• Zach LaVine will sit out Sunday’s practice due to a case of back spasms, per K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

    While back injuries have the tendency to linger and can take quite a bit of time to resolve themselves, at least it’s not a knee injury. LaVine is still on track for a return sometime in early January, so hopefully this is a small bump in the road. He should be scooped up and stashed wherever possible as he’ll be presented with tons of shots and touches. LaVine was a middle-round play last season and doesn’t have nearly the same amount of talent around him with which to share the ball.

Fantasy News

  • D'Angelo Russell
    PG, Minnesota Timberwolves

    D'Angelo Russell went berserk on the Heat on Wednesday, leading his pack of Wolves to a win with 27 points (9-of-18 shooting), including seven treys, one short of the team record of eight held by Kevin Love.

    Russell not only shot the ball extremely well but also actually filled the stat sheet with five rebounds, six assists, three steals and one block. As long as Russell's playing, be ready for huge lines like this one, making him one of the upward trending players post-ASB.

  • Joel Embiid
    C, Philadelphia Sixers

    Joel Embiid (left shoulder sprain) said that he will have an MRI on Thursday.

    Embiid left Wednesday's game in the first half after injuring his shoulder and did not return. Embiid owners will need to hold on and hope for good news after tomorrow's MRI with the fantasy playoffs looming in most leagues. Al Horford's fantasy value was tanking before this news, but Embiid's absence will allow Horford to post top-75 value.

    Source: John Clark on Twitter

  • Juancho Hernangomez
    PF, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Juancho Hernangomez had himself a productive night in Wednesday's 129-126 nailbiter win over the Heat, chipping in 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting, with three triples, five rebounds, one assist and two steals in 31 minutes.

    Considering Hernangomez combined for 15 points in the last couple of games, it's apropos to call tonight's performance a successful bounce-back line. Hernangomez's role looks like it's going to stick even with the likes of James Johnson and Jake Layman pushing him for minutes. Consider Juancho as an end-of-bench kinda guy in standard leagues right now.

  • Shabazz Napier
    PG, Washington Wizards

    Shabazz Napier was disappointing in his first start with the Wizards, settling for nine points (4-15 FG, 1-6 3PT), one rebound, five assists, and two steals.

    The assists and steals were encouraging enough, but Napier couldn't buy a basket in his first start for the Wizards. He is capable of much better games than this and could be an immediate value for any team should he keep the starting job.

  • Trae Young
    PG, Atlanta Hawks

    Trae Young (illness) shot 13-of-14 from the line on his way to scoring 37 points with 11 assists, one steal, one block and four triples in 38 minutes.

    Young was questionable with flu-like symptoms but was able to play and lead the Hawks in points and minutes. Young was hot to start the game with 26 points in the first half, and his block came against Mo Bamba. Young is posting first-round value in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues this season. He's locked in as a top-20 player ROS and will flirt with first-round value for seasons to come, making him a great asset in dynasty leagues.

  • Bradley Beal
    SG, Washington Wizards

    Bradley Beal led the Wizards to a 106-110 victory over the Nets on Wednesday night, finishing with 30 points (11-24 FG, 4-9 3PT), five rebounds, five assists and three steals.

    Beal has now scored 30 or more points in five of his last six games. He is looking a lot like the first-round value that many people hoped for him to be at the start of the season. It took a little bit of time to find his groove, but he is currently sitting as a top-25 player on the season.

  • Allonzo Trier
    PG, New York Knicks

    Alonzo Trier scored 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting with one steal and two triples in 16 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

    Trier had the hot hand and he has been known to have scoring outbursts sporadically. He played 6 minutes in the last game and can't be relied on even in 30-team leagues.

  • Thomas Bryant
    C, Washington Wizards

    Thomas Bryant, still being load managed, turned 15 minutes into eight points and seven rebounds on Wednesday night.

    Bryant is still working his way back from his right foot injury and has his minutes being monitored. He won't have any big games until his minutes start to creep back up, but the per-minute production tonight shows the potential this young center has when fully healthy.

  • Mitchell Robinson
    C, New York Knicks

    Mitchell Robinson posted a monster double-double on Wednesday, scoring 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting with 16 boards, one steal and three blocks in 30 minutes off the bench.

    This could be the break out performance Robinson owners have been waiting for, and he is coming off a five-block performance in 26 minutes on Monday. Robinson was a top-20 player in just 25.4 minutes per game after the All-Star break last season. He could easily replicate that production down the stretch this season and is still a top-40 player in 9-cat leagues over the past month. He has a high floor and league-winning upside. Congrats if you bought low or held Robinson through his struggles this season.

  • Rui Hachimura
    PF, Washington Wizards

    Rui Hachimura saw 27 minutes in his start on Wednesday night, scoring 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting and grabbing four rebounds.

    The 17 points were behind only Bradley Beal's 30 points on the night, as Hachimura continues to be a go-to option for the Wizards on offense. Davis Bertans came off the bench to score 14 points in 30 minutes of action, although struggled mightily going 5-for-13 (4-11 3PT) from the field.