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  • Stotts confirms Harkless will start at SF
    Coach Terry Stotts confirmed Moe Harkless will start on opening night.

    Advice: It seemed obvious with the cohesion of the first unit in the preseason and how it performed last year. Plus, Evan Turner makes more sense off the bench and the same can be said for Allen Crabbe. Still, Harkless is only a flier in 14-team leagues for now. Yesterday, 10:52 pm
  • Unfair Advantage: Durant drops 28-7-6 line
    Kevin Durant was unfair against the Blazers on Friday, scoring 28 points with seven rebounds, six assists, one block and five 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: So that's a wrap for his preseason. Durant finished with a 70.0 true shooting percentage to go with his 28.3 usage rate. What's more, KD's per-36-minute scoring in the preseason was 29.8, which is actually a better rate than last season. The former MVP was playing more like his teammate Stephen Curry with numerous highlight reel treys. He could still wind up being fantasy's top player. Yesterday, 10:49 pm
  • Evan Turner misses all eight FGAs
    Evan Turner missed all eight shots from the field and made 1-of-2 from the line for one point on Friday, adding two rebounds, three assists and one steal.

    Advice: The Warriors dared him to shoot jumpers and it obviously didn't work for Turner. ET's positional flexibility makes him an ideal bench guy to play three or even four positions for coach Terry Stotts. He's really just a three-category guy, so standard league owners should be looking elsewhere. Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Meyers Leonard returns on Friday
    Meyers Leonard scored 12 points in 16 minutes on Friday, adding one rebound and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He played most of his minutes at center and came off the bench behind Noah Vonleh. Leonard's fantasy outlook doesn't bring much excitement right now. Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Moe Harkless the favorite to start?
    Moe Harkless scored five points with four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Even though he didn't play well, it looks like Harkless is the heavy favorite to start at small forward. That usually sounds promising, but coach Terry Stotts plays the matchups like nobody else and Harkless won't be heavily involved in the offense. He's not quite worthy of taking in standard drafts. Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell puts up 17-7-6 line
    D'Angelo Russell made 5-of-14 from the field for 17 points on Friday, adding seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: This is the kind of game to show the type of upside Russell has. Even when he doesn't shoot the ball well, he adds output in several other categories. He'll be running the offense for basically his entire time on the court and offers added upside with steals, treys, dimes and more. There will be some bumps in the road, but Russell is in the mix as an early-round pick. Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Ivica Zubac quiet in start
    Ivica Zubac started on Friday with four points, two rebounds and one steal in 10 minutes.

    Advice: No Zublocks? Weak. The Croatian big man is going to take some time to develop, but he should get run later in the season as the Lakers tank to protect a potential top-three pick. Just throw Zubac on your watch list for deep leagues. Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Jared Dudley gets 29 minutes
    Jared Dudley scored 11 points with four rebounds, two assists, four steals and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: His minutes should be in the upper 20s to start the year while the Suns groom their two top-10 picks at power forward. If you want a little boost early in the season, Dudley could definitely be a top-150 player in the first two months of the season. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe scores nine
    Eric Bledsoe scored nine points with eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and five turnovers on Friday night.

    Advice: His assist rate did take a bit of a hit with his minutes next to Devin Booker, but it's not a strong enough correlation to draw any conclusions. Even if the rate does drop, Bledsoe lost weight and the Suns are absolutely flying in pace of play to negate that possible lost. The bottom line is Bledsoe's biggest risk remains his injury history and his prospective owners can still pounce in the early rounds. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Nikola Jokic will be the starting PF
    Nikola Jokic be the starting power forward for the regular season.

    Advice: His minutes were safe regardless. Jokic still struggles on closing out on pick-and-pop plays, but he has shown some improvement. Coach Mike Malone must also feel confident in Jokic's perimeter D or else he wouldn't make this move. He's a per-minute monster and deserves a selection in the early rounds of fantasy drafts. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Jamal Murray had a rough preseason finale
    Jamal Murray made 2-of-11 from the field for five points with three rebounds, three assists and four turnovers in 22 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Most of that momentum he built up in the preseason was negated here. Murray continues to try to make plays that aren't there and isn't facilitating well enough at this early stage. Coach Mike Malone will have to figure out if he wants to trust Murray as a second-unit ball-handler. There is still just too much depth on Denver to draft Murray in most leagues. Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Harrison Barnes' bad preseason finally ends
    Harrison Barnes did not do much on Friday, scoring eight points with three rebounds and one steal in 26 minutes.

