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  • Taj Gibson CHI PF
    Bulls' Taj Gibson: Game-time decision Friday vs. Hawks
    2h ago

    Taj Gibson (ankle) took part in practice Thursday, but is considered a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Hawks, Nick Friedell of ESPN.com reports.

    Gibson was held out of Tuesday's matchup with the Mavericks, as well as the team's subsequent few practices, as the Chicago Bulls wanted to give him a better opportunity to rest and recover completely from his lingering ankle soreness. While it's expected Gibson will be able to play Friday, the Bulls are still planning to have him go through warmups first to test out the ankle before giving a final word on his availability, so we might not know if he'll be given the green light until just before tip-off. For now, however, he's trending in the right direction.

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  • Dwyane Wade CHI SG
    Bulls' Dwyane Wade: Expects to play both ends of back-to-back
    2h ago

    Dwyane Wade is expected to play both ends of the Chicago Bulls ' upcoming back-to-back set Friday and Saturday, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    To date, Wade has been held out of one half of most back-to-backs, but coach Fred Hoiberg said the veteran is planning to play both Friday in Atlanta and Saturday against the Kings. After a strong month of December, Wade has struggled a bit in January, shooting just 38.9 percent from the floor over the last six contests.

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  • Andrew Bogut DAL C
    Mavericks' Andrew Bogut: Ruled out for upcoming back-to-back set
    3h ago

    Andrew Bogut (hamstring) has been ruled out for both Thursday's game against the Heat, as well as Friday's matchup with the Jazz, Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News reports.

    Bogut has missed the last three contests because of a hamstring injury and as expected, he'll remain sidelined for the rest of this week with absences on both Thursday and Friday. He remains without any sort of timetable to return, but for now, his next opportunity to take the court will be Sunday against the Lakers. Dirk Nowitzki should continue to start at center in his place, while guys like Salah Mejri and Dwight Powell pick up some extra minutes off the bench.

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  • Danilo Gallinari DEN SF
    Nuggets' Danilo Gallinari: Downgraded to questionable
    3h ago

    Danilo Gallinari (ankle) has been downgraded to questionable for Thursday's game against the Spurs, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.

    Gallinari was originally listed as probable Wednesday with ankle soreness, but it appears as though there is now some doubt regarding the wing's health. Gallinari will likely test the ankle during pregame warmups before making a final decision regarding his status, but if it ends up he is unable to go, look for Juan Hernangomez to potentially see extended minutes on the wing with Wilson Chandler (personal) also ruled out.

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  • Darrell Arthur DEN PF
    Nuggets' Darrell Arthur: Ruled out for Thursday
    3h ago

    Darrell Arthur (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Spurs, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.

    Arthur came into Thursday with a doubtful designation, so he was never expected to take the court against the Spurs. He'll continue to receive treatment on his ailing knee, with the hope of being cleared for Saturday's game against the Clippers. With Wilson Chandler (personal) also out, Kenneth Faried and Juan Hernangomez should take on the majority of the power forward minutes.

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  • Quincy Acy BKN SF
    Nets' Quincy Acy: Signs second 10-day contract with Nets
    4h ago

    Quincy Acy signed a second 10-day contract Thursday with the Brooklyn Nets , Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

    Acy played in four games with the Nets under his first 10-day contract and averaged 6.3 points and 2.0 rebounds over that stretch. The Nets play seven games over the next 10 days, so Acy should have plenty of opportunities to prove his worth to Brooklyn before they decide whether or not to sign him for the remainder of the season.

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  • Andrew Bogut DAL C
    Mavericks' Andrew Bogut: Ruled out for upcoming back-to-back set
    3h ago

    Andrew Bogut (hamstring) has been ruled out for both Thursday's game against the Heat, as well as Friday's matchup with the Jazz, Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News reports.

    Bogut has missed the last three contests because of a hamstring injury and as expected, he'll remain sidelined for the rest of this week with absences on both Thursday and Friday. He remains without any sort of timetable to return, but for now, his next opportunity to take the court will be Sunday against the Lakers. Dirk Nowitzki should continue to start at center in his place, while guys like Salah Mejri and Dwight Powell pick up some extra minutes off the bench.

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  • Jared Sullinger TOR C
    Raptors' Jared Sullinger: Makes season and team debut
    11h ago

    Jared Sullinger (foot) made his Toronto Raptors debut Wednesday. He scored eight points (4-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 0-1 FT) and added three rebounds in 14 minutes during the 94-89 loss to the 76ers.

