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Milos Teodosic    G  Clippers

 

 

In his second game back from a plantar fasciia injury, Milos Teodosic racked up eight points, six rebounds, six assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and one block in just 25 minutes. Teodosic hit a critical 3-pointer in his return on Monday, and the Clippers are now 2-0 since he got back. He missed 22 games with his injury and will need some time to regain his conditioning, but the early returns are promising. The lone caveat tonight was a 2-of-9 mark from the field -- he only attempted one shot within 19 feet, so that's not a big surprise. Make sure he's not sitting on your waiver wire.

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Dec 13 - 11:02 PM

Kenneth Faried    F/C  Nuggets

 

 

Kenneth Faried scored one point with 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 16 minutes off the bench against the Celtics on Wednesday. This could be his last chance for decent minutes because Nikola Jokic (ankle) was cleared for this game -- Jokic was held out, though. Faried was playing the vast majority of his minutes at center before the Jokic injury, so he's a fairly easy drop candidate after getting a DNP-CD on Tuesday.

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Dec 13 - 11:01 PM

Nikola Jokic    F/C  Nuggets

 

 

Nikola Jokic (ankle) did not play on Wednesday against the Celtics despite being cleared. Coach Mike Malone talked about his move to keep his star center out after the game. "I didn't think he was ready," Malone said. "[The training staff] might say he was ready but for myself and talking with him, it's not just is the ankle ready, it's is his head ready? And I didn't think he was ready to play tonight so I made that decision." OK then. Jokic will get Thursday off to get his head right before taking on the Pelicans on Friday. For now, we'd expect him to be a go.

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Dec 13 - 10:58 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu    SF  Trail Blazers

 

 

Aminu provided 15 points (5-10 FG, 5-8 3Pt) and 13 rebounds in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 102-95 win over the Heat. Aminu delivered his second double-double of the season while earning a season high minute total. This was the fourth time in 2017-18 that Aminu sunk five treys (and third in the last four tilts), and he has seen 30-plus minutes in seven of 14 appearances. While he remains an inconsistent offensive contributor overall, Aminu is a solid source of boards (7.4 per game) and threes (2.2 per on 48.4 percent) who receives plenty of playing time thanks to his defensive versatility.

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Dec 13 - 10:55 PM

Kyrie Irving    G  Celtics

 

 

Kyrie Irving scored 33 points with one rebound, seven assists, one steal, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Nuggets during a 124-118 win on Wednesday. That's a season high in scoring for the Celtics as they also surrendered their most points this season. A 30-point game is nothing special for Irving these days with seven of those in his last 13 games, after he had just one in his first 15 as a Celtic. As per usual, Irving was tremendous in the fourth with his nine points on just five used possession (four FGA, one turnover) and his two blocks also came in the fourth. Irving's 40.9 usage rate in the fourth is even more impressive when you consider he has a 59.6 TS% and he keeps his turnovers down. Apparently, coach Brad Stevens has a secret about making his point guards play amazing late in games.

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Dec 13 - 10:53 PM

Luc Mbah a Moute    PF  Rockets

 

 

Mbah a Moute has been ruled out for the remainder of Wednesday's game against the Hornets with a shoulder injury, Craig Ackerman of AT&T; SportsNet Southwest reports. Mbah a Moute landed awkwardly on his shoulder finishing at the rim in the second quarter and has been ruled out for the remainder of Wednesday's matchup. The severity of the injury at this time in unknown, so Mbah a Moute should be considered questionable for the Rockets matchup with the Spurs on Friday. If he is unable to go on Friday, P.J. Tucker could see an increased role. Mbah a Moute recorded two points and four rebounds over eight minutes prior to the injury.

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Dec 13 - 10:50 PM

Nikola Jokic    C  Nuggets

 

 

Coach Mike Malone said he didn't play Jokic (ankle) in Wednesday's loss to the Celtics because the coach "didn't think he was ready," Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports. While Jokic was cleared to return after missing six games with an ankle injury, Malone decided to play it safe with his star center and keep him sidelined for a seventh straight contest. "They might say he was ready, but for myself and talking with him, it's not just is the ankle ready, it's is his head ready?" the coach said after Wednesday's contest. "And I didn't think he was ready to play tonight so I made that decision." With the Nuggets' next game coming Friday, Jokic will have a day in-between to rest up before hopefully making his long-awaited return. His status should clear up closer to tipoff; Mason Plumlee and Kenneth Faried would lose some minutes if he does indeed return against the Pelicans.

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Dec 13 - 10:49 PM

Maurice Harkless    SF  Trail Blazers

 

 

Harkless had zero points (0-1 FG), two assists, one rebound, and one steal in nine minutes during Wednesday's 102-95 win over the Heat. Harkless returned from a two-game absence due to a calf injury. However, he has seen less than 10 minutes in three of his last four appearances. After scoring in double figures in three of the first six games of 2017-18, Harkless has failed to surpass eight points a single time since Oct. 28, and his role has diminished every month.

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Dec 13 - 10:46 PM

Nikola Vucevic    C  Magic

 

 

Vucevic scored 14 points (7-16 FG, 0-2 3PT) to go with 12 rebounds, three assists, four steals and two blocks across 31 minutes in Wednesday's 106-95 loss to the Clippers. Vucevic collected his fourth straight double-double with his 12 rebounds on Wednesday. In his last six games, the Orlando center is averaging an impressive 22.0 points to go along with 11.1 rebounds. Averaging 17.4 points and 9.3 rebounds for the season, Vucevic is turning into an all-around threat to light up the scoreboard and dominate the boards on a nightly basis.

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Dec 13 - 10:41 PM

Luc Mbah a Moute    F  Rockets

 

 

Luc Mbah a Moute went to the locker room in the second quarter on Wednesday. He was hanging on the rim and had an awkward landing. It looked like his knee may have hyperextended, but Mbah a Moute was also favoring his right arm as he went back to the locker room. Hopefully he'll OK, but we should get an update in the second half.

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Dec 13 - 10:40 PM