NBA Player News
|2/18/2017||Kristaps Porzingis, NY, F-C|
|Porzingis won the NBA All-Star Saturday night skills competition.
Analysis: Porzingis emerged from the big-men's division that included the Pelicans' Anthony Davis and Denver's Nikola Jokic. The three-round, obstacle-course competition tests dribbling, passing, agility and shooting skills.
|2/18/2017||Eric Gordon, Hou, SG|
|Gordon has dethroned Golden State splash brother Klay Thompson as the NBA All-Star 3-point contest champion.
Analysis: And he did it in New Orleans, where he played the previous five seasons before leaving last summer in free agency. Gordon's score of 21 in a final-round tie-breaker defeated Cleveland's Kyrie Irving, the 2013 winner who had 18. The pair had each finished with a score of 20 in the final round, meaning they each had to shoot 25 more balls to decide it. Thompson was stunningly eliminated in the first round.
|2/17/2017||Pau Gasol, SA, F-C|
|Gasol is the newest member of the National Basketball Players Association's executive committee.
Analysis: The six-time All-Star from Spain was elected on Friday, and starts his three-year term immediately. He replaces Steve Blake, who also had a three-year term and is not currently in the NBA.
|2/17/2017||Jamal Murray, Den, SG|
|Murray scored 36 points and the World squad beat the U.S. 150-141 on Friday night in the Rising Stars Challenge.
Analysis: Murray, a Canadian and Denver Nuggets rookie out of Kentucky, went 9 of 14 on 3-pointers and was voted the game's MVP.
|2/16/2017||Damian Lillard, Por, PG|
|Lillard finished with 13 on 3 of 19 shooting in Wednesday's 111-88 loss to the Jazz.
Analysis: Lillard has been in a big shooting slump as the Blazers have lost five of six to begin February, shooting 33.9 percent.
|2/16/2017||Jusuf Nurkic, Por, C|
|Nurkic had 13 points, seven rebounds and made all five field goals in his Blazers' debut, a 111-88 loss to the Jazz on Wednesday.
Analysis: The opportunity should be there for Nurkic to thrive on Portland's second unit, and he's off to a good start.
|2/16/2017||Devin Booker, Pho, SG|
|Booker scored 23 points to lead the Suns over the Los Angeles Lakers 137-101 on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Booker's shot has been returning to form in the new year. He's averaging 25.0 points and shooting 43.6 percent from 3-point range since Jan. 3.
|2/16/2017||Eric Bledsoe, Pho, G|
|Bledsoe had his third career triple-double, finishing with 25 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, to lead the Suns over the Los Angeles Lakers 137-101 on Wednesday night.
Analysis: It was the first triple-double for a Phoenix player since November 2015 and Bledsoe's first since he did it against Dallas on Dec. 23, 2014. He's quietly having a fantastic season for a lousy Suns team.
|2/16/2017||Lou Williams, LAL, G|
|Williams scored 21 points in 24 minutes off the bench in Tuesday's 137-101 loss to the Suns.
Analysis: Williams, who could be traded before next week's deadline, should be a bench boost regardless of where he's playing. He's scored at least 20 points 25 times this season, tops among NBA reserves.
|2/16/2017||Russell Westbrook, OKC, PG|
|Westbrook scored 38 points and had 14 rebounds and 12 assists, his 27th triple-double of the season, to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New York Knicks 116-105 on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Westbrook moved into sole possession of third place for the most triple-doubles in a season, behind Oscar Robertson's 41 in 1961-62 and Wilt Chamberlain's 31 in 1967-68. He now has 64 for his career.
|2/16/2017||Victor Oladipo, OKC, G|
|Oladipo scored 21 points in the Thunder's 116-105 win over the Knicks on Wednesday.
Analysis: Oladipo has been struggling with his shot lately, shooting just 40.6 percent and 25.5 percent from 3 over his last 10 games.
|2/16/2017||Derrick Rose, NY, PG|
|Rose scored 25 points in the Knicks' 116-105 loss to the Thunder on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Rose has been ultra efficient the last four games, shooting 57.9 percent.
|2/16/2017||Carmelo Anthony, NY, F|
|Anthony had 30 points for the Knicks after being selected to the All-Star Game as an injury replacement for Cleveland's Kevin Love earlier in the night, but New York fell 116-105 in Oklahoma City on Wednesday.
Analysis: Anthony has averaged 28.4 points and shot 54.1 percent over his last five games, but it's still a head-scratcher that he was chosen as an All-Star over the more deserving Bradley Beal.
|2/16/2017||J.J. Redick, LAC, SG|
|Redick had 15 points and made 5 of 8 3-pointers in the Clippers' win over the Hawks on Wednesday.
Analysis: Redick enjoyed the comforts of the Staples Center after going 7 of 30 from 3-point range during the Clippers' five-game road trip. He is hitting 45.8 percent of 3-pointers at home compared to 39 percent on the road.
|2/16/2017||Paul Millsap, Atl, F-C|
|Millsap was held to eight points - well under his team-leading average of 18.1 - in Wednesday's loss to the Clippers.
Analysis: Millsap made just 3 of 12 shots and was 7 of 24 from the field in his final two games before the All-Star break. He'll be playing in Sunday's game in New Orleans, with Atlanta's next game Friday, Feb. 24.
|2/16/2017||Kent Bazemore, Atl, G-F|
|Bazemore had two points, nine under his average, in Wednesday's loss to the Clippers.
Analysis: Bazemore missed all four of his field-goal attempts and was 2 of 11 from the floor in his final two games before the All-Star break.
|2/16/2017||Klay Thompson, GS, G-F|
|Thompson had a game-high 35 points, including 14 in the third-quarter spree, helping Golden State beat the Kings 109-86 on Wednesday.
Analysis: Thompson, who returned after missing Monday's loss with a sore right heel, made 12 of his 18 shots, including 7 of 12 3-point attempts, en route to his fifth 30-point game of the season. In his final four games heading into the All-Star break, Thompson is averaging 31.3 points on 59.2 percent shooting - including 26 of 44 from 3-point range.
|2/16/2017||Stephen Curry, GS, G|
|Curry had 13 points and nine assists in Wednesday's win over the Kings.
Analysis: Curry missed 10 of 14 shots and heads into the All-Star break on a bit of a cold spell, having gone 8 of 32 from the field in his last two games.
|2/16/2017||Matt Barnes, Sac, G-F|
|Barnes had 15 points and 14 rebounds in Wednesday's loss to the Warriors.
Analysis: Barnes has notched eight double-digit rebounding games this season, with five of them coming in his last nine contests.
|2/16/2017||Malachi Richardson, Sac, SG|
|Richardson injured his hamstring and will reportedly miss at least six weeks.
Analysis: Richardson doesn't have much fantasy value.
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