    Advice: It was a preseason to forget for Harry B. The Mavs are obviously committed to him with his $94 million deal, so he has a leash as long as Texas as the starting small forward. Barnes is being put into a new role and it's really tough to invest anything more than a late-round pick on him based on how awful he looked this month. Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Kyle Anderson scores 10 in start
    Kyle Anderon scored 10 points with four rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 20 minutes during his start for Danny Green (quad) on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Gregg Popovich is a mad scientist when it comes to replacing an injured starter, but most signs point to it being Anderson. The Spurs could obviously shift Kawhi Leonard over to the two and give themselves more size on the outside -- Anderson can guard most threes. Pop has also said he wanted to get Anderson more minutes, so this situation gives him a chance to do so. He's not a lock for consistent production, but give him a look if you have dead weight until things clear up. Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • Robbie Hummel, Wolters waived
    Nuggets waive F Robbie Hummel and G Nate Wolters.

    Advice: Hummel had some talent earlier in his career, but the ACL surgeries hurt his chances to get going again. Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Pat Beverley (knee scope) out 3 weeks
    Patrick Beverley (knee) will undergo a minor surgical scope on his left knee early next week.

    Advice: He is expected to miss three weeks, which is a slightly better prognosis than what coach Mike D'Antoni said with Beverley possibly missing 20 games. The Rockets are going to lean more on Eric Gordon and James Harden to take on most of their guard minutes while Pablo Prigioni, K.J. McDaniels and Tyler Ennis could fill in the gaps. Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Pablo Prigioni returns on Friday
    Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) returned on Friday with 10 points, one assist and two 3-pointers in 19 minutes.

    Advice: He may not have been 100 percent, but coach Mike D'Antoni wanted to get a look at him. It's still unclear how the Rockets will handle the point guard minutes behind James Harden, but there likely won't be enough to matter for Prigioni to have value. Yesterday, 9:23 pm
  • Pat Beverley expected to miss 20 games
    Coach Mike D'Antoni said Pat Beverley (knee) is expected to miss about 20 games.

    Advice: The timetable is about the same whether he waits it out or has surgery, so we still don't know the treatment plan. Whatever the case, if he misses 20 games, that puts his target date at Dec. 5 against the Celtics -- he could miss fewer than that, though. James Harden is going to get the starting job and play massive minutes. After that, it looks like Tyler Ennis is next in line. Eric Gordon is also locked in for minutes at SG with Harden at the point. Yesterday, 7:51 pm
  • D-Will, Wes, Harry B, Dirk & Bogut to start
    Deron Williams, Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes, Dirk Nowitzki and Andrew Bogut will start on Friday.

    Advice: Let's all hope Harry B can get it going. He's had a really rough time this month. Yesterday, 5:57 pm
  • D-Russ, Lou, Uncle P, Randle & Zubac starting
    D'Angelo Russell, Lou Williams, Nick Young, Julius Randle and Ivica Zubac will start on Friday.

    Advice: We will get a long look at the second-round rookie Zubac tonight. Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) should be good for the opener, though. Yesterday, 5:25 pm
  • Kyle Anderson starting on Friday night
    Kyle Anderson will start for Danny Green (thigh) on Friday night.

    Advice: The position flexibility is helpful here and we might see Anderson run more stuff on offense. With Danny Green (thigh) possibly missing weeks, there is a chance here. He's been a little disappointing this month, so he's only a short-term option. Yesterday, 3:57 pm
  • Meyers Leonard (back) expected to play
    Meyers Leonard (back) is expected to play on Friday night.

    Advice: He went through a full practice on Thursday and it would appear he didn't have a setback. Leonard played 23 minutes back on Oct. 13 and hasn't played since. He was in a very favorable spot last year and couldn't get it going, but now it's going to be a lot tougher on a deep Portland squad. Yesterday, 1:38 pm
  • Spurs pick up options on Slo-Mo
    The Spurs exercised their fourth-year option on Kyle Anderson.

