Thursday, November 20th, 2014
Remember Me Forgot Password?

Content provided by Rotoworld Player News - Thursday, November 20th, 2014

<< previous day Next Day Not Available
DeMarre Carroll (groin) probable for Friday 11-20-2014
DeMarre Carroll F ATL
DeMarre Carroll (groin) went through a full practice on Thursday, and is being listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Pistons.

Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
Carroll also said he will play vs. Detroit, so all signs are pointing towards a Friday return. Thabo Sefolosha will head back to the bench upon Carroll's return, and he'll go back to being irrelevant in standard leagues. Stay tuned for an official update on Carroll's status as we draw closer to Friday's tip.
NBPA to file appeal on Jeff Taylor suspension 11-20-2014
Jeffery Taylor F CHA
The NBPA is set to file an appeal on Jeff Taylor's 24-game suspension for his involvement in a domestic violence case.

Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
The NBPA is stating that Taylor's suspension is "excessive, without precedent and a violation of the CBA." However, the decision to actually file the appeal will be Taylor's decision. Stay tuned.
C.J. Miles (calf) goes through shooting drill 11-20-2014
C.J. Miles G IND
C.J. Miles (calf) was spotted going through some shooting drills during Thursday's practice, and he's getting closer towards making a return.

Jeremiah Johnson on Twitter
Miles eventual return to the court shouldn't mean much to owners in standard leagues, as he's averaging just 7.7 points on 24.6 percent shooting from the field this year. Miles has also lost his starting gig to Chris Copeland, and with very limited upside, he can remain on the waiver wire in nearly all leagues.
Jason Thompson (quad) probable for Thursday 11-20-2014
Jason Thompson F SAC
Jason Thompson (quad) is being listed as probable for Thursday's game vs. Chicago.

James Ham on Twitter
Thompson is averaging just 4.3 points and 6.3 rebounds as a starter for the Kings, and he's faced with a very difficult matchup today against an imposing Chicago frontcourt. So whether he plays tonight should be of little concern to owners in standard leagues. However, if Thompson does sit this one out Carl Landry would be in line for some increased minutes, but given Sacramento's opponent, neither player makes for a very attractive option.
DeMarcus Cousins (hip) probable for Thursday 11-20-2014
DeMarcus Cousins C SAC
DeMarcus Cousins (hip) is being listed as probable for Thursday's game vs. the Bulls.

James Ham on Twitter
Cousins' injury seems very minor, and he was able to put up 24 points and 17 rebounds during his last outing, despite tweaking his left hip flexor during Tuesday's warmups. Stay tuned for an official update as we draw closer to Thursday's tip, but things are looking positive for Sacramento's primary offensive weapon.
Rudy Gay (Achilles) probable for Thursday 11-20-2014
Rudy Gay F SAC
Rudy Gay (Achilles) is being listed as probable for Thursday's game vs. the Bulls.

James Ham on Twitter
Gay hasn't missed a game yet with his Achilles tendinitis, so we're going to say he's very likely to play in this one. Still, owners will want to check back for an official update as we draw closer to Thursday's tip. If Gay is unable to go, Omri Casspi would likely pick up a majority of his minutes at small forward. Stay tuned.
Nicolas Batum (knee) spotted without brace 11-20-2014
Nicolas Batum F POR
Nicolas Batum (knee) was spotted doing shooting drills after Thursday's practice, and was not wearing a brace on his injured right knee.

Mike Richman on Twitter
Batum is targeting a return for Friday's game vs. the Bulls, and all signs are pointing towards him giving it a go. Stay tuned for an official update on his status as we draw closer to Friday's tip. When Batum returns, Allen Crabbe will head back to the bench.
Dwight Howard (knee) listed as day-to-day 11-20-2014
Dwight Howard C HOU
Dwight Howard (knee) did not practice on Thursday, and is being listed as day-to-day.

Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
While Howard is out Tarik Black and Donatas Motiejunas will get all the minutes they can handle, with Kostas Papanikolaou seeing some extended run off the bench.
Rodney Hood (foot) will not play Friday 11-20-2014
Rodney Hood F UTH
Rodney Hood (foot) will travel with the Jazz to Oakland for Friday's game vs. the Warriors, but he's not expected to play.

Aaron Falk on Twitter
Hood has been out since Nov. 7, and it's not clear if he's any closer towards making a return. He's dealing with plantar fasciitis, and the only remedy for that is rest. While Hood is sidelined Joe Ingles will continue to get some additional run off the bench, but he's not an option in standard leagues. Hood can be cut in nearly all formats.
Stan Van Gundy defends Caldwell-Pope 11-20-2014
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope G DET
Stan Van Gundy did not take kindly to Markieff Morris' comments following the Piston's loss to the Suns on Wednesday, and had some choice words for Morris.

NBA.com
Morris said that the Suns knew Caldwell-Pope would miss his last second shot attempt to win the game because KCP "doesn't have any heart." To which Van Gundy responded: "I'm not quite sure - maybe he knows - but I'm not quite sure what Markieff Morris has accomplished in the league that gets him to the point of mouthing off... It seems to me you should at least participate in a playoff game before you do." Caldwell-Pope has struggled with consistency this year, so he's more of a 3-point specialist for owners in deeper leagues. Just know that KCP's value will take an eventual hit when Jodie Meeks returns to the floor.
Ricky Rubio (ankle) hopes to play by Dec. 26 11-20-2014
Ricky Rubio G MIN
Ricky Rubio (ankle) said that his family is coming for Christmas, and he hopes they will be able to watch him play.

Kent Youngblood on Twitter
Rubio doesn't play on Christmas, but he has a game the following day on Dec. 26. Ultimately the decision will be based on rehab, and the Timberwolves' medical staff giving him clearance to play, but Dec. 26 falls right at the seven week mark of his initial 7-8 week timetable. Rubio's rehab has been going well, but he's still not able to put weight on his sprained ankle. We'll be monitoring his status closely, but while he's sidelined, Mo Williams may be worth a look as he's finally taken the starting spot away from Zach LaVine.
K.J. McDaniels frustrated by lack of PT 11-20-2014
K.J. McDaniels F PHI
K.J. McDaniels said he was frustrated that his minutes were limited while he was playing well on Wednesday.

Tom Moore on Twitter
McDaniels didn't miss a shot during Wednesday's loss, scoring eight points (two 3-pointers) to go with two rebounds and a block, but coach Brett Brown limited him to just 11 minutes of action. Coach Brett Brown explained that the 76ers have a "logjam at the big wing position," which is an interesting statement considering McDaniels' competition goes by the name of Hollis Thompson, Luc Mbah a Moute, and Robert Covington. McDaniels is clearly the most talented player out of the group, but the 76ers organization is not interested in putting talented players on the floor if it gives the team a chance to win. Still, the Sixers are likely eventually going to give McDaniels minutes in order to give him a chance to develop, and he can be viewed as a stash candidate for owners in standard leagues.
Carmelo Anthony dealing w/ pain in left knee 11-20-2014
Carmelo Anthony F NY
Carmelo Anthony revealed after Tuesday's loss to the Bucks that his left knee has been sore since the second game of the season and he's undergone tests on it.

