January 24, 2018, 10:04 pm
Devin Booker (as well as most of his teammates) had a night to forget on Wednesday, posting 19 points on 5-of-16 shooting to go with six rebounds and four assists.
Booker didn’t make any of his four triples and got nearly half of his points by going a perfect 9-of-9 from the charity stripe. This is a lot more reminiscent of last season’s Booker, but we’re willing to overlook this clunker given his overall body of work this season. He’s been able to up his efficiency while increasing his rebounds and assists, so there are a lot more avenues for Booker to deliver on his promising potential this time around. The (usual) sharpshooter should be able to finish in the top-40.
November 19, 2019, 11:10 pmBrandon IngramSF, New Orleans Pelicans
Brandon Ingram (right knee soreness) looked good in his return from a four-game absence with 21 points (8-for-20 FGs, 4-for-4 FTs), seven rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes in a win over the Blazers on Tuesday.
With the Pelicans still ravaged by injuries, Ingram jumped right back in and filled up the box score. It's a good sign that he was able to play 35 minutes in his first game back. Ingram probably won't stick in the top-25 all season, but he may be able to stay close while the Pelicans are missing up to five rotation players.
November 19, 2019, 10:58 pmCJ McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum had a well-rounded game without Damian Lillard in a loss on Tuesday night, providing 22 points (9-of-22 FGs), four rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and four 3-pointers in 35 minutes.
That's a great game from McCollum, though the usage was pretty much the same as when he plays with Lillard. McCollum usually gets a bigger boost when he's running the show, so keep an eye on Lillard's status for Thursday's game as it could be another chance for C.J. to go off.
November 19, 2019, 10:49 pmHassan WhitesideC, Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Whiteside sank all four of his free throws and double-doubled with 14 points (5-of-7 FGs), 14 rebounds and a block in 29 minutes on Tuesday night as the Blazers lost to the Pelicans.
That's at least 10 made free throws in a row for Whiteside, who is up to 78.8 percent from the line for the season. That's playing a big part in his ability to put up fourth-round value through 14 games. While he's not providing first-round value as he once did, Whiteside has made a huge leap this season.
November 19, 2019, 10:41 pmNassir LittleSF, Portland Trail Blazers
Nassir Little moved back to the bench as Carmelo Anthony started at the four on Tuesday, but he put up his first double-double with 12 points (5-of-6 FGs), 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes.
The state of the Blazers' frontcourt should help get Little at least 20 minutes per game, but the fact that Anthony is now on the team will cap his upside. Little is still very raw, but tonight's game shows that he can be a worth-while dart-throw, especially if (when) Melo misses games.
November 19, 2019, 10:32 pmAnfernee SimonsSG, Portland Trail Blazers
Anfernee Simons got his first start of the season in place of Damian Lillard (back spasms) on Tuesday vs. the Pelicans and he did reasonably well, putting up 13 points (4-of-13 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs), three rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
The only other start of Simons' career was last season's finale in which he played all 48 minutes and scored 37 points. He won't be matching that anytime soon, but tonight's serviceable line is another step in the right direction for the 20-year-old. Simons is not worth rostering in a standard league, but he's a fine 3-point streamer, especially when he gets spot starts like this.
November 19, 2019, 10:23 pmCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony debuted for the Blazers and started on Tuesday, going for 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting, four boards, two treys and a block in a 104-115 loss to the Pelicans.
It's a solid start for Melo, who played in just 10 games last season for the Rockets but averaged 13.4 points per game. Damian Lillard (back spasms) missed this game, so he may not get up to 14 field goal attempts on a regular basis. He's not a must-add player in standard leagues, but he's worth paying attention to. And that shouldn't be tough, given all the coverage you're sure to hear.
November 19, 2019, 9:54 pmDraymond GreenPF, Golden State Warriors
Draymond Green sleeved up his banged arm on the bench and looks like he's ready to return to Tuesday's game.
Green is one tough cookie, so it's no surprise that he's gutting this one out. Owners can breathe a sigh of relief.
Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter
November 19, 2019, 9:52 pmDraymond GreenPF, Golden State Warriors
Draymond Green checked out of the game on Tuesday after appearing to bang is elbow during a hard fall.
Green will get his elbow checked out for sure, but hopefully the rough fall mostly just knocked the wind out of him. Stay tuned for updates.
Source: Meghan Triplett on Twitter
November 19, 2019, 9:38 pmTrevor ArizaSF, Sacramento Kings
Trevor Ariza will miss Tuesday's game vs. the Suns due to right groin soreness.
Ariza has not been a player of note in fantasy so far this season, so his absence is of little consequence to most managers. However, with him out, expect to see some younger guys take the minutes he's leaving on the table.
Source: Jason Anderson on Twitter
November 19, 2019, 9:33 pmFrank KaminskyPF, Phoenix Suns
Frank Kaminsky (left hip contusion) is available and listed as a starter for the Suns on Tuesday.
The Tank will be manning the five spot while Aron Baynes (right hip contusion) is sitting this one out, making Kaminsky an intriguing DFS punt play.
Source: Suns on Twitter