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Stephen Curry w/ NBA season-high seven steals 12-08-2016
Stephen Curry G GS
Stephen Curry racked up an NBA season-high seven steals vs. the Clippers on Wednesday, adding 19 points, six assists and four rebounds in 33 minutes.

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The steals tied Curry's personal career-high and the only caveat is that he went 0-of-8 from downtown tonight. Curiously, he has made at least one 3-pointer in 172 of his past 174 games, with both of his blanks coming in road games at Staples Center this season (one each vs. the Lakers and Clippers). Historical footnotes are often all that's left to discuss about Curry, who puts on a brilliant show every time he takes the court.
Klay Thompson scores 24 points vs. Clippers 12-08-2016
Klay Thompson G GS
Klay Thompson finished Wednesday's easy win vs. the Clippers with 24 points on 8-of-18 shooting with three 3-pointers, four boards and three assists. Klay scored a career-high 60 points on Monday, in just three quarters, but the Warriors didn't need his theatrics tonight. The Warriors starters outscored their Clippers counterparts 85-41 tonight, with their defense holding the Clippers to 39.6 percent shooting. They'll face an interesting test on Thursday, facing the Jazz in Utah on the second half of a back-to-back set.
Kevin Durant goes 5-of-17, still fills it up 12-08-2016
Kevin Durant F GS
Kevin Durant shot just 5-of-17 from the field on Wednesday, but he still finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and zero turnovers. It was KD's worst shooting night with the Warriors, dropping his pristine True Shooting percentage (66.7) to second place behind Rudy Gobert (67.8). Keep in mind, Steve Kerr said the before the game that he'll "probably" rest some players during their busy five-game week. They play again on Thursday, followed by a back-to-back set on Saturday/Sunday, and it's likely that Kerr will stagger DNPs among his core rotation guys. Stay tuned.
Draymond Green hits 8-of-10 shots, scores 22 12-08-2016
Draymond Green F GS
Draymond Green was terrific at both ends of the court on Wednesday, hitting 8-of-10 shots with three 3-pointers to score 22 points in a 115-98 win vs. the Clippers. Green added five rebounds, four assists, two steals and just one turnover in 32 minutes of action, rounding out another subtly brilliant fantasy line. The victory moves the Warriors' record to 19-3, one full game ahead of the Spurs and 3.5 games up on the No. 3 seed Clippers.
J.J. Redick is a ghost in lopsided home loss 12-08-2016
J.J. Redick G LAC
J.J. Redick was invisible vs. the Warriors, scoring two points on 1-of-4 shooting with one steal and zero rebounds, assists, blocks or 3-pointers. The Warriors' offensive fireworks tend to overshadow their defense, but they clamped down on the Clippers tonight and nobody had it worse than Redick. He couldn't get open on his usual curls and off screen plays, and the end result is a completely vacant fantasy line. Occasional duds are to be expected and he's still a hold -- he was posting top-100 value in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues before tonight.
Blake Griffin shoots 5-of-20 in loss to GSW 12-08-2016
Blake Griffin F LAC
Blake Griffin had a rough night on Wednesday, going just 5-of-20 from the field for 12 points with nine boards, two assists, one steal and a season-high seven turnovers. Blake took some tough shots tonight, but all credit is due to Draymond Green and the Warriors' defense. He finished 3-of-13 on shots outside of nine feet, and was hardly better within five feet of the rim at just 2-of-7. The Clippers are slumping lately but they'll get a prime opportunity to bounce back vs. the visiting Pelicans on Saturday.
Jamal Crawford scores 21 pts in losing effort 12-08-2016
Jamal Crawford G LAC
Jamal Crawford was a bright spot for the Clippers during Wednesday's lopsided home loss, as he came off the bench for 21 points (7-of-16 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) with three 3-pointers and four assists. Crawford led a few short-lived charges to cut into the Warriors' lead, but it was never enough. After a slow start to the season, J-Craw has slipped into his typical sixth-man role with nine straight games in double-digit scoring. As his fantasy owners are aware, points, 3-pointers and a dash of assists are about the extent of his value.
Paul George scores 25 points vs. Suns 12-08-2016
Paul George F IND
Paul George scored 25 points during a 109-94 win over the Suns on Wednesday, adding 13 rebounds, one assist, three steals and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

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The Pacers were really attacking during this game for a season-high 41 attempts from the line. George himself made 8-of-10 and after the game he said he wanted to put pressure on the refs to make the calls. He also had an interesting comment on the heels of a blowout loss with Klay Thompson's 60 points. "We're the opposite of the Warriors. We got drivers," George said on the Suns TV broadcast. Now that George is back and healthy, expect him to fill up the box score.
