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Wesley Iwundu    G  Magic

 

 

Wesley Iwundu earned the start on Wednesday, putting up six points on 3-of-8 shooting, three boards and two assists in 33 minutes of action. The Magic were badly depleted by injuries tonight, playing without Aaron Gordon (concussion), Evan Fournier (ankle), Terrence Ross (knee), Jonathan Isaac (ankle) and Arron Afflalo (back). Iwundu started out of necessity, in other words, and there are plenty of reasons for skepticism -- he came in shooting 30.8 percent from the field this season, and has a total of two blocks and zero steals in 116 minutes.

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Dec 13 - 11:10 PM

Nikola Vucevic    C  Magic

 

 

Nikola Vucevic chipped in 14 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, four steals and two blocks in 31 minutes vs. the Clippers on Wednesday. In the process, Vucevic passed Shaquille O'Neal for the second-most games with 10+ rebounds in Magic franchise history (229), trailing only Dwight Howard. Vuc shot 7-of-16 from the field tonight, without any 3-pointers, but his double-double and defensive stats should satisfy all but the most demanding fantasy owners.

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Dec 13 - 11:08 PM

Lou Williams    G  Clippers

 

 

Lou Williams poured in 31 points off the bench Wednesday, sinking 11-of-22 FGs and 6-of-8 FTs with eight assists, three rebounds, three 3-pointers and one steal. Sweet Lou's previous career-high vs. the Magic was 24 points, but he soared past that mark as the Clippers' go-to scorer tonight. Austin Rivers (concussion) exited this game early and has already been ruled out for Friday's game, so Williams will be even busier than usual vs. the Wizards. At age 31, in his 13th NBA season, Williams is putting up a career-high 19.6 points per game.

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Dec 13 - 11:06 PM

DeAndre Jordan    C  Clippers

 

 

DeAndre Jordan hauled in 20 rebounds vs. Orlando on Wednesday, adding 16 points on 8-of-13 shooting, three assists, two steals and two blocks. After some up-and-down times in November, DJ is cruising through six December games with averages of 14.2 points on 69.1% shooting, 17.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.5 blocks and 0.7 steals. That's been good enough for top-30 value, despite his lousy free-throw shooting, and the return of assist maestro Milos Teodosic can only help.

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Dec 13 - 11:06 PM

James Johnson    PF  Heat

 

 

Johnson supplied 10 points (5-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt), 10 rebounds, and eight assists in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 102-95 loss to the Trail Blazers. Johnson logged his second double-double of the season while handing out exactly eight dimes for the fourth time. The ninth-year power forward is contributing career-high averages in rebounding (5.3), assists (4.2), and three-point shooting percentage (34.3).

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Dec 13 - 11:05 PM

C.J. Williams    G  Clippers

 

 

C.J. Williams started the second half of Wednesday's game in place of Austin Rivers (concussion), finishing with three points, three rebounds and two steals in 22 minutes. Rivers exited Wednesday's game after being elbowed in the face, and the Clippers have already ruled him out for Friday's road game. The 27-year-old Williams doesn't have obvious fantasy appeal even if Rivers misses multiple games, however -- in two previous starts this season, he averaged 4.0 points and 1.0 assists in 12.0 minutes.

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Dec 13 - 11:05 PM

Jamil Wilson    F  Clippers

 

 

Jamil Wilson started and played 22 minutes vs. Orlando, scoring nine points on 3-of-4 shooting with two 3-pointers, three rebounds and one assist. Wilson started in place of Danilo Gallinari (left glute contusion), who was ruled out a day in advance. That suggests he could miss more time, with L.A.'s next games coming in a back-to-back set on Friday (at Washington) and Saturday (at Miami). If Gallo does miss one or both of those games, Wilson should once again start, but that's obviously no guarantee of fantasy relevance. There should be better streaming options on the wire.

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Dec 13 - 11:05 PM

Montrezl Harrell    F/C  Clippers

 

 

Montrezl Harrell (knee) had seven points, four rebounds and one assist in 12 minutes off the bench vs. Orlando on Wednesday. Harrell survived a scary moment in Monday's game, when he hyperextended his knee following a blocked shot, but fortunately he looked fine tonight. His ascension to the backup C job has resulted in a string of DNP-CDs for Willie Reed, a situation that's unlikely to change as long as Harrell brings energy and rebounding off the bench.

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Dec 13 - 11:04 PM

Sam Dekker    F  Clippers

 

 

Sam Dekker looked good in 26 minutes off the bench Wednesday, hitting 4-of-9 shots to score 12 points with four rebounds, two 3-pointers, one assist and one block. The Clippers notched their third straight victory despite a plethora of injuries, sparked by a solid bench effort led by red-hot Lou Williams (31 points). Dekker is now averaging 12.0 points and 4.5 boards in 26.5 minutes over the past two games, but even without Danilo Gallinari (glute) he's just a deep-league option.

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Dec 13 - 11:03 PM

Wes Johnson    G/F  Clippers

 

 

Wes Johnson started Wednesday's game but played only 14 minutes, scoring two points with two assists and one rebound. The second unit was huge for L.A. tonight, and Johnson wound up playing the third-fewest minutes out of 11 different Clippers who took the court -- only Montrezl Harrell (12 minutes) and Sindarius Thornwell (seven minutes) played less. Johnson did have a steal and a block tonight, which is the bedrock of his value, and he's still worth considering while Danilo Gallinari (glute) is out of commission.

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Dec 13 - 11:03 PM