    Advice: This was a no-brainer for the Spurs. Anderson has been a letdown this month after coach Gregg Popovich said he has to find playing time for him. If Kawhi Leonard misses time, Anderson will be a hot fantasy add. Yesterday, 11:45 am
  • Meyers Leonard (back) practices in full Thurs
    Meyers Leonard (back) practiced in full with the Blazers on Thursday and is questionable to play on Friday.

    Advice: Leonard spent the past two preseason games on the sidelines with the back issue, but he's on track to be good to go for opening night. In terms of fantasy hoops, Leonard really isn't an attractive target in most settings after last year's disastrous season. Thursday, 3:52 pm
  • Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) questionable Friday
    Pablo Prigioni (left shoulder) is questionable to play in Friday's preseason finale against the Spurs.

    Advice: If there's any doubt about the health of Prigioni's shoulder, you can bet that he won't be taking the court Friday night. Prigioni will turn 40 years old this season, and is not worth a draft pick in any setting. Thursday, 2:18 pm
  • Kevin Durant racks up 27/6/4 in 31 minutes
    Kevin Durant finished Wednesday's victory with 27 points on 10-of-19 shooting, six boards, four assists, two steals and one block in 31 minutes of action.

    Advice: This marks a preseason high for Durant in scoring and free throws made (7-of-7), but it's also the first time that he's logged more than 26 minutes. He's yet to miss from the line in 26 attempts and he's a combined 14-of-26 from downtown this preseason, the type of efficiency you'd expect from a former MVP. A dip in usage and shot attempts is probable, but concerns about his ability to share the court with the Warriors' incumbent scorers are overblown. Wednesday, 10:11 pm
  • Harry Bad: Barnes now at just 35.3 TS% as Mav
    Harrison Barnes' disastrous preseason continued on Wednesday, making 1-of-9 from the field for eight points with three rebounds and two turnovers.

    Advice: So it turns out Kevin Durant is an upgrade over Harry B. In the preseason, Barnes has a woeful 35.2 true shooting percentage, including just 17.1 percent on his jumpers. We've seen Barnes have rough stretches for months at a time, but needless to say the Mavs aren't feeling great about paying him. If he falls to the last few rounds, he still might be worth a late pick. Wednesday, 8:45 pm
  • Meyers Leonard (back) out again Wednesday
    Meyers Leonard (lower back) sat out again on Wednesday.

    Advice: Leonard is dealing with soreness, which is understandable after a very long layoff following shoulder surgery. The Blazers haven't suggested that there's a structural issue here, so we're considering him questionable to rejoin the rotation on opening night. Wednesday, 8:34 pm
  • Meyers Leonard out again Wednesday
    Meyers Leonard (back) will not play on Wednesday against the Jazz.

    Advice: It'll be his second game out due to his troublesome back injury. Leonard will likely be limited in the regular season and his minutes are going to drop regardless. While he has upside, fantasy owners can take a wait-and-see approach. Wednesday, 4:39 pm
  • Pablo Prigioni is still out
    Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) will not play on Wednesday and is expected to play on Friday.

    Advice: With Patrick Beverley (knee) and Prigioni out, James Harden is going to handle most of the point guard minutes. Tyler Ennis should be in the rotation with around 15-20 minutes tonight. Wednesday, 11:39 am
  • Patrick Beverley out through preseason
    Patrick Beverley (knee) will not play in the preseason.

    Advice: He may need surgery on his knee and could miss time in the regular season regardless of the treatment plan. There's always a lot of buzz around a Mike D'Antoni point guard, but it turns out that guy may be James Harden. With Beverley out, Eric Gordon benefits the most. Wednesday, 11:31 am
  • Evan Turner still adjusting to Stotts' system
    Evan Turner is still adjusting to his new teammates and the style of play in Portland.

    Advice: "He had a good rhythm," coach Terry Stotts said. "He missed some shots, but Evan is getting more comfortable every game. And we’re getting a little better at figuring out how to put him in better spots. It’s going to be about learning his teammates, getting comfortable with our style of play, all those things." Turner has shot just 33.3 percent from the field through the preseason, but efficiency has never really been one of his strong points. He'll likely come off the bench in Portland, so he's more of a late-round target in deep leagues. Wednesday, 7:44 am
  • Patrick Beverley may need surgery on knee
    Patrick Beverley may need surgery on his left knee according to ESPN.

