NBA News

Luc Mbah a Moute    PF  Rockets



Mbah a Moute will undergo an MRI on his right shoulder Thursday, Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle reports. Mbah a Moute exited Wednesday's game in the second quarter with a shoulder injury after landing awkwardly following a dunk attempt. He was immediately ruled out for the remainder of the game, and coach Mike D'Antoni said after the contest that he expects the 31-year-old to miss a little time, but hopefully not too much, according to Tim MacMahon of An exact timetable for his recovery should come into focus following Thursday's tests, though it sounds like he can at least be ruled out for the team's upcoming back-to-back set Friday and Saturday. In the meantime, look for Trevor Ariza, Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker to pick up extra minutes while Mbah a Moute is sidelined.

Fantasy Alarm

Dec 14 - 12:12 AM

DeMarcus Cousins    F/C  Pelicans



DeMarcus Cousins scored 26 points with 13 rebounds, seven assists, one block, nine turnovers and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday. While the turnovers are rough, Boogie is a stat beast and he continues to drop high dime totals as he's in the top 20 for that category for the entire league. Anthony Davis (hip) did return for this game, which is noteworthy on Cousins because he has a ridiculous 38.5 usage rate without AD compared to a 31.1 with him. Cousins has trended down a tad after his unreal start, but he's still a top-10 asset in standard leagues.


Dec 14 - 12:09 AM

Rajon Rondo    G  Pelicans



Rajon Rondo scored five points with three rebounds, three assists, three turnovers, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 18 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday. We saw Coach Rondo out there to help decide who closed. Coach Alvin Gentry said he tried to sub Rondo in late, but Rondo told Gentry to leave the group that was on the floor in the game because they were hot. Rondo has been very productive as the starter, he's making his shots and he's not going to the line, so his fantasy owners have to be pleased so far. Although, he may be close to peaking and Rondo not even going back in on his own accord is interesting.


Dec 14 - 12:02 AM

Dante Cunningham    F  Pelicans



Dante Cunningham scored eight points with four rebounds in 21 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday. With Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins in the lineup, Cunningham just doesn't do enough on the stat sheet to roster in fantasy for almost all leagues.


Dec 13 - 11:57 PM

Jameer Nelson    G  Pelicans



Jameer Nelson scored five points with seven rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes agains the Bucks on Wednesday. The Pelicans are having some success with their smaller guards to go with their two bigs. While Nelson has helped them win games, there's little incentive to owning him in fantasy while Rajon Rondo is active.


Dec 13 - 11:54 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo    G/F  Bucks



Giannis Antetokounmpo filled it up as per usual during a 115-108 loss to the Pelicans on Wednesday, scoring 32 points with nine rebounds, four assists, one block, one 3-pointer and five steals in 42 minutes. The steals move him up to No. 10 for total steals on the year and he holds his No. 10 spot for blocks, so he's obviously the only player in the top 10 for both. Antetokounmpo is fourth in total points thanks to his 33.3 usage rate, which hasn't dropped too much since Eric Bledsoe arrived. The Greek Freak shows no signs of slowing down and the Bucks being in the thick of the playoff race probably helps how many games he plays in April.


Dec 13 - 11:52 PM

Tim Frazier    G  Wizards



Tim Frazier headed back to the bench on Wednesday, where he went scoreless with two boards and two assists in five minutes. Frazier failed to distinguish himself as a fill-in starter for John Wall (knee), finishing 11 starts with averages of 5.4 points, 4.2 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 0.9 steals. That makes him less appealing as a handcuff option, and most owners should confidently cut him loose.


Dec 13 - 11:51 PM

Bradley Beal    G  Wizards



Bradley Beal made 6-of-14 shots to finish Wednesday's home victory with 18 points, seven dimes, four rebounds, three 3-pointers and one steal in 39 minutes. John Wall (knee) was back in action tonight, but he made a point of saying that he wanted Beal to stay aggressive offensively despite his return. Contrary to expectations, Beal saw his shot attempts plummet (from 33 shots on Tuesday) while his seven assists tied a season-high.


Dec 13 - 11:51 PM

John Wall    G  Wizards



John Wall (left knee) returned to action on Wednesday with 13 points, four assists, two steals, one rebound, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes of action. Wall is 2 1/2 weeks removed from platelet-rich plasma and viscosupplementation injections in his left knee, which were intended to reduce inflammation. He was limited to minutes in the "mid 20s" tonight, which we expect will steadily increase over the Wizards' next few games. Tim Frazier and Tomas Satoransky barely held value in deep leagues while Wall was out, and neither guy belongs on fantasy rosters now that he's back.


Dec 13 - 11:50 PM

Mike Scott    F  Wizards



Mike Scott made his first start of the season on Wednesday, posting 10 points, five rebounds, one block and a pair of 3-pointers in 27 minutes vs. the Grizzlies. Markieff Morris was a late scratch due to hip soreness, which bumped Scott up in the rotation. If Kieff misses more games, expect coach Scott Brooks to continue riding the hot hand -- Scott is a scorching 25-of-35 from the field (71.4%) over his past five games. Even so, his role is too unreliable to pick him up in most fantasy formats.


Dec 13 - 11:49 PM