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|Jordan Crawford gaining momentum in Boston||10-11-2013|
|Jordan Crawford G CHI|
|Jordan Crawford started at shooting guard in the Celtics' 97-85 preseason loss to the Sixers, scoring 12 points on 3-of-6 shooting (including two threes) with two rebounds, three assists and one steal in 23 minutes.||The offensively challenged Celtics will live with Crawford's poor defense and decision-making if Avery Bradley and Phil Pressey fail to be playmaking threats at the PG position, and other contributors like Gerald Wallace, Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger cannot bend the defense. Unfortunately for fantasy owners the high-volume, low-percentage FG shooting and lack of peripherals are downright detrimental to Crawford's value, and he needs to be in a featured role before owners should target him in a standard draft.|
|Bradley disappears in preseason loss to PHI||10-11-2013|
|Avery Bradley G BOS|
|Avery Bradley started at point guard in Friday's preseason loss and finished with four points, two rebounds, two assists and three steals in 23 minutes.||Bradley hit 2-of-5 shots and these types of lines have become commonplace for him, highlighting why owners shouldn't be breaking their necks to draft the defensive stopper in standard formats. Bradley is currently the favorite to start at PG while Rajon Rondo is out, but Phil Pressey and Jordan Crawford are also in the mix.|
|Olynyk posts useful, albeit inefficient line||10-11-2013|
|Kelly Olynyk F BOS|
|Kelly Olynyk posted a useful, albeit inefficient line in Friday's preseason loss to the Sixers, scoring 13 points on 6-of-16 shooting with two rebounds, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.||At times Olynyk looks soft and outclassed on the court, but he's emerging as the favorite for the starting center job in Boston and he should be on fantasy owners' radars. If he can sink his teeth into a 30 mpg role, there is solid late round upside on the year for a guy that could also provide a solid late-season boost for owners.|
|Still no signs of Crash in Boston||10-11-2013|
|Gerald Wallace F PHI|
|Gerald Wallace played 27 minutes off the bench in Friday's preseason loss to the Sixers, scoring nine points on 2-of-7 shooting (1-of-4 3PTs, 4-of-6 FTs) with four rebounds and three assists.||Wallace did not record a steal or block and right now we're looking for signs that he can be the versatile player he once was. It's still early but so far he looks more like the Brooklyn version of Crash than any of the prior iterations, but on the bright side he appears to be engaged despite getting cast away to a reclamation project.|
|Bass, Humphries vying for minutes in Boston||10-11-2013|
|Brandon Bass F LAL|
|Brandon Bass scored just five points but had 10 rebounds, one steal and one block in 25 minutes off the bench in Friday's preseason loss to the Sixers.||Bass went cold hitting only 2-of-8 shots from the field and we're not so much concerned about these numbers as we are his place in the Celtics' frontcourt rotation. Neither Bass or tonight's starting PF Kris Humphries (four points, 2-of-6 FGs, two rebounds, two steals, 15 minutes) have the fantasy game to provide value in a low-minute role and that's where both guys are heading.|
|Sullinger goes for 19 and nine against Sixers||10-11-2013|
|Jared Sullinger F BOS|
|Jared Sullinger scored 19 points with nine rebounds and a steal in 23 minutes off the bench during Friday's preseason loss.||Sullinger hit 7-of-15 shots and 5-of-7 freebies, showing some of the form that has made him the fantasy player to own in a rag-tag group of Celtics bigs. We're projecting him at 24-28 mpg as things stand right now, and in that type of role his upside is somewhere near the bottom of the middle rounds.|
|Big Al sprains ankle; to be evaluated on Sat||10-11-2013|
|Al Jefferson C CHA|
Al Jefferson had to be helped off the floor in Friday's preseason game against the Heat and the Bobcats say he has a sprained right ankle.
