NBA Player News
|1/24/2015||James Harden, G-F|
|Harden scored 33 points, including a 20-foot jumper as time ran out, to lift the Houston Rockets to a 113-111 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.
Analysis: Harden, the NBA's leading scorer entering the night at 27.2 points per game, added 10 assists and six rebounds and made 14 of 17 free throw attempts for the Rockets, who were without injured star center Dwight Howard for the final three quarters. Harden is averaging 37.0 points in his last three games and scored a season-high 45 against Indiana on Monday.
|1/24/2015||Eric Bledsoe, G|
|Bledsoe had 25 points, eight rebounds and nine assists in a 113-111 loss to Houston on Friday night.
Analysis: Bledsoe has a combined 58 points, 18 rebounds and 15 assists in his last two games. He's averaging 16.9 points, 6.0 assists and 5.4 rebounds this season.
|1/24/2015||Avery Bradley, G|
|Bradley scored 18 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:24 left, and the Boston Celtics hung on to beat Denver 100-99 on Friday night, sending the Nuggets to their fifth loss in a row.
Analysis: Bradley, averaging 13.1 points, has scored 18 in back-to-back games after totaling 10 points in his prior two contests.
|1/24/2015||DeMarcus Cousins, F-C|
|Cousins had 28 points and 11 rebounds in a 126-101 loss at Golden State on Friday night.
Analysis: Cousins has averaged 26.0 points and 14.7 rebounds in the three games since a brief absence due to an sprained right ankle. He's scored 28 points in each of his last two contests.
|1/24/2015||Jameer Nelson, PG|
|Nelson had a season-high 23 points in a 100-99 loss to visiting Boston on Friday night.
Analysis: Nelson, acquired from Boston in exchange for Nate Robinson in a trade Jan. 13, was making his first start for the Nuggets in place of Ty Lawson.
|1/24/2015||Dahntay Jones, G-F|
|The Clippers have signed Jones to a second 10-day contract. Jones has played four games, averaging one point and nearly six minutes since being called up from the Fort Wayne Mat Ants in the D-League.
Analysis: The 34-year-old guard averaged 14.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists for the D-League team in Indiana. Clippers coach Doc Rivers said this week that Jones has been a "great" influence on younger teammates Austin Rivers and C.J. Wilcox, and that the veteran has a toughness about him.
|1/24/2015||Nate Wolters, PG|
|The Pelicans have signed Wolters to a second 10-day contract. The 6-foot-4 Wolters was signed on Jan. 14, two days after starting point guard Jrue Holiday was sidelined by soreness in his lower right leg.
Analysis: Wolters has played in five games with New Orleans, averaging 2.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 11 minutes per game.
|1/24/2015||Carmelo Anthony, F|
|Knicks coach Derek Fisher says Anthony and Jose Calderon will sit out against the Charlotte Hornets.
Analysis: Anthony has missed time recently with a knee injury, and Fisher didn't want to play his star forward on a back-to-back nights. Anthony's injury is officially listed as "recovery" on the report distributed before the game. Anthony is averaging 24.1 points and 6.7 rebounds this season for the Knicks.
|1/24/2015||Kemba Walker, PG|
|Walker is out for the Hornets for Saturday night.
Analysis: Walker missed two games recently with a cyst on his left knee, but then returned to play the last two games for the Hornets. However, the knee is continuing to give the point guard problems.
|1/24/2015||Jose Calderon, PG|
|Knicks coach Derek Fisher said Carmelo Anthony and Calderon will sit out Saturday night against the Charlotte Hornets.
Analysis: Calderon bruised his knee in Friday's win against Orlando.
|1/24/2015||Brandon Jennings, PG|
|Jennings had to be helped to the locker room late in the third quarter of Saturday night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks with an apparent lower left leg injury.
Analysis: Jennings fell to the floor while planting on his left leg while guarding an inbounds pass. He immediately clutched the leg above his sneakers while writhing on the floor in pain. Play was stopped after the Bucks scored on the other end of the court with 1:03 left in the quarter. Jennings left with 16 points playing against the team that drafted him in the first round in 2009.
|1/24/2015||Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF|
|Kidd-Gilchrist had another tough shooting night Saturday against the Knicks, finishing with 10 points while going 2 of 10 from the floor.
Analysis: Kidd-Gilchrist is shooting just 33.9 percent over his last six games, but he's also redeemed himself somewhat by averaging 8.8 rebounds in the same span.
|1/24/2015||Tim Hardaway Jr., G-F|
|Hardaway had 25 points and matched a season high with five 3-pointers on eight attempts Saturday against the Hornets.
Analysis: Hardaway was the Knicks' featured player Saturday with Carmelo Anthony sidelined. He has averaged 15.8 points over the 25 games in which he's attempted at least 10 shots.
|1/24/2015||Brandon Knight, G|
|Knight had 14 points, six rebounds and five assists in Saturday's win against the Pistons.
Analysis: Knight is averaging career highs in points (18.1) and assists (5.1).
|1/24/2015||Greg Monroe, F-C|
|Monroe grabbed 16 rebounds - matching a career high with 10 on the offensive end - and scored eight points in Saturday's loss at Milwaukee.
Analysis: Monroe is averaging 16.2 points and 12.6 rebounds over his last 13 games.
|1/24/2015||O.J. Mayo, G|
|Mayo had another nice game Saturday versus Detroit, scoring 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting.
Analysis: Mayo, notorious for inefficient shooting, has been quite the opposite lately. He's averaging 15.1 points while shooting 57.7 percent over his last seven games.
|1/24/2015||Michael Carter-Williams, PG|
|Carter-Williams scored 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting with six assists and committed five turnovers in Saturday's loss at Memphis.
Analysis: Carter-Williams has scored 12 points or fewer in three of his last four games.
|1/24/2015||Jeff Green, G-F|
|Green had 18 points and was 6 of 11 from the field Saturday in his second straight start for the Grizzlies.
Analysis: Green has averaged 13.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in six games for Memphis.
|1/23/2015||Mason Plumlee, F-C|
|Plumlee had 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting Thursday against the Clippers.
Analysis: Plumlee is averaging 14.2 points on 64.6 percent shooting over his last nine games.
|1/23/2015||Jarrett Jack, G|
|Jack had a tough night Thursday against the Clippers, scoring seven points on 3-of-11 shooting.
Analysis: Jack had averaged 21.3 points on 58.7 percent shooting in his previous three games.
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