NBA Player News
|2/28/2015||Trevor Ariza, G-F|
|Ariza was 5 of 9 from deep for the second straight game and scored 20 in Friday's win against the Nets.
Analysis: Ariza is 17 of 41 (41.5 percent) from 3-point range over his last five after he shot 32.5 percent from deep during a 13-game slump previously.
|2/28/2015||Terrence Jones, F|
|Jones had a season-high 26 points with 12 rebounds Friday against Boroklyn.
Analysis: Jones has averaged 18.3 points and 11.7 rebounds in three straight starts. He's a double-double threat whenever he plays 30-plus minutes.
|2/28/2015||Dwyane Wade, G|
|Wade was lackluster again in Friday's loss at New Orleans, scoring 11 on 4-of-16 shooting, though he did record eight assists.
Analysis: Wade has averaged 15.6 points on just 35.8 percent shooting in five games since returning from a hamstring injury.
|2/28/2015||Alexis Ajinca, F-C|
|Ajinca scored a career-high 24 in Friday's win versus Miami.
Analysis: Ajinca has 50 points over his last three games, so you might want to give him a look if you're desperate for help.
|2/28/2015||Tyreke Evans, G|
|Evans had 19 points with 11 assists Friday versus Miami for his third straight double-double.
Analysis: Evans finally had a nice shooting night, going 9 of 15, though he also committed five turnovers.
|2/28/2015||Luol Deng, F|
|Deng had another nice game with 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting against the Pelicans Friday.
Analysis: Deng has averaged 24.0 points on 66.7 percent shooting over his last three contests.
|2/28/2015||Goran Dragic, G|
|Dragic scored 20 and was 9 of 13 with five assists Friday versus New Orleans.
Analysis: Dragic has averaged 15.8 points on 52.1 percent shooting in four games since joining the Heat.
|2/28/2015||Mike Dunleavy, G-F|
|Dunleavy scored 21 points, hitting 5 of 8 3-pointers Friday against Minnesota.
Analysis: It would probably be foolish to expect more of this from Dunleavy, whose 9.2 scoring average is his lowest since he averaged 5.7 points as a rookie in 2002-03.
|2/28/2015||Jimmy Butler, G-F|
|Butler scored 28 on 11-of-19 shooting with a season-high 12 rebounds in Friday's win versus Minnesota.
Analysis: Butler has not only taking his scoring to another level this season, he's also increased his rebounding average by 1.1 to 6.0 per game.
|2/28/2015||Ricky Rubio, PG|
|Rubio had 15 points and 10 assists in Friday's loss at Chicago.
Analysis: Oft-criticized for his shortcomings as a shooter, Rubio is 21 of 69 (30.4 percent) over his last six games.
|2/27/2015||Russell Westbrook, PG|
|Westbrook scored 39 points in his 12th career triple-double Thursday.
Analysis: Westbrook missed his first eight shots and finished 12 of 38, 1 of 10 from 3-point range, but scored 31 in the second half and overtime of his fourth triple-double this season. He had 11 assists and 14 boards and will take his one-man show to Portland on Friday in what should be another spectacular night for NBA fans.
|2/27/2015||Eric Bledsoe, G|
|Bledsoe scored 28 for the Suns on Thursday.
Analysis: Bledsoe just missed a triple-double with 13 rebounds and nine assists.
|2/27/2015||Lance Thomas, G-F|
|Thomas played Friday for New York.
Analysis: Thomas had a strained left groin.
|2/27/2015||Markieff Morris, F-C|
|Morris scored 29 for the Suns on Thursday.
Analysis: This effort came out of left field after Morris stunk it up to total 19 points in his previous three efforts.
|2/27/2015||Kyrie Irving, G|
|Irving will miss Friday's game at Indiana because of a strained left shoulder. He didn't travel with the team and an MRI confirmed the original diagnosis of a strain.
Analysis: Irving was hurt in the third quarter against the Warriors, though he returned in the fourth and finished with 24 points.
|2/27/2015||LeBron James, F|
|James scored a season-high 42 on 15-of-25 shooting, grabbed 11 rebounds and had five assists in Thursday's win versus Golden State.
Analysis: James was 4 of 9 from deep after a rough seven-game 3-point shooting stretch that saw him go 9 for 40.
|2/27/2015||Stephen Curry, G|
|Curry had an off night in Thursday's loss at Cleveland, scoring 18 on 5-of-17 shooting.
Analysis: It was his lowest scoring total in a span of 13 games. He still had six assists as well, though he also committed four turnovers.
|2/27/2015||Klay Thompson, G-F|
|Thompson was held in check in Thursday's loss to the Cavaliers, scoring 13 on 5-of-13 shooting, though he was 3 of 5 from 3-point range.
Analysis: Thompson is slumping lately, shooting 37.2 percent over his last seven games, though he's still 18 of 46 (39.1 percent) from deep in that span.
|2/27/2015||Pau Gasol, F-C|
|Gasol is out for Friday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves because of an illness, leaving the Chicago Bulls without two of their top players.
Analysis: Coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed at the shootaround that Gasol will not play. The 7-foot forward is averaging 18.4 points and 12.1 rebounds. The Bulls are also missing star point guard Derrick Rose, who is expected to be out four to six weeks after having surgery Friday to repair a medial meniscus tear in his right knee.
|2/27/2015||LeBron James, F|
|James is sitting out Friday against Indiana to rest his sore lower back.
Analysis: James scored a season-high 42 points against Golden State on Thursday.
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