    As expected, Sullinger played only limited minutes in the debut. It is expected that he will be eased into a bigger role, though neither the rate of easing nor the size of the eventual role are yet known.

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  • Joel Embiid PHI C
    76ers' Joel Embiid: 10th straight 20 point game
    12h ago

    Joel Embiid (illness) scored 26 points (6-13 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 12-14 FT) and added nine rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal in 27 minutes during Wednesday's 94-89 win over the Raptors.

    Embiid managed not to miss a game after an illness kept him out of practice and shootaround Tuesday. In addition to the strong fantasy performance, Embiid had a game-sealing block in the final seconds of the game, and was +20 in plus/minus in the upset win. He has scored 20 points in 10 straight games, and is becoming a highly influential free throw shooter. Over the last 10 games, he is shooting 84.1 from the line on 11.3 attempts per game.

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  • Al Jefferson IND C
    Pacers' Al Jefferson: Busy in limited minutes off pine
    12h ago

    Al Jefferson posted 20 points (9-12 FG, 2-2 FT) with three rebounds and an assist in 17 minutes off of the bench in Wednesday's 106-100 win at Sacramento.

    The point total was a season high for Jefferson, who continues to see limited minutes in an effort to preserve him for the long haul. Despite the high point total, he is still only worth using in deeper fantasy leagues. He continues to play with a minutes cap and that limits his appeal.

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  • Dwight Howard ATL C
    Hawks' Dwight Howard: Manages just four points in loss to Pistons
    14h ago

    Dwight Howard produced four points (1-1 FG, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, three blocks and two assists across 21 minutes during a 118-95 loss to the Pistons on Wednesday.

    Howard didn't do hardly anything at all against Detroit in his return to the court following a one-game absence for rest. The four points were his lowest total since Dec. 2 when he managed just two points in another loss to the Pistons. Howard did at least swat three shots, his highest total since. Nov. 22 against the Pelicans. We'll see if he bounces back on Friday against the Bulls.

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  • Willy Hernangomez NY C
    Knicks' Willy Hernangomez: Puts up 17 points, 11 rebounds in win
    15h ago

    Willy Hernangomez scored 17 points (8-13 FG, 1-1 FT) along with 11 rebounds and one assist over 19 minutes during a 117-106 win against Boston.

    With Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles), Hernangomez exploded for his first double-double of the season. Hernangomez plays an average of 13.4 minutes a game, so Wednesday marked a serious improvement for him, as he was finally able to see some significant court time. Since Hernangomez has never put together multiple solid performances in a row, this won't elevate his status in the rotation, but he definitely earned a little trust from New York's coaching staff Wednesday.

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  • Taj Gibson CHI PF
    Bulls' Taj Gibson: Game-time decision Friday vs. Hawks
    2h ago

    Taj Gibson (ankle) took part in practice Thursday, but is considered a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Hawks, Nick Friedell of ESPN.com reports.

    Gibson was held out of Tuesday's matchup with the Mavericks, as well as the team's subsequent few practices, as the Chicago Bulls wanted to give him a better opportunity to rest and recover completely from his lingering ankle soreness. While it's expected Gibson will be able to play Friday, the Bulls are still planning to have him go through warmups first to test out the ankle before giving a final word on his availability, so we might not know if he'll be given the green light until just before tip-off. For now, however, he's trending in the right direction.

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  • Darrell Arthur DEN PF
    Nuggets' Darrell Arthur: Ruled out for Thursday
    3h ago

    Darrell Arthur (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Spurs, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.

    Arthur came into Thursday with a doubtful designation, so he was never expected to take the court against the Spurs. He'll continue to receive treatment on his ailing knee, with the hope of being cleared for Saturday's game against the Clippers. With Wilson Chandler (personal) also out, Kenneth Faried and Juan Hernangomez should take on the majority of the power forward minutes.

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  • Pascal Siakam TOR PF
    Raptors' Pascal Siakam: Plays only 11 minutes in start
    11h ago

    Saikam started at power forward Wednesday but only played 11 minutes during the 94-89 loss to the 76ers. He scored two points (1-2 FG) and added one rebound and one block.

    Despite the elevation to the starting lineup, Saikam's role did not increase. As long as there are so many other talented Toronto Raptors big men around him, it is hard to imagine Saikam gaining fantasy value in any but the very deepest leagues.

