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News: Russell (knee) will come off the bench during Friday's contest against the Heat, Alex Labidou of the Nets' official website reports.
Impact: Russell will come off the pine in his first game back from a knee injury, as coach Kenny Atkinson is looking to ease him back into the rotation. He'll likely re-join the starting five once he has his legs back under him, but could carry some restrictions until then. Prior to the injury, Russell had been posting 20.9 points, 5.7 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game.
News: Brogdon (personal) won't play Saturday in Philadelphia.
Impact: Brogdon has been playing well over the last month, averaging 14.2 points while shooting 50.8 percent from the field. However, his assists have been down as he's dishing out just 2.9 per game during that stretch.
News: Bullock (bronchitis) will play Friday against the Wizards.
Impact: Bullock has started the last 17 games, averaging 11.6 points and shooting 55.3 percent overall and 50 percent (36 of 72) from deep over that stretch.
News: Russell (knee) has officially been cleared to return for Friday's game against the Heat, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
Impact: Russell initially carried a probable designation, but after going through morning shootaround he's been cleared to return to action for the first time since November 11. The Ohio State product will likely face some restrictions over the next week or two, but the expectation is that he'll eventually settle back into his role as the Nets' starting point guard and No. 1 option, offensively. Prior to the injury, Russell was averaging 20.9 points, 5.7 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game, while shooting 46.3 percent from the field and 30.0 percent from three (1.5 made threes per game).
News: CJ McCollum scored 16 points Thursday on 6-of-18 shooting as the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Indiana Pacers 100-86. McCollum pulled down three rebounds and had two assists, tallying a plus-minus of +12 in his 36:01 on the floor. He tacked on one steal. McCollum went 4 of 10 from 3-point range.
Impact: McCollum really struggled from inside the arc, but he's been lethal lately outside of it by going 17 of 34 on 3-point tries over his last four games. The sharpshooter has hit at a 45.6 percent clip (36 of 79) on 3s while averaging a strong 23.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists during a 12-game run.
News: Damian Lillard scored 26 points Thursday, going 8 of 21 from the field, as the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Indiana Pacers 100-86. Lillard grabbed five rebounds and dished out eight assists, tallying a plus-minus of +10 in his 39:54 on the floor. He added one block. Lillard went 2 of 8 from 3-point range.
Impact: It doesn't look like owners need to worry about Lillard's recent injuries cropping up again. The dynamic point guard is averaging a stellar 26 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists in five games since returning to the lineup. Three-point shooting has been his lone negative, as he's shot just 28.2 percent (11 of 39) from beyond the arc during that time frame.
News: Darren Collison scored 23 points Thursday on 9-of-14 shooting as the Indiana Pacers fell to the Portland Trail Blazers 100-86. Collison did not grab a rebound but had three assists, tallying a plus-minus of -4 in his 35:43 on the floor. He added one steal. Collison went 5 of 6 from 3-point range.
Impact: Collison isn't normally a prolific scorer, but he's now put up 19 points or more in three of his past four games while shooting an excellent 65.9 percent from the field during that stretch. Those numbers likely will not be sustained, but he's certainly worth using while he's hot.
News: Victor Oladipo scored 23 points Thursday on 9-of-25 shooting as the Indiana Pacers lost to the Portland Trail Blazers 100-86. Oladipo grabbed seven rebounds and had three assists, tallying a plus-minus of +4 in his 35:45 of playing time. He added two blocks. Oladipo went 1 of 9 from 3-point range.
Impact: Oladipo still managed to put up plenty of points, though he was quite off in this one after shooting 51.6 percent from the floor over his first six games back from a knee injury. The zero steals were a surprise as well considering he had racked up 18 over those aforementioned six contests.
News: Evan Turner scored two points Thursday, going 1 of 6 from the field, as the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Indiana Pacers 100-86. Turner grabbed two rebounds and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of +7 in his 25:21 of playing time.
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News: Shabazz Napier scored 13 points Thursday on 4-of-12 shooting as the Portland Trail Blazers topped the Indiana Pacers 100-86. Napier pulled down four rebounds and had two assists, tallying a plus-minus of +12 in his 28:54 of playing time. He added two blocks and two steals. Napier went 2 of 4 from 3-point range.
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News: Pat Connaughton scored two points Thursday on 1-of-5 shooting as the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Indiana Pacers 100-86. Connaughton pulled down one rebound and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of +4 in his 13:51 of playing time.
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News: Cory Joseph scored two points Thursday on 1-of-4 shooting as the Indiana Pacers fell to the Portland Trail Blazers 100-86. Joseph grabbed two rebounds and dished out two assists, tallying a plus-minus of -11 in his 26:04 on the floor.