Jeff Teague double-doubles vs. Suns 12-08-2016
Jeff Teague G IND
Jeff Teague scored 19 points with five rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday. The was his first productive game since Paul George returned to the lineup on Sunday. Teague thrived without George on the year and probably won't be as good now that he's back. On the year, Teague's usage rate is 30.0 higher without George while his efficiency is up 7.6 true shooting percentage points, as well. Still, he should flirt with top-50 value going forward.
Myles Turner hits three 3-pointers 12-08-2016
Myles Turner F IND
Myles Turner made a career-high three 3-pointers against the Suns on Wednesday, finishing with 20 points, four rebounds, one steal and two blocks. He's never made more than one 3-pointer in any game in his career, so this output was a surprise. On the other side of things, Turner has been very consistent with his blocks with at least one in all but three games. Turner is tied with Giannis Antetokounmpo for fourth in the NBA on blocks per game and he's actually been solid for fantasy owners in both free throw and field goal percentage. He's posted top-30 value in standard leagues on the year.
Eric Bledsoe scores 15 points in 29 minutes 12-08-2016
Eric Bledsoe G PHO
Eric Bledsoe made 5-of-13 from the field for 15 points with three rebounds, four assists, three steals, one block and four turnovers during a 109-94 loss to the Pacers on Wednesday. There is some talk of Bledsoe improving on his jumper, but he hasn't made any shots outside of the paint in his last two games. On the positive side, he did make all five at the charity stripe to get him to a career-high 81.5 percent from the line with his career-high 5.6 attempts. He hasn't quite been up to par on the year, but he just needs to stay healthy.
Alex Len fouls out yet again 12-08-2016
Alex Len C PHO
Alex Len fouled out in 16 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday with nine points, two rebounds and two blocks. That's two foul outs in a row for Len. The Suns are playing Tyson Chandler more than expected, which has caused Len's playing time to slide to 18.0 minutes per game over his last three. He could still have some value for his 1.5 blocks per game on the year and solid percentages, but Len is trending down a bit.
Kyle O'Quinn solid in just 21 minutes vs. CLE 12-08-2016
Kyle O'Quinn F NY
Kyle O'Quinn came off the bench on Wednesday for 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting with seven boards and three assists in just 21 minutes. In the past four games, including one start for injured Joakim Noah, O'Quinn is averaging 11.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 assists, while hitting 22-of-31 field goals. His minutes are on the rise, which isn't a surprise given how poorly Noah (five points in 15 minutes) has played this season. There are never any guarantees with KOQ, but he's worth a speculative add if you need a big man.
Tyson Chandler getting some heavy run 12-08-2016
Tyson Chandler C PHO
Tyson Chandler played 32 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday with 10 points with 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals. After his 11-minute return to the lineup on Nov. 25, the Suns are playing Chandler quite a bit. In those five, he averaged 7.6 points, 9.6 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.6 blocks and 1.2 steals in 28.6 minutes. Chandler also is now up to 70.5 percent from the field on the year, which would lead the NBA but Chandler doesn't qualify. He's probably worth owning in most leagues right now.
Carmelo Anthony quiet in 24 minutes Wednesday 12-08-2016
Carmelo Anthony F NY
Carmelo Anthony played just 24 minutes vs. Cleveland, finishing Wednesday's home loss with eight points on 4-of-9 shooting, four rebounds, two assists and one block. Melo checked out with his team trailing by 28 points late in the third quarter, and he played just two minutes to begin the fourth before the Knicks threw in the towel. He's looked good all season, averaging 23.0 points, 8.0 boards, 2.5 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.0 threes, with a healthy 29.3 percent usage, and at least he'll be rested vs. Sacramento on Friday.
Brandon Jennings starts w/ Rose (back) out 12-08-2016
Brandon Jennings G NY
Brandon Jennings started in place of Derrick Rose (sore lower back) on Wednesday, posting 16 points, four rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes. This was Rose's first DNP of the season and it's unclear how long he'll be sidelined, though an MRI came back clean and he's listed as day-to-day. Jennings can be found on most 12-team waiver wires, so owners in need of a cheap PG should keep him in mind for temporary value.
