December 10, 2015, 6:08 am
Marcin Gortat returned from a three-game personal absence in Wednesday’s loss to the Rockets, tying a season-high with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting, 13 boards, one steal and one block in 36 minutes.
Gortat was rusty with four turnovers but the Wizards needed him back on the floor in the worst way and owners probably feel the same way. He can probably be had on the cheap because of all of his stops and starts this season.
January 21, 2020, 10:22 amKyrie IrvingPG, Brooklyn Nets
Kyrie Irving was a late scratch on Monday with a tight hamstring after not appearing on the initial injury report, but Kenny Atkinson admitted that the issue has been nagging his point guard for a few days.
Playing it safe with Irving might be wise, considering his health history. He has missed 26 games this season with a shoulder impingement and now the hamstring. It goes without saying that Spencer Dinwiddie should be owned in all formats and we just hope that Irving will be back sooner than later.
Source: NY Post
January 21, 2020, 10:16 amJustin AndersonSF, Brooklyn Nets
Five days after releasing him following the expiration of his 10-day deal, the Nets are bringing Justin Anderson back to the organization, this time by trading for his G League rights.
The Long Island Nets are acquiring Anderson in exchange for the rights to Henry Ellenson, who had been on a two-way deal with the Nets but was waived on January 3rd so the Nets could sign Chris Chiozza. Anderson appeared in three games for Brooklyn, posting averages of 1.0 points, 0.7 rebounds, and 0.3 blocks in 5.7 minutes.
Source: Kelsea O’Brien on Twitter
January 21, 2020, 9:07 amZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Andrew Lopez of ESPN is reporting that the plan is for Zion Williamson to start on Wednesday night against the Spurs.
The report adds that the Pelicans want to play him in short bursts and he won’t have a hard minutes restriction. Still, it’s likely that he plays closer to 15-20 mins instead of 30-35. Owners should be excited for his return but expectations should be lowered until we get an idea about his minutes going forward.
Source: Andrew Lopez on Twitter
January 21, 2020, 8:48 amKevon LooneyPF-C, Golden State Warriors
Steve Kerr said on Monday that he still doesn’t have a timetable for Kevon Looney, but he is hopeful he will return sometime this week.
Nothing seems to be official yet but this is an encouraging update for Looney who has been sidelined for almost a month now. His minutes are likely to be monitored upon his return while his role is unclear with Willie Cauley-Stein and Omari Spellman playing well right now.
Source: Connor Letourneau on Twitter
January 21, 2020, 8:42 amRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Talking to reporters after Monday’s game, Rudy Gobert said that his ankle isn't an issue and he isn't going to miss any games.
Gobert appeared to have tweaked his ankle in the fourth quarter but he finished the game and insisted that he is fine afterwards. This is something to monitor going forward but the French big is making a push for the All-Star game this year and it’s likely that he won’t miss any time.
Source: Tony Jones on Twitter
January 21, 2020, 8:35 amAlfonzo McKinnieSF, Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavs opted to not sign Alfonzo McKinnie to a second 10-day contract.
The decision on McKinnie was a bit of a surprise, as he had become a regular part of the rotation over the past week, while he averaged 6.5 points and 4.9 rebounds in his last eight appearances. Coach John Beilein suggested he will utilize guard Dante Exum on the wing more often to help fill McKinnie's old role.
January 21, 2020, 12:57 amDamian LillardPG, Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard went ballistic in Monday's 129-124 OT win over the Warriors with a career-high 61 points to go with 10 rebounds, seven assists, a steal and 11 3-pointers.
Lillard drilled a huge 3-pointer with 14.9 seconds left in the grill of Alec Burks to tie up the game and send it to OT and hit another dagger in OT. He put up a Herculean effort to ensure that the Blazers would not lose at home tonight in what was one of his best games ever played. The Blazers will continue to lean massively on Lillard and he's proven time and time again that he's up to the challenge.
January 21, 2020, 12:56 amHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside had a monster night on Monday, dropping 17 points with 21 boards to go with two assists and six blocks.
Whiteside briefly left the game with a quad injury, but returned to the game. It looks like we've avoided any major scare as Whiteside logged 43 minutes and closed this one out. He was crucial in securing defensive rebounds and hit two clutch free throws to help seal the victory for the Blazers.
January 21, 2020, 12:55 amAnfernee SimonsSG, Portland Trail Blazers
Anfernee Simons scored 15 points on 5-of-16 shooting to go with two bards, three dimes, two blocks and a triple on Monday.
Simons drew the start in place of C.J. McCollum, but didn't do much with it. He has a decent stat set, but he just can't capitalize on the opportunity.
January 21, 2020, 12:54 amCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony scored 14 points on 7-of-14 shooting to go with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block on Monday.
Melo fluffed up the stat sheet as much as he could and provided an efficient scoring night which was the minimum we expect with C.J. McCollum out. Don't expect these shooting nights to come often, but the numbers should continue to pile up as the Blazers are in dire need of help.