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News: Lance Stephenson did not score Thursday, going 0 of 6 from the field, as the Indiana Pacers fell to the Portland Trail Blazers 100-86. Stephenson pulled down two rebounds and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of -7 in his 10:23 on the floor.
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News: Bojan Bogdanovic scored eight points Thursday on 3-of-10 shooting as the Indiana Pacers lost to the Portland Trail Blazers 100-86. Bogdanovic grabbed four rebounds and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of -8 in his 25:31 on the floor. Bogdanovic went 1 of 4 from behind the arc.
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News: Jeff Teague scored six points Thursday on 3-of-8 shooting as the Minnesota Timberwolves fell to the Houston Rockets 116-98. Teague pulled down five rebounds and had three assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -22 in his 32:28 of playing time.
Impact: Teague hasn't shot the ball particularly well of late, connecting on just 39.2 percent of his field goal attempts over his last four games. He's still been a solid, though not upper-level, fantasy point guard since returning from a knee injury last week. He's averaging 12.2 points, 5.6 assists and two steals in five games upon coming back.
News: Jimmy Butler scored 23 points Thursday, going 8 of 15 from the field, as the Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the Houston Rockets 116-98. Butler pulled down four rebounds and dished out two assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -10 in his 42:16 of playing time. He added one block and two steals.
Impact: It's the 15th time in Butler's last 17 games in which he's reached the 20-point mark, a stretch in which he's averaged 25.3 points on 51.1 percent shooting. The star guard is also averaging 2.35 steals during that period, second only to LeBron James for tops in the league over that span.
News: Andrew Wiggins scored 16 points Thursday, going 5 of 12 from the field, as the Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the Houston Rockets 116-98. Wiggins grabbed five rebounds and dished out three assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -31 in his 33:39 of playing time. He added one block and one steal. Wiggins went 3 of 5 from behind the arc.
Impact: After struggling to nine points on 4-of-12 shooting Tuesday in Orlando, Wiggins followed up with his worst plus-minus effort of the season. Though he's still averaging a respectable 17.5 points and 4.4 rebounds overall, the 22-year-old's reputation still exceeds his actual fantasy value.
News: Chris Paul scored 19 points Thursday on 6-of-12 shooting as the Houston Rockets topped the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-98. Paul grabbed six rebounds and had nine assists, tallying a plus-minus of +23 in his 35:27 of playing time. He tacked on three steals. Paul went 4 of 8 from 3-point range.
Impact: As expected, Paul's shot totals went down as James Harden returned to the lineup - he averaged nearly 18 field goal attempts and 22.4 points in the seven games Harden missed with a hamstring injury. Still, don't even think about sitting the Point God, as he'll still be an elite source of assists and steals and Harden will remain on a minutes limit for the time being.
News: Eric Gordon scored 30 points Thursday on 11-of-19 shooting as the Houston Rockets topped the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-98. Gordon grabbed three rebounds and had three assists, tallying a plus-minus of +23 in his 35:14 on the floor. He added one block and one steal. Gordon went 7 of 13 from behind the arc.
Impact: Gordon matched a season high for 3-pointers made while bailing out a Rockets team saddled by an off night by the returning James Harden. The long-distance bomber shot just 30 percent from the field while totaling 33 points over his previous two games, so it's hardly a given he'll repeat this effort Saturday against the Warriors.
News: Jamal Crawford did not score Thursday, going 0 of 6 from the field, as the Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the Houston Rockets 116-98. Crawford did not grab a rebound but dished out five assists, tallying a plus-minus of 0 in his 18:22 on the floor. He tacked on one steal.
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News: Tyus Jones scored 13 points Thursday, going 5 of 8 from the field, as the Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the Houston Rockets 116-98. Jones pulled down one rebound and did not have an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of +4 in his 15:32 of playing time. He tacked on one steal. Jones went 3 of 5 from behind the arc.
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News: Mario Hezonja scored 12 points Thursday on 5-of-11 shooting as the Orlando Magic fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-103. Hezonja grabbed two rebounds and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of +5 in his 24:28 of playing time. He added two steals.
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News: Jonathon Simmons scored 16 points Thursday, going 5 of 10 from the field, as the Orlando Magic fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-103. Simmons pulled down three rebounds and had four assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +4 in his 35:19 of playing time. He added one block and two steals.
Impact: After an outstanding start to the season, Simmons is averaging 8.9 points on 33.7 percent shooting in his last 10 games.
News: Wes Iwundu went scoreless Thursday as the Orlando Magic fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-103. Iwundu did not grab a rebound but had an assist, tallying a plus-minus of -2 in his 4:02 of playing time.
