NBA Player News
|2/24/2017||Kevin Durant, GS, F|
|Durant had 25 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists in Friday's win over the Clippers.
Analysis: Since a 10-point effort at Sacramento on Feb. 4, Durant has averaged 25.2 points on 55.7 percent shooting - 14 of 29 from long range - with 8.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists in six games.
|2/24/2017||DeAndre Jordan, LAC, C|
|Jordan notched his 25th double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds Thursday at Golden State.
Analysis: Jordan reached double figures in rebounds for the seventh consecutive game, averaging 14.1.
|2/24/2017||Nerlens Noel, Dal, F-C|
|Noel will not make his Mavs debut Friday against the Timberwolves but is expected to do so Saturday against the Pelicans.
Analysis: Dallas finishes a back-to-back Saturday, and the Mavs could definitely use him against the revamped front line of DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis. It's possible Noel will start.
|2/24/2017||Ersan Ilyasova, Atl, F|
|Ilyasova registered nine points in 16 minutes off the bench while making his Hawks debut in Friday's loss to Miami.
Analysis: While the journeyman forward's addition should give the Hawks a needed perimeter threat, his fantasy value will likely nosedive from the move out of Philadelphia. Expect numbers like Friday's line to be the norm for Ilyasova going forward.
|2/24/2017||Serge Ibaka, Tor, F-C|
|Ibaka made his Raptors debut Friday against Boston, and scored 15 points.
Analysis: Ibaka was part of the starting lineup in his first game since being acquired from the Magic.
|2/24/2017||Dennis Schroder, Atl, PG|
|The Hawks have suspended Schroder for or one game - Friday against Miami - for failure to report to the team on time after the All-Star break.
Analysis: Schroder had started all 56 of Atlanta's games before the break, averaging 17.5 points and 6.3 assists. "Dennis has played an important role for our team and been a significant contributor to our success this season," coach Mike Budenholzer said. "We are disappointed that he did not return to the team on time and we have discussed this with him. We look forward to him rejoining the team in Orlando (Saturday) night."
|2/24/2017||Al Jefferson, Ind, F-C|
|Jefferson will miss Friday's game against the Grizzlies because of dental pain.
Analysis: If the pain in his mouth is so bad that he even has to miss one game, it's possible Jefferson will have to sit out a pair because the Pacers have a quick turnaround with Saturday's matchup against Miami.
|2/24/2017||Kyle Lowry, Tor, PG|
|Lowry has a right wrist injury that could sideline him for an extended period.
Analysis: Coach Dwane Casey announced before the game against the Boston Celtics on Friday night that the All-Star guard would miss the contest after having X-rays and would have further evaluation over the weekend. "That's a huge blow for us," Casey said. "I don't know how long he's going to be out. It's not going to be a one-day thing."
|2/24/2017||Victor Oladipo, OKC, G|
|Oladipo won't play Friday against the Lakers due to back spasms.
Analysis: This wasn't something that bothered Oladipo before the All-Star break, so it appears this is a new injury that could be a nagging issue.
|2/24/2017||Corey Brewer, LAL, G-F|
|Brewer will be available to make his Lakers debut Friday.
Analysis: Brewer was averaging 4.2 points for Houston, and has no fantasy value.
|2/24/2017||Darrell Arthur, Den, F-C|
|Arthur is sick but will play Friday.
Analysis: He has no fantasy value.
|2/24/2017||Paul George, Ind, F|
|George is staying Indiana, but had only nine points on 3-of-12 shooting in Friday's win over Memphis, and limped off the court with a leg cramp late in the game.
Analysis: He did have nine boards, but has averaged 13 points on 26-percent shooting in the last three games. George expects to play Saturday.
|2/24/2017||Troy Daniels, Mem, G|
|Daniels had 13 points off the bench Friday.
Analysis: He totaled 17 points in the previous three games.
|2/24/2017||Bradley Beal, Was, SG|
|Beal poured in 40 points on 15-of-25 shooting Friday, though it wasn't quite enough to prevent the Wizards from a 120-112 loss at Philadelphia.
Analysis: Beal now has produced two 40-point efforts over a six-game run in which he's averaged 28.8 points and shot 54.8 percent from the field, including a scorching 46.2 percent (24 of 52) from 3-point range. Most importantly, he's logging heavy minutes during that stretch, so his early-season leg injuries appear no longer an issue.
|2/24/2017||John Wall, Was, PG|
|Wall compiled 29 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds in the Wizards' first game following the All-Star break, though he also committed six turnovers in Friday's loss at Philadelphia.
Analysis: The All-Star point guard ended 8 of 21 from the field and is shooting just 37.4 percent over his last five games. Wall has still managed to average 24 points over his last eight outings and has now dished out 11 assists or more in 10 straight games.
|2/24/2017||Dario Saric, Phi, F|
|Saric stayed hot with Friday's 20-point, 11-rebound effort in a win over Washington, the rookie's third consecutive double-double.
Analysis: Saric has posted 11 rebounds in all three games of the run and is averaging an impressive 20.5 points over his last six contests. With Ersan Ilysasova no longer on the roster, the 22-year-old is now a must-play in all fantasy formats.
|2/24/2017||Russell Westbrook, OKC, PG|
|Westbrook scored 17 points in his 28th triple-double of the season, and his new teammates fit in seamlessly as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 110-93 on Friday night. Westbrook also had 18 rebounds and 17 assists for the 65th triple-double of his career.
Analysis: His 18 boards tied a season high.
|2/24/2017||Gerald Henderson, Phi, G-F|
|Henderson matched a season high with 20 points and added five rebounds to help the 76ers defeat Washington on Friday.
Analysis: Though the veteran guard is averaging a respectable 14.3 points over his last four games, this could be a case of buyer beware with new acquisition Justin Anderson likely to eventually cut into Henderson's playing time.
|2/24/2017||Gary Harris, Den, G-F|
|Harris scored a career-high 25 points Friday.
Analysis: He's averaged 23.3 points in the last three games.
|2/24/2017||Wilson Chandler, Den, F|
|Chandler had 24 points as the Denver Nuggets beat the Brooklyn Nets 129-109 on Friday night.
Analysis: He's shot 52.5 percent in his last five games.
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