Rick Bonnell on Twitter
|Jefferson will be evaluated on Saturday and the fact that it is an ankle and not a knee injury as some initially feared is some sort of silver lining. We'll keep you updated as the story develops, but if you're drafting in the next 24 hours you may want to give a tiny bump to Cody Zeller and Josh McRoberts.|
|Pressey fills up stat sheet in limited mins||10-11-2013|
|Phil Pressey G POR|
|Prospective backup PG Phil Pressey played 18 minutes off the bench in Friday's preseason game, scoring six points on 1-of-2 shooting with four rebounds, five assists and two steals.||Pressey hit all four of his free throws and perhaps this active line will help wedge his name back into a point guard discussion that has shifted to Avery Bradley and Jordan Crawford in the last 24-48 hours. Until his role is clarified, Pressey is just a guy to watch from afar.|
|Anderson starts again, scores 16 points||10-11-2013|
|James Anderson G SAC|
|James Anderson started again for the Sixers in Friday's preseason win over the Celtics, scoring 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting (including two threes) with six rebounds and a steal in 24 minutes.||Anderson is emerging as a reliable player for a Sixers squad devoid of standout talent, and that could give him some late-round upside if he can carve out a 30-minute role. As things stand in Philly we wouldn't rule it out.|
|Hawes scores 17 points with seven rebounds||10-11-2013|
|Spencer Hawes C CHA|
|Spencer Hawes scored 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting (including three treys) with seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks in Friday's preseason win over the Celtics.||Hawes is going to get all he can eat for the Sixers this season, with the operative question being whether or not he can stay healthy. Give him a look in the middle rounds. Evan Turner scored 12 points with nine rebounds and three assists, and Thad Young scored 20 points with six boards and three steals as the Sixers' one-two punch both turned the ball over five times in the win.|
|Wroten quiet in preseason action against BOS||10-11-2013|
|Tony Wroten G PHI|
|Tony Wroten hit just 1-of-6 shots for four points, six rebounds and a steal in 22 minutes off the bench vs. the Celtics on Friday.||Starter Michael Carter-Williams played 30 minutes and posted six points, six boards and six assists, in a minute distribution for the two guards that might look similar if the regular season were to start today. Wroten needs a lot to work in his favor to have any standard league impact, but he should be on the radar for deep league owners until further notice.|
|Royce White has rocky preseason debut vs. BOS||10-11-2013|
|Royce White F SAC|
|Royce White lasted just under 10 minutes in Friday's preseason game against the Celtics, committing five fouls to go with his five points, three rebounds and one steal.||White hit 2-of-6 shots and while he was fluid in his mobility, he looked like he might have packed on a few pounds and the explosion we see on tape from college isn't quite there. It's his first preseason game so we'll cut him some slack, but the jury is still out on whether or not he can contribute for an extremely shallow Sixers squad.|
|Monty: Tyreke Evans to return in 7-10 days||10-11-2013|
|Tyreke Evans G NO|
Coach Monty Williams said Friday that Tyreke Evans would return to action in 7-10 days depending on how his ankle responds to treatment.
New Orleans Times-Picayune
|There's not a lot of news here since Evans will reportedly be ready for Opening Night, but no news is good news in this case. Perhaps more important to Evans' fantasy value will be whether or not Williams wants to plug him into a 28-30 minute role as he described a week or so ago, or if Evans will play closer to the 31-35 minutes he deserves for a shallow Pelicans wing group.|
|Gordon could begin contact work after Thu||10-11-2013|
|Eric Gordon G NO|
Eric Gordon could begin contact work if all goes well in a conditioning test to be performed on Thursday.
New Orleans Times-Picayune
|As usual with Gordon the proof will be in the proverbial pudding, as his recent ankle surgery still ranks second to a balky knee that may or may not sustain an NBA season. Assuming he can get onto the floor for the season opener, the over-under around here on missed games is about 20.|
|Bogans leaves game with right thumb injury||10-11-2013|
|Keith Bogans G PHI|
Keith Bogans left Friday's preseason game with a right thumb sprain and did not return.
A. Sherrod Blakely on Twitter
|Bogans is on the squad to give Brad Stevens some veteran leverage and that's about it. He has no fantasy value.|
|Batum to take concussion tests on Saturday||10-11-2013|
|Nicolas Batum F CHA|
Nicolas Batum will take what appear to be his final concussion tests on Saturday morning.
Chris Haynes on Twitter
|Batum said that he "felt good" and presumed he would be cleared after those tests, so it looks like he's turned the corner on the injury and owners should draft him as they normally would.|
|Watson (calf) does not play in Idaho on Fri||10-11-2013|
|Earl Watson G POR|
|Earl Watson (calf) did not play on Friday against the Jazz.||Watson will be pressed into regular backup minutes with C.J. McCollum (foot) out to start the season, but he has no fantasy value.|
|Wade out on Friday against the Bobcats||10-11-2013|
|Dwyane Wade G MIA|
Dwyane Wade was held out of Friday's preseason game against the Bobcats.
