NBA Player News
|12/5/2013||LaMarcus Aldridge, F-C||Aldridge had a season-high 38 points and added 13 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped Oklahoma City's eight-game winning streak with a 111-104 victory over the Thunder on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Aldridge is averaging 29.3 points on 58.3 percent shooting in the last four games.
|12/5/2013||Al Horford, F-C||Horford scored 21 - his most in 12 games - and grabbed nine rebounds in Wednesday's win over the Clippers.
Analysis: Though Wednesday marked the first time in six games Horford shot worse than 50.0 percent from the field, it was still a strong effort that saw him finish one rebound shy of his sixth double-double this season.
|12/5/2013||Eric Bledsoe, G||Bledsoe had 20 points and seven assists in Wednesday's win over Houston.
Analysis: After struggling from the field in his last two games - Bledsoe was 8 for 22 - owners might have been worried about lingering effects from his shin injury. He looked fine Wednesday, however, going 7 for 14 with a season-high three 3-pointers on four attempts.
|12/5/2013||Goran Dragic, G||Dragic was 6 of 11 from the field for 19 points in Wednesday's win over Houston.
Analysis: Dragic - who also had a season-high four steals - remains on a hot streak, averaging 21.2 points over his last nine games while shooting 52.0 percent
|12/5/2013||Dwight Howard, F-C||Howard turned in his 11th double-double of the season with 15 points and 18 rebounds in Wednesday's loss to Phoenix.
Analysis: Howard's 36.4 field-goal percentage was his second-lowest of the season as he was just 4 of 11 from the field. His eight offensive rebounds were a season high, however.
|12/5/2013||James Harden, G-F||Harden scored 13 while going a miserable 3 of 17 from the field in Wednesday's loss to Phoenix.
Analysis: The 17.6 field-goal percentage matched the third-lowest of Harden's career in games in which he's taken at least 15 shots. He had been 22 for 41 over his previous two games with 68 points.
|12/5/2013||Omer Asik, F-C||Asik sat out against Phoenix due to a bruised thigh.
Analysis: It's unclear how much time Asik is expected to miss.
|12/5/2013||Caron Butler, SF||Butler was held out again Wednesday due to a sore left knee.
Analysis: It's unclear how much time Butler is expected to miss.
|12/5/2013||Tiago Splitter, C||Splitter is dealing with a sore left calf.
Analysis: Fantasy owners should check to see if he's in Saturday's lineup.
|12/5/2013||Andre Drummond, F-C||Drummond had 24 points and 19 rebounds in Wednesday's 105-98 win at Milwaukee.
Analysis: Drummond continues to turn heads with his monster double-doubles. He ranks fourth in the NBA with 14 on the season.
|12/5/2013||Greg Monroe, F-C||Monroe had 18 points and a season-high 17 boards in Wednesday's 105-98 win at Milwaukee.
Analysis: While Monroe's rebounding numbers are down this season, hopefully this is a sign of things to come. The Pistons are 6-3 when he pulls down at least 10 boards.
|12/5/2013||Ty Lawson, PG||Lawson was held to four points on 1-of-13 shooting in a 98-88 loss to Cleveland on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Lawson was averaging a team-best 20.2 points on 46.3 percent shooting in his first 17 games this season. He had scored in double figures in 27 straight contests, including last year's playoffs.
|12/5/2013||Brandon Jennings, PG||Jennings had 17 points and 11 assists in Wednesday's win at Milwaukee.
Analysis: While Jennings is averaging a career-best 8.4 assists, he is also committing a career-worst 3.5 turnovers per game.
|12/5/2013||Ersan Ilyasova, F||Ilyasova had 22 points and 10 rebounds off the bench in Wednesday's 105-98 loss to Detroit.
Analysis: Ilyasova entered the game averaging just 8.1 points. He'll hopefully be able to build on Wednesday's performance going forward.
|12/5/2013||Derrick Rose, PG||Derrick Rose isn't quite ruling out a return to the Chicago Bulls this season. The superstar point guard left the door slightly open for a comeback in the playoffs if his surgically repaired right knee is healed - even though the team has said he will miss the rest of the year.
Analysis: Rose suffered a medial meniscus tear in his right knee in a game at Portland on Nov. 22. He had surgery in Chicago three days later, cutting short his long awaited return after he sat out last season recuperating from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
|12/5/2013||Chris Andersen, F-C||Andersen missed Thursday's game versus Chicago for personal reasons.
Analysis: He's expected to rejoin the team in Minnesota on Friday before Saturday's game against the Timberwolves.
|12/5/2013||Kevin Love, F-C||Love has left the team to mourn the passing of his maternal grandmother. The team says Carol Lee Craig died on Wednesday night, when Love and the Wolves were in Mexico City to play the San Antonio Spurs. That game was postponed because of a problem in the arena and the Wolves flew home late Wednesday night.
Analysis: The team says Love will not practice on Friday. The Wolves next play against the Miami Heat on Saturday night. Love's status for the game is unknown. His grandmother's death also forced Love to cancel two community appearances scheduled for Friday that related to his annual winter coat drive.
|12/5/2013||Carmelo Anthony, F||Anthony led six Knicks in double figures with 19 points to go with 10 rebounds and six assists in Thursday's 113-83 rout at Brooklyn.
Analysis: Anthony next faces Orlando on Friday. He averaged 26.5 points in last season's four-game sweep of Orlando, including a 40-point effort Jan. 5 that marked the highest effort by a Knicks player versus the Magic.
|12/5/2013||Iman Shumpert, G-F||Shumpert scored 17 points in Thursday's 113-83 rout at Brooklyn.
Analysis: There are rumors that the Knicks will trade Shumpert so monitor the developments since he could break out in a different offensive system.
|12/5/2013||Brook Lopez, C||Lopez had 24 points and nine boards in Thursday's 113-83 loss to the Knicks.
Analysis: His performance was a bright spot on a dismal night for the home team in New York's most famous borough.
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