Newsday
"I think he's a smart enough and a veteran enough player that if he had some concern about where he is I think he would come either to me or to our training staff about trying to be smart," said head coach Derek Fisher. "He hasn't done that as of yet. I'm sure we'll continue to keep an eye on it. But he's good to go for now." The Knicks have not revealed exactly what tests Anthony has undergone, but this is something to keep an eye on. Anthony has said that he'll try to play through the pain, but if the Knicks continue their losing ways, it's plausible that Carmelo could eventually decide to rest. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, but there's no reason to panic right now.
Report: Derrick Rose out Thurs., iffy Friday 11-20-2014
Derrick Rose G CHI
Bulls beat writer K.J. Johnson reports that Derrick Rose's absence due to a strained hamstring "will likely extend to next week."

Chicago Tribune
Rose ran and tried to loosen his hamstring during Thursday's shootaround, but Tom Thibodeau ruled him out vs. the Kings. He's officially questionable for Friday's game but it doesn't sound likely that he'll take the court until Monday's road game in Utah. Fantasy owners should confirm Rose's status on Friday afternoon. If he sits out again, Kirk Hinrich will start with Aaron Brooks backing him up.
Glen Rice Jr. heads to D-League Thursday 11-20-2014
Glen Rice G WAS
The Wizards assigned Glen Rice Jr. to their D-League affiliate on Thursday.

J. Michael on Twitter
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants play back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday, during which Rice should get some much needed minutes after being inactive for the Wizards' past four games. It would take a few injuries for him to have a fantasy-relevant role in Washington.
James Johnson (ankle) sheds walking boot 11-20-2014
James Johnson F TOR
James Johnson (ankle) was moving well without a walking boot after the Raptors' practice on Thursday.

Josh Lewenberg on Twitter
The Raptors' defensive specialist and energizer is questionable for Friday's home game vs. the Bucks. It wouldn't be surprising to see him held out another game as a precaution, but we'll have a much clearer idea of his status after shootaround.
Nikola Pekovic could practice early next week 11-20-2014
Nikola Pekovic C MIN
Nikola Pekovic (wrist, ankle, personal) hopes to be cleared to resume practicing early next week.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Pekovic's wrist was the reason doctors asked him to rest for one week, but he's also dealing with ongoing pain from a bursa sac in his ankle, all while dealing with an undisclosed personal issue. The Wolves are already limiting his playing time to under 30 minutes per game and his ankle injury could linger all season, which is one more reason to like Gorgui Dieng's outlook even when he shifts back to a reserve role upon Pek's return.
Mavs assign Ricky Ledo to the D-League 11-20-2014
Ricky Ledo G DAL
The Mavericks have assigned G Ricky Ledo to their D-League affiliate.

Earl K. Sneed on Twitter
Ledo will get some action with the Texas Legends but he'll likely bounce right back to Dallas, where he's been riding the bench behind Jameer Nelson, Monta Ellis, Devin Harris and J.J. Barea.
Josh McRoberts (toe) goes through shootaround 11-20-2014
Josh McRoberts F MIA
Josh McRoberts (toe blister) went through Thursday's shootaround and appears on pace to play vs. the Kings.

Miami Heat on Twitter
McRoberts practiced fully on Wednesday and there have been no reports of a setback, so he should resume his bench role behind Shawne Williams at PF. He's likely to overtake Williams for the starting job at some point, but fantasy owners should hedge their bets as the position battle plays out.
Luol Deng (wrist) goes through shootaround 11-20-2014
Luol Deng F MIA
Luol Deng (wrist) went through shootaround on Thursday despite being listed as doubtful to play.

Miami Heat on Twitter
Deng sat out Monday's game and his status vs. the Kings may not be determined until pre-game warmups -- it's a 10:30 ET tip-off, so fantasy owners aren't likely to get much warning if he's out again. James Ennis and Danny Granger will be asked to pick up the slack if Deng misses his second straight game.
Adreian Payne assigned to Ft. Wayne Mad Ants 11-20-2014
Adreian Payne F ATL
Hawks rookie Adreian Payne has been assigned to the D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
He's expected to play over the weekend, which suggests that he's recovered from the plantar fasciitis which has kept him rooted to Atlanta's bench all season. The Hawks have too many frontcourt options to give Payne any thought in fantasy leagues.
Pau Gasol (calf) will not play vs. Sacramento 11-20-2014
Pau Gasol F CHI
Pau Gasol (strained calf) will not play vs. the Kings on Thursday.

Chicago Sun-Times on Twitter
He's questionable to return for Friday's game vs. the Blazers, but said on Wednesday that he must be patient to avoid aggravating the injury. Hopefully his status will once again be determined after Chicago's shootaround, rather than moments before tip-off. Taj Gibson is a terrific option with Gasol out on Thursday, especially with Joakim Noah still playing on a minute-limit.
Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol both out Thursday 11-20-2014
Derrick Rose G CHI
Derrick Rose (hamstring) and Pau Gasol (calf) have both been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Kings.

Chicago Sun-Times on Twitter
This is Rose's third consecutive DNP and he's missed seven of Chicago's 12 games to begin the season, despite averaging a conservative 23.5 minutes per game. His hamstring strain was initially described as 'mild' and he was 50-50 to play in this game, though the fact that he was ruled out so early isn't a good sign. Fantasy owners will have to continue playing the guessing game regarding his status for Friday's road game in Portland. Kirk Hinrich will earn another start in his absence, with Aaron Brooks picking up extra minutes off the bench.
Maturing Solomon Hill helping the Pacers 11-20-2014
Solomon Hill F IND
Pacers head coach pointed to Solomon Hll's growing maturity as a source of strength for the Pacers.

Indianapolis Star
Hill had a game-winning putback for the Pacers on Wednesday, but it's his maturity and leadership that is impressing his coach. "From the time we interviewed him before the draft, it was glaring that he was a very mature guy," Vogel said. "The way he carried himself was as impressive to us as anything he did on the basketball court, so to see him show a leadership role this early is not surprising to me." While Hill's fantasy value will take a hit when David West (ankle) returns, his recent play makes him worth owning in standard leagues.
J.J. Barea has vintage Mavericks performance 11-20-2014
Jose Juan Barea G DAL
J.J. Barea's big game off the bench on Wednesday reminded his teammates of his first stint with the Mavericks.

