NBA Player News
Damian Lillard (adnomen) is unsure of his status for Tuesday's game against the Mavericks, Casey Holdahl of the Blazers reports.
The fact that he still appears to have a chance to go just one day after sustaining the injury is a good sign for owners. Even if he misses a game or two, the ailment doesn't seem too serious. That being said, if he misses a game, Gerald Henderson may see more minutes as a result.
Brandon Rush posted three points (1-2 FG, 1-1 3Pt) and two rebounds in 12 minutes Monday against the Jazz.
Rush started again on Monday but didn't quite perform as well has he did on Saturday. He has a lot of potential to hit threes, but at this point it's not worth dropping someone of value for him until he proves otherwise.
Michael Carter-Williams stuffed the stat sheet Monday against the Nuggets, posting 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-2 FT), nine assists, six rebounds, three steals, and three assists in 30 minutes.
Carter-Williams continued to come off the bench, but it appears he was motivated to step up his game by posting arguably his best game in a while. It's unclear if he remains off the bench, but he has too much potential to be dropped in most formats, so owners will just have to wait and see how he plays moving forward.
Giannis Antetokounmpo posted nine points (3-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, and one block in 20 minutes Monday against the Nuggets.
Antetokounmpo had his second straight poor performance, now averaging just 8.5 points over the last two games. He hasn't been shooting the ball as often as owners would like, but Monday's game was a blowout win, so owners won't need to worry about his status moving forward. Expect him to get back to his usual 15-to-18 points once he's playing 30 minutes.
Jeff Teague tallied 25 points (10-17 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT) while dishing out five assists over 31 minutes in Monday's 106-100 win against the Thunder.
In a duel against Russell Westbrook, Teague ultimately came out on top despite posting the inferior stat line. That's fine though, as Teague was never expected to post Westbrook-like numbers, though he did have a great shooting night. Teague's one blemish on the night was his six turnovers, which is a bit higher than his season average of 2.8 per game.
Al Horford notched his fifth double-double of the season in Monday's 106-100 win against the Thunder, finishing with 21 points (8-15 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT) and 13 rebounds with two blocks over 35 minutes.
Horford has been a mystery this season, cleaning the glass and scoring at will on certain nights, but also disappearing on the boards and taking too many 3-pointers on others. It's somewhat of a testament to the Atlanta Hawks ' season, which has also been very up-and-down. Fortunately, Horford is still one of the better passing big men in the league, so when his rebounding is down, he still manages to help your fantasy squad.
Emmanuel Mudiay couldn't find his shot Monday against the Bucks, posting just 10 points (3-10 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four assists, one rebound, and one steal in 29 minutes.
Mudiay finds himself in the midst of a cold streak, averaging just 11.0 points on 29 percent shooting from the field over the last five games. It appears he's hit the rookie wall, and it isn't helping that his rebounds (2.8), assists (4.6), and steals (0.8) over the recent stretch have been lower than his season averages as well. That being said, now would be a good time to buy low on him, because there's pretty much no way he stays this bad for this long.
Paul Millsap scored a team-high 26 points (8-19 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 9-10 FT) while ripping down 11 boards with five assists and four blocks over 35 minutes in Monday's 106-100 win against the Thunder.
Millsap was absolutely bottled up against the Spurs over the weekend, but killed the Thunder inside and was a nightmare on the defensive end. Despite the poor outing Saturday, Millsap is averaging 20.8 points and 10.4 rebounds in his past five games while contributing in all five categories on a consistent basis.
Kevin Durant chipped in 25 points (9-18 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT) along with six rebounds, six assists and four blocks over 40 minutes in Monday's 106-100 loss to the Hawks.
Durant carried the team in the first half, but moved out of Russell Westbrook's way down the stretch. Still, the all-star forward was able to post a pretty nice line. He's been very hot from downtown, shooting 51.9 percent (14-27) in his past four games. Durant's numbers have been excellent, though his bodies ability to stay healthy remains a concern.
Nikola Jokic posted a solid line Monday against the Bucks with eight points (4-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 0-2 FT), six rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in 25 minutes.
Jokic has had his fair share of inconsistent performances over the past five games, starting with two double-digit scoring outings, followed by two duds, and finishing with his most recent solid performance. He young big man has a lot of potential, but he's now splitting minutes with Joffrey Lauvergne, and is only worth a hold in deeper formats.