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  • DeMarcus Cousins SAC PF
    Kings' DeMarcus Cousins: Posts triple-double in Wednesday's loss
    12h ago

    DeMarcus Cousins finished with 25 points (7-19 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 10-14 FT) to go along with 12 rebounds, 10 assists and three blocked shots in Wednesday's 106-100 loss against Indiana.

    Cousins finished with his fifth-career triple-double. Boogie has been a man on fire in January, averaging 24.7 points, 10.8 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.5 blocked shots over his past six outings. That's the good news. The bad news is that the team likely lost Rudy Gay for the season due to a torn Achilles' tendon, and Cousins could be facing increased defensive pressure and double teams in the coming weeks. He'll still be a must-start fantasy option and an offensive force against lesser teams, but the top defensive teams will make things much rougher on him.

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  • David West GS PF
    Warriors' David West: Will miss two weeks due to fracture
    13h ago

    David West suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left thumb in Wednesday's win against the Thunder, X-rays revealed after the game, CSNBayArea.com reports.

    West will be re-evaluated in two weeks, according to the team. Head coach Steve Kerr indicated that Kevon Looney will see an increase in playing time and more responsibilities with West on the shelf. Andre Iguodala and Ian Clark are also likely to see some added run until West is healthy enough to return. Reserve West until he can officially return and prove his health in a full game without any setbacks.

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  • Draymond Green GS PF
    Warriors' Draymond Green: Posts double-double against OKC
    13h ago

    Draymond Green finished with 12 points (5-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-4 FT) to go along with 11 rebounds, five assists, three blocked shots and a steal in Wednesday's 121-100 win against Oklahoma City.

    Green has managed seven or more rebounds in nine consecutive outings, and he has swatted two or more shots in each of his past five starts. While his point production has been a bit erratic, he is averaging nearly a triple-double in eight games in January with 10.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 9.0 assists, 1.9 blocked shots and 1.5 steals in the month, making him a fabulous rotisserie option.

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  • Danilo Gallinari DEN SF
    Nuggets' Danilo Gallinari: Downgraded to questionable
    3h ago

    Danilo Gallinari (ankle) has been downgraded to questionable for Thursday's game against the Spurs, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.

    Gallinari was originally listed as probable Wednesday with ankle soreness, but it appears as though there is now some doubt regarding the wing's health. Gallinari will likely test the ankle during pregame warmups before making a final decision regarding his status, but if it ends up he is unable to go, look for Juan Hernangomez to potentially see extended minutes on the wing with Wilson Chandler (personal) also ruled out.

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  • Quincy Acy BKN SF
    Nets' Quincy Acy: Signs second 10-day contract with Nets
    4h ago

    Quincy Acy signed a second 10-day contract Thursday with the Brooklyn Nets , Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

    Acy played in four games with the Nets under his first 10-day contract and averaged 6.3 points and 2.0 rebounds over that stretch. The Nets play seven games over the next 10 days, so Acy should have plenty of opportunities to prove his worth to Brooklyn before they decide whether or not to sign him for the remainder of the season.

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  • Amir Johnson BOS SF
    Celtics' Amir Johnson: Nice stat line in loss
    7h ago

    Amir Johnson produced an efficient 10 points (5-6 FG), seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal from only 18 minutes in Wednesday's 117-106 loss to the Knicks.

    Johnson and Isaiah Thomas (39 points) were the only bright spots during a bad home loss to the Knicks. Outside of Wednesday night, January has not been kind to Johnson, with per game averages of 5.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, but a nice 1.9 blocks. Johnson starts, but his minutes fluctuate as Coach Stevens mixes lineups to leverage opponent weaknesses. The power forward is averaging 20 minutes per game this season.

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  • Matt Barnes SAC SF
    Kings' Matt Barnes: Plays 20 minutes off bench in loss
    12h ago

    Matt Barnes finished with seven points (2-7 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT) to go along with four assists and four rebounds across 20 minutes in Wednesday's 106-100 loss against the Pacers.

    Barnes is likely to see an increased role in the offense, either off of the bench or as a starter, with Rudy Gay expected to miss the rest of the season due to what is feared to be a torn Achilles' tendon. He is worth scooping up in deeper rotisserie formats since he can help out in multiple categories.

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  • Kyle Singler OKC SF
    Thunder's Kyle Singler: Plays extended minutes in loss
    13h ago

    Kyle Singler finished with five points (2-4 FG, 1-2 3Pt) and two rebounds across 17 minutes in Wednesday's 121-100 loss against the Warriors.