Dallas Morning News
With Devin Harris nursing a sprained ankle, Barea scoring 14 points with six assists and a three-pointer in 23 minutes and reminded teammate Tyson Chandler of the guard's play during the Mavericks' championship run. "J.J. was vintage J.J. in a Mavericks uniform," Chandler said. Barea could be a nice fill-in if Harris is unable to play against the Lakers on Friday, but he doesn't have much long-term value in standard fantasy leagues.
Andrea Bargnani expected to play Saturday 11-20-2014
Andrea Bargnani C NY
Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) is expected to be available when the Knicks play the 76ers on Saturday.

New York Post
Bargnani has finally been able to practice without any setbacks and it looks like his season debut will come against the Sixers on Saturday. He'll likely be worked into the Knicks' rotation in a limited role, however, so his fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues for the time being.
Jose Calderon expected to play Saturday 11-20-2014
Jose Calderon G NY
Jose Calderon (calf) is expected to play against the 76ers on Saturday.

New York Post
This is great news for the 3-10 Knicks as they could use Calderon's veteran leadership and it is also great news for fantasy owners who are in need of point guard help. Calderon should immediately take over point guard duties from Pablo Prigioni and Shane Larkin, while Iman Shumpert's fantasy value will take a minor hit as Calderson's return should diminish his usage.
Rival GM thinks Rajon Rondo will be traded 11-20-2014
Rajon Rondo G BOS
A rival general manager said that he thinks Rajon Rondo will be traded this season.

Bleacher Report
Danny Ainge is publicly saying that he isn't going to trade Rondo, but the star guard headed into unrestricted free agency after the season, the rebuilding Celtics have to at least entertain the thought. "They're definitely bravely saying they won't trade him at this point," said a rival general manager, who then added, "I definitely think it's the right thing to trade him. I think Danny knows it." Rondo's free throw percentage leaves a little something to be desired, but his fantasy owners have to be happy with the fact that he's a triple-double threat on any given night.
Doc Rivers says Nikola Vucevic best unknown 11-20-2014
Nikola Vucevic F ORL
Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said Nikola Vucevic is the best player that no one knows about.

Josh Robbins on Twitter
Vucevic's fantasy owners might disagree with Rivers about the unknown part, the big man's averages of 18.8 points, 11.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals, and 1.1 blocks certainly back up his case. The 24-year-old has lived up to his preseason expectations and then some as he's currently returning top-20 fantasy value.
Is Norris Cole on the Heat's trade block? 11-20-2014
Norris Cole G MIA
Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel thinks there is a chance that the Heat trade Norris Cole this season.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Coupled with Mario Chalmers' recent strong play, Winderman cites the fact the Heat declined to extend Cole before the October 31 deadline as a reason that Miami might explore a trade. Cole is stuck in a backcourt logjam with Chalmers and rookie Shabazz Napier, so his fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues unless he can separate himself from the pack.
Kevin Love trying to find himself in Cavs' O 11-20-2014
Kevin Love F CLE
Kevin Love admitted that he is still trying to find his place in the Cavaliers' offense after Wednesday loss to the Spurs.

Cleveland Plain Dealer
While Love's averages of 17.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 2.2 three-pointers per game are still solid fantasy output, owners still aren't getting what they expected when they used a first-round pick on the big man. "I'm just trying to find myself in this offense," Love said after the game. "I came here to win. We're going to figure it out. We're going to be OK." Fantasy owners shouldn't panic as Love has better days ahead of him, but expectations need to be tempered as he sacrifices touches to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
Josh Smith looking to get more involved 11-20-2014
Josh Smith F DET
Josh Smith acknowledged that he needs to get more involved in the Pistons' offense after Wednesday's loss to the Suns.