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News: Shelvin Mack scored 10 points Thursday on 5-of-5 shooting as the Orlando Magic lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-103. Mack pulled down three rebounds and did not have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of -5 in his 11:52 of playing time. He added one block.
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News: Evan Fournier scored 17 points Thursday on 6-of-15 shooting as the Orlando Magic fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-103. Fournier grabbed five rebounds and dished out three assists, tallying a plus-minus of -7 in his 32:31 of playing time. He added one steal. Fournier went 1 of 3 from behind the arc.
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News: D.J. Augustin scored one point Thursday, going 0 of 3 from the field, as the Orlando Magic lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-103. Augustin grabbed one rebound and dished out three assists, tallying a plus-minus of -9 in his 17:32 on the floor. He added one steal.
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News: Elfrid Payton scored 19 points Thursday on 9-of-17 shooting as the Orlando Magic lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-103. Payton grabbed four rebounds and had eight assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +8 in his 30:28 of playing time. He added one block and two steals. Payton went 1 of 1 from behind the arc.
Impact: Payton has had two big games in the past three, averaging 17.3 on 61.8 percent shooting in that span.
News: J.R. Smith scored six points Thursday, going 2 of 7 from the field, as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Orlando Magic 104-103. Smith grabbed two rebounds and dished out three assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -2 in his 29:55 on the floor. Smith went 2 of 6 from behind the arc.
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News: Kyle Korver scored three points Thursday on 1-of-2 shooting as the Cleveland Cavaliers topped the Orlando Magic 104-103. Korver grabbed one rebound and dished out four assists, accumulating a plus-minus of +4 in his 16:46 on the floor. Korver went 1 of 2 from behind the arc.
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News: Dwyane Wade scored 11 points Thursday, going 5 of 11 from the field, as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Orlando Magic 104-103. Wade grabbed one rebound and added an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of +2 in his 18:02 on the floor. He added one block. Wade went 1 of 2 from 3-point range.
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News: Isaiah Thomas scored 21 points Thursday, going 6 of 15 from the field, as the Cleveland Cavaliers topped the Orlando Magic 104-103. Thomas pulled down three rebounds and dished out four assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -1 in his 29:58 on the floor. He added two steals. Thomas went 3 of 10 from behind the arc.
Impact: Thomas has gotten closer to form with 40 points and eight assists over his last two games. However, he's gone just 4 for 17 from 3-point range in the span.
News: Derrick Rose scored nine points Thursday, going 3 of 6 from the field, as the Cleveland Cavaliers topped the Orlando Magic 104-103. Rose pulled down three rebounds and added an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of +5 in his 13:13 on the floor. He added one block.
Impact: Rose returned after missing more than two months with ankle injuries.
News: T.J. McConnell scored 15 points Thursday on 5-of-8 shooting as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Boston Celtics 89-80. McConnell grabbed two rebounds and had two assists, tallying a plus-minus of +5 in his 25:32 of playing time. He added three steals. McConnell went 2 of 2 from behind the arc.
Impact: McConnell has stepped up in the last two games, totaling 33 points while hitting 3 of 5 from 3-point range.
News: Ben Simmons scored eight points Thursday, going 4 of 9 from the field, as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Boston Celtics 89-80. Simmons pulled down seven rebounds and had four assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -3 in his 34:09 on the floor. He tacked on one steal.
Impact: Simmons has totaled 20 points in his last two games after averaging 20.5 points, 5.5 assists and 5 rebounds over his previous four games.
News: Shane Larkin scored eight points Thursday, going 3 of 6 from the field, as the Boston Celtics lost to the Philadelphia 76ers 89-80. Larkin pulled down three rebounds and added an assist, tallying a plus-minus of -3 in his 23:09 on the floor. He added two steals.
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News: Jerryd Bayless scored four points Thursday, going 2 of 5 from the field, as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Boston Celtics 89-80. Bayless pulled down two rebounds and dished out two assists, tallying a plus-minus of +8 in his 24:59 on the floor.
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News: Jaylen Brown scored 12 points Thursday, going 4 of 12 from the field, as the Boston Celtics fell to the Philadelphia 76ers 89-80. Brown pulled down three rebounds and dished out four assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -9 in his 33:56 on the floor. He tacked on one steal. Brown went 2 of 7 from 3-point range.
Impact: Brown struggled from the field after totaling 37 points on 15-of-29 shooting in his previous two games.
