Fantasy Basketball Daily News and Notes for Thursday, December 6

Sorry I missed you guys yesterday, but I’m back with this piece of advice for the Christmas season:  DO NOT plug Christmas lights into a non-GFI protected outlet using an extension cord in the rain, LOL.  Spent the day replacing three electrical outlets and a couple of strings of lights.  Not fun.  Here’s a look at the fantasy highlights from Wednesday night:


New York 100 @ Charlotte 98

Jason Kidd returned to action and was able to log 25 minutes, 7 points and 1 assist.  He somehow picked up 2 steals and 3 blocks.  He’s going to be a tough guy to depend on consistently with his age and injury history, but is useful when he does play.
Tyson Chandler with a big double-double, 18 points and 17 rebounds.
Raymond Felton seems to be playing fine after a recent injury, 17 points and 9 assists.
Carmelo Anthony suffered a cut to his left ring finger and needed six stitches, check his availability for tonight.

Jeffery Taylor another start and 39 minutes.  Not sure why he’s getting that much playing time with Gerald Henderson, Ramon Sessions and Ben Gordon all needing minutes.
Kemba Walker, 25 points and 11 assists.
Ben Gordon 3 of 5 from three, 17 points.
Gerald Henderson getting up to speed quickly, 18 points and 6 rebounds.  Check your wire to make sure he isn’t still out there.


Portland 92 @ Indiana 99

Nicolas Batum suffered a back injury, check his status for Saturday.
JJ Hickson bounced back nicely from a disaster in his last game, 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Damian Lillard 23 points and 6 assists.  The frontrunner for ROY.

Paul George is on fire, 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.  4 of 9 from three.
Roy Hibbert struggling, 3 of 13.
David West a double-double, 16 points and 10 rebounds on 8 of 10 shooting.


Minnesota 94 @ Boston 104

Kevin Love another double-double, 19 points and 13 rebounds.
Josh Howard continues to start at SF, 12 points and 3 steals.
Nikola Pekovic a solid line, 14 points and 9 rebounds.
Andrei Kirilenko still out with back problems.

Kevin Garnett a double-double in 27 minutes, 18 points and 10 assists.
Paul Pierce 1 of 6 from three, 18 points.
Brandon Bass with a good game, 12 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks.
Rajon Rondo starting a new assists streak, 11 more last night.
Leandro Barbosa out with the flu.


Golden State 104 @ Detroit 97

David Lee double-double, 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Stephen Curry a PG double-double 22 points and 10 assists.
Klay Thompson finally had a good game, 27 points on 9 of 13 shooting.
Draymond Green three blocks in 12 minutes.

Tayshaun Prince with a rare big offensive night, 24 points and 5 assists.
Greg Monroe was in foul trouble, 9 points and 5 rebounds.
Andre Drummond 31 minutes, 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Rodney Stuckey seems to be snapping out of his funk, 17 points and 9 assists.  Check your waiver wire to see if he’s out there.


Denver 104 @ Atlanta 108

Ty Lawson with a big game, 32 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
Kosta Koufos was out with the flu.
Andre Iguodala 2 of 10, 5 points.
Corey Brewer could start seeing more minutes if Iguodala slumps, 19 points on 8 of 15 shooting.
Kenneth Faried with an off game, 5 points and 8 rebounds.

Josh Smith double-double, 16 points and 13 assists.  His knee problems seem to be behind him.
Al Horford 25 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Kyle Korver was out with back spasms.
Devin Harris getting good run with Korver out, 31 minutes, 12 points and 5 assists.


Chicago 95 @ Cleveland 85

Rip Hamilton is out for the next couple of weeks with a foot injury.
Marco Belinelli got another start at SG, 40 minutes, 23 points.
Joakim Noah double-double, 13 points and 15 rebounds.
Carlos Boozer double-double, 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Nate Robinson only got 13 minutes.

Anderson Varejao just keeps rolling, 11 points and 15 rebounds.
Jeremy Pargo tough shooting night, 3 of 12 for 9 points.
Tyler Zeller, 4 of 12 for 10 points, 7 rebounds.  Check my recent waiver wire recommendation on Zeller HERE.


LA Lakers 103 @ New Orleans 87

Pau Gasol missed another game with knee tendonitis.
Antawn Jamison got the start for Gasol, 15 points and 4 rebounds.
Kobe 29 points, reaches 30,000 points.
Chris Duhon 10 assists in a start, 33 minutes.

Ryan Anderson 5 of 8 from three, 31 points.
Greivis Vasquez 9 more assists.
Austin Rivers 0 for 5.  Maybe he needs some D-League time.  Not sure how to get him going.
Anthony Davis is still at least a week away from playing.


Milwaukee 99 @ San Antonio 110

Larry Sanders with a start, but only 17 minutes because of foul trouble, 4 points and 7 rebounds.
Monta Ellis 21 points and 11 assists.
Ersan Ilyasova 30 minutes, 7 of 12 shooting for 17 points.
Brandon Jennings 5 of 15 for 14 points.

Tim Duncan double-double, 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Boris Diaw got the start at SF, 4 points and 4 rebounds.
Tony Parker 22 points, 10 assists, but 7 turnovers.
Gary Neal chipped in 22 points.


Orlando 81 @ Utah 87

Glen Davis double-double and it seems like he’s improving, 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Nikola Vucevic 16 rebounds.
Jameer Nelson suffered a minor head injury, he should be fine, 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
JJ Redick 0 for 5 from three, 14 points.

Marvin Williams returned from a concussion and logged 23 minutes.
Al Jefferson 31 points and 15 rebounds, but may have suffered some type of back injury.  Check it for his next start.
Gordon Hayward 0 for 6, 4 points.


Toronto 100 @  Sacramento 107

Kyle Lowry is fully recovered from his ankle problems, 34 points and 11 assists.
Mickael Pietrus 40 minutes and 21 points.  He’s going to be a hot waiver wire claim.
Andrea Bargnani 3 of 14, 0 for 5 from three.

Tyreke Evans returned from injury playing 34 minutes and posting 23 points.
Isaiah Thomas with a DNP.  Almost time to think about dropping him in redraft leagues.  Hang in there in keeper leagues.
Marcus Thornton 1 for 7 in 17 minutes of action.  The Kings are really causing fantasy headaches with their incompetent coaching and whimsical lineups.
DeMarcus Cousins with a solid 25 point, 13 rebound performance.


Dallas 90 @ LA Clippers 112

Jae Crowder still starting, but not doing much, 2 points and 1 rebound.
Derek Fisher with the start at PG, 27 minutes and 14 points.  Might be worth a look in deeper leagues.
Darren Collison’s confidence is gone, 5 turnovers in 18 minutes of court time.
Vince Carter with a decent line, 16 points and 7 rebounds.

Chauncey Billups missed the game with a sore foot.
Jamal Crawford with 20 points on 12 shots.
Chris Paul with 13 assists and 5 steals.
Blake Griffin double-double, 19 points and 13 rebounds.


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