M Live
After saying that the Pistons are getting a little frustrated as a team, Smith spoke about his own problems within the offense. "I've got to figure out ways to get myself involved, whether it's transition or crashing the boards," Smith said before adding that he's struggling, "to find where I belong in the offensive flow of what he's teaching us." Fantasy owners have no choice but to sit tight due to Smoove's upside, but he's a risky nightly start after playing just 23 minutes on Wednesday.
Kobe Bryant scores 29 on 28 FGA, 10 FTA 11-20-2014
Kobe Bryant G LAL
Kobe Bryant made 10-of-28 from the field and 8-of-10 from the line for 29 points during a 98-92 win over the Rockets on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes. He started off fine making 6-of-11 from the field, but things turned sour in the second half with miss after miss. Bryant's usage actually dropped tonight with his 36.8 in the win, but he's still on pace to have one of the highest usage rates ever -- he has the record of 38.7 in 2005-06. Expect Kobe to take plenty of shots against the Mavericks on Friday.
Ty Lawson goes for 15 & 15 in win 11-20-2014
Ty Lawson G DEN
Ty Lawson hit 6-of-13 shots for 15 points, a season-high 15 assists and a steal in Wednesday's win over the Thunder. He somehow didn't hit a 3-pointer in either of his last two games, but has now hit double digits in assists in three of his last four games, which were all double-doubles with points. He's rolling right now and is a must-start in any format.
Jeremy Lin doesn't get his revenge 11-20-2014
Jeremy Lin G LAL
Jeremy Lin didn't get his revenge game against the Rockets on Wednesday with three points, four assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers. Patrick Beverley's defense trumps a revenge game almost every time. Lin should be better his next time out, but he did lose some minutes at point guard, which will be worth watching.
Timofey Mozgov scores 17 in 36 minutes 11-20-2014
Timofey Mozgov C DEN
Timofey Mozgov played 36 minutes and scored a season-high 17 points to go along with seven rebounds and three blocks in Wednesday's win over the Thunder. Mozzy blew up for 14 points and 11 boards in 40 minutes on Monday, but owners may have left him on the bench in weekly leagues, as production and minutes were a bit of a problem before Monday. Hopefully the Nuggets are ready to roll with him night-in and night-out, so make sure he's not available in your league now that he's getting all those minutes.
Carlos Boozer turns in another big game 11-20-2014
Carlos Boozer F LAL
Carlos Boozer scored 12 points with 13 rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 30 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday. He shot just 5-of-15 from the field and wasn't quite as hot as his 20-point, 10-board game on Tuesday. Nobody will bother trading for Boozer in your fantasy league, but he's worth owning as a low-upside guy for his points and boards.
Wilson Chandler leads Nuggets with 21 points 11-20-2014
Wilson Chandler G DEN
Wilson Chandler hit 8-of-15 shots and three 3-pointers for a season-high 21 points, nine rebounds and an assist in Monday's win. He's scored in double figures in five straight games and eight of his last nine, as Danilo Gallinari struggles for minutes and a return to health. This was his best game of the season and at this point, Chandler should be owned in all leagues until further notice.
Kenneth Faried quiet in 30 minutes 11-20-2014
Kenneth Faried F DEN
Kenneth Faried got 30 minutes from coach Brian Shaw on Wednesday, but had just eight points, 10 rebounds, a steal and zero blocks on 3-of-7 shooting. At this point, you have to wonder if Brian Shaw is shunning Faried in the offense in order to keep Faried down. He has too much talent to be this bad all season and blew up after a slow start last year. Just hang in there with him if you can, but if you feel like you have to move him, there should be some owners out there willing to buy low. The good news is he got 30 minutes after playing just 22 on Monday, so there's that.
Marvin Williams scores eight points vs. Indy 11-20-2014
Marvin Williams F CHA
Marvin Williams (knee) played 23 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday with eight points, three rebounds and one steal. He played a little more small forward tonight because the Hornets are so thin on the wing. Williams is not going to be involved enough in the offense to be used in most fantasy leagues.
Andre Roberson plays seven minutes in return 11-20-2014
Andre Roberson F OKC
Andre Roberson returned from a foot injury on Wednesday and played seven minutes, finishing with three points, two rebounds, one assist and a 3-pointer. He's been out for a few weeks with the injury, but could be slotted into the starting SG job once he's fully healthy. That's where he was before the injury, but he isn't much of a fantasy prospect unless you're in a really deep league.
Jordan Hill puts up 18 and 10 in a win 11-20-2014
Jordan Hill F LAL
Jordan Hill scored 18 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 31 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday. He operated a little closer to the basket and coach Byron Scott has suggested he'd like to see Hill take less jumpers. He's worth owning in all leagues and hopefully the wheels don't fall off with his 30-plus minutes per game.
Anthony Morrow not doing much with minutes 11-20-2014
Anthony Morrow G OKC
Anthony Morrow played 28 minutes and hit 4-of-9 shots for 10 points, without making a 3-pointer. If he's not going to hit threes, he has no fantasy value. Despite getting at least 28 minutes in all but one of his games this season, Morrow hasn't really done anything outside of a 28-point game on Nov. 12. Maybe he'll get it turned around at some point, but the odds aren't in his favor with the return of Andre Roberson from a foot injury tonight.
Swaggy PhD: Nick Young cures Lakers 11-20-2014
Nick Young G LAL
Nick Young helped the Lakers win their second game in a row in a 98-92 victory in Houston, scoring 16 points with four rebounds, two steals and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes. The Lakers went 1-9 without Young, but they've now won both games with him. He's getting plenty of shots in the second unit and it looks like he'll be able to score in the teens. His owners shouldn't expect much else besides scoring, but give him a look if that's what your team is lacking.
Sebastian Telfair gets hot in loss to Nuggets 11-20-2014
Sebastian Telfair G OKC
Sebastian Telfair hit 7-of-7 shots and 4-of-4 3-pointers for 18 points, two rebounds and two assists in Wednesday's loss to the Nuggets. This was the first real Telfair sighting we've had since he scored 14 points back on Nov. 9 and he's not going to shoot it again like this all season. Andre Roberson is back and could re-take the starting shooting guard job, while Jeremy Lamb and Anthony Morrow aren't going anywhere. Ignore this performance by Telfair, but just keep an eye on him in case he gets it going.