    Advice: Wow. He's missed the last four games with "knee irritation," and Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni hinted last week that he's not expecting him to be ready for the regular season. Beverley will undergo further evaluations this week before a final determination is made, but this takes him off the standard-league radar until we know more. Eric Gordon gets a bump with this news and should start next to James Harden. Tuesday, 8:25 pm
  • Jamal Murray struggles Tuesday
    Jamal Murray hit just 4-of-16 shots and missed all six of his 3-point attempts to finish with nine points, three boards, three assists, a steal and a block on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's had some nice games in the preseason but never got his shot going tonight. He's a fun rookie to keep an eye on, but still isn't worth drafting in most standard leagues. Tuesday, 8:09 pm
  • Nikola Jokic scores 11 Tuesday
    Nikola Jokic hit 5-of-9 shots for 11 points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal and zero blocks in 26 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's going to start at power forward, with Jusuf Nurkic at center, assuming nothing changes between now and the start of the season. Jokic's preseason has been a bit disappointing, but the talent is there and we're still expecting a pretty big year from him. However, the sudden rise of Nurkic hasn't done him any favors thus far, and may negatively impact him for the foreseeable future. Tuesday, 8:04 pm
  • Patrick Beverley likely to miss season opener
    Patrick Beverley (sore knee) is likely to miss the season opener.

    Advice: Beverley is trying to work his way back from irritation in his left knee, and head coach Mike D'Antoni isn't counting on him for the opener. "We'll know more by the end of the week," D'Antoni said. "I'm not counting on [Beverley returning by the season opener]. Can't count on that." Beverley could lose his starting SG job to Eric Gordon by the time he returns, and isn't much more than a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 10:16 am
  • Meyers Leonard (back) ruled out vs. Nuggets
    Meyers Leonard (lower back) won't play vs. the Nuggets on Sunday.

    Advice: Leonard said the injury bothered him during Tuesday's game vs. the Lakers, and he "felt it was best to rest" in a meaningless preseason game. We're considering him day-to-day until further notice, but this does nothing to help his shaky fantasy appeal in a crowded Blazers' frontcourt. Sunday, 5:16 pm
  • KD, Klay & Curry combined for 55 on 78.1 TS%
    Kevin Durant made 7-of-11 from the field for 17 points against the Lakers on Saturday, adding five rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks, no turnovers and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: That's quite a stat line and drives home the point of how Durant is not just a scorer. Speaking of scoring, Stephen Curry scored 14 points on 5-of-9 from the field and Klay Thompson scored 24 points on 9-of-13 from the field. The three of them combined for 55 points on a pristine 78.1 true shooting percentage and were wide open all night. When they're on, this team will be impossible to defend and there will be plenty of nights they're scoring over 130. KD is still a top-four pick in standard leagues. Saturday, 9:50 pm
  • Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) will not play Sat.
    Pablo Prigioni (left shoulder sprain) will not play on Saturday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He was doubtful coming in, so this isn't a surprise. Tyler Ennis could see some extended minutes with Patrick Beverley (knee) sidelined, as well. Saturday, 3:28 pm
  • Stotts not revealing starting small forward
    Blazers coach Terry Stotts is still deciding who will start at small forward this season.

    Advice: It's a three-man race between Harkless and the two guys (Evan Turner, $70M; Allen Crabbe $75M) the Blazers gave a combined $145M to this offseason. "I will have a decision by Oct. 25," Stotts said. The prevailing belief is that Harkless is ahead of the pack, but all three guys will play a role in what the Blazers do this season. Unfortunately, there is considerable overlap between all of them and it really limits their individual fantasy appeal in the process. Saturday, 3:21 pm
  • Walton challenges Russell to improve defense
    Luke Walton challenged D'Angelo Russell to improve his defense.