Ira Winderman on Twitter
|Wade played 21 minutes on Friday and it was unlikely that he would play in a preseason back-to-back. We'll be tracking his knees and conditioning throughout the next few weeks, but owners probably already understand the risk and reward involved with drafting Wade.|
|Leonard (foot) out on Friday vs. Jazz||10-11-2013|
|Meyers Leonard C POR|
Meyers Leonard (foot) did not play in Friday's preseason game against the Jazz.
Chris Haynes on Twitter
|We're tracking Leonard's progress with the injury and we'll let you know as soon as its severity is understood. The Blazers are relying on Leonard to give them serviceable depth in a backup role, so any time missed by the second year player would force them to play small once again.|
|Ekpe Udoh (knee surgery) out 4-6 weeks||10-11-2013|
|Ekpe Udoh C LAC|
Ekpe Udoh had arthroscopic right knee surgery and will be out 4-6 weeks.
Marc Spears on Twitter
|He's been held out of action in the preseason, but he's been dressed and on the bench sporting a brace on his right knee. Udoh has a bit of a chronic problem with his knees and it's hard to believe he was selected before Paul George in the 2010 NBA Draft. He's off the grid in fantasy leagues and the Bucks need some healthy bodies up front in a big way. John Henson and Larry Sanders should be busy while Ersan Ilyasova (ankle) is on the shelf.|
|Jordan Crawford in the starting lineup Friday||10-11-2013|
|Jordan Crawford G CHI|
Jordan Crawford will start next to Avery Bradley at the guard spots on Friday night.
Steve Bullpett on Twitter
|Coach Brad Stevens wouldn't declare which player will be his point guard, saying "whoever has it brings it." The Celtics still have a lot of work to do in figuring out their rotation, so they're one of the more interesting teams to monitor.|
|Pistons hoping to have Stuckey for opener?||10-11-2013|
|Rodney Stuckey G IND|
The Pistons are hopeful that Rodney Stuckey (thumb) will be ready for the opener.
Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
|He's going to be reevaluated in two weeks, so it's certainly possible that everything goes well in that appointment. Stuckey is going to have a splint on his finger for those two weeks and since it's just a fracture to the tip of his thumb, it might not take too long to heal. As for draft purposes, it's not a bad idea to take a flier on Stuckey late. If he's not ready, he can just be cut since the investment figures to be small.|
|Channing Frye believes he'll play in opener||10-11-2013|
|Channing Frye F ORL|
Channing Frye believes he'll make his season debut in the opener on October 30.
Craig Grialou on Twitter
|He is planning to play in the rest of the preseason games and should be ready for the start of the season, assuming he doesn't have any setbacks. Frye has been getting positive news all of the sudden and he announced he was going to play this year on September 29. The Suns probably aren't going to let him loose after having a year off due to a serious health complication, so he's not quite worth drafting in standard leagues.|
|John Jenkins still doubtful for Sunday||10-11-2013|
|John Jenkins G DAL|
John Jenkins (back) is doubtful to play in Sunday's preseason game.
Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
|He's still day-to-day and the probability of him missing regular-season action is growing. Jenkins should still be considered probable to start the year, but he lost a lot of his luster as a sleeper pick with Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll set to be the starters on the wings.|
|Wilson Chandler (hamstring) not practicing||10-11-2013|
|Wilson Chandler G DEN|
Wilson Chandler (hamstring) did not practice on Friday.
Chris Dempsey on Twitter
|He was expected to return, so he's a little behind schedule. The Nuggets have some serious issues at small forward right now and they've been starting Quincy Miller there in the preseason. There's also talk that they're going to play Anthony Randolph at the three in the preseason. As long as Chandler's hamstring issues don't linger into the season, he could be a steal in the later rounds of drafts.|
|Rodney Stuckey has surgery on right thumb||10-11-2013|
|Rodney Stuckey G IND|
Rodney Stuckey (thumb) had surgery on his fractured right distal phalanx on Friday.