Jeremy Lamb's inconsistency is consistent 11-20-2014
Jeremy Lamb G OKC
Jeremy Lamb hit just 2-of-5 shots (both 3-pointers) for eight points, two rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes on Wednesday. If there's anything consistent about Lamb it's his inconsistency. He's scored 8, 19, 5, 24 and 5 points in each of his last five games and things could get a little dicey now. Sebastian Telfair broke out of a slump tonight, and shooting guard Andre Roberson finally returned from his injury tonight. And once Perry Jones is back from his knee injury, Lamb's productivity could fluctuate even more than it has lately.
Serge Ibaka breaks out of funk in loss 11-20-2014
Serge Ibaka F OKC
Serge Ibaka went off for 22 points, 13 rebounds, zero blocks and two 3-pointers on 9-of-15 shooting on Wednesday. Owners might think this is a season high for Ibaka, who has been pretty quiet thus far, but he had a 25-point game back on Nov. 4. This was his first 20-point game since, and while the lack of blocks was a little disappointing, we doubt owners are complaining. Hopefully this is a sign he's about to get hot, although most decent big men have a lot of success against the Nuggets.
Kostas Papanikolaou scores 19 points 11-20-2014
Kostas Papanikolaou F HOU
Kostas Papanikolaou scored a career-high 19 points in a 98-92 loss to the Lakers on Wednesday, adding six rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes. He was 4-of-7 from beyond the arc after missing his previous nine attempts in his last three games. Papanikolaou has picked up more playing time when the Rockets have missed out on Dwight Howard (knee) and that should continue if Dwight needs to miss more time. A Terrence Jones (leg) return would also really hurt Papanikolaou's value, so he's not a great pickup in standards.
Patrick Patterson cools off on Wednesday 11-20-2014
Patrick Patterson F TOR
Patrick Patterson hit just 2-of-4 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points, four rebounds, two steals and zero blocks in Wednesday's tough win over Memphis. He has been playing a little better and had 16 points and five boards on Saturday, but never got it going tonight. With James Johnson out with a severely sprained ankle, Pat-Pat is going to get some nice run, and should be better on most nights going forward, as long as JJ is out.
Patrick Beverley scores 15 points vs. LA 11-20-2014
Patrick Beverley G HOU
Patrick Beverley matched his season-high 15 points against the Lakers on Wednesday with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes. His triples have been a part of his game this season with 2.3 makes per game on the season. Beverley's steals haven't really come around yet, but they're likely on their way in short order. He's worth owning in standard leagues.
Terrence Ross scores 16 in win over Memphis 11-20-2014
Terrence Ross G TOR
Terrence Ross hit 6-of-14 shots for 16 points, two rebounds, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers in Wednesday's win over Memphis. Ross had hit double digits in scoring in four straight games before a four-point dud on Saturday, but got back on track tonight. That means he's played very well in five of his last six games, and should be looked to as a nice source of 3-pointers going forward.
Amir Johnson quietly effective in win 11-20-2014
Amir Johnson F TOR
Amir Johnson had eight points, nine rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 34 minutes on Wednesday. Johnson was effective tonight, but could have done more. This was a much better outing than his two-point, three-rebound effort on Saturday, and with James Johnson out with a severely sprained ankle, there should be more games like this coming from Amir. Hopefully with more scoring, as well.
Donatas Motiejunas loses playing time 11-20-2014
Donatas Motiejunas F HOU
Donatas Motiejunas played 18 minutes against the Lakers on Wednesday with seven points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal, one 3-pointer and four fouls. He may have squandered his last real chance here. Motiejunas had his best opportunity of the season with Dwight Howard (knee) and Terrence Jones (leg) out, but his fouls and turnovers were the headline for him tonight. Fantasy owners just can't trust him right now.
Vince Carter struggles in return to Toronto 11-20-2014
Vince Carter G MEM
Vince Carter got a nice tribute in Toronto on Wednesday that moved him to tears, but he didn't have much left for the actual game, finishing with seven points on 3-of-11 shooting. With Memphis shorthanded due to a flu bug and VC's return to Toronto, we were hoping for big things. He never got it going tonight and his season high is just 11 points, meaning he should be on the waiver wire in your league.
Tarik Black plays 35 minutes 11-20-2014
Tarik Black F HOU
Tarik Black played 35 minutes in a start against the Lakers on Wednesday with five points, nine rebounds, one assist and one steal. He gets most of his minutes in garbage time and only played 15 minutes in his last start, but the Rockets went to him a lot. Black is still only worth a look in extremely deep leagues even if Dwight Howard (knee) needs to miss more time.
Quincy Pondexter struggles in start for MEM 11-20-2014
Quincy Pondexter F MEM
Quincy Pondexter started for the flu-depleted Grizzlies on Wednesday and had just four points and one rebound on 2-of-6 shooting in 25 minutes. Courtney Lee, Tony Allen and a few others were out with the illness tonight, so QP drew the start. He looked like a sneaky daily play, but that plan didn't work out as planned.
Mike Conley and Marc Gasol double-double 11-20-2014
Mike Conley G MEM
Mike Conley and Marc Gasol both double-doubled for the Grizzlies on Wednesday, as Conley racked up 19 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in the loss. Gasol had 22 points and 12 boards, and Zach Randolph joined the party with 18 points and 18 rebounds. All three are having very good seasons, and should be started any time the Grizzlies are playing. The double-double fest likely occurred because several Grizzlies were out with a flu bug tonight.
Tayshaun Prince scores season-high 15 11-20-2014
Tayshaun Prince F MEM
Tayshaun Prince hit 6-of-8 shots and scored a season-high 15 points with three rebounds and one assist on Wednesday. Several of his teammates were out with the flu, including Tony Allen and Courtney Lee, which resulted in a start for Prince. He's been awful this season and once his mates are back in action, you can forget about him.
Kevin Martin (illness) scores 37 points vs NY 11-20-2014
Kevin Martin G MIN
