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Arron Afflalo posted 31 points (13-19 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), seven rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 41 minutes during the New York Knicks ' 116-111 overtime loss versus the Rockets on Sunday.
Afflalo stepped up big time with Carmelo Anthony sidelined due to an illness, scoring a season-high 31 points on only 19 field goal attempts. He also committed only one turnover, and came up with several tough buckets at the end of regulation in order to help force the extra session. Afflalo won't be asked to carry the scoring load like this on most nights, but he is cemented as the team's starting shooting guard, and should continue to earn plenty of minutes going forward.
Isaiah Canaan contributed 16 points (3-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), one rebound, three assists, and two steals in 35 minutes during the Philadelphia 76ers ' 92-84 loss versus the Grizzlies on Sunday.
Canaan turned the ball over four times in his sixth start of the season. He appears to have overtaken rookie T.J. McConnell as the starting point guard, but coach Brett Brown has also shown a willingness to pair the two guards together at times. As long as Canaan is seeing so many minutes he is worth a look in most leagues, but it's hard to trust a 76ers point guard long-term, especially with Kendall Marshall and Tony Wroten set to return eventually.
Evan Turner tallied two points (1-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt), four rebounds, six assists, and one steal in 21 minutes during the Boston Celtics ' 110-91 loss versus the Magic on Sunday.
Turner struggled badly from the field, but otherwise managed to make some noise in the box score with a well-rounded effort. Turner isn't a great shooter by any stretch of the imagination, but Celtics' coach Brad Stevens has been getting the most out of him. Especially while Marcus Smart continues to miss time, Turner's point forward abilities will be greatly appreciated, as the team doesn't have a lot of shot-creators in the first place. The Celtics are back in action on Monday versus the Heat.
Victor Oladipo recorded 19 points (5-12 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 7-8 FT), eight rebounds, six assists, two steals, and one block in 30 minutes during the Orlando Magic 's 110-91 win versus the Celtics on Sunday.
Coming off the bench for the last three contests, Oladipo has averaged 20.0 points on 44 percent shooting to go along with 6.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 1.0 steal, and 0.3 blocks in 27 minutes per game. He has also been committing only 1.0 turnover per game during that span, and it seems that Magic coach Scott Skiles' decision to use Oladipo as the sixth man is paying off thus far, as the team has won three in a row since the switch. The Magic are back in action on Tuesday versus the Timberwolves, whose bench is particularly putrid defensively.
Kobe Bryant will play Sunday against the Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers beat reporter Mike Trudell reports.
There was a chance Bryant would be held out Sunday after playing 34 minutes just a night ago, but he and head coach Byron Scott decided he would take the court on the day Bryant announced that he will retire at season's end. Bryant scored 21 points Saturday, his highest total since the Lakers' season opener.
Kemba Walker scored 22 points (7-13 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT) while adding three assists, three steals, two rebounds and a block in 40 minutes during Sunday's win over the Bucks.
He's been on a tear, averaging 23.4 points, 4.6 assists, 3.9 boards, 2.1 threes, 2.1 steals and 1.3 blocks over the last seven games. Al Jefferson left Sunday's game with a calf injury, and if he misses any further time, Walker would likely need to take on an even larger role in the offense.
Trey Burke is considered probable for Monday's game against the Warriors due to back spasms, Jody Genessy of Deseret News reports.
Burke played 15 minutes in Saturday's contest against the Pelicans, and will likely continue to see his minutes increase as he further parts himself from the back spasms that limited him to just eight minutes Wednesday. His probable status for Monday's game bodes well, but a refreshed status should come at some point prior to the contest if the team provides one.
Rodney Hood is considered questionable for Monday's game against the Warriors due to back spasms, Jody Genessy of Deseret News reports.
Hood played Saturday despite dealing with back spasms beforehand, and it appears the issue hasn't completely disappeared. It seems more than likely that he'll dress for the contest unless he suffers a setback, but expect an update on his status at some point prior to the contest.
Kobe Bryant announced Sunday that he will retire from the NBA after the 2015-16 season, Mark Stein of ESPN reports.
Bryant has seen an overall decline in his performance this season, and will call it quits at the end of the season as a result. The 37-year-old will finish his career having participated in 20 different seasons, having earned All-Star bids in 17 of 19 coming into this season. There are too many accolades to name for Bryant, who will likely go down as one of the best players in NBA history.
Zach LaVine collected 18 points (6-15 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), three rebounds, and seven assists in 33 minutes during the Minnesota Timberwolves ' 107-99 loss versus the Clippers on Sunday.
LaVine earned his second straight start at point guard with Ricky Rubio being held out with a sore ankle, and played pretty well in his match-up versus Clippers' guard Chris Paul. LaVine committed five fouls, otherwise he may have seen even more playing time, but he turned the ball over only once while helping to keep the young Timberwolves close. It's unclear if Rubio will be able to return to the lineup on Tuesday versus the Magic, but if he is unable, LaVine will likely make for a solid play in daily leagues.