NBA Player News
|12/21/2013||Kyrie Irving, G||Irving made four free throws in the final 21.5 seconds of overtime and finished with 39 points despite being sick, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 114-111 win over short-handed Milwaukee on Friday night.
Analysis: The Cavaliers point guard is averaging 30.2 points in his last five games.
|12/21/2013||Kevin Love, F-C||Chalk up another 'Love-ly' double-double for the Minnesota star in Friday's 104-91 loss to the Lakers.
Analysis: Love scored 20 of his 25 points in the first half and grabbed 13 rebounds for Minnesota, but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter. That's not a concern for fantasy owners since he has a league-best 24 double-doubles.
|12/21/2013||Gary Neal, G||Neal has a sore foot.
Analysis: There's no time table for Neal's return, so continue to monitor the developments.
|12/21/2013||Jimmy Butler, G-F||Butler is out with a right ankle injury.
Analysis: Butler's status for upcoming games is unclear.
|12/21/2013||Metta World Peace, F||World Peace has a sore knee.
Analysis: While it's unclear when World Peace will be available, he's been a major disappointment for the Knicks this season. The forward is averaging 5.7 points and 2.1 rebounds in 22 games - one start.
|12/21/2013||Nikola Pekovic, C||Pekovic notched a double-double for the Minnesota star in Friday's 104-91 loss to the Lakers.
Analysis: Pekovic had 22 points and 13 boards for his 12th double-double. He entered Friday leading the NBA with 7.5 close shots points per game.
|12/21/2013||Pau Gasol, F-C||Gasol had 21 points and 13 boards in Friday's 104-91 win over the Wolves.
Analysis: Now the NBA rumor mill is saying that Gasol wont be traded in the wake of Kobe Bryant's devastating injury. So for now it looks like the smooth Spaniard will remain in LA.
|12/21/2013||Xavier Henry, G-F||Henry had 21 points in Friday's 104-91 win over the Wolves.
Analysis: Henry is again starting now and needed 19 shots to produce that point total - in other words, he is doing his best impersonation of Kobe Bryant.
|12/21/2013||Al Jefferson, F-C||Jefferson scored 15 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, and the Bobcats overtook the Detroit Pistons for a 116-106 victory Friday night.
Analysis: Jefferson also pulled down a season-high 14 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double. Jefferson has scored at least 21 in three of his last five games.
|12/21/2013||Nick Young, G-F||Young had 25 points in Friday's 104-91 win over the Wolves.
Analysis: It seems like folly to say that a solid fantasy pick-up could be Young. Yet you may make your holidays jolly by nabbing him if such a trade could be swung. The Lakers are just looking for healthy bodies and Young fits the bill.
|12/21/2013||Brook Lopez, C||Lopez has broken a bone in his right foot again, leaving the struggling team without its leading scorer.
Analysis: The team says Saturday that Lopez was hurt during Friday's loss at Philadelphia. The Nets say they will issue another update next week after consultation with their doctors. Lopez had the same injury, a fractured fifth metatarsal, when he was limited to five games in the 2011-12 season.
|12/21/2013||Arron Afflalo, G-F||Afflalo will be back on the floor for his team's matchup with the Kings.
Analysis: Afflalo returns to action Saturday night after missing his first game of the season with an illness Wednesday against Utah. The Magic lost that game to Utah, posting a season-low shooting percentage.
|12/21/2013||Jeffery Taylor, G-F||Taylor will miss the rest of the season because of a ruptured right Achilles tendon. Coach Steve Clifford said he's not sure if the tendon is completely or partially torn and won't know Taylor's recovery time until after he has surgery.
Analysis: Taylor, a native of Sweden, was injured in the first half of Friday night's game against the Detroit Pistons. He stepped into a starting role after Michael Kidd-Gilchrist broke his hand. He averaged 8.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 26 games. Kidd-Gilchrist will be evaluated again on Dec. 27.
|12/21/2013||James Harden, G-F||The Houston Rockets are without leading scorer James Harden for Saturday night's game at Detroit. Harden is out with a sprained right ankle, and Francisco Garcia was in the starting lineup instead for the Rockets.
Analysis: Harden is averaging 23.9 points per game, although he was held to only 12 in Friday's 114-81 loss at Indiana.
|12/20/2013||Kevin Durant, F||Durant scored 32 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Chicago Bulls 107-95 on Thursday night for their eighth straight win.
Analysis: Durant made 13 of 20 shots against the Bulls and is connecting on a 60.8 percent clip over the last four games (45 for 74). He's made 11 of his last 17 3-point attempts (64.7 percent).
|12/20/2013||Tony Wroten, PG||Wroten scored 19 in 23 minutes in a 121-120 overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.
Analysis: Wroten represents a nice addition to your fantasy team. He's averaging 18.6 points in his last five so get him while he's hot, folks!
|12/20/2013||Kawhi Leonard, G-F||With neither Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili or Tim Duncan available, Leonard scored a season-high 21 points in Thursday's win at Golden State.
Analysis: Leonard was 8 of 14 from the floor while recording his third double-double of the season.
|12/20/2013||Marco Belinelli, SG||Belinelli scored a career-high 28 points in Thursday's win at Golden State, going 10 of 16 from the field and 4 of 8 from 3-point range.
Analysis: Belinelli capitalized on the absences of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan, as he had taken more than nine shots in a game only three times all season prior to Thursday.
|12/20/2013||David Lee, F-C||Lee had 32 points and 13 rebounds in Thursday's loss to San Antonio, his 15th double-double of the season.
Analysis: Lee now has double-doubles in seven straight games while averaging 20.9 points and 13.0 rebounds in that stretch.
|12/20/2013||Stephen Curry, G||Curry had 30 points and matched a season-high with 15 assists in Thursday's loss to San Antonio.
Analysis: Curry has been lights-out lately, averaging 29.1 points and 10.2 assists over his last 10 contests. He's averaging 24.5 points and 9.3 assists on the season.
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