NBA Player News
|12/20/2014||Tim Duncan, F-C|
|Duncan scored 32 points in San Antonio's triple-overtime loss to Portland on Friday.
Analysis: Duncan looked like his old self Friday. His performance marked a season-high in scoring.
|12/20/2014||Danny Green, G-F|
|Green scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Friday in San Antonio's loss to Portland.
Analysis: He now has two double-doubles this season and is averaging 12.7 points this season.
|12/19/2014||Kevin Durant, F|
|Durant is sitting out of the Oklahoma City Thunder's game against the Lakers on Friday night to rest his sprained right ankle.
Analysis: Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks says Durant's injury is mild, but the reigning NBA MVP will sit out at least one game as a precaution. Durant missed the second half of the Thunder's loss at Golden State on Thursday night after getting hurt. X-rays were negative, and Durant thought about returning to the game. The team is being cautious since he missed the first 17 games of the season with a broken right foot.
|12/19/2014||Gal Mekel, G|
|The New Orleans Pelicans have waived Mekel, who was acquired earlier this month.
Analysis: The 6-foot-3, 191-pound Mekel was signed on Dec. 5 and appeared in four games for the Pelicans, averaging 1.5 points and 3.3 assists. A native of Israel, Mekel played in college at Wichita State and appeared in 31 games last season for the Dallas Mavericks, who also had Mekel on their roster during this past preseason before releasing him into free agency.
|12/19/2014||Corey Brewer, G-F|
|The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to trade veteran swingman Corey Brewer to the Houston Rockets for Troy Daniels and two future second-round picks.
Analysis: The trade gives the Rockets another proven veteran defender in Brewer to compete in the demanding Western Conference. Yahoo! Sports first reported the deal.
|12/19/2014||Troy Daniels, PG|
|A person with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to trade veteran swingman Corey Brewer to the Houston Rockets for Troy Daniels and two future second-round picks.
Analysis: Daniels was averaging 2.7 points in 17 games.
|12/18/2014||Tony Allen, G-F|
|Allen is out with an eye injury.
Analysis: It's unclear how long Allen will be out.
|12/18/2014||Marcus Smart, PG|
|Smart had eight points in his return Friday after missing two games with a strained left Achilles.
Analysis: The Celtics would like to see Smart in the lineup now that Rajon Rondo has been shipped to Dallas.
|12/18/2014||Jeff Teague, PG|
|The Hawks played without leading scorer Jeff Teague on Wednesday.
Analysis: Dennis Schroder started at point guard in place of Teague, who leads the team in points (16.8) and assists (7.0). Schroder had 10 points and 10 assists.
|12/18/2014||James Harden, G-F|
|Harden had 41 points and 10 assists in Wednesday's overtime win in Denver.
Analysis: He's averaging 35.8 points and 8.0 assists in his last four games.
|12/18/2014||Kyle Lowry, PG|
|Lowry finished with 20 points and 12 assists in Wednesday's win over Brooklyn.
Analysis: Lowry is averaging 19.3 points and 10.3 assists over his last three games. He's also hit 7 of 13 from 3-point range over that span.
|12/18/2014||Thomas Robinson, PF|
|Robinson had 15 points and 16 rebounds in Wednesday's win over Milwaukee.
Analysis: It was his first career start, and he matched a career high in points while turning in his second best rebounding effort.
|12/18/2014||Mason Plumlee, F-C|
|Plumlee finished with 23 points and eight rebounds in Wednesday's 105-89 loss at Toronto.
Analysis: Plumlee has started the past five games. He's averaging 18.3 points and 10.0 rebounds in his last four.
|12/18/2014||DeAndre Jordan, C|
|Jordan had 15 points and 23 rebounds in Wednesday's win over Indiana.
Analysis: Jordan is averaging 16.0 rebounds over his last eight games.
|12/18/2014||Goran Dragic, G|
|Dragic returned from injury to drop 20 points Wednesday in Phoenix's win over Charlotte.
Analysis: Dragic added eight assists and just one turnover to his impressive statline. He's gone for 20 or more points seven times this season.
|12/18/2014||Zach Randolph, F-C|
|Randolph had a big night with 21 points and 21 rebounds in a triple-overtime win at San Antonio.
Analysis: Randolph is averaging 19.8 points and 13.2 rebounds during a string of five consecutive double-doubles.
|12/18/2014||Al Jefferson, F-C|
|Jefferson tallied his eighth double-double of the season Wednesday.
Analysis: Jefferson had 28 points and 10 rebounds in a loss to Phoenix. The performance is encouraging for Jefferson following multiple poor showings.
|12/18/2014||Kemba Walker, PG|
|Walker scored 27 points Wednesday in Charlotte's loss to Phoenix.
Analysis: The Hornets point guard has seen an increase in usage lately, tallying at least 20 shots in three of four games. He had previously taken 20 field goals just once this season.
|12/18/2014||Marc Gasol, C|
|Gasol had 26 points and nine rebounds in Wednesday's triple-overtime win at San Antonio.
Analysis: Gasol has been playing well, averaging 23.4 points on 53.7 percent shooting in his last five games.
|12/18/2014||Dion Waiters, SG|
|Waiters scored 21 points on 18 field-goal attempts Wednesday against Atlanta.
Analysis: Waiters' usage was way above average Wednesday, which is likely a result of the Cavaliers' blowout loss. Don't expect Waiters to continue this sort of production.
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