    Singler's minutes were his highest since Nov. 3, also a blowout loss at Golden State. He has a nice stroke from the perimeter, but the only time he sees extended run is during mop-up duty. Only fantasy owners in the very deepest of rotisserie formats need to pay him any mind.

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  • Kevin Durant GS SF
    Warriors' Kevin Durant: Crushes former teammates again
    14h ago

    Kevin Durant finished with 40 points (13-16 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 9-10 FT) to go along with 12 rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots in Wednesday's 121-100 win against the Thunder.

    Durant is averaging 39.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and five 3-pointers in two games against his former team. While he has just two double-doubles in eight games so far in January, Durant has posted 21 or more points in each outing. He looks a lot more comfortable in the Golden State offense than he did earlier in the season. The All-Star has really increased production from behind the arc, hitting three or more triples in each of his past four outings.

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  • Dwyane Wade CHI SG
    Bulls' Dwyane Wade: Expects to play both ends of back-to-back
    2h ago

    Dwyane Wade is expected to play both ends of the Chicago Bulls ' upcoming back-to-back set Friday and Saturday, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    To date, Wade has been held out of one half of most back-to-backs, but coach Fred Hoiberg said the veteran is planning to play both Friday in Atlanta and Saturday against the Kings. After a strong month of December, Wade has struggled a bit in January, shooting just 38.9 percent from the floor over the last six contests.

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  • Khris Middleton MIL SG
    Bucks' Khris Middleton: Could return sometime in February
    5h ago

    Khris Middleton (hamstring) could return sometime in early-to-mid-February, Marc Stein of ESPN reports.

    After Middleton tore his left hamstring during a pre-training camp workout, the Milwaukee Bucks initially feared that he might miss most, or all, of the 2016-17 season, but the wing appears to be well ahead of schedule in his recovery. Nothing is set in stone at the point, but Bucks officials believe Middleton "has a chance" to return to game action sometime during the team's homestand in mid-February, just before the All-Star Game. While Middleton would likely require a few weeks to get back up to speed, he would provide a major boost to a Milwaukee team that's void of high-end talent, outside of the combination of Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Middleton, who was arguably Milwaukee's most consistent player last season, is coming off of a year in which he averaged 18.2 points, 4.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds, while shooting just under 40 percent from three. The outside shooting ability is perhaps Middleton's best asset, and once healthy he would provide an immediate upgrade over Tony Snell, who the Bucks essentially brought in as a placeholder shortly after Middleton's injury.

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  • Klay Thompson GS SG
    Warriors' Klay Thompson: Returns in time for Wednesday's game
    8h ago

    Klay Thompson scored 14 points (5-12 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT) along with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one blocked shot over 30 minutes in Golden State's 121-100 win over Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

    Thompson, originally ruled out for the game so that he could visit his ill grandfather in Oregon, informed the team he would try to make it back to the Bay Area in time for the game and touched down less than two hours prior to tip off. With little preparation for the game, Thompson attempted a season-low 12 shots. That was largely due to the work he did defensively against OKC's Russell Westbrook, who was made just eight of 23 shots. We suspect more offense out of Thompson Friday when the Golden State Warriors play at Houston.

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  • Garrett Temple SAC SG
    Kings' Garrett Temple: Sees extended minutes off bench
    12h ago

    Garrett Temple finished with nine points (4-8 FG, 1-5 3Pt) to go along with four rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes off of the bench in Wednesday's 106-100 loss against the Pacers.

    Temple is likely to see a huge bump in minutes, and perhaps a move into the starting five, as Rudy Gay left with what is feared to be a torn Achilles' tendon. If Gay is lost for the season, Temple would have a sizable role down the stretch, whether he is starting or coming off the bench. Matt Barnes and Anthony Tolliver also figure to see more minutes in Gay's stead, but Temple is the one to target off of the waiver wire.

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  • James Harden HOU SG
    Rockets' James Harden: Stays hot with 38 vs. Bucks
    15h ago

    James Harden produced 38 points (14-25 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 6-6 FT), eight assists, six rebounds and two blocks across 37 minutes during a 111-92 win over the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Harden was efficient in his destruction of the Bucks, as he shot above 50 percent from the floor for the first time since Dec. 31 against the Knicks. He has now scored 78 points over the past two games, and his MVP-caliber season continues, as he's averaged 32.0 points, 10.0 assists, 7.6 rebounds, 3.2 three-pointers, 1.0 steal and 1.0 block per game in the last five outings.

