January 25, 2018, 12:55 am
Ivan Rabb was tabbed to start at power forward on Wednesday and was able to deliver eight points, six rebounds and a block in 17 minutes of action.
It was the rookie’s first career start and he was an efficient 4-of-5 from the field. He’ll probably return to third on the depth chart when Memphis’ frontcourt gets back to full health, and tonight’s line doesn’t inspire much confidence for the short term. Deyonta Davis played 21 minutes and notched 12 points and five boards, and he makes for a more intriguing stash. That’ll only pay off if Memphis shuts down their veterans, so it’s not the greatest proposition in the world. The two youngsters are only worth monitoring in very deep leagues for now.
November 20, 2019, 10:46 amRussell WestbrookPG, Houston Rockets
The Rockets have become a considerably more effective fast-breaking team this season, but the improved pace could also be helping their halfcourt offense.
Houston is eighth in the NBA in fast-break points per game this season with 14.9, an increase from 19th last season when the team averaged 12.0 fast break points. They also have the top-ranked offense in the league, averaging 112.7 points per 100 possessions, in part because they have gotten into their halfcourt sets much quicker. Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni credits the increase in pace to the addition of Westbrook who seems to be blending nicely with James Harden so far.
Source: Houston Chronicle
November 20, 2019, 10:09 amOtto Porter Jr.SF, Chicago Bulls
The Bulls announced on Wednesday that Otto Porter Jr. underwent a repeat MRI which revealed bone bruising not apparent on his original MRI and consistent with his ongoing symptoms.
This actually might be good news as we now have a crystal clear timetable about his potential return. Porter should be stashed in all leagues and hopefully he will be able to return soon. Look for Chandler Hutchison to continue starting for the Bulls at small forward.
Source: Bulls PR on Twitter
November 20, 2019, 9:54 amCarmelo AnthonyPF, Portland Trail Blazers
Carmelo Anthony finished with 10 points on just 4-of-14 shooting in his debut with the Blazers, but Terry Stotts said that he felt "very encouraged" by the chances his power forward was getting throughout the game.
Melo also had five fouls and five turnovers while he talked about adjusting to the speed of the game again after sitting out for an entire year. The Blazers meanwhile seem poised to continue using him in a starting role and it remains to be seen what kind of value can Melo generate in his new home.
November 20, 2019, 9:39 amTy JeromePG, Phoenix Suns
Suns GM James Jones said on Tuesday that rookie point guard Ty Jerome is still a couple weeks away from returning to action.
There still hasn’t been an official update and Jerome is now closing in on an absence of almost one month. The Suns have struggled in the last couple games with Ricky Rubio bothered by back spams while the backup point guard position looks to be up for grabs.
Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter
November 20, 2019, 9:07 amNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
The Serbian Basketball Federation made official this morning the hiring of Igor Kokoskov as the head coach of their national team.
Kokoskov is currently an assistant with the Kings while he coached the Suns last year. He has tremendous experience at the international level where he helped lead Slovenia to the 2017 EuroBasket gold medal. Serbia failed to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics next year and they will compete for a wild card earlier this upcoming summer.
November 20, 2019, 8:59 amAndrew BogutC, Free Agent
Andrew Bogut said that he is open to returning to the NBA later this season if the right opportunity shows up.
Bogut played in Australia last year and then joined the Warriors for the end of the regular season and the playoffs. "An opportunity to try and win a championship will be the main thing in the NBA. But I wouldn't go back to the NBA just to play in the NBA, it's more about trying to win a title and somewhere where I feel comfortable for the family”, said the veteran big. The buyout market and potential injuries will determine a lot, but it seems unlikely that we see Bogut return to the NBA any time soon.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald
November 20, 2019, 8:40 amBogdan BogdanovicSG, Sacramento Kings
Speaking to reporters after Tuesday’s win, Bogdan Bogdanovic said that he thinks his hamstring simply cramped.
BB8 had a terrific performance last night but he was unable to finish the game due to what was perceived a hamstring-related injury. Everything suggests that he dodged a bullet but we should wait for an official confirmation about his status. Bogdanovic has been excelling in De'Aaron Fox’s absence and he should be owned in all formats right now.
Source: Sean Cunningham on Twitter
November 20, 2019, 8:31 amKyle KuzmaPF, Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers said on Tuesday night that Kyle Kuzma will get further testing on his right eye injury after suffering an abrasion.
Kuzma was reportedly able to return to the game last night but the Lakers opted to play it safe with their forward. This doesn’t appear to be a serious injury and the Lakers don’t play again until this Friday so hopefully he will be able to return sooner than later.
Source: Brad Turner on Twitter
November 20, 2019, 3:12 amLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James put up a triple-double for the fifth time this season in a 112-107 win over the Thunder on Tuesday, providing 25 points (10-of-21 FGs, 3-of-5 FTs), 11 rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.
James has now triple-doubled against all 30 NBA teams. He's hardly slowing down, ranking 12th in both 8-cat and 9-cat leagues for the season. LeBron's scoring has dipped since last season from 27.4 points per game to 25.0, but his assists have skyrocketed from 8.3 assists per game to 11.1 this season.
November 20, 2019, 3:03 amAnthony DavisPF-C, Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis (right shoulder soreness) put up a game-high 34 points (13-of-24 FGs, 5-fo-6 FTs) as part of a full line that included seven rebounds, four assists, four steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes in a victory over the Thunder on Tuesday.
Davis has been a great fit for the Lakers and he once again toughed out an injury (or two or more) while producing in every category. He's currently ranked 4th in both 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. If he ever truly gets healthy, he should have a great shot at the top spot. Next to Davis tonight, JaVale McGee swatted four more shots in 23 minutes and continues to be an excellent streaming option for blocks, boards and field goal percentage.