Keith Langlois on Twitter
|It's the tip of his thumb and he'll be in a splint for two weeks, then will be reevaluated. Stuckey still doesn't have a timetable to return, but he's almost certainly going to miss time in the regular season. It's a tough pill to swallow for Stuckey fans due to how he was probably the favorite to win the starting shooting guard job. Will Bynum saw a whopping 47 minutes in Thursday's preseason game and looks to be the main man to pick up the slack. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also gets some added opportunity.|
|Blake Griffin (knee) will practice on Friday||10-11-2013|
|Blake Griffin F LAC|
Blake Griffin (knee) will try to practice on Friday.
Clippers on Twitter
|He wants to play in the team's upcoming three-game road trip, so he looks to have avoided anything remotely serious. Griffin suffered a bone bruise in practice on Wednesday and sat out of Thursday's practice to heal. He's built like a tank and missed just two games in his last three seasons combined. Go ahead and draft him as planned.|
|Eric Gordon (ankle) says he can do everything||10-11-2013|
|Eric Gordon G NO|
Eric Gordon said he's been able to do everything in camp.
New Orleans Times-Picayune
|"I'm able to do everything," said Gordon. "I've been able to dunk. I've been able to move. I've done all that. Now it's just all about doing all the contact stuff." Gordon added that this year is different than last year because he didn't really do anything a year ago. He's one of the riskiest players to take in drafts, but his game translates to fantasy hoops thanks to his 3-point contributions.|
|Jeremy Evans gets the starting nod Friday||10-11-2013|
|Jeremy Evans F DAL|
Jeremy Evans will start in Friday night's game against the Blazers.
David Locke on Twitter
|He was solid in Tuesday's game against the Warriors, scoring 12 points with 13 boards and one block in 25 minutes, so coach Ty Corbin might want to get a longer look at the 25-year-old big man. He played just 5.8 minutes per game last year and even though the Jazz have some frontcourt depth issues, it's hard to imagine Evans will have a prominent role this year. He's starting for Enes Kanter, who might just be getting the night off since the Jazz have a back-to-back set.|
|Richard Jefferson out for Friday night||10-11-2013|
|Richard Jefferson F CLE|
Richard Jefferson will not play against the Blazers on Friday night.
David Locke on Twitter
|There is no word of an injury and they team may just be giving him a night off. Jefferson did get the start at small forward on Tuesday, but he still doesn't project to have the ball in his hands enough to be a factor in fantasy leagues.|
|Alec Burks will start on Friday night||10-11-2013|
|Alec Burks G UTH|
Alec Burks will start at shooting guard on Friday night.
David Locke on Twitter
|He will take the place of Richard Jefferson in the starting lineup against the Blazers. Burks looked good off the bench on Tuesday, scoring 14 points in 22 minutes, and coach Ty Corbin said he liked Burks in that role. The Jazz really need some perimeter scoring with Burks' slashing style does fit in nicely with the rest of their first unit. If he can make more 3-pointers, he could be in for a nice season.|
|Joakim Noah questionable for Saturday||10-11-2013|
|Joakim Noah C CHI|
Joakim Noah (groin) is questionable to play in Saturday's preseason game.
K.C. Johnson on Twitter
|He said his groin is improving, but considering how Noah battled through injuries last year, the Bulls are likely to take it easy on their star center. They will play their next game on Wednesday, which seems like a fair target date for Noah to return.|
|Steve Nash (ankle) still regaining his rhythm||10-11-2013|
|Steve Nash G LAL|
Steve Nash (sore ankle) admitted that he's still regaining his "rhythm and timing" after a summer spent rehabbing injuries.
|"I've played two basketball games since [May], if you count the two playoff games where I limped around," Nash said. Mike D'Antoni is encouraging him to shoot more, which would be great news for a career 42.8 percent 3-point shooter, but ultimately Nash's health will be the biggest determinant of his fantasy value.|
|Kevin Seraphin gets up to speed after layoff||10-11-2013|
|Kevin Seraphin F NY|
Kevin Seraphin said he was "kind of nervous" in his preseason debut, which he finished with 13 points and seven rebounds.
|"It's been a long time (since) I played," said Seraphin. "In the beginning I had to catch up. In the second half, it was better ... I was more comfortable. It was the speed. Everybody was excited. Everybody was playing fast." Emeka Okafor is out indefinitely with a herniated disk, and Nene is still dealing with a sore ankle and knee, so injuries may help Seraphin earn a fantasy-worthy role even if he's coming off the bench.|
|Nic Batum (concussion) travels, won't play||10-11-2013|
|Nicolas Batum F CHA|
Nicolas Batum (concussion) will not play on Friday.
