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Greg Monroe    F/C  Suns

 

 

Greg Monroe scored 17 points with 11 rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 30 minutes during his start against the Raptors on Wednesday. Tyson Chandler (personal) did not play tonight. The Suns are probably rooting for Monroe to play lights out because they want to trade him for anything. If the DNP pattern is any indication, Monroe is likely going to come off the bench against the Wolves on Saturday. He's really tough to own in a shallower league because he doesn't have much long-term upside.

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Dec 14 - 12:41 AM

T.J. Warren    F  Suns

 

 

T.J. Warren made 5-of-15 from the field for 17 points with three rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 25 minutes before fouling out against the Raptors on Wednesday. He got beat up a little during this game. Warren tweaked his left elbow and he also took a hit on the head, but he stayed in the game for both bumps. Warren hasn't taken off at all since Devin Booker (groin) went down, averaging just 18.6 points per game since the game Booker went down. He still could get hot as he goes against an improving defense in Minnesota on Saturday.

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Dec 14 - 12:38 AM

Kelly Olynyk    F/C  Heat

 

 

Kelly Olynyk made his fourth straight start at center on Wednesday, posting 10 points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes. It's still unclear when Hassan Whiteside (knee bruise) might get back on the court, with Erik Spoelstra saying before tonight's game that Whiteside has "no timetable." That gives Olynyk and Bam Adebayo (12 points, seven boards in 30 minutes) an indefinite window of increased minutes.

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Dec 14 - 12:34 AM

Josh Richardson    G/F  Heat

 

 

Josh Richardson hit 4-of-10 shots with three 3-pointers on Wednesday, scoring 11 points with two rebounds and two steals in 37 minutes. J-Rich came out firing with 11 points in the first quarter, tying his high for any quarter this season, but he put up a goose-egg the rest of the way. As frustrating as he's been to own, he's still holding mid-round value over the past five games thanks to efficient scoring and copious 3-pointers. The defensive stats will come eventually.

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Dec 14 - 12:33 AM

Dion Waiters    G  Heat

 

 

Dion Waiters needed 18 shots to score 17 points on Wednesday, making six of his attempts with three assists, two rebounds and a pair of 3-pointers in 38 minutes. Tyler Johnson (migraine) was out tonight, and Justise Winslow exited early with a knee injury, so the Heat wound up running a seven-man rotation most of the game. Waiters recently aggravated his hyperextended right elbow, which may have impacted his shooting tonight, but he continues to suit up and play heavy minutes. Backcourt partner Goran Dragic, who doesn't have a bad elbow to blame, added 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting tonight.

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Dec 14 - 12:33 AM

Jaylen Brown    G/F  Celtics

 

 

Jaylen Brown scored 26 points during a 124-118 win over the Nuggets on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, one assist, one block, two steals and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes. He ditched the goggles and he lit it up for his first 20-point game since Nov. 20. Brown had been fairly consistent this month, averaging 13.0 points, 4.6 boards, 1.6 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.4 treys in his previous December games, but this was his first strong showing. He still really needs to up his free throw shooting as he came into this game at just 59.4 percent, but Brown should be able to climb into the top 100 if he can get that fixed.

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Dec 14 - 12:33 AM

Wayne Ellington    G  Heat

 

 

Wayne Ellington drained 7-of-10 shots from downtown to finish Wednesday's home loss with 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting, four rebounds, two steals and one block in 32 minutes. Ellington was 5-of-5 from deep in the first quarter alone, as he continues to shine as a 3-point specialist. The 24 points were the most he's scored since joining the Heat, and his shooting display was even more impressive against a Blazers team that's limiting opponents to 35.0% shooting from downtown (sixth-lowest in the league). He won't stay this hot forever, but is worth deploying until he cools off.

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Dec 14 - 12:32 AM

James Johnson    F  Heat

 

 

James Johnson piled up 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in a losing effort vs. Portland on Wednesday. Miami led by 16 points halfway through the third quarter tonight, but they let one slip against a struggling Blazers team. Johnson has come to life over the past three games with averages of 12.7 points on 51.6% shooting, 6.7 boards, 4.7 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steals. He'll go through more cold spells this season, but this is why it pays to stay patient.

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Dec 14 - 12:31 AM

C.J. McCollum    G  Trail Blazers

 

 

The Blazers snapped a five-game losing streak in Miami on Wednesday, led by C.J. McCollum's 28 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals. C.J. sank 9-of-16 shots and 7-of-7 free throws in 41 minutes of action, and he's scorching the nets over Portland's past three games with combined 28-of-51 shooting (54.9 percent). He's dipped from last season in scoring (21.0 points), FG percentage (45.1%, down from 48.0%) and assists (2.7, down from 3.6), but that hasn't stopped him from returning top-40 value.

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Dec 14 - 12:30 AM

Ed Davis    F/C  Trail Blazers

 

 

Ed Davis stepped up on Wednesday, playing a season-high 26 minutes to finish with 11 points (4-of-6 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs), five rebounds and one steal. Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) was ruled out well in advance of this game, which usually indicates that more DNPs are coming, but we'll consider him questionable for games on Friday (at Orlando) and Saturday (at Charlotte). Davis earned more minutes because Meyers Leonard (illness) was also out and Portland needed to counter Bam Adebayo's inside presence, so don't read too much into tonight's playing time.

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Dec 14 - 12:29 AM