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  • Malcolm Brogdon MIL SG
    Bucks' Malcolm Brogdon: Nearly triple-doubles in loss to Rockets
    15h ago

    Malcolm Brogdon went for seven points (3-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt), eight rebounds, eight assists and one steal across 35 minutes during a 111-92 loss to the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Brogdon struggled with his shot but still had a nice all-around performance as he flirted with a triple-double. The eight rebounds were his second-highest total of the season and the most he's had since he attained a triple-double on Dec. 31 against the Bulls. Brogdon has been solid over the last five games, with averages of 12.0 points, 5.0 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game in that stretch.

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  • T.J. McConnell PHI PG
    76ers' T.J. McConnell: Returns to starting lineup
    11h ago

    T.J. McConnell (wrist) started at point guard and scored 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-2 FT) while adding eight assists, five rebounds, and one steal in 29 minutes during Wednesday's 94-89 win over the Raptors.

    After missing one game, McConnell reclaimed his starting role. He played well, and the team won against one of the best teams in the East, both of which will help to keep McConnell in the starting point guard role ahead of current backup Sergio Rodriguez. McConnell doesn't score much, but he is an excellent source of assists and steals.

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  • Sergio Rodriguez PHI PG
    76ers' Sergio Rodriguez: Unimpressive in return to the bench
    12h ago

    Sergio Rodriguez returned to the bench and scored four points (2-5 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 0-1 FT) while adding seven rebounds and four assists in 19 minutes during Wednesday's 94-89 win over the Raptors.

    Rodriguez is not a particularly good rebounder, and so his high total in that category should be considered unusual. Even in limited minutes, he can be a good source of assists, but when he's playing less than 20 minutes a game, he is only really an option in very deep leagues. TJ McConnell (wrist) has the starting job right now, and as long as that is the case, Rodriguez is not worth rostering in most settings.

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  • Jeff Teague IND PG
    Pacers' Jeff Teague: Excels at charity stripe in victory
    13h ago

    Jeff Teague posted 22 points (5-6 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 11-11 FT) with 11 assists, seven rebounds and two steals over 34 minutes in Wednesday's 106-100 win at Sacramento.

    Teague struggled with his shot around the holidays, but he has bounced back nicely in the month of January. Since flipping the calendar to 2017, Teague has averaged 17.3 points, 10.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds in seven games. He is on pace for career bests in assists and rebounds, as Teague continues to look very comfortable in his first season in Indianapolis.

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  • Cameron Payne OKC PG
    Thunder's Cameron Payne: Seeing increased role in recent games
    13h ago

    Cameron Payne posted nine points (3-8 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT) with four assists, a rebound and a blocked shot in Wednesday's 121-100 loss against the Warriors.

    Payne has averaged 23.0 minutes over his past two games, and he has posted 8.5 points and 3.0 assists during the span. The former Murray State standout is finally healthy and seeing an increased role in Billy Donovan's rotation. He is worth scooping up in deeper rotisserie formats, as he could be a real help down the line in the 3-pointers and steals categories.

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  • Russell Westbrook OKC PG
    Thunder's Russell Westbrook: Another game, another triple-double
    13h ago

    Russell Westbrook finished with 27 points (8-23 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 10-11 FT) to go along with 15 rebounds, 13 assists, two steals and two blocked shots in Wednesday's 121-100 loss against the Warriors.

    Westbrook posted his 21st triple-double of the season, but it wasn't nearly enough against former teammate Kevin Durant and the defending Western Conference champs. He also continues to struggle from the perimeter, shooting just .308 (28-91) in 10 games in January. The superstar also had double-digit turnovers for the second time in four games. Despite the struggles from behind the arc and his high turnovers lately, Westbrook's fantasy owners aren't complaining too loudly.

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  • Gary Neal ATL PG
    Hawks' Gary Neal: Scores four in season debut
    14h ago

    Gary Neal provided four points (0-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), one rebound and one assist across 13 minutes during a 118-95 loss to the Pistons on Wednesday.

    Neal made his season debut for the Atlanta Hawks after signing a 10-day contract with the team earlier in the day. He received immediate playing time as the team got blown out, and secured all of his point from free throws. Every member of the Hawks got playing time in the loss, and with the amount of depth the team has at guard, Neal will likely not be getting a lot of minutes going forward.

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