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  • C.J. McCollum gets a lot of run at PG
    C.J. McCollum made 7-of-13 from the field for 19 points with one rebound, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes during a 118-101 win over the Warriors.

    Advice: The Blazers really used him at point guard a lot tonight and even Damian Lillard was more of a shooting guard next to McCollum. The team also ran a lot of pick-and-roll with McCollum and they clearly have confidence in him growing into a go-to scorer and playmaker this year. He's a good bet to break out this year. Today, 10:15 pm
  • Allen Crabbe explodes for 25 points
    Allen Crabbe was hot on Thursday against the Warriors, scoring 25 points with one rebound, four assists, two steals and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He made his first five shots and finished making 9-of-12 from the field. Crabbe was outstanding at Summer League before suffering an ugly ankle injury and he has the inside track to make the team. He could get even more minutes if Gerald Henderson (hip) is not ready. Today, 10:11 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 30 points in 26 minutes
    Stephen Curry scored 30 points in just 26 minutes on Thursday, adding two rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and six 3-pointers on 6-of-14 from the field.

    Advice: He was 12-of-15 from the line to give him a usage rate of 36.1 usage rate. Obviously Curry is going to rack up the scoring numbers again this year and is the consensus No. 2 pick in standard leagues. Today, 10:09 pm
  • Julius Randle scores 17 points
    Julius Randle scored 17 points against the Raptors during a 105-97 loss on Thursday, adding five rebounds and three assists on 7-of-10 from the field.

    Advice: That's two great games in a row coming off his 16-point effort on Sunday. Randle is getting more involved in the offense and has created some space from the other Lakers bigs on offense. On the downside, he's not much of a shot blocker and will likely be sub-par from an efficiency standpoint compared to other starting power forwards, which makes him only worth a late round pick. Today, 10:06 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson starts at point guard
    Jordan Clarkson got the start at point guard on Thursday, scoring 11 points with four rebounds, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The team gave D'Angelo Russell (glute) the night off to give Clarkson more minutes at the one. Even though he won't have the ball in his hands as much as he did after the break last year, he's still worth a flier in the later rounds of drafts. Today, 10:02 pm
  • Larry Nance makes preseason debut
    Larry Nance played 11 minutes on Thursday with three points, five boards and one assist.

    Advice: It was his second game after dealing with back spasms earlier in training camp. Nance actually didn't even take a shot in that first game and he's clearly not part of the rotation to start this year. Today, 10:00 pm
  • Kyle Lowry returns, looks great in win
    Kyle Lowry returned from a one-game absence on Thursday, scoring 25 points with two rebounds, six assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He had a sore groin on Monday after his wonderful debut on Sunday with 26 points. The weight loss seems to be helping Lowry quite a bit, but we can't totally overreact to the preseason numbers. He's still worth a look near the turn of the second and third rounds of drafts. Today, 9:58 pm
  • Cauley-Stein gets 23 minutes in start
    Willie Cauley-Stein played 23 minutes in another start on Thursday, scoring four points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Kosta Koufos came off the bench, playing 24 minutes for four points, five boards and one block. The Kings are mixing it up with their rotation in the preseason to figure out which player fits better with Demarcus Cousins, who scored 17 points with 10 rebounds and four steals. Cauley-Stein still isn't quite worth drafting in standard leagues yet. Today, 9:54 pm
  • Kawhi scores 16 points vs. Kings
    Kawhi Leonard scored a team-high 16 points against the Kings on Thursday, adding five rebounds, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He looked great, especially in the isolation game on offense. Leonard figures to be highly involved in the offense even with their new additions. He's a strong target in the middle of the first round after he turned in No. 4 value after the break last year. Today, 9:51 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge has eight points in debut
    LaMarcus Aldridge scored eight points in 23 minutes against the Kings on Thursday, adding three rebounds, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: He didn't take any 3-pointers and only four of his 10 shots were from the mid-range. Aldridge should see more minutes at center and will be more involved in the offense more most nights. Still, he's not quite as attractive as some of the other power forwards going in the second round of drafts. Today, 9:48 pm
  • Mudiay has a bad shooting game
    Emmanuel Mudiay made just 2-of-11 from the field for six points with five rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and two turnovers.

