• Kyle Lowry - G - Toronto Raptors

    Kyle Lowry’s back will very likely be an on-going concern for the remainder of the season but the issue is considered manageable by the Raptors.

    Lowry has been struggling with his 3-point shooting this season but Nick Nurse implied that Lowry’s back problems are not the main reason behind it. The Raptors head coach has been working with his starting point guard on some mechanical flaws while Lowry has been able to keep up with the ”pre-hab” routine he’s committed to in order to keep his back feeling strong. The veteran guard is regularly worked on by therapists and carries a small duffel bag on the road filled with foam rollers and other items he relies on to keep his 32-year-old body humming. This is your annual reminder to sell high on Lowry who usually starts the season strong and regresses after the All-Star game break.

    Source: SportsNet

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  • Kenneth Faried - F/C - Houston Rockets

    Kenneth Faried scored 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting with a 3-pointer, six rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block on Thursday.

    Faried logged minutes alongside both NeNe and Clint Capela tonight which is surprising considering Coach D'Antoni almost exclusively plays with one big man. There was a play in the game where NeNe set a flare screen for Faried to pop out and shoot a 3-pointer which he drained and it signified a set play designed to get him to shoot. If Faried is going to consistently patrol the perimeter there may be some 14 or 16-team league value but as it stands the 18 minutes are the real thing to look at here and it'll be difficult to depend on consistent production within that time.

  • Stephen Curry - G - Golden State Warriors

    Stephen Curry scored 36 points on 12-of-23 shooting to go with six rebounds, seven assists, two steals and 10 3-pointers in Thursday's 125-123 win over the Kings.

    Curry had another 10-bomb from deep and was drilling them in crunch time too. Something about a 3-pointer from Curry is just backbreaking but the Kings were resilient tonight, clawing their way back just to get drilled again by the two-time MVP. We're going to see this happen a few more times this season as the Warriors are firing on all cylinders thanks to their best player.

  • Kevin Durant - F - Golden State Warriors

    Kevin Durant scored 28 points on 10-of-20 shooting with nine rebounds, four assists, a steal, a 3-pointer and seven blocks against the Kings on Thursday.

    Durant set a career-high with seven blocks tonight and six of them came in the first half. We've seen a few block parties hosted by him before so it's not like this type of line is too surprising, but it's good to see him being active on the defensive end of the floor again. In his last five games he's averaging 2.6 blocks but only 0.4 steals.

  • DeMarcus Cousins - C - Golden State Warriors

    DeMarcus Cousins double-doubled against the Kings on Thursday with 17 points and 10 boards while chipping in three assists, a block and a 3-pointer.

    Cousins logged 27 minutes and has surpassed the 25-minute mark in his last four games played (excluding the Blazers game he sat out). Stashing him has paid off and the all-around production will keep coming.

  • Klay Thompson - G - Golden State Warriors

    Klay Thompson scored 18 points on 6-of-16 shooting with three 3-pointers, five rebounds, four assists and a steal on Thursday.

    Thompson was a bit icy from deep from his standards but the Warriors got enough firepower from their main two superstars to pull through with a win.

  • Draymond Green - F - Golden State Warriors

    Draymond Green logged 34 minutes on Thursday and scored 12 points on 3-of-6 shooting with six rebounds, eight assists, a steal and three 3-pointers.

    Green came through for the Warriors at the end of this game and it was his best shooting display from deep in quite some time. He's gaining confidence (not like he needed anymore) and was integral for the Warriors in the fourth quarter as they barely pulled out a win against a tough Kings team.

  • Marvin Bagley III - F - Sacramento Kings

    Marvin Bagley went bananas on Thursday, scoring 28 points on 8-of-19 shooting with 14 rebounds, a steal and a 3-pointer.

    Bagley feasted on the Warriors and brought his high energy on both ends of the floor. The Warriors looked like they had no answer for the booming rookie and his stock has been trending upwards for quite some time now.

  • Nemanja Bjelica - F - Sacramento Kings

    Nemanja Bjelica received a DNP-CD against the Warriors on Thursday.

    Bjelica is now the odd man out with Bogdan Bogdanovic starting and Harrison Barnes entering the fray as well. It doesn't help that Marvin Bagley has been going bonkers and as of now Bjelica is waiver wire fodder.

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic - G - Sacramento Kings

    Bogdan Bogdanovic started on Thursday and scored 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting with a 3-pointer, three rebounds, six assists and two steals.

    Bogdanovic finally drew the start and it's about time the Kings started their best forward. He and De'Aaron Fox are both playmakers and it's good to see them both handing out enough dimes to keep their owners satisfied.

  • Buddy Hield - G - Sacramento Kings

    Buddy Hield scored 19 points on 8-of-19 shooting with two triples, seven boards, two dimes and a swat on Thursday against the Warriors.

    Hield went 2-for-8 from deep but still found a way to get up to his scoring average for the season. Him and De'Aaron Fox (18 points on 6-of-14 shooting with three rebounds, eight assists, three steals, a block and two 3-pointers) played against the backcourt they're hoping to be in the next few years but as tonight showed, they're still a couple steps behind.