Casey Holdahl on Twitter
|It's encouraging that Batum even traveled with Portland for the game, which will be played in Boise, Idaho. There are nearly three weeks remaining before the regular season and he should be 100 percent healthy on opening night.|
|Dorell Wright (finger) won't play on Friday||10-11-2013|
|Dorell Wright F POR|
Dorell Wright (finger) won't play in Friday's exhibition vs. the Jazz.
Casey Holdahl on Twitter
|He dislocated his right middle finger and has since missed a few practices, but there are no indications that he'll be out for long. Wright's backup role isn't conducive to fantasy value but he would immediately be worth owning if Nicolas Batum or Wesley Matthews were injured.|
|Trevor Booker (knee) hopes to play Saturday||10-11-2013|
|Trevor Booker F UTH|
Trevor Booker (knee) hopes to play in Saturday's exhibition in Brazil.
Washington Wizards on Twitter
|Booker said he's "progressing well" and Coach Randy Wittman has approved Booker's plan to play as long as his knee feels good. After the Wizards return from Brazil, they'll continue the preseason with games on Oct. 15, 17, 19, 22 and 23.|
|JaVale McGee looks good so far in preseason||10-11-2013|
|JaVale McGee C DAL|
JaVale McGee made 8-of-8 free throws in the Nuggets' first two preseason games.
|It's too tiny of a sample size to mean anything long-term, but all signs have been positive for JaVale in training camp and the preseason. "We did get the ball to him inside and he was able to go to the line," said Brian Shaw. "He made a few nice moves in the post using his left hand, right hand, and he showed the ability to be able to knock down a 15-foot jump shot in rhythm. We just want to build his confidence up." It's hard to imagine a scenario in which McGee doesn't top his career-best numbers from 2011-12, when he averaged 11.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 2.5 blocks in 27 minutes per game.|
|Kendrick Perkins pleads innocent to assault||10-11-2013|
|Kendrick Perkins C NO|
Kendrick Perkins' attorney has released a statement claiming Perkins is innocent of a misdemeanor assault charge related to an incident in July.
|Perk was accused of punching a woman and her brother duing an altercation outside of a nightclub. "My client takes these charges very seriously," read the statement. "He is a respectful and kind person and is anxious to address these charges for the sake of his family and his team. We will defend these allegations vigorously in court."|
|DeMar DeRozan vows to post up smaller SGs||10-11-2013|
|DeMar DeRozan G TOR|
DeMar DeRozan vowed to post up smaller SGs this season.
|"I know I'm bigger than a lot of two guards and that can be an advantage of mine," he said. "Also to create out of the post for teammates as well. That's something I'll just try to get better at." He took only 24.5 percent of his shots within the restricted area last year, and another 13.1 percent in the paint, so anything that brings him closer to the basket would be welcomed.|
|Jason Terry (knee) unlikely to play Saturday||10-11-2013|
|Jason Terry G HOU|
Jason Terry (knee) is expected to sit out Saturday's game but could make his preseason debut on Monday or Tuesday.
|He made it through a full-contact scrimmage without any problems on Thursday, and appears close to being at full strength. "For him, it's about building up," said Jason Kidd. "So he'll practice, and we'll take it day-by-day."|
|Deron (ankle) doubtful for next four games||10-11-2013|
|Deron Williams G DAL|
Deron Williams (ankle) hasn't progressed beyond light shooting, and it's uncertain when he'll be fully cleared to practice.
