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Norman Powell    G/F  Raptors

 

 

Normal Powell did not score with one rebound, one steal and two turnovers in 10 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday. So much for stepping up while Delon Wright (shoulder) went down. Powell is ice cold and OG Anunoby continues to play strong defense, so it's just not there for him right now.

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Dec 14 - 12:57 AM

Troy Daniels    G  Suns

 

 

Troy Daniels scored a career-high 32 points with three rebounds, one block and seven 3-pointers during a 115-109 loss to the Raptors on Wednesday. The Suns played yet another close game as their bench closed the gap, but the Suns are tied with the Hawks with their 21 losses -- the Suns have played an NBA-high 30 games along with the Celtics. As for Daniels, he tied his season high with seven treys to join Wesley Person as the only Suns players with multiple seven-plus trey games off the bench in a season. Daniels may be earning more late minutes while the Suns are trailing because Josh Jackson has some serious work to do. If you're hunting treys, Daniels may help you there, but he won't do much else.

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Dec 14 - 12:55 AM

Marquese Chriss    F  Suns

 

 

Marquese Chriss scored two points with three rebounds and four fouls in 18 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday. And he's cold again. Chriss was really starting to keep his fouls in check this month, averaging just 1.7 per game with averages of 7.2 points, 4.3 boards, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.7 blocks and 0.5 treys in 21.2 minutes. We're still calling him more of a stash these days and hopefully he can avoid another prolonged slump. A impatient fantasy owners may want to look elsewhere.

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Dec 14 - 12:48 AM

Bobby Portis    F  Bulls

 

 

Bobby Portis notched nine points, eight rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes off the Bulls' bench on Wednesday. Nikola Mirotic's recent return has hampered Portis, but he got a reprieve tonight with Lauri Markkanen (back) missing another game. For what it's worth, coach Fred Hoiberg sounds all-in on the unlikely pairing of Mirotic and Portis. "I love the chemistry," Hoiberg said. "It gives us two front-line guys out there on the floor. We'll continue to put that lineup on the floor." Once Markkanen is healthy, however, there might not be enough minutes for Portis to help standard-league owners.

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Dec 14 - 12:47 AM

Nikola Mirotic    F  Bulls

 

 

Nikola Mirotic made another fill-in start during Wednesday's win vs. the Jazz, erupting for a team-high 29 points on 11-of-18 shooting with nine boards, three 3-pointers and two steals. The Bulls are 4-0 since Mirotic returned on Dec. 8 and they no longer have the worst record in the NBA (that would be the Hawks). He logged 35 minutes tonight, the result of another late scratch for Lauri Markkanen (back). The Bulls' prized rookie was a game-time decision tonight, so this could be his final DNP, but owners should keep an eye on him heading into Friday's game in Milwaukee. If he sits out again, Mirotic should be poised for another big game.

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Dec 14 - 12:46 AM

David Nwaba    G/F  Bulls

 

 

David Nwaba came off Chicago's bench for three points, eight rebounds and one assist during Wednesday's home win vs. the Jazz. Nwaba suggested recently that he's not pining for a starting job with the Bulls. "I like coming off the bench to bring energy ... I take pride in that," he said. "I don't have the most confidence in my shot. I do have the confidence to get to the basket ... I know I can create a lot of plays." He had just one assist tonight, with a usage rate in the single-digits, but he's still clinging to low-end value over the past few weeks.

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Dec 14 - 12:45 AM

Alex Len    C  Suns

 

 

Alex Len blocked five shots with nine points, six rebounds, three assists and one steal in 18 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday. His blocks were just one off his career high and he's improved more in that area lately. Good game aside, Len is likely looking at a game off against the Wolves on Saturday. He's still worth owning in most leagues because his value would go up if the Suns were to trade Greg Monroe.

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Dec 14 - 12:44 AM

Kris Dunn    G  Bulls

 

 

Kris Dunn went 6-of-18 from the field to finish Wednesday's 103-100 home victory with 13 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, four steals and two turnovers in 34 minutes. Dunn credited his team's recent success to improved chemistry. "Guys are starting to learn how each other plays," he said. "I think we’re feeding off each other. We’re playing with more toughness and more grit." Head coach Fred Hoiberg praised Dunn for staying aggressive offensively down the stretch, despite some tough missed shots, and he's put a stranglehold on the starting PG job.

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Dec 14 - 12:44 AM

Robin Lopez    C  Bulls

 

 

The Bulls extended their win streak to four games on Wednesday, aided by Robin Lopez's 16 points, five assists, four rebounds and three blocks in 36 minutes. The assists were a season-high and the blocks tied a season-high -- the only downside is that Lopez shot 8-of-20 from the field tonight. His rebounds have been disappointing for a starting center, at 5.6 per game, but he's contributing just enough with blocks (0.8) and solid percentages (52.6% FGs, 75.5% FTs) to be worth holding in typical leagues.

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Dec 14 - 12:43 AM

Chris Paul    PG  Rockets

 

 

Paul posted 31 points (10-18 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 6-6 FT), 11 assists, nine rebounds, four blocked shots and a steal in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 108-96 win over the Hornets. Paul has hit season-high totals in two consecutive games, and after James Harden decimated the Pelicans on Monday, it was Paul's turn to lead the charge on Wednesday. He drilled five threes out of nine attempts and blocked a season-high four blocked shots. Harden and Paul certainly have the Houston offense humming and Paul looks 100 percent and ready to return to elite status.

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Dec 14 - 12:43 AM