Kristaps Porzingis struggling with his shot 12-08-2016
Kristaps Porzingis F NY
Kristaps Porzingis had another rough shooting night on Wednesday, going 5-of-15 from the field for 12 points with three rebounds, two blocks and two 3-pointers. KP is now just 19-of-60 in his past four games (31.7 percent), but it's not a total loss for fantasy owners -- he's still averaging 13.0 points, 1.3 triples, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in that span. This might be the closest thing to a 'buy low' window we've seen all season, even though it's just a temporary lull.
Iman Shumpert has season-high four 3-pointers 12-08-2016
Iman Shumpert G CLE
Iman Shumpert sank a season-high four 3-pointers vs. the Knicks on Wednesday, finishing with 14 points, six rebounds and two steals in 23 minutes. Shump hit 4-of-8 shots overall, taking advantage of an expanded role with J.R. Smith (knee) out of commission tonight. His real-world value doesn't translate very well to fantasy, and he's just a borderline 14-team option while Smith is day-to-day and the Cavs are healthy.
Tristan Thompson grabs season-high 20 boards 12-08-2016
Tristan Thompson C CLE
Tristan Thompson scored three points on Wednesday, going 0-of-5 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, but he also secured a season-high 20 rebounds in 34 minutes of action. Thompson added two steals, one block, one assist and zero turnovers, and his work on the glass was instrumental in the Cavs' 126-94 victory. Although he'll never offer much upside, Thompson remains a rock-steady source of boards, blocks and FG percentages. As a bonus for 9-cat owners, he turns the ball over just 0.5 times per game.
LeBron James scores 25 pts, Cavs rout Knicks 12-08-2016
LeBron James F CLE
LeBron James made a statement vs. the Knicks on Wednesday, racking up 25 points (7-of-10 FGs, 10-of-14 FTs) with seven assists, six rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one 3-pointer.
James relishes playing in Madison Square Garden, where his career 28.5 points per game rank third all-time behind Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. He had extra juice tonight due to a simmering feud with Phil Jackson, whom LBJ proceeded to stare down while leading his team to a commanding early lead. Follow the link for one of his many vicious dunks tonight.
Kyrie Irving scores 28, Kevin Love scores 21 12-08-2016
Kyrie Irving G CLE
Kyrie Irving made 9-of-17 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws en route to 28 points on Wednesday, adding four 3-pointers, six assists and two rebounds in 30 minutes. The Knicks were giving up a ridiculous 50.6 points in the paint over their past five games, highest in the NBA, but the Cavs did most of their damage from long range tonight -- they shot a stunning 22-of-40 as a team (55.0 percent). Kevin Love added four triples as part of his 21-point evening, James Jones scored nine points on 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, and the Cavs rolled to an easy 126-94 victory.
Dragan Bender doesn't score 12-08-2016
Dragan Bender did not score in 11 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday, adding three rebounds and one steal.

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The Suns continue to give Bender a look in the rotation. He's played in seven games in a row, but he's still been very quiet on the stat sheet with 3.2 points per game on the year. Before the game, coach Earl Watson said Bender has gained eight pounds of muscle since the start of the year, so we have our first in-season muscle watch in a while. Bender has very little value.
DeAndre Liggins starts w/ J.R. Smith out 12-08-2016
DeAndre Liggins G CLE
DeAndre Liggins started Wednesday's road win in New York, which he finished with six points, two 3-pointers, two boards, two assists and one steal in 21 minutes. J.R. Smith (knee) was out due to a knee injury he sustained on Monday, though X-rays were negative and he's considered day-to-day. Liggins' start was designed mostly to keep the Cavs' second unit intact, and he's not an appealing short-term option.
Deron Williams scores 20 vs. Kings 12-08-2016
Deron Williams G DAL
Deron Williams scored 20 points with two rebounds, six assists and three 3-pointers during a 120-89 loss to the Kings on Wednesday. The chances for an injury on Williams are as high as anyone, but he's playing some good ball right now. Williams should be picked up in all leagues and his owners can just figure it out when he goes down.
Patrick Beverley ties career-high w/ 12 dimes 12-08-2016
Patrick Beverley G HOU
Patrick Beverley tied his career-high with 12 assists on Wednesday, adding 10 points, seven rebounds, three steals and a pair of 3-pointers in 32 minutes. Bev shot 4-of-9 from the field and his five turnovers are the only smudge on an otherwise pristine line. One of his caveats in fantasy leagues has always been a lack of assists from the PG position, but so far this season he's averaging a career-high 3.9 dimes per game, which should hit four per game after tonight. Pick him up if you need a guard.