    Advice: The head coach began by stating that D-Lo played a "complete game" on the offensive end of the floor, but his defense remains a major work in progress and is James Harden-esque at times right now. The reality is that D-Lo is still learning how to balance his game on both sides of the ball, and it's to be expected that his offense is ahead of his defense. If Russell can step up his game on D, his fantasy value will continue to move in the right direction. Saturday, 1:17 pm
  • Nikola Jokic posts double-double vs. GSW
    Nikola Jokic was effective against the Warriors on Friday, scoring 14 points with 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes.

    Advice: There he is. Before this game, Jokic's usage rate and rebound rate are both less than half than Jusuf Nurkic's in their playing time together this preseason. Disappointing preseason aside, Jokic is still set up for a big year with minutes at two positions. He's a high-ceiling pick in the early rounds. Friday, 9:24 pm
  • Jamal Murray looking better at PG, scores 16
    Jamal Murray looked more comfortable in an overtime loss on Friday, scoring 16 points with five rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He ran a lot of point guard in this game with Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) going down due to injury. Murray has been very vocal about wanting to play some point and he might have a big chance while Mudiay is on the shelf. His value in keeper leagues looks more promising, but he's still only a target in deeper re-draft leagues for now. Friday, 9:18 pm
  • Kyle Anderson scores six points in start
    Kyle Anderson scored six points with seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and one turnover in 18 minutes.

    Advice: He might have a statue for Summer League play, but Anderson just hasn't done anything this month. Coach Gregg Popovich said he's going to have to find a way to get get Anderson minutes, but this sub-par month is taking the luster off him as a late-round pick. Friday, 8:16 pm
  • Patrick Beverley could miss a week or two
    Patrick Beverley (sore knee) could miss a week or two according to coach Mike D'Antoni.

    Advice: The season starts in less than two weeks, so this report means that Beverley's status for the opener is up in the air. Beverley was expected to start next to Harden this season, but Eric Gordon has looked great in the preseason and could steal the job. Beverley is still not practicing with the team. Friday, 10:19 am
  • Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) doubtful Saturday
    Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) is doubtful for Saturday's game vs. Memphis.

    Advice: It's a left shoulder sprain, so he's not going to play in a meaningless game. Regardless, Prigioni will not have any fantasy value as the third-string PG in Houston. Friday, 9:57 am
  • Patrick Beverley (sore knee) out Saturday
    Patrick Beverley (sore knee) will not play on Saturday vs. Memphis.

    Advice: He still isn't practicing and the Rockets haven't provided a timetable. A report on Thursday indicated that Beverley is "feeling better," but we won't have any more clarity for a couple more days. Pablo Prigioni (shoulder) is doubtful, so James Harden and Eric Gordon could be busy. Friday, 9:53 am
  • Evan Turner slowly adjusting to new team
    Evan Turner said that he is slowly adjusting to his new teammates.

    Advice: "A week ago I had so much trouble with the new plays,’’ Turner said. "Now, I’m more familiar with the plays, it’s just on the fly decisions, knowing in .6 of a second who to get where and how.’’ Turner ran the offense for the second unit on Thursday vs. the Clippers, but he really struggled and coach Terry Stotts said he is "still finding his way.’’ He's averaging 9.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 25.5 minutes during the preseason, shooting 37.5 percent from the field. As for the starting SF role, Turner has started one game compared to two for Moe Harkless, while Allen Crabbe has one as well. Friday, 7:01 am
  • Up Loading: D'Angelo Russell goes off again
    D'Angelo Russell went bonkers yet again on Thursday, scoring 31 points on 10-of-14 from the field with one rebound, 11 assists, two steals and five 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The rep grows bigger for D-Loading. It's the second time he's scored more than 30 points this week and his 11 dimes are just one fewer than his 12 in the previous four. Russell is getting all the hype from the Lakers and their coaching staff this month, which isn't hard to believe given the favorable situation with coach Luke Walton. He's on the short list of major breakout players and will now likely cost you a top-50 pick. He looks like he'll be worth it. Thursday, 10:13 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (sore knee) 'feeling better'
    Patrick Beverley (sore knee) is reportedly "feeling better" and his status will be clarified later this week.

    Advice: Bev didn't travel overseas with the Rockets and the severity of his injury is unclear, but it doesn't sound too serious. His upside is limited as a point guard who shoots a low percentage, doesn't get many assists, and has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career. Wednesday, 10:00 pm
  • Jared Dudley (right knee) logs 15 minutes
    Jared Dudley (right knee tendinitis) finished Wednesday's preseason game with two points, three boards, three assists, one steal and two turnovers.

