13 of 23 and made 11 of 12 foul shots. Griffin, who entered the season as a career 64.2 percent free-throw shooter, has knocked down 18 of 22 (81.8 percent) through two games.
|11/1/2014||Jordan Hill, F-C||Hill had 23 points in Friday's loss to the Clippers.
Analysis: Hill broke out after scoring a combined 13 points in the first two games. He remains a lackluster fantasy option right now.
|11/1/2014||Glen Davis, F-C||Davis has yet to play this season due to a groin injury.
Analysis: It's not clear when Davis will see his first action, though Doc Rivers said Thursday he could return within the week.
|11/1/2014||Brendan Haywood, C||Foot soreness has kept Haywood from playing thus far this season.
Analysis: The 34-year-old Haywood is likely to have a very limited role with Cleveland even when he is healthy.
|11/1/2014||Derrick Rose, PG||Rose sprained his ankle Friday against the Cavaliers, leaving in the fourth quarter - though he said he doesn't think the injury is serious. He scored 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting before exiting.
Analysis: Rose said he'd travel with the team for Saturday's contest at Minnesota but it's not clear if he'll play.
|11/1/2014||Marc Gasol, C||Gasol scored 20 points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked two shots in Friday's win at Indiana.
Analysis: Gasol is off to a solid start this season with 52 points through two games on 21-of-33 shooting.
|11/1/2014||Zach Randolph, F-C||Randolph scored 22 and grabbed 13 rebounds for his second straight double-double in Friday's win at Indiana.
Analysis: Randolph has 47 points and 26 rebounds through two games and is 19 of 30 from the field, as well as 9 of 11 from the free-throw line.
|11/1/2014||Chris Copeland, F||Copeland led Indiana with 16 points off the bench in Friday's loss to Memphis.
Analysis: Copeland has 27 points through two games but has been extremely inefficient, going 9 for 25 from the field.
|11/1/2014||LeBron James, F||James bounced back from a rough opening night, scoring 36 and adding eight rebounds, four assists and four steals in Friday's win at Chicago.
Analysis: James showed there's no reason for fantasy owners to panic with an excellent performance against one of the NBA's best defensive teams.
|11/1/2014||Kevin Love, F-C||Love had 16 points on a rough 5-for-17 shooting night Friday against the Bulls, though he also hauled in 16 rebounds and recorded four steals.
Analysis: Love is a tremendous asset both in real life and in fantasy because even when he struggles with his shot, 10-plus rebounds are all but a guarantee.
|11/1/2014||Kyrie Irving, G||Irving scored 23 on 6-of-17 shooting in Friday's win over Chicago.
Analysis: Irving committed four turnovers to compound his inefficient performance. He also had just three assists, but more should come as he learns to mesh with LeBron James and Kevin Love.
|11/1/2014||Tristan Thompson, F-C||Thompson became just the third player since at least 1963-64 with 12 offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound and added 16 points in Friday's win at Chicago.
Analysis: Thompson, who was one of the NBA's best offensive rebounders last season with 3.3 per game, should reap the benefits of opponents' attention on Kevin Love and LeBron James on the glass.
|11/1/2014||Joakim Noah, F-C||Noah had eight points and 13 rebounds in Friday's loss to Cleveland.
Analysis: Noah has been disappointing offensively thus far with just 11 pints and six assists through two games while going 4 of 11 from the field, but he has blocked six shots.
|11/1/2014||Pau Gasol, F-C||Gasol endured a rough shooting performance in Friday's loss to the Cavaliers, finishing with 15 points on 6-of-18 shooting.
Analysis: Gasol, who was one rebound shy of his second straight double double, at least cashed in on all three of his free-throw attempts.
|11/1/2014||Kirk Hinrich, G||Hinrich scored 20 points - including 10 in the fourth quarter - in Friday's loss to Cleveland.
Analysis: Hinrich is 6 of 12 from deep through two games.
|11/1/2014||Jabari Parker, SF||Parker had 11 points and 10 rebounds in his Milwaukee debut to lead the Bucks to a 93-81 win Friday night over the Philadelphia 76ers in their home opener.
Analysis: The No. 2 overall draft pick scored nine points in the first quarter on 4 of 6 shooting. He made five of his 11 shots Friday after going 3-for-9 and scoring eight points in his pro debut Wednesday. Parker had four rebounds in a 108-106 overtime loss in Charlotte.
|11/1/2014||O.J. Mayo, G||Mayo scored 10 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 93-81 win Friday night over the Philadelphia 76ers in their home opener.
Analysis: Mayo is averaging 21.0 points and shooting 60.9 percent (14 of 23) in his first two games this season. He's also gone 8 for 13 from 3-point range and hit five of his seven shots from beyond the arc Friday.
|11/1/2014||Rudy Gay, F||Gay scored 40 points - one off his career high - including a pair of key 3-pointers, and the Sacramento Kings surprised the Portland Trail Blazers 103-94 on Friday night.
Analysis: Gay made 13 of 19 shots and went 3 for 4 from 3-point range in the victory. He had 14 points on 5-of-15 shooting and was 0 for 2 from beyond the arc in a 95-77 loss to Golden State on Wednesday.
|10/31/2014||Vitor Faverani, C||Faverani is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks after undergoing knee surgery earlier this month.
Analysis: Faverani already underwent surgery on his meniscus in March, so this setback is especially discouraging.
|10/31/2014||Marcin Gortat, C||Gortat had 20 points and 12 rebounds in Thursday's win at Orlando.
Analysis: Gortat is off to a strong start with 38 points in two games on 17-of-27 shooting. He's also plus-18 for the Wizards.
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