Kevin Martin played his best game of the season despite needing an IV before a 115-99 win over the Knicks on Wednesday, making 14-of-20 from the field for 37 points with four rebounds, two assists, two steals and seven 3-pointers. Maybe the Knicks didn't want to guard him because they were scared of getting sick. Martin just dropped a 34-point game in his last outing on Saturday and he's one of the hottest shooting guards in the NBA all of the sudden. He's a must-start player right now.
Zach Randolph goes for 18 & 18 in loss 11-20-2014
Zach Randolph F MEM
Zach Randolph had 18 points, 18 rebounds and two steals on 7-of-18 shooting Wednesday. The short-handed Grizzlies were beaten by the Raptors tonight, but Z-Bo did his part. With several team members missing due to a flu bug it wasn't that hard to see this game coming from Randolph. He's averaging a double-double on the season and the 18 boards weren't even a season high for him (22).
Corey Brewer has six steals against NYK 11-20-2014
Corey Brewer G MIN
Corey Brewer played through an illness on Wednesday and looked healthy with 14 points, two rebounds, two assists and six steals in 29 minutes. Brewer had an IV to help his dehydration and he was very questionable to play tonight. This was a big game for his trade value and he's unlikely to be this success again all season.
Gorgui Dieng has a mild letdown in start 11-20-2014
Gorgui Dieng C MIN
Gorgui Dieng had a somewhat underwhelming performance in the starting lineup on Wednesday with eight points, seven boards, four assists, five steals and one block in 32 minutes. The steals made this line and Dieng should be putting up double-doubles in at least the next two games with Nikola Pekovic (ankle, personal, wrist) out. He averaged 12.2 points, 12.0 boards and 1.7 blocks in his 15 starts last year. Dieng should be owned in all leagues.
Zach LaVine still struggling off bench 11-20-2014
Zach LaVine G MIN
Zach LaVine came off the bench against the Knicks on Wednesday with two points, one rebound, two assists and no turnovers on 1-of-5 from the field. He's been awful in his five games since the Ricky Rubio injury, averaging 6.4 points, 3.2 boards, 3.2 assists 0.2 steals and 2.6 turnovers on 32.4 percent from the field. LaVine is too raw to be counted on in standard leagues.
Caldwell-Pope scores 15, misses game-winner 11-20-2014
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope G DET
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit 6-of-13 shots and three 3-pointers for 15 points and three steals in 28 minutes on Wednesday. He missed a 3-pointer that would have won the game, prompting Markieff Morris to say he knew KCP would miss the shot, because he has "no heart." Ouch. KCP scored just two points on Nov. 15, but now has 10 and 15 with five 3-pointers over his last two games. The minutes are there, but inconsistency has been a problem for Caldwell-Pope thus far.
Mo Williams looks great in start vs. Knicks 11-20-2014
Mo Williams G MIN
Mo Williams looked fantastic in a start against the Knicks on Wednesday with 14 points, three rebounds, 13 assists and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes. Why didn't he start immediately following the Ricky Rubio (ankle) injury again? Williams was in complete control of the offense and he's capable of putting up great stats. Zach LaVine can't seem to do anything right, so Williams should be around 30 minutes, which makes him worth owning in standard leagues right now.
11-20-2014
Marvin Williams F CHA
Marvin Williams returned to action on Wednesday November 19.
11-20-2014
Greivis Vasquez G TOR
Greivis Vasquez returned to action on Wednesday November 19.
11-20-2014
Andre Roberson F OKC
Andre Roberson returned to action on Wednesday November 19.
11-20-2014
Kalin Lucas G MEM
Kalin Lucas was signed by MEM on Wednesday November 19.
Brandon Jennings hits 1-of-9 3-pointers 11-20-2014
Brandon Jennings G DET
Brandon Jennings hit just 7-of-19 shots and 1-of-9 3-pointers for 19 points, seven assists and two steals on Wednesday. Had he not been firing up the threes, his line would have been a lot better, but whatever was holding Jennings back early in the season has been fixed. Jennings has been playing well for 10 straight games after struggling mightily in his first two of the season.
Andre Drummond scores just four points 11-20-2014
Andre Drummond F DET
Andre Drummond hit just 2-of-10 shots for four points, 13 rebounds, zero steals and zero blocks in Wednesday's loss to the Suns. Yuck. It's just more of the same for the struggling big man, who is this year's fantasy bust of the year thus far. His poor shooting is a mystery and it just doesn't seem like it should be that hard for Stan Van Gundy for feed him the ball in the paint and let him do work. He has just four double-doubles on the season and was averaging just 8.7 points and 11.1 rebounds before tonight's stinker. Here's to hoping he gets it figured out sooner than later.
Shabazz Muhammad plays 32 minutes in start 11-20-2014
Shabazz Muhammad G MIN
Shabazz Muhammad played 32 minutes in his first NBA start on Wednesday against the Knicks, scoring 17 points with eight rebounds, one assist and one block. He only made 6-of-15 from the field in his worst shooting game of the season with at least three shots from the field. Muhammad has done a nice job of getting to the line with 11 attempts in the 46 minutes over his last two games. He likely has another start coming his way on Friday against the Spurs, so think about him in daily fantasy leagues.
Anthony Bennett comes off the bench 11-20-2014
Anthony Bennett F MIN
Anthony Bennett came off the bench against the Knicks on Wednesday with six points, three rebounds, one steal and three fouls in 14 minutes. He was expected to start, but the Wolves went with Shabazz Muhammad. Bennett was a bit lazy with his shot selection and he didn't help his chances for minutes down the line. Muhammad looks like the better player to own in deep leagues.
Josh Smith disappears in loss to Suns 11-20-2014
Josh Smith F DET
Josh Smith hit just 2-of-5 shots and 1-of-3 free throws for five points, four rebounds, three assists, zero steals, blocks and 3-pointers in Wednesday's loss. Smoove played just 23 minutes, while Stan Van Gundy really leaned on his bench tonight. Smith wasn't much better on Monday when he hit 3-of-7 for seven points and no rebounds. Maybe he's headed for SVG's doghouse, or maybe he's just in a slump. Either way, he's not helping fantasy owners this week, but could get it turned around on Friday at Atlanta. If he has a dud in that one, things could get ugly.
Carmelo Anthony scores 20 points 11-20-2014
Carmelo Anthony F NY
Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points against the Wolves during a 115-99 loss on Wednesday to go with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and four 3-pointers.

