• Dwight Howard
    C, Washington Wizards

    Dwight Howard sat out the first day of practice with back soreness.

    Howard was reported coming into training camp at less than 100 percent with his back so this is confirmation. The big man has been a consistent double-double machine for his entire career so this season is going to be more of the same unless spacing becomes an issue. As always he works much better with a free throw punting team build.

    Source: Candace Buckner on Twitter

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  • Shake Milton
    SG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Shake Milton saw some extra run on Saturday with Ben Simmons going down, erupting for 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including five triples and two assists.

    It was a one-dimensional game from Milton but it was good enough for boost in points, threes and FG tonight. Keep an eye on him as a potential add if Simmons misses multiple games.

  • Furkan Korkmaz
    SG, Philadelphia Sixers

    Furkan Korkmaz had himself a productive Saturday night in a loss to the Bucks with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting with five rebounds, three treys and one assist.

    Ben Simmons’ back right ended up on him tonight and Korkmaz was one of the direct beneficiaries. Korkmaz has been too erratic to trust this season but could be worth a speculative add if Simmons misses more time.

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid made just 5-of-18 shots from the field and 6-of-7 from the line for 17 points and 11 rebounds with one steal and one block in a loss to the Bucks on Saturday.

    Embiid has not had a good history playing a against the Bucks, so chalk up this off night to that factor if you want. Embiid is coming off a solid game, so a bounce-back outing should be just around the corner.

  • Bojan Bogdanovic
    SF, Utah Jazz

    Bojan Bogdanovic was limited to scoring just 12 points on 3-of-10 shooting with one trey and six rebounds in Saturday's loss to the Rockets.

    Bogdanovic is running a bit cold right now with this being the second straight game where he's uncharacteristically shot 30 percent or less from the field. He's a .451 shooter on the season so an upward correction should be on the near horizon.

  • Rudy Gobert
    C, Utah Jazz

    Rudy Gobert was quiet in Saturday's loss to the Rockets and was limited to posting just 12 points (3-of-7 FGs, 6-of-9 FTs), six rebounds and two blocks in 34 minutes.

    Unfortunately for Gobert owners, the Rockets matchup was not a stylistically favorable one for him. This low-end line is not a cause for concern and he should bounce back soon once the Jazz face teams with non-micro-ball systems.

  • Donovan Mitchell
    SG, Utah Jazz

    Donovan Mitchell hit 12-of-24 shots from the field and 6-of-7 at the line for 31 points, seven rebounds, one 3-pointer and three assists in a loss to the Rockets on Saturday.

    Mitchell has been a top-50 play on the season, but if he's going to carry the Jazz on his shoulders moving forward, his needle should be headed in the right direction as the season winds to a close.

  • Mike Conley
    PG, Utah Jazz

    Mike Conley returned from a three-game absence on Saturday and got a full complement of minutes (34), allowing him to post 13 points on 5-of-15 shooting with seven rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer.

    Conley's minutes are a sign that he's got the trainers' full confidence to go full blast. He got an extra rest day (Friday) to recover from an illness, which now is clearly behind him. He did struggle with his shot tonight, but Conley should put up better lines than this moving forward.

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    James Harden powered the Rockets to a 120-110 win over the Jazz on Saturday with 39 points (13-of-23 shooting), five rebounds, seven assists, six 3s, two steals and one block in 37 minutes.

    Harden has looked fresh, locked and loaded ever since the ASB. He's now trending back into the top-1 conversation in 9-cat formats. Fear the Beard, now more than ever.

  • Ben McLemore
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Ben McLemore was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field, all from beyond the arc to finish Saturday with 12 points and four rebounds in 13 minutes.

    Ben-Mac is a streaky shooter and he got hot tonight. The return of Eric Gordon (12 points, 24 minutes) will surely eat into McLemore's outlook for the remainder of the season.

  • Eric Gordon
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Eric Gordon (left leg contusion) returned to action on Saturday and put up 12 points (5-of-11 shooting) with three rebounds, three assists and two steals in 24 minutes off the bench.

    The Rockets made Gordon come off the bench since this was his first game back after missing three straight, leading all the way before the All-Star break. The 25 minutes are a good sign and the minutes will be there for him as long as he's healthy. That said, his not much more than a points-and-3s streamer in standard leagues.