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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

Al-Farouq Aminu    F  Trail Blazers

 

 

Al-Farouq Aminu recorded his second double-double of the season on Wednesday with 15 points and 13 rebounds in 37 minutes of action. Aminu hit 5-of-10 shots with all of his makes coming from downtown, and he's now made 15 triples in the Blazers' past four games. High-volume perimeter shooting, combined with Aminu's knack for rebounds and defensive stats, makes him a solid addition to most fantasy rosters.

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Dec 14 - 12:29 AM

Damian Lillard    G  Trail Blazers

 

 

Damian Lillard made 5-of-14 FGs and 7-of-7 FTs to score 18 points on Wednesday, adding six assists, three rebounds and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes. Dame did appear to tweak his right foot/ankle tonight, which was already "a little sore" before he dropped 39 points vs. the Warriors on Monday. He's no stranger to playing hurt and has yet to miss a game this season, but we'll keep an eye on him for Friday's game in Orlando. Barring a pessimistic update, though, he belongs in every active lineup.

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Dec 14 - 12:28 AM

Moe Harkless    G/F  Trail Blazers

 

 

Moe Harkless (quad) returned to action on Wednesday but played only nine minutes, going scoreless with two assists, one rebound and one steal. Harkless missed the past two games, but even before the injury his role was barely worth monitoring -- he averaged 7.7 minutes in his previous three games. He hasn't scored double-digit points in a game since Oct. 28 and there's no reason to own him anywhere while guys like Al-Farouq Aminu, Evan Turner and Pat Connaughton are all healthy.

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Dec 14 - 12:27 AM

Shabazz Napier    G  Trail Blazers

 

 

Shabazz Napier was back in the Blazers' rotation on Wednesday, scoring nine points on 4-of-7 shooting with three steals, one rebound, one assist and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes. Napier was coming off two straight DNP-CDs, and lately it's been Pat Connaughton (10 minutes) earning playing time when the Blazers go with smaller lineups. This has all the hallmarks of a matchup-specific move by coach Terry Stotts, making Napier impossible to trust while the Blazers' starting backcourt is healthy.

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Dec 14 - 12:27 AM

Meyers Leonard    F/C  Trail Blazers

 

 

Meyers Leonard (illness) didn't play vs. Miami on Wednesday. Leonard said that he was available in case of "emergency," but didn't feel capable of playing a big role due to the illness, which left him dehydrated and exhausted. We'll consider him questionable for consecutive games this weekend vs. the Magic (Friday) and Hornets (Saturday).

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Dec 14 - 12:26 AM

Zach Collins    F/C  Trail Blazers

 

 

Zach Collins earned his first NBA start on Wednesday and finished with nine points (4-of-9 FGs, 1-of-4 FTs), three rebounds and one block in 21 minutes Jusuf Nurkic (ankle) was out tonight, while Meyers Leonard (illness) never left the bench, so coach Terry Stotts put his trust in the Blazers' lottery pick. This is the fourth time all season that Collins has logged double-digit minutes, and his role will likely evaporate once Nurkic is healthy, so this is just something to file away in deep leagues.

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Dec 14 - 12:26 AM

E'Twaun Moore    G  Pelicans

 

 

E'Twaun Moore scored 21 points with five rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday. He just can't be stopped right now and it's unusual to see he's made 21 two-point shots compared to 12 triples over his last four games. Moore isn't just taking treys these days, but he's getting plenty of easy looks thanks to all the attention DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis get. He's worth owning in standard leagues until he cools off, which he almost certainly will at some point.

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Dec 14 - 12:22 AM

Anthony Davis    F/C  Pelicans

 

 

Anthony Davis scored 25 points during a 115-108 win over the Bucks on Wednesday with 10 rebounds, two assists and four blocks in 36 minutes. He and DeMarcus Cousins put up a pair of 20-10 lines for the first time this month. Coach Alvin Gentry doesn't really like to limit AD when he's active with this game and a 40-minute effort against the 76ers on Sunday, but AD did not play on Monday. For now, Davis looks like he's healthy as he keeps his fantasy owners on pins and needles most nights.

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Dec 14 - 12:18 AM

Luc Mbah a Moute    F  Rockets

 

 

Luc Mbah a Moute (right shoulder) is expected to miss a week or two and will get an MRI, according to coach Mike D'Antoni. The stretcher came out for Mbah a Moute, but he was able to walk to the locker room under his own power. Mbah a Moute has been awesome in the second unit, so the Rockets will have to lean more on Ryan Anderson, P.J. Tucker and maybe even Nene because LMAM does get center minutes.

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Dec 14 - 12:14 AM