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  • Marcus Morris drops 21 points with five treys
    Marcus Morris caught fire against the Lakers on Wednesday with 21 points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and five 3-pointers as the starting small forward.

    Advice: He owned the Lakers last season and got it going tonight in the blowout. In the post-game interview, Morris said he was practicing 200-300 attempts from beyond the arc per night, so it paid some immediate dividends. P.J. Tucker is still out for two more games, so fantasy owners should consider Marcus a near must-start option until further notice.
    Today, 12:31 am
  • Josh Smith fills the stat sheet in loss
    Josh Smith made 9-of-22 from the field and 7-of-11 from the line for 25 points against the Nuggets on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in 36 minutes.

    Advice: The move to power forward looks like a winner, but this is still a very inefficient line. Smith was still 0-of-3 from beyond the arc, so those attempts aren't going to completely go away. Smith should have one more big opportunity with Greg Monroe being suspended for Thursday against the Wolves.
    Yesterday, 11:56 pm
  • Kyle Singler scores eight points as starter
    Kyle Singler played 30 minutes in the starting lineup against the Nuggets on Wednesday with eight points, two rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He should get some run in the starting lineup and should have another chance for a decent usage with Greg Monroe sidelined for another game. Singler is more of a low-upside, safe guy to use in deeper leagues.
    Yesterday, 11:34 pm
  • Steven Adams quiet in start for OKC
    Steven Adams started and played 27 minutes, but finished with just eight points, seven rebounds, two steals and no blocks on 3-of-4 shooting Wednesday.

    Advice: Kendrick Perkins played 21 minutes and had four points, eight rebounds, a steal and a block off the bench, but Adams is still the guy you want to own here. He should be better than this on most nights, at least in theory.
    Yesterday, 11:16 pm
  • Serge Ibaka goes for 10-8-4 in loss
    Serge Ibaka had 10 points, eight rebounds and four blocks on 4-of-11 shooting Wednesday, and also hit a 3-pointer.

    Advice: You drafted him for boards and blocks, and while he wasn't a monster tonight, he was effective. He should have a big year for the shorthanded Thunder.
    Yesterday, 11:12 pm
  • Darren Collison goes for 13 & 8 in loss
    Darren Collison hit just 4-of-12 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, four rebounds, eight assists, five steals and a block in Wednesday's opening loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Throw out the poor shooting and Collison posted quite a line tonight. He's locked and loaded as the starting point guard in Sacramento and won't have Isaiah Thomas to deal with. He should be an effective fantasy point guard all year, barring any trades.
    Yesterday, 11:11 pm
  • Andre Iguodala awful in opening win
    Andre Iguodala came off the bench in Wednesday's opener and hit just 1-of-6 shots for two points, three rebounds, two assists and three steals in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He was 0-for-4 from downtown and 0-of-2 from the free throw line, which has become commonplace over the last few seasons. He'll be better than this on most nights and had a nice preseason, but we'd like him better if he were starting over Harrison Barnes.
    Yesterday, 11:03 pm
  • Shaun Livingston plays four minutes
    Shaun Livingston played four minutes on Wednesday, despite being listed as doubtful due to a toe injury.

    Advice: He didn't score and will have a tough time making much noise playing behind studs like Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. But he could break loose on nights when the Warriors are up big.
    Yesterday, 11:01 pm
  • Arron Afflalo plays 40 minutes on Wednesday
    Arron Afflalo played 40 minutes in the starting lineup against the Pistons on Wednesday with 15 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's getting a ton of run at shooting guard and has clearly the preferred option over Randy Foye. Afflalo will likely be scoring in the teens with multiple treys along the way, so he should be in just about all lineups right now.
    Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • Pau Gasol notches 21 & 11 in easy win vs. NYK
    Pau Gasol double-doubled in his Bulls debut with 21 points and 11 rebounds in 29 minutes, as Chicago cruised to an easy win vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Gasol made 7-of-11 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs, but failed to record any assists, steals or blocks. He served a predictably big role in the Bulls' offense, attempting more shots than any other starter, which is a key for his fantasy value. Owners who snagged him in the middle rounds should feel great about the decision.
    Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich scores 12 pts as fill-in starter
    Kirk Hinrich scored 12 points with three 3-pointers, one rebound and one steal in 24 minutes on Wednesday, while filling in at SG in place of Jimmy Butler (thumb).