News: Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot went scoreless Thursday, going 0 of 3 from the field, as the Philadelphia 76ers topped the Boston Celtics 89-80. Luwawu-Cabarrot did not grab a rebound nor have an assist, tallying a plus-minus of 0 in his 3:35 of playing time. He added one block.
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News: Marcus Smart scored 13 points Thursday on 6-of-11 shooting as the Boston Celtics fell to the Philadelphia 76ers 89-80. Smart pulled down five rebounds and added an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of +6 in his 34:00 on the floor. Smart went 1 of 4 from 3-point range.
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News: Terry Rozier scored four points Thursday on 2-of-7 shooting as the Boston Celtics lost to the Philadelphia 76ers 89-80. Rozier pulled down one rebound and had two assists, accumulating a plus-minus of -11 in his 20:21 of playing time. He added one steal.
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News: Dillon Brooks scored 17 points Wednesday, going 6 of 11 from the field, as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the New York Knicks 105-99. Brooks pulled down five rebounds and added an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of +16 in his 31:49 on the floor. He tacked on two steals. Brooks went 3 of 6 from behind the arc.
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News: Ingram will be a game-time decision Friday against the Pacers after he tweaked his ankle on Wednesday.
Impact: Ingram had missed one game because of the ankle before returning Wednesday in Oklahoma City. He had averaged 20.8 points on 60 percent shooting in four games before getting hurt.
News: Ennis (calf) won't play Friday against the Kings.
Impact: Ennis had just four points Wednesday against the Knicks after he totaled 25 points, eight rebounds and three blocks while shooting 9 of 16 overall and 3 of 7 from deep in the previous two games.
News: Harrison (left shoulder) is questionable for Friday's game against the Kings.
Impact: Though definitely not a long-term fantasy option - especially with Mike Conley nearing a return - Harrison has started last 18 games he's played and averaged 9.1 points, 3.2 assists and 2.8 rebounds.
News: Harrison (left shoulder) is questionable for Friday's game against the Kings.
Impact: Though definitely not a long-term fantasy option - especially with Mike Conley nearing a return - Harrison has started last 18 games he's played and averaged 9.1 points, 3.2 assists and 2.8 rebounds.
News: Harrison (left shoulder) is questionable for Friday's game against the Kings.
Impact: Though definitely not a long-term fantasy option - especially with Mike Conley nearing a return - Harrison has started last 18 games he's played and averaged 9.1 points, 3.2 assists and 2.8 rebounds.
News: Afflalo has been suspended two games without pay by the NBA for punching Minnesota's Nemanja Bjelica in the head Tuesday. Though both players were ejected after Bjelica put Afflalo in a headlock, only Afflalo was punished Thursday by NBA executive vice president of operations Kiki VanDeWeghe.
Impact: Afflalo will sit out at Cleveland on Thursday and Sunday at Boston, but he won't be missed as he's averaging just 3 points and 12.9 minutes in 35 games.
News: Irving (shoulder) will be held out of Thursday's contest against the 76ers, voice of the Boston Celtics Sean Grande reports.
Impact: Irving was held out of Wednesday's practice due to a sore left shoulder -- an MRI revealed no structural damage -- which is still giving him enough discomfort to keep him from participating in Thursday's tilt. With his absence, Terry Rozier will likely see an expanded role. In Irving's most recent absence Dec. 11 against Chicago, Rozier played 28 minutes, posting 13 points (5-12 FG, 3-7 3Pt), five assists and three rebounds.
News: Stephenson is available to play Thursday in Portland despite dealing with an illness.
Impact: Stephenson continues to give the Pacers good production in whatever the role, having averaged a solid 10.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists over his last 10 games - four of them starts. He's a little less reliable for fantasy lineups, though, due to his inconsistent shooting and low steal and block totals.
News: Russell (knee) has been upgraded to probable for Friday's game against the Heat, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
Impact: Russell has been sidelined since mid-November following a procedure on his left knee, but has gone through some practices with the Nets' G-League affiliate recently and has now finally been cleared for a return to action. Considering he's had nearly two months off, Russell will likely have some significant restrictions in his first few games back, so fantasy owners may want to temper expectations from the get go until he's back on a full workload. That said, Russell averaged 20.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.5 three-pointers across 27.8 minutes over the first 12 games of the season, so his return marks a huge boost for season-long owners who stuck with him through the injury. Look for official clearance to come after Friday's morning shootaround and his return should eventually mean a much smaller role for Spencer Dinwiddie. It wouldn't be surprising, however, if Russell came off the bench initially.
News: Bradley will play Friday against the Wizards after having an injection for a groin injury.
Impact: Bradley has been very good of late, averaging 19.4 points while hitting 15 of 36 from 3-point range over the past five games.