NBA Player News
|12/2/2016||Derrick Rose, NY, PG|
|Rose had 24 points, five rebounds and five assists Friday.
Analysis: He's been playing very well over the last eight games, averaging 19.8 points and 5 assists with just 15 total turnovers.
|12/2/2016||Justin Holiday, NY, G-F|
|Holiday, making his first start for injured Courtney Lee, had 13 points, a career-high seven rebounds and three steals Friday.
Analysis: He'll likely start again Sunday if Lee can't go.
|12/2/2016||DeMarcus Cousins, Sac, F-C|
|Cousins continued an outstanding stretch with 28 points, nine rebounds and four blocks Friday in a loss at Boston.
Analysis: Cousins failed to score 30 points for the first time in five games, but he's averaging 33.8 points, 12.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in that span. He appears headed for the best season of his career.
|12/2/2016||Kyle Lowry, Tor, PG|
|Lowry had 24 points and seven assists in Friday's win over the Lakers.
Analysis: Lowry tied his season high for 3-pointers, going 6 of 9 from beyond the arc. He's caught fire from 3-point range, hitting 20 for 28 in the last four games.
|12/2/2016||Matt Barnes, Sac, G-F|
|Barnes had his most productive game of the season with 12 points and a career high-tying 16 rebounds Friday in a loss at Boston.
Analysis: This was the first double-double of the season for Barnes, who had pulled down just 14 rebounds in his five previous games. However, he shot just 3 for 11 and is 4 for 17 in the last two games.
|12/2/2016||Al Horford, Bos, F-C|
|Horford scored a season-high 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting and had eight rebounds and six blocks Friday in a win over Sacramento.
Analysis: Horford's previous best this season was a 20-point outing at Minnesota on Nov. 21. That was his only game this season of at least 20 points before Friday. Horford also hit a season-best 4 3-pointers.
|12/2/2016||DeMar DeRozan, Tor, G-F|
|DeRozan had another poor shooting night Friday, going 6 of 18 from the field and finishing with 16 points.
Analysis: It was the second time in three games he's failed to hit more than a third of his field-goal attempts. He's averaged 20.1 points in his last seven games, compared to 33.0 through his first 12.
|12/2/2016||Isaiah Thomas, Bos, PG|
|Thomas scored at least 20 points for the seventh straight game, dropping that many despite 6-for-21 shooting Friday in a win over the Kings.
Analysis: Thomas has averaged 24.6 points in his last seven games, but has shot 37.8 percent from the field in that span.
|12/2/2016||Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Det, SG|
|Caldwell-Pope had another strong effort with 23 points on 9-of-20 shooting and 5 of 8 from 3-point range with a season-high eight rebounds in a win over Atlanta.
Analysis: Caldwell-Pope scored 15 points in the first quarter and finished the first half with 20 points on 8-for-16 shooting, 4 for 5 on 3s. He's scored in double figures in seven straight games, averaging 20.0 points while hitting 20 of 44 from long distance.
|12/2/2016||Brandon Ingram, LAL, SF|
|Ingram had a season-high 17 points and six rebounds Friday.
Analysis: It was the No. 2 overall pick's second straight start in place of the injured Nick Young. Ingram shot 8 of 16 from the field after going 11 of 47 (23.4 percent) in his previous four games.
|12/2/2016||Ish Smith, Det, PG|
|Smith notched his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 13 assists Friday in a win over Atlanta.
Analysis: Smith has scored in double figures in five straight games, averaging 14.6 points on 57.1 percent shooting and 6.8 assists. Most impressive is his two turnovers and 34 assists in that span.
|12/2/2016||Lou Williams, LAL, G|
|Williams' shooting woes continued Friday, going 4 of 14 from the field and 1 of 6 from 3-point range as he finished with 13 points.
Analysis: Williams has hit 34.8 percent from the field, including 6 for 26 from beyond the arc, over his last five games.
|12/2/2016||Blake Griffin, LAC, F-C|
|Griffin had 27 points, hitting 12 of 22 from the field, and grabbed 10 rebounds Friday.
Analysis: Griffin, who had shot 4 of 14 one night earlier at Cleveland, reached double figures in rebounds for the first time in six games.
|12/2/2016||Andre Drummond, Det, F-C|
|Drummond racked up another double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds Friday in a win at Atlanta.
Analysis: It was the 13th double-double of the season for Drummond, who ranks among the league leaders in that category. He has 34 points on 14-of-22 shooting with 31 boards in his last two games.
|12/2/2016||Chris Paul, LAC, PG|
|Paul had 17 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds Friday.
Analysis: Paul, who nearly posted his second triple-double in three games, is averaging what would be a career-high 5.3 rebounds. He's made 29 consecutive free throws.
|12/2/2016||Jamal Crawford, LAC, G-F|
|Crawford scored a season-high 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting Friday.
Analysis: The 36-year-old sixth man has gotten off to a slow start, with an average of 11.9 points which is his worst since 2002-03.
|12/2/2016||Dwight Howard, Atl, F-C|
|Howard had a dismal performance Friday in a loss to Detroit, matching a season low with two points, taking only four shots and picking up five fouls in 25:27.
Analysis: This should only be a blip on the radar for Howard, who averaged 16.7 points on 71.0 percent (22 of 31) from the field and 13.0 rebounds in his three previous games.
|12/2/2016||Dennis Schroder, Atl, PG|
|Schroder matched a career high with 11 assists and scored 17 points on 7 of 13 from the field in Friday's loss to Detroit.
Analysis: Schroder has been one of Atlanta's few bright spots during a five-game skid, averaging 19.8 points and 7.2 assists. He had just one turnover Friday after he had five in each of the two previous games.
|12/2/2016||Anthony Davis, NO, F-C|
|Davis briefly left in the first quarter with a shoulder injury Friday and looked to be in pain after returning. He scored 21 points, his fewest in 10 days, and had six rebounds.
Analysis: New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said it was clear Davis was limited in the second half, saying that he "missed some shots that he's been making throughout the season."
|12/2/2016||Jrue Holiday, NO, PG|
|Holiday was held to nine points on 4-of-12 shooting Friday.
Analysis: Holiday had averaged 18.3 points and shot 51.2 percent in his previous three games.
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