    Advice: Hinrich hit 4-of-10 field goals and his temporary starting gig doesn't do much for his fantasy value. As a starter in 61 games last year without Derrick Rose, for instance, he averaged a thoroughly mediocre 9.4 points on 39.2 percent shooting, 1.2 threes, 2.7 boards, 3.9 assists and 1.2 steals.
    Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Rudy Gobert plays 20 minutes in season debut
    Rudy Gobert played 20 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday with one point, three rebounds, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: He didn't look too lost out there and set up shop around the rim. Gobert is going to have a lot of quiet nights like this one to start the season, so he's more of a stash player than someone fantasy owners should be counting on right now.
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Mo Williams scores 18 off MIN bench
    Mo Williams hit 6-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for 18 points, four assists and a steal in Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: He's backing up Ricky Rubio and played very well tonight. He also looked good in the preseason, and could be someone owners in deep leagues, and in need of a point guard, should think about adding.
    Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Anthony Bennett plays just 14 minutes
    Anthony Bennett played just 14 minutes and hit 4-of-8 shots for nine points, three rebounds and one assist on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rookie Andrew Wiggins and Gorgui Dieng both played just 19 minutes, and it's possible Flip Saunders is going to cage the kids on his team. Then again, the Wolves had a chance to win this game, so we'll have to keep a close eye on how the minutes look in the next one.
    Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Derrick Favors drops huge line against HOU
    Derrick Favors (knee) stuffed the stat sheet against the Rockets on Wednesday with 16 points, seven rebounds, two assists, three steals and four blocks in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He shot 7-of-10 from the field and 2-of-3 from the line, as well. Favors had more plays drawn up for him in coach Quin Snyder's offense and all the pre-season hype seems to be for good reason. Excluding some free throw shooting issues, Favors is going to be awesome this season.
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Shawne Williams struggles in start
    Shawne Williams started at power forward and played 32 minutes, but hit just 1-of-9 shots for three points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was 0-for-6 from downtown, but if he continues to start at PF for the Heat, he's worth keeping a close eye on in fantasy leagues, at least until Josh McRoberts is back in action.
    Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (hamstring) doesn't return
    Patrick Beverley (hamstring) did not return due to a strained hamstring against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: He would not answer questions following the game and he is likely going to be questionable for Saturday. Beverley doesn't have any chronic hamstring issues, but we'll keep you posted if he gets an MRI. He finished with seven points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes. If he misses time, Isaiah Canaan will likely start.
    Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Drew Gooden great in spot start
    Drew Gooden started in place of Nene (suspended) and hit 8-of-11 shots and a 3-pointer for 18 points, five rebounds and an assist on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gooden was great and you should pat yourself on the back if you gave him a spot start tonight. Kevin Seraphin played well in the preseason, but did nothing in limited minutes. Nene will be back for the next one, so Gooden shouldn't be nearly this good next time out.
    Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Kyle Lowry double-doubles, shoots poorly
    Kyle Lowry hit just 3-of-11 shots and missed all three of his 3-point attempts on Wednesday, but still finished with 11 points, six rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and a block in a win over the Hawks.

    Advice: Lowry is poised for a big season and would have had a much better line had he made some shots. This might be a good buy-low opportunity on the point guard.
    Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Terrence Ross does a little of everything
    Terrence Ross had 13 points and three 3-pointers on 5-of-11 shooting Wednesday, and added three rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in a start at SF.

    Advice: Ross' scoring will likely be inconsistent this season, but if he's doing the dirty work as he did tonight, he'll be worth owning in all leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:02 pm
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