    Advice: The good news on this line is the low turnovers, which was a problem during his first two games thanks to 7.5 per game. Mudiay is going to have to improve his shot selection or else he'll have more inefficient lines like this one, too. He's an OK target in the later rounds as long as you're not reaching for him too much. Today, 9:43 pm
  • Lauvergne has another great game
    Joffrey Lauvergne scored 18 points with eight rebounds, one steal and one turnover on 6-of-7 from the field.

    Advice: He's absolutely rolling this month, scoring 15.0 points per game in his previous two preseason outings. Jusuf Nurkic hasn't played yet, which has opened some extra run for Lauvergne. He's not much of a shot blocker and did make just 40.4 percent from the field last year, so he's still not a strong target in drafts just yet. Today, 9:39 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic gets 15 shots, scores 18
    Nikola Mirotic scored a team-high 18 points during a 112-94 loss to the Nuggets on Thursday, adding four rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's been heavily used in the offense during his two games, posting a usage rate of 30.6. The Bulls have also been running a lot with a pace of 104.6 during Mirotic's playing time, which is up from 95.1 last year. Mirotic is a popular target in the middle rounds. Today, 9:34 pm
  • Doug McDermott scores 15 off bench
    Doug McDermott scored 15 points on Thursday with four rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He looked good out there and the Bulls gave him a lot of off-ball screens to get him open. Tony Snell didn't have a great game with seven points on 2-of-10 shooting, so McBuckets could earn more playing time this month. He's not a target in standard leagues yet. Today, 9:31 pm
  • Smith, James, Mozgov will not play Thursday
    J.R. Smith (rest), LeBron James (rest) and Timofey Mozgov (rest) will not play in Thursday's preseason game vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Early preseason games + a matchup with the 76ers = rest days for starters. Move along, nothing to see here. Today, 2:47 pm
  • George Hill's sprained ankle not serious
    Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said that if Thursday night's preseason game vs. the Magic were a regular-season contest, George Hill (sprained right ankle) would be playing.

    Advice: The injury was never believed to be serious, and Hill's participation in portions of Wednesday's practice partnered with Vogel's quote drive home that point. Hill will be the Pacers' starting point guard, although he may not be able to return to last year's averages of 16.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.6 three-pointers per game with Monta Ellis and Paul George competing for touches on offense. Today, 2:42 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play Thursday
    Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play in Thursday's preseason game vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Erik Green (rest), Wilson Chandler (rest) and Jusuf Nurkic (knee) will join Arthur on the sidelines for Thursday's exhibition. The earlier the preseason, the more likely we are to see guys on the sidelines resting, so we wouldn't read much into any of this. Arthur and Green aren't worth drafting in almost any league, while Chandler and Nurkic make for nice late-round targets. Today, 11:54 am
  • Ed Davis committed to NBA grind
    Ed Davis said his work ethic has helped him deal with the grind of the NBA.

    Advice: Though Davis has played with three teams in five seasons, he says his mental toughness has helped him deal with the grind of the NBA. "I remember growing up, my dad used to text me all the time ‘You’ll never get better laying in bed.’" Davis said. "’You don’t want to get up today? Well, somebody else is getting better.’ That always stuck with me. So every day I got up and made sure to grind." Davis is set to come off the bench for the Trail Blazers, so he's nothing more than a deep-league flier in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 7:53 am
  • HC says Kevin Martin off bench is best
    Timberwolves head coach Sam Mitchell said having Kevin Martin come off the bench is best for the team.

    Advice: While Mitchell acknowledge Martin may not like it, he stressed that the veteran needs to accept his new sixth man role for the betterment of the team. "It’s not necessarily about earning, it’s about where you are as an organization and where you’re trying to go," Mitchell said. "I’m not saying Kevin has to accept it with a smile on his face, but it’s just where we are as an organization." Martin will still see enough minutes to provide value in standard fantasy leagues, so losing his starting job to Zach LaVine shouldn't knock him off draft boards. Today, 7:05 am
  • K.J. McDaniels stuffs stat sheet vs Mavericks
    K.J. McDaniels accumulated 13 points, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks in 26 minutes off Houston's bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: It must be noted that McDaniels also committed five fouls, and he did his damage vs. a Dallas second unit that featured Brandon Ashley, Jarrid Famous, Maurice Ndour and Jamil Wilson. He never played more than nine minutes in a game for Houston last year (in their season finale) and won't have fantasy value while Trevor Ariza and Corey Brewer are healthy. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
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