NBA Player News
|1/22/2017||Seth Curry, Dal, G|
|Curry recorded 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting during the Mavericks' blowout win over the Lakers on Sunday.
Analysis: Dallas has played much better since coach Rick Carlisle switched to a small-ball lineup with Curry inserted as a starter. Steph's little brother is taking advantage of the opportunity by shooting a torrid 64.9 percent from the field while averaging 15.5 points over the last four games.
|1/22/2017||Lou Williams, LAL, G|
|Williams led the Lakers with 15 points during the team's miserable 122-73 loss at Dallas on Sunday.
Analysis: Williams finished 4 of 11 from the field and 1 of 6 from 3-point range in the most lopsided defeat in franchise history. The veteran guard had entered the contest on a hot stretch, having averaged 25.7 points and going 11 of 23 from beyond the arc over his previous three games.
|1/22/2017||Eric Bledsoe, Pho, G|
|Bledsoe scored a career-high 40 points on 11-of-17 shooting - 4 of 7 from long range - and had a season-best 13 assists Sunday at Toronto.
Analysis: Bledsoe has been outstanding in his last four games, averaging 29.0 points, 9.5 assists and 6.5 rebounds. He's also 37 of 38 from the free-throw line during that span. Bledsoe shows no signs of slowing down and should continue to put up big-time numbers.
|1/22/2017||Devin Booker, Pho, SG|
|Booker scored 20 points Sunday at Toronto, his ninth straight game with at least that many.
Analysis: The 20-point streak is the longest of Booker's career and ties Amare Stoudemire for the longest by a Suns player. During that nine-game run, Booker has averaged 27.4 points and connected on 26 of 49 (53.1 percent) from long range.
|1/22/2017||Tyson Chandler, Pho, C|
|Chandler had 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting but was limited to nine rebounds, ending his team-record streak of seven straight games with at least 15.
Analysis: Chandler has picked up his offense lately, averaging 15.7 points on 62.1 percent shooting in his past three games.
|1/22/2017||DeMar DeRozan, Tor, G-F|
|DeRozan injured his right ankle late in Sunday's loss to Phoenix. He had 22 points before leaving with 1:30 left and didn't return despite the Raptors being down just one.
Analysis: There's no word yet on the severity of the injury and it's unknown whether DeRozan will play Tuesday against the Spurs.
|1/22/2017||Kyle Lowry, Tor, PG|
|Lowry was limited to 15 points on 5 of 17 from the field Sunday against Phoenix, but did have six assists and four rebounds before he was ejected for a flagrant foul with 1:30 to play.
Analysis: Lowry picked up his sixth technical, which ranks among the most in the league. He's shot just 35.4 percent (17 of 48) - 7 of 27 (25.9 percent) from long range - over the last three games.
|1/22/2017||Wesley Matthews, Dal, G-F|
|Matthews was forced to leave Sunday's rout of the Lakers with a hip injury that isn't believed to be serious.
Analysis: "A little hip strain or something. Not considered serious," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "I don't expect him to miss Wednesday (when the New York Knicks visit Dallas). "e're going to be off (Monday). We'll practice Tuesday; there will be an update on Tuesday. I don't think he'll be missing Wednesday - that's just my opinion. He said he's OK, just a little bit tight."
|1/22/2017||Karl-Anthony Towns, Min, C|
|Towns had a stellar all-around effort Sunday against Denver with 32 points on 13-of-19 shooting, 12 rebounds, seven assists and a season-high four blocks.
Analysis: Towns has consecutive 30-point games for the first time since Nov. 3 and 5. In his last seven games, Towns has averaged 28.6 points, 13.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists while totaling 15 blocks.
|1/22/2017||Shabazz Muhammad, Min, G-F|
|Muhammad gave the Wolves some much-needed production off the bench with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting, including two 3s, with five rebounds Sunday against Denver.
Analysis: This was a nice bounce-back showing for Muhammad, who averaged 7.3 points on 39.1 percent shooting in his four previous games.
|1/22/2017||Kris Dunn, Min, PG|
|Dunn stepped up nicely in place of the absent Ricky Rubio with 10 points, nine assists and a season-high eight rebounds Sunday against Denver.
Analysis: Despite the strong game, Dunn is expected to be back on the bench as Rubio returns for Tuesday's game at Phoenix.
|1/22/2017||Nikola Jokic, Den, F-C|
|Jokic failed to record his seventh straight double-double with 18 points and eight rebounds in Sunday's loss at Minnesota.
Analysis: Jokic, who also had four assists and three steals, has averaged 25.5 points on 61.4 percent shooting, 11.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in his last six games.
|1/21/2017||Mike Conley, Mem, PG|
|Conley had a very good all-around game with 16 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and two steals in Friday's win over Sacramento.
Analysis: This outing continued a strong stretch for Conley, who has averaged 20.9 points, 7.7 assists and 4.8 boards in his last 10 games. He has played at least 30 minutes in nine straight contests.
|1/21/2017||Lou Williams, LAL, G|
|Williams scored 27 points and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped their five-game losing streak with a 108-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.
Analysis: That's three straight games with at least 24 points for Williams, who could be playing even more if D'Angelo Russell's injury keeps him out for a bit.
|1/21/2017||Al Jefferson, Ind, F-C|
|Jefferson had 20 points for the Pacers in their 108-96 loss to the Lakers on Friday.
Analysis: That's back-to-back 20-point games off the bench for the veteran, who hadn't scored 20 this season prior to Wednesday.
|1/21/2017||Anthony Davis, NO, F-C|
|Davis missed practice Saturday after leaving Friday's game in the third quarter with a right quadriceps contusion, but reportedly is expected to play Monday.
Analysis: Davis suffered the contusion early in the game and played through it until the score got out of hand. The Pelicans did not make Davis available after the game, and his status is uncertain for their next game against Cleveland on Monday even though coach Alvin Gentry said it's not a long-term issue.
|1/21/2017||Joe Harris, Bkn, SG|
|Harris (sprained left ankle) has been ruled out for Monday's game against San Antonio.
Analysis: The shooting guard will miss a second consecutive game after starting the previous nine for the lowly Nets, though he's averaged just 6.7 points during that stretch.
|1/21/2017||Ricky Rubio, Min, PG|
|Rubio (personal) will not play Sunday against the Nuggets.
Analysis: It's unclear why Rubio has left the team, though he is expected to only miss one game. Supposedly it has nothing to do with the fact he didn't play in the second half Thursday due to a hip injury or that he's been a subject of recent trade rumors.
|1/21/2017||Ed Davis, Por, F-C|
|A day after returning from an ankle injury, Davis has been ruled out of Saturday's game against Boston due to a sprained left wrist.
Analysis: Davis missed Wednesday's game after playing only five minutes Monday due to a sprained left ankle, then had just two points in 15 minutes in his return Friday.
|1/21/2017||Troy Daniels, Mem, G|
|Daniels (knee) will miss Saturday's game against the Rockets.
Analysis: Daniels is day to day with a Grade 1 MCL sprain. He got hurt in the second quarter Friday against Sacramento. He's been quiet in January, averaging 6.8 points, after averaging 13.8 points in his final 18 games of 2016.
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