Harrison Barnes scores 11 in loss 12-08-2016
Harrison Barnes F DAL
Harrison Barnes turned it over a season-high six times against the Kings on Wednesday, making 5-of-16 from the field for 11 points with four rebounds and one assist. When a player lives in the midrange, it's going to result in some rough nights. Barnes is one of only five players with at least eight attempts from the midrange this season. He still only has four blocks and just 1.2 assists per game, so his fantasy upside isn't the greatest in standard leagues. Harry B has still been a top-80 player on the year, but he has a downward trend.
Sam Dekker bounces back w/ all-around line 12-08-2016
Sam Dekker F HOU
Sam Dekker bounced back on Wednesday with 12 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two turnovers in 23 minutes vs. the Lakers. The Rockets have won four straight games and Dekker's contributions are a subtle reason for their success. He's emerged as a favorite reserve of Mike D'Antoni's and if you ignore Monday's quiet game, he's averaging 12.5 points, 1.0 threes, 6.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals in his past four contests. He's a nice deep-league pickup and is even starting to gain traction in standard formats.
Eric Gordon hits eight 3-pointers, scores 26 12-08-2016
Eric Gordon G HOU
Eric Gordon's sprained ankle didn't bother him on Wednesday, as he came off the bench for 26 points with a season-high eight 3-pointers, four boards and two assists in just 24 minutes of action. Gordon scored 12 of the Rockets' season-high 43 first-quarter points, and all but one of his 13 field goal attempts came from downtown tonight. He's found a perfect niche as a 3-point gunner leading Houston's second unit, and his 3.2 triples per game have staked him to top-80 value on the season.
Julius Randle scores season-high 21 points 12-08-2016
Julius Randle F LAL
Julius Randle scored a season-high 21 points on 9-of-19 shooting vs. the Rockets, adding 10 rebounds, one assist and three turnovers in 29 minutes. Randle's 19 shot attempts were also a season high and he did his damage in just 29 minutes, taking advantage of the game's fast pace (107.7). He was in no mood to celebrate his personal accomplishments after the loss, saying, "I don't know what we're doing but we're not being ourselves, we're not playing the right way." L.A. will look to get back on track when they host the Suns on Friday.
Metta World Peace disappears into LAL bench 12-08-2016
Ron Artest F LAL
Metta World Peace vanished into the Lakers' bench on Wednesday with two points in seven minutes. MWP was a fill-in starter vs. Utah on Monday but he's in the twilight of his career and has no fantasy appeal.
Dwight Powell fills it up across the board 12-08-2016
Dwight Powell F DAL
Dwight Powell scored six points with five rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in 25 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday. It's a little disappointing for the DFS owners, but owners in standard leagues will take this all day. Powell is going to see a significant bump in minutes and should be around 30 per night while the Mavs are shorthanded. He's a strong pickup in most leagues right now.
Marcelo Huertas gets seven dimes, five steals 12-08-2016
Marcelo Huertas G LAL
Marcelo Huertas made his first NBA start vs. the Rockets on Wednesday, finishing a lopsided road loss with 10 points, seven assists, five steals, three rebounds and six turnovers in 31 minutes. The 33-year-old point guard earned the start with both D'Angelo Russell (knee) and Jose Calderon (hamstring) out of commission tonight. Russell is targeting a return next week, but if Huertas earns a few more starts he's worth a look as a DFS and streaming option.
Jordan Clarkson quiet in 35 mins as starter 12-08-2016
Jordan Clarkson G LAL
Jordan Clarkson started vs. the Rockets but had only seven points, two rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes of action. It was Clarkson's second start of the season but he couldn't get going against James Harden and the Rockets, disappointing owners who hoped for a big performance. It hasn't been smooth sailing for Clarkson, who is shooting 43.5 percent this season with as many turnovers (2.1 per game) as assists (2.1), but he's still a low-end value with nice rest-of-season potential.
Lou Williams scores hyper-efficient 24 points 12-08-2016
Lou Williams G LAL
Lou Williams scored 24 points in 25 minutes during Wednesday's road loss in Houston, making 7-of-12 FGs and 8-of-8 FTs with two 3-pointers, three steals and a season-high six turnovers. Sweet Lou was coming off a 38-point, seven-assist, six-rebound eruption on Tuesday, and he's a clear go-to guy with so many ball-handlers injured for L.A. He was posting steady top-100 value even with the team at full strength.
Salah Mejri gets in foul trouble vs. Kings 12-08-2016
Salah Mejri C DAL
Salah Mejri played 11 minutes in a start for Andrew Bogut (knee) against the Kings on Wednesday, scoring two points with seven boards. Foul trouble kept his minutes down tonight, which isn't a surprise against DeMarcus Cousins. Mejri should be looking at more playing time in the next week, so he may have some short-term value in 16-team leagues.
