January 17, 2018, 11:26 pm
Ish Smith had a night to forget on Wednesday, going a woeful 1-for-12 from the field and 1-for-4 from the line with three points, five rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block in 31 minutes of playing time.
Smith missed a number of looks in the paint as well, so he wasn’t just dealing with a wonky jumper in this one. Dwight Buycks was 1-for-5 in his 17 minutes (though he did add six assists and a steal), and the shooting woes at the point guard spot opened up some opportunities for Langston Galloway. The sharpshooter blasted past his usual workload in this one, finishing with 11 points, three triples and four steals in 24 minutes. Consider his usage a result of the circumstances, and keep sticking with Smith going forward. He should have at least another month of standard league value in him.
November 18, 2019, 9:56 pmAlfonzo McKinnieSF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Alfonzo McKinnie came off the bench to score 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting in addition to six rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes in a 105-123 blowout loss to the Knicks on Monday.
Cedi Osman shifted to the four with Kevin Love out, opening up some extra minutes for McKinnie. Love said he expects to play in the Cavs next game, but this is a reminder that the former Warrior could put up some numbers should Love get traded and the Cavs lean toward tanking.
November 18, 2019, 9:51 pmAnte ZizicPF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Ante Zizic had five points on 2-of-4 shooting and six rebounds in 20 minutes as the Cavs were blown out by the Knicks on Monday.
It was Zizic's second game back from injury this season, but the big minutes will likely be an aberration. This game was a blowout and Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr. were absent tonight.
November 18, 2019, 9:42 pmKevin Porter Jr.SG-SF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Porter Jr. scored a career-high 18 points (6-for-11 FGs, 3-for-8 FTs) along with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes in his first career start.
The career mark isn't a surprise since he had never exceeded 24 minutes until tonight. Kevin Love (back) says he's playing on Wednesday, so we may not see another Porter start for quite a while.
November 18, 2019, 9:31 pmHamidou DialloSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Hamidou Diallo (left knee sprain) is out for Monday's game against the Clippers.
Diallo will be re-evaluated prior to Tuesday's game against the Lakers. Terrence Ferguson will get another start in his stead.
Source: Erik Horne on Twitter
November 18, 2019, 9:23 pmOG AnunobySF, Toronto Raptors
OG Anunoby went to the locker room after apparently catching an elbow in the eye on Monday, but he is expected to return.
Anunoby has a career-high 24 points through three quarters and the Raptors lead is big. He may not be needed, but Anunoby would likely welcome the chance to add onto his big game.
Source: Ryan Wolstat on Twitter
November 18, 2019, 9:16 pmJosh HartSG, New Orleans Pelicans
Josh Hart (left ankle sprain) will miss Tuesday's game against the Blazers.
Hart will miss a fourth straight game. The Pelicans are missing quite a few players right now, so most players originally on the second unit are getting big minutes. E'Twaun Moore is the most direct beneficiary of Hart's absence.
November 18, 2019, 9:04 pmPatrick BeverleyPG, Los Angeles Clippers
Patrick Beverley (sore left calf) will play vs. the Thunder on Monday night.
Beverley missed the past two games, but he won't have a minutes limit tonight. Deploy him as you normally would. Kawhi Leonard is once again out tonight, so there may be some extra shots for Beverley as well.
Source: Andrew Greif on Twitter
November 18, 2019, 8:53 pmRicky RubioPG, Phoenix Suns
Update: Ricky Rubio (back spasms) is now doubtful to play on Monday.
This came out of nowhere. Rubio could play but he won't be in there to start the game. Jevon Carter will start in Rubio's place. Carter could be a worthwhile spot-starter, especially if you're looking for steals.
Source: Duane Rankin on Twitter
November 18, 2019, 8:45 pmHamidou DialloSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Hamidou Diallo (left knee sprain) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Clippers.
We should know his status for tonight shortly. Diallo missed the previous game and prior to that, he'd been getting solid minutes but the only thing of note that he'd been providing was steals.
November 18, 2019, 8:39 pmShabazz NapierPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Shabazz Napier (right hamstring strain) is listed as out for Monday's game vs. the Jazz.
Napier will miss his eighth straight game. Having been first listed as doubtful for tonight, we still might not see him for a few games.