    Advice: The veteran played 15 minutes and the knee tendinitis that bothered him last week seems like a non-factor. He's worth a look in 16-team drafts. Wednesday, 9:21 pm
  • Jamal Murray steps up in 25 mins as starter
    Nuggets rookie Jamal Murray got the start on Wednesday and responded with 14 points, two 3-pointers, two rebounds, one assist and just one turnover in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Murray hit 4-of-9 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs, and his natural scoring ability is obvious. Will Barton could start at SG if Gary Harris (groin) isn't ready for opening night, however, and Murray is much more appealing in keeper/dynasty leagues. Wednesday, 7:46 pm
  • Nikola Jokic fouls out in just 15 minutes
    Nikola Jokic fouled out of Wednesday's game in just 15 minutes.

    Advice: Jokic scored 11 points in the first quarter but didn't score again, finishing with six boards, two assists and four turnovers. He averaged a reasonable 4.3 fouls per 36 minutes last year, so we'll chalk this up as a learning experience vs. Karl-Anthony Towns and the Wolves. If there's a Nuggets big man who needs to watch his fouls it's Jusuf Nurkic, who committed 6.0 fouls per 36 minutes last year. Wednesday, 7:45 pm
  • Slo-Mo, Mills & Jean-Charles listed starters
    Patty Mills, Danny Green, Kyle Anderson, Livio Jean-Charles and LaMarcus Aldridge are listed as the starters on Wednesday.

    Advice: That means Pau Gasol could be out, but obviously it's hard to trust the "listed as starters" when it comes to the Spurs. Regardless, this definitely feels like a Kyle Anderson kind of night. Wednesday, 3:14 pm
  • Walton unconcerned w/ Russell's poor shooting
    Luke Walton was not at all concerned with D'Angelo Russell's 6-of-21 shooting performance during Tuesday's 109-106 preseason loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: "I encourage him to keep shooting them if he’s open," Walton said. "Obviously it’s a feel thing, but there’s times he can. I think tonight he should have looked more to get some of his teammates looks. It’s not like he’s taking terrible shots to get shots up. A lot of the ones he was getting were wide open so I have no problem with him ever taking wide open shots. Next time I’ll assume they’ll go in." What a stark contrast from Byron Scott. Russell is playing with confidence under Walton, and we're not going to downgrade the former No. 2 overall selection much based on one bad preseason game. Wednesday, 9:35 am
  • Pablo Prigioni leaves game w/ shoulder injury
    Pablo Prigioni was forced out of Wednesday's preseason game vs. the Pelicans with a strained left shoulder, and he will not return.

    Advice: Prigioni took a hard hit from Alexis Ajinca, and that was enough to end the 39-year-old's evening. Prigioni will have a negligible role behind Patrick Beverley this season, so he's not worth drafting in any format. Wednesday, 6:24 am
  • Meyers Leonard (shoulder) scores 11 in return
    Meyers Leonard (shoulder) returned to action on Tuesday vs. the Lakers, scoring 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting with six boards, one assist, one block and one trey in 20 minutes.

    Advice: He had shoulder surgery back in March and was just cleared for 5-on-5 work last week, so it appears that he's ahead of schedule. Leonard was a bust last season, and while the upside is still there, the path to minutes isn't -- the Blazers have three capable centers in Mason Plumlee, Ed Davis and Festus Ezeli (knee), so Leonard will have to fight for scraps behind Al-Farouq Aminu and Moe Harkless at the four. Tuesday, 10:01 pm
  • Evan Turner scores nine points in start
    Evan Turner started at small forward on Tuesday vs. the Lakers, finishing with nine points on 3-of-10 shooting with five assists, three steals, one block and one trey in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The starting SF role is still up for grabs and Moe Harkless and Allen Crabbe have each started a game in the preseason as well. It's not clear who has the edge right now, as all three players bring something unique to the table. Turner doesn't have a lot of upside in standard leagues, but it wouldn't be the end of the world if he came off the bench because his usage rate will be higher if the Blazers stagger his minutes with Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Tuesday, 9:55 pm
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