Brandon Ingram logs 33 minutes off bench 12-08-2016
Brandon Ingram shifted to the bench on Wednesday and picked up 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting, seven rebounds, two 3-pointers, one assist, one steal, one block and five turnovers in 33 minutes. Injuries to both Jose Calderon (hamstring) and D'Angelo Russell (knee) have thrust more ball-handling duties to Ingram, who is averaging 1.8 assists and 1.5 turnovers this season. The Lakers have used him to bring the ball up court even at full strength, so it's a skill they clearly want the rookie to develop. Lousy FG percentages and middling counting stats continue to drag down his value, but he's an intriguing pickup if you're looking for rest-of-season sleepers.
Larry Nance (knee) returns, plays 23 minutes 12-08-2016
Larry Nance F LAL
Larry Nance (knee) came off the bench on Wednesday for two points, five boards, one assist, one steal and one block in 23 minutes vs. the Rockets. Nance missed two games due to the ailment but it doesn't seem serious enough to linger, so owners should deploy him as usual. He'd be a must-own player if Julius Randle were to get hurt, and as things stand he's still a top-100 value with averages of 7.7 points (60.0 percent FGs, 75.0 percent FTs), 5.8 boards, 1.3 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.4 blocks and 0.6 turnovers.
A.J. Hammons gets minutes 12-08-2016
A.J. Hammons played 11 minutes on Wednesday with five boards and two blocks. Coach Rick Carlisle said he'd look at Hammons, but it didn't happen until garbage time. You would have to be in a super deep league to take a look at the rookie.
DeMarcus Cousins fills it up for Kings in win 12-08-2016
DeMarcus Cousins C SAC
DeMarcus Cousins scored 24 points during a 120-89 win over the Mavs on Wednesday, adding 14 rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and two 3-pointers. He's been consistent on the glass with at least nine boards in each of his last 12 games. Cousins is also blocking more shots with at least three in each of his last three. With Boogie, it's always been about his usage rate and he ranks third with his 36.5 (Westbrook, Embiid), which is actually more than last year to go with a bump in efficiency. The trade rumors won't go away for Boogie, but he's going to dominate regardless.
Darren Collison scores 19 points vs. Mavs 12-08-2016
Rudy Gay F SAC
Darren Collison scored 19 points with three rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Mavs on Wednesday. After a slow start, Collison has been stringing games together. In his last five, he's averaged 13.8 points, 2.2 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 treys on 47.7 percent from the field. He's still getting some minutes next to Ty Lawson, so Collison should see plenty of run even when Lawson has a hot hand. Collison is a strong hold in all leagues with an upward trend.
Garrett Temple fills it up in garbage time 12-08-2016
Garrett Temple G SAC
Garrett Temple scored 17 points with three rebounds, three assists and four 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Mavs on Thursday. This was a garbage-time special with Temple scoring 11 points in the fourth. He has been in the rotation and he did play 14.8 minutes in the first half tonight, but his usage has been tiny all season.
Ben McLemore gets 21 minutes 12-08-2016
Ben McLemore G SAC
Ben McLemore played 21 minutes in a start against the Mavs on Wednesday with nine points, one rebound and one 3-pointer. It wasn't the best game, but at least the Kings starters had success tonight after B-Mac was a DNP-CD in his previous three. Maybe McLemore can get another chance, especially with how coach Dave Joerger had his back in the offseason. He's only a pickup in very deep leagues for now.
Arron Afflalo gets a DNP-CD 12-08-2016
Arron Afflalo G SAC
Arron Afflalo moved to the bench and was a DNP-CD on Wednesday. OK then. Afflalo is only signed on a two-year deal, so the Kings may not view him as a piece going forward. He may get back in the rotation at some point, but his upside is very low.
Giannis Antetokounmpo triple-doubles in win 12-08-2016
Giannis Antetokounmpo F MIL
Giannis Antetokounmpo triple-doubled again during a 115-107 win over the Blazers on Wednesday, scoring 15 points with 12 rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and four blocks. That's triple-double No. 2 on the season. While the points, assists and board are cool for Russell Westbrook, Antetokounmpo has been absurd on the defensive stats with 2.2 blocks and 2.3 steals per game. Only David Robinson, Hakeem Olajuwon and Gerald Wallace have averaged 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals in a season. Giannis' high dimes tonight also gets him over the 6.0 per game threshold. He's currently the No. 3 player in standard leagues and isn't going anywhere for a long, long time.