Chris Herring on Twitter
It would have been a much bigger line, but he did not play in the fourth quarter because the Knicks were getting blown out. For what it's worth, Anthony said his knee issue from Tuesday was not an issue tonight. The Knicks have gone 1-9 in their last 10 games, but at least they'll get the 76ers at home on Saturday.
Amare Stoudemire plays in both B2B games 11-20-2014
Amar'e Stoudemire F NY
Amare Stoudemire played in the second night of a back-to-back on Wednesday, finishing with 19 points, three rebounds and three turnovers in 20 minutes. He played 24 minutes against the Bucks on Tuesday and scored 14. Stoudemire is going to sit out on occasion, so his fantasy owners will need to keep their eyes peeled. He's also sat out in a non-back-to-back game.
Quincy Acy plays 32 minutes vs. Wolves 11-20-2014
Quincy Acy F NY
Quincy Acy played 32 minutes against the Wolves on Wednesday with nine points, eight boards and three turnovers. Garbage time was a factor here and Acy wouldn't usually get this much playing time even in a start. In his previous four starts, Acy only averaged 5.0 points, 6.3 boards and 0.3 blocks. He's only worth owning in deep leagues.
Samuel Dalembert plays eight minutes 11-20-2014
Samuel Dalembert C NY
Samuel Dalembert played eight minutes against the Wolves on Wednesday with three points, one rebound and one block. This is his third game in single-digit minutes on the season, so just remember that when Dalembert turns in a random big game. He's not going to be worth owning in most leagues unless the Knicks get hammered with injuries.
Iman Shumpert makes just 1-of-11 shots 11-20-2014
Iman Shumpert G NY
Iman Shumpert made just 1-of-11 from the field against the Wolves on Wednesday with three points, four rebounds, one assist and four turnovers. He turned in a 21-point gem on Tuesday night and was on the other end of the spectrum. Most of the Knicks wings are not giving Shumpert much competition, so he should still be able to keep his playing time somewhat high even when Jose Calderon (calf) comes back. He's worth owning in standard leagues.
Greg Monroe posts big double-double in loss 11-20-2014
Greg Monroe C DET
Greg Monroe hit 7-of-17 shots for 18 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and a steal in Wednesday's tough loss to the Suns. This was a nice bounce-back game for Monroe after his six points and seven rebounds on Monday, and he now has six double-doubles on the season, despite sitting out the first two games due to a suspension. He's averaging 15.6 points and 10.3 rebounds this year. And in case you're wondering, teammate Andre Drummond has just four double-doubles despite playing in two more games, and is averaging 8.7 points and 11.1 rebounds.
J.R. Smith looks awful again on Wednesday 11-20-2014
J.R. Smith G NY
J.R. Smith was awful on Wednesday against the Wolves with three points and four assists in 13 minutes. He played horrible defense all night and Smith is not earning his playing time. He's done very little to get the attention of fantasy owners in standard leagues.
Brandon Knight scores 18 on 20 shots 11-20-2014
Brandon Knight G MIL
Brandon Knight made 5-of-20 from the field for 18 points against the Nets during a 122-118 win on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, eight assists, two boards and two 3-pointers in 49 minutes. He missed a wide-open breakaway layup at the end of overtime, but he redeemed himself in the last two frames. Missed layup aside, Knight has 17 dimes in his last two games and his steals are also up, so his fantasy owners are playing with house money right now with his top-40 value. He won't be this high all season.
Gerald Green scores 12 in 22 minutes 11-20-2014
Gerald Green G PHO
Gerald Green hit 6-of-13 shots and zero 3-pointers for 12 points, three rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block off the bench on Wednesday. After getting eight minutes and failing to score last Friday, Green played 28 minutes and blew up for 26 points and four 3-pointers on Saturday. He backed that up with seven points in 20 minutes on Monday, and then tonight's 12-point game in 22 minutes. The way things are going for Green, he's due for a monster game, just as his frustrated new owners are ready to pull the plug.
Jabari Parker scores career-high 23 points 11-20-2014
Jabari Parker G MIL
Jabari Parker scored a career-high 23 points against the Nets on Wednesday in a triple-overtime win to go with seven rebounds, one assist and two steals. He made 8-of-13 from the field and 7-of-10 from the line. Parker is taking less 3-pointers these days, which is probably a good sign because he's made just 21.4 percent from beyond the arc on the season. He'll be inconsistent, but his fantasy owners can expect him to get it going as the year goes on.
P.J. Tucker scores 16 points off Suns bench 11-20-2014
P.J. Tucker F PHO
P.J. Tucker played 30 minutes off the bench and hit 6-of-8 shots and two 3-pointers for a season-high 16 points and seven rebounds on Wednesday. Tucker was suspended for Monday's game after missing the team bus and flight, but looked great tonight. Marcus Morris was not very good tonight and if Tucker can stay out of trouble and start playing well, could steal Morris' starting job. Especially given Jeff Hornacek's knack for rolling with the hot hand. Of course, he's not going to hit 6-of-8 shots on many nights, either.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 18 in a win 11-20-2014
Giannis Antetokounmpo G MIL
Giannis Antetokounmpo made 7-of-11 from the field for 18 points against the Nets during a triple-overtime win on Wednesday, adding 12 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two turnovers in 48 minutes. The Greek Freak did roll his ankle late in this game, but he did play through it and it didn't seem to bother him. He is shooting the ball much better this season and it has a lot to do with his much improved shot selection. Excluding some foul trouble on Tuesday, Antetokounmpo's minutes are way up and he looks to be locked in to the starting lineup. His upside is too high to be left on the wire right now.
Isaiah Thomas hits 1-of-9 shots in win 11-20-2014
Isaiah Thomas G PHO
Isaiah Thomas hit just 1-of-9 shots for five points, three rebounds, two assists and a 3-pointer on Wednesday. He's really cooled off, hitting two or fewer shots in three of his last four games. He's shooting an atrocious 29 percent over his last five games and averaging just 11.8 points during that run, which includes a 19- and 21-point game. He'll get hot again, and as soon as he does, he'll likely hurt the productivity of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe. As predicted, this three-headed point guard situation has become a headache for fantasy owners.
Eric Bledsoe now hot guard for Suns 11-20-2014
Eric Bledsoe G PHO
Eric Bledsoe hit 6-of-11 shots for 18 points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in Wednesday's win over the Pistons. It looks like it's his turn to get hot, after Isaiah Thomas was cooking for the first week or two, and then gave way to the hot hand of Goran Dragic. Dragic had 12 points and four assists tonight, while Thomas continued his recent quiet ways with five points on 1-of-9 shooting off the bench. Jeff Hornacek is going to ride the player on the best streak all season, making it very tough for any of these guys to be fully reliable. Hey, IT2 - you're up next.
O.J. Mayo played 39 minutes vs. Nets 11-20-2014
O.J. Mayo G MIL
O.J. Mayo played a season-high 39 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday with 21 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers. The triple-overtime game obviously helped him, but the high minutes are nice to see considering how out of shape he was last season. Mayo is shooting just 35 percent from the field this month and hasn't done enough to warrant an add in most leagues just yet.
Zaza moves back to the bench on Wednesday 11-20-2014
Zaza Pachulia C MIL
Zaza Pachulia moved back to the bench against the Nets on Wednesday with four points, five boards, one assist, one steal and one block in 29 minutes. He still played more minutes at center than any Bucks player and Larry Sanders (thigh) looks to be playing at less than 100 percent. Pachulia could get a start on Friday, but there's little incentive to add him on a speculative basis for a heavy night of games in the NBA.
Alex Len goes for 6 & 4 in win 11-20-2014
Alex Len C PHO
Alex Len came off the bench for six points, four rebounds and five fouls in 16 minutes on Wednesday. He came in playing very well and has his sights set on stealing Miles Plumlee's job, or at least stealing his minutes. He took a step backwards tonight, but likely would have been much better if he hadn't been hacking the opposition tonight. Keep an eye on this position battle.
Ersan Ilyasova has another good game 11-20-2014
Ersan Ilyasova F MIL
Ersan Ilyasova played well against the Nets on Wednesday with 14 points, five rebounds, one assist, three steals and three fouls in 21 minutes. He played just 20 minutes in his 20-point game from Tuesday, but there is still no indication he's going to get more than around 20 minutes. Ilyasova can be left on the wire in most leagues until his minutes rise.
Miles Plumlee scores 2 points in win 11-20-2014
Miles Plumlee F PHO
Miles Plumlee hit 1-of-3 shots for two points and 10 rebounds in 23 minutes on Wednesday. Alex Len had six points, four rebounds and five fouls in just 16 minutes, and probably would have played more without the foul trouble. This is a position battle to keep a close eye on, as Len could be in the process of stealing Plumlee's job as we speak.
Larry Sanders plays 14 minutes 11-20-2014
Larry Sanders F MIL
Larry Sanders played 14 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday with four points, four boards and one turnover. He was a game-time decision tonight and the Bucks didn't announce he was a go until after the 7:30 start time in Brooklyn. Sanders will likely have his minutes limited in his next game on Friday, so his owners should have low expectations against the Raptors on Friday. Check back for updates, assuming the team provides them.
Marcus Morris struggles badly on Wednesday 11-20-2014
Marcus Morris F PHO
Marcus Morris hit just 2-of-7 shots and a 3-pointer for five points and on rebound on Wednesday. He got off to a hot start, but has cooled off, scoring 5, 13 and 3 points in each of his last three games. He might still hold some deep-league value, but you can probably do better off your waiver wire in standard ones.
Markieff Morris back to earth on Wednesday 11-20-2014
Markieff Morris F PHO
Markieff Morris, who had a career-high 30 points on Monday, hit 5-of-8 shots for just 10 points on Wednesday, but added four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in a tough win over the Pistons. His offense has been a problem of late and he's scored 12 or fewer points in four of his last five games. And even with Monday's 30-point stunner, he's averaging just 13.2 points and 5.6 rebounds over that stretch. However, the talent and opportunity are there, and we're guessing Morris has more big scoring nights in his near future. The good news is that he has totaled 11 steals, four blocks and four 3-pointers in those five games. The scoring will come.
Deron Williams scores 18 points in a loss 11-20-2014
Deron Williams G BKN
Deron Williams scored 18 points in a 122-118 triple-overtime loss to the Bucks on Wednesday, adding five boards, seven assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 52 minutes. The Nets really needed this game and played their guys big minutes, but it didn't work and they now have a five-game losing streak. Williams is playing just fine and has been a top-30 player so far this season. He could be considered as a sell-high guy just because of the injury risk.
Jarrett Jack plays 35 minutes on Wednesday 11-20-2014
Jarrett Jack G BKN
Jarrett Jack played 35 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday with 14 points, nine rebounds, four assists, one steal and three turnovers. That's four games in a row with double-digit scoring since his massive 10-of-10 breakout game on Nov. 13. Jack seems to have carved out minutes in the mid-20s and he's doing a little bit of everything. Fantasy owners in standard leagues can give him a look for some low-end value.
Bradley Beal debuts, scores 21 points 11-20-2014
Bradley Beal G WAS
Bradley Beal made his season debut and came off the bench, hitting 9-of-17 shots and three 3-pointers for 21 points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal in 26 minutes on Wednesday. He's back and Garrett Temple started, but played just 13 minutes for two points. Get Beal in your lineup and pray that he can stay out of the trainer's room for the rest of the season. He looked great tonight, and should be back in the starting lineup on Friday against the Cavaliers. And if you own Temple, it's time to move on.
Brook Lopez plays 44 minutes 11-20-2014
Brook Lopez C BKN
Brook Lopez played 44 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday with 26 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, three blocks and seven turnovers. His boards matching his turnovers is not good. On the bright side, the high minutes total suggests his foot injury is behind him for now. Lopez has been putting up sixth-round value on the season and he could get better as long as he stays healthy.
John Wall quiet, but double-doubles in loss 11-20-2014
John Wall G WAS
John Wall hit just 5-of-17 shots to score 11 points, but also had six rebounds, 11 assists, two steals, two blocks and three turnovers in 35 minutes on Wednesday. This was not the game his owners were hoping for, but it's hard to be too mad at him for a double-double with some steals and blocks. He'll look to get back on track Friday against Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers.
Bojan Bogdanovic plays 47 minutes 11-20-2014
Bojan Bogdanovic G BKN
Bojan Bogdanovic played a career-high 47 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday with 19 points, seven rebounds and four 3-pointers. He attempted 11 shots from beyond the arc and was 7-of-16 from the field overall. Bogdanovic is starting to figure the NBA game out and he's now turned in two good games in a row. He's still not doing much outside of scoring, so the upside isn't really there for owners in standard leagues.
J.J. Barea scores 14 with six assists 11-20-2014
Jose Juan Barea G DAL
J.J. Barea came off the bench on Wednesday and had 14 points, six assists and a 3-pointer in 23 minutes. Devin Harris was out with a sprained ankle, Raymond Felton is suspended and Jameer Nelson couldn't throw it in the ocean tonight. Barea has been playing well though, averaging 9.6 points and 6.0 assists in his last five games, which include two 14-point outings. But once Harris is back, he simply won't be trustworthy enough to play for your fantasy team.
Joe Johnson plays 52 minutes on Wed. 11-20-2014
Joe Johnson G BKN
Joe Johnson played 52 minutes on a triple-overtime loss to the Bucks on Wednesday with 18 points, five rebounds, eight assists and one 3-pointer. He had a couple chances to win the game late, but it looked like all the minutes may have caused his shot to fall short. Johnson's shooting numbers are starting to come down, but he's still posting mid-round value. Keep him in your lineup.
Brandan Wright scores 14 off Mavs bench 11-20-2014
Brandan Wright F DAL
Brandan Wright hit 6-of-7 shots off the bench for 14 points, six rebounds, a steal and a block in Wednesday's win. Wright has somehow scored in double figures in five straight games and is averaging 12.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks over that stretch, despite playing just 19 minutes a game. He's also hit 24-of-31 shots during that run, and is worth owning in most leagues, despite coming off the bench.
Monta Ellis scores season-high 34 in win 11-20-2014
Monta Ellis G DAL
Monta Ellis hit 10-of-21 shots, two 3-pointers and 12-of-14 free throws for a season-high 34 points, four assists and a steal in Wednesday's win over the Wizards. Ellis is rolling right now, scoring 34, 18 and 30 points in each of his last three games, and his strong offensive game appears to be limiting Chandler Parsons. Look for more of the same from Monta against the Lakers on Friday, as L.A. gives it up more than any team to opposing guards.
Jameer Nelson struggles, hurts head 11-20-2014
Jameer Nelson G DAL
Jameer Nelson hit just 2-of-12 shots and a 3-pointer for five points, two rebounds, four assists and a steal in 25 minutes on Wednesday. He left the game with a head injury, and while details are very scarce, he was able to return briefly. Had he not been playing so poorly, he probably would have played more minutes, but the Mavs went with J.J. Barea down the stretch. We were hoping from more from Nelson since Devin Harris was out with an ankle injury, but he just couldn't get his shots to fall tonight.
Tyson Chandler with 16 rebounds, 3 blocks 11-20-2014
Tyson Chandler C DAL
Tyson Chandler scored just five points, but added 16 rebounds, a steal and three blocks in Wednesday's win over the Wizards. He's a rebounding machine right now and is averaging 10.8 points, 12.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks over his last five games, despite tonight's scoring dud.
Chandler Parsons struggles in win over Wiz 11-20-2014
Chandler Parsons F DAL
Chandler Parsons hit just 4-of-12 shots and three 3-pointers for 11 points and three rebounds in Wednesday's win over the Wizards. Parsons scored 17 on Monday, but has scored 14 or fewer point in three of his last four games. He's averaging just 14.3 points on the season after posting a career-high 16.6 last season. Playing alongside Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis is making it tough for Parsons to fill it up nightly, but he's still an effective fantasy player.
Dirk Nowitzki injures ankle in win over WAS 11-20-2014
Dirk Nowitzki F DAL
Dirk Nowitzki sprained his left ankle after stepping on another player's foot late on Wednesday, but was able to return and finish with 13 points, four rebounds and three 3-pointers on 4-of-12 shooting in 28 minutes. The ankle sprain didn't look good in replays and there's a good chance it will swell up overnight. We've seen Dirk play through these types of injuries in the past, but owners should certainly be on the lookout for news over the next few days. The Mavs next play the struggling Lakers on Friday, and there's a decent chance he could miss that game.
Solomon Hill still gets his run, wins game 11-20-2014
Solomon Hill F IND
Solomon Hill hit a game-winning putback against the Hornets on Wednesday during a 88-86 win, finishing with six points, five rebounds and three turnovers in 38 minutes. His minutes held tonight while Chris Copeland's dropped, so that means he's viewed as the team's leading small forward right now. Hill has come a long way from his awful preseason and he should have value at least until David West (ankle) gets back, which will hurt Hill's shot total. He's worth owning in standard leagues right now.
K.J. McDaniels quiet again in loss 11-20-2014
K.J. McDaniels F PHI
K.J. McDaniels played just 11 minutes on Wednesday, despite hitting 3-of-3 shots and both of his 3-point attempts, and finished with eight points, two rebounds and a block. He's blocking shots and playing pretty well, but just can't get minutes from his coach. We've been preaching patience with the rookie, but it has to be tough holding him in leagues where you need him to produce. He was seeing minutes in the mid-20s prior to low usage in two of his last three, so if you can continue to hold on, do it. But if you feel the need to drop him for someone reliable and producing right now, that option has to be considered.
Chris Copeland's minutes take a hit 11-20-2014
Chris Copeland F IND
Chris Copeland played just 27 minutes against the Hornets on Wednesday with six points, two rebounds and two assists. His minutes took a significant hit with Rodney Stuckey returning tonight after a 39-minute game in his last outing. Copeland is struggling from the field and has hit just 34.0 percent in his last five, averaging 9.0 points, 3.0 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.4 steals and 1.8 triples in that span. If you're eyeing another hot free agent, Copeland is not a must-own player anymore.