|D-Will is still recovering from an ankle sprain and bone bruse, and the NY Post deems is "extremely unlikely" that he'll play in any of the Nets' four upcoming preseason games. While already concerning, his injury will take on new urgency if he doesn't make an appearance in Brooklyn's final exhibitions on Oct. 23 and 25.|
|Cavs plan to develop Anthony Bennett slowly||10-11-2013|
|Anthony Bennett F TOR|
Mike Brown said the Cavaliers have the "luxury" of developing Anthony Bennett at his own pace this season.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
|Bennett's surgically-repaired shoulder is fine but his conditioning remains a work in progress. "We have guys [at SF and PF] and we don't have to rely on him as most teams would a No. 1 pick," Brown said. "So we can bring him along slowly. We'll let him move and grow as quickly as he does, and not put any pressure on him to get there sooner rather than later." Guys like Anderson Varejao, Earl Clark and Tristan Thompson are clogging up minutes in Cleveland's frontcourt, but Bennett should emerge with a hefty role in the regular season.|
|Travis Outlaw leads Kings w/ 18 pts on Thurs.||10-11-2013|
|Travis Outlaw F PHI|
|Starting at SF in Thursday's game vs. the Lakers, Travis Outlaw led the Kings with 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including four 3-pointers.||He also had six rebounds and one block without any turnovers in 24 minutes. He struggled to crack the Kings' rotation last year and there's too much competition in Sacramento to expect much more this season -- Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and John Salmons are both likely to earn more SF minutes than Outlaw.|
|Cavs expected to keep PG Matthew Dellavedova||10-11-2013|
|Matthew Dellavedova G CLE|
The Cavaliers are expected to keep training camp invite Matthew Dellavedova on their regular season roster.
|Dellavedova is battling for the third PG position and won't have fantasy relevance unless injuries strike. He's made a positive impression throughout training camp and the preseason with his leadership and intangibles, but athleticism isn't his strong suit. "If I were to bet, I'd bet half my salary that I'd get a dunk before he does," said Coach Mike Brown, "and I'm not even playing anymore."|
|Pau Gasol unlikely to take pay cut for Lakers||10-11-2013|
|Pau Gasol F CHI|
Pau Gasol said he would "probably not" take a pay cut to remain with the Lakers and allow them financial flexibility.
Los Angeles Daily News
|"If I perform well, am reliable and put up a great season, then I'm sure the Lakers will have interest in extending me maybe before the season is over," Gasol said. "We'll see if there's interest or not." Gasol's knees are reportedly pain-free after a summer of rehabilitation, but there's enough concern that L.A. may be willing to let him test the free agent market. The Lakers have only three players under contract for the 2014-15 season, with combined salaries of $11.8 million.|
|Michael Beasley punches himself in the head||10-11-2013|
|Michael Beasley F MIA|
Michael Beasley punched himself in the head so hard on Thursday that he needed treatment.
Joe Goodman on Twitter
|Well, so much for an uneventful evening for Beasley. He played nine minutes in his preseason debut this year and didn't do anything noteworthy until doing something silly like this. He's off the radar in fantasy leagues.|
|Steve Nash not concerned about ankle injury||10-11-2013|
|Steve Nash G LAL|
Steve Nash isn't concerned about his sore left ankle injury from Thursday night.
Mark Medina on Twitter
|Coach Mike D'Antoni also said he's not worried about Nash's ankle, but he said "this will happen off and on the whole year" for Nash. The 39-year-old guard may have a tough time playing in 70 games this year, which subsequently could knock him out of being a top-15 point guard in fantasy leagues.|
|Swaggy P scores 17 points against the Kings||10-11-2013|
|Nick Young G LAL|
|Nick Young scored a team-high 17 points in Thursday's 104-86 loss to Sacramento to go with five boards, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes.||Coach Mike D'Antoni said that Young is going to have a lot of the scoring burden on his shoulders and his preseason workload seems to coincide with that statement. He's a good bet to score in the teens, but beware of the wild shooting nights.|
|Ben McLemore scores 12 points in win||10-11-2013|
|Ben McLemore G SAC|
|Ben McLemore scored 12 points against the Lakers on Thursday, adding five boards, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes.||He scored 13 and hit three 3-pointers in Monday's game against the Warriors and has been able to get good looks at the hoop. McLemore had a rough go at summer league and couldn't get his own shot, so it's nice to see he's taking some steps in the right direction. He's worth a flier late in drafts, but is far from a lock for reliable production.|
|Marcus Thornton doesn't play on Thursday||10-11-2013|
|Marcus Thornton G HOU|
|Marcus Thornton did not play on Thursday night.||There is no word of an injury and Mike Malone looks to have just given him a night off. Thornton is a high-upside player to take later in drafts for owners looking to solidify their 3-point shooting.|
|DeMarcus Cousins goes for 16 and 12 vs. LAL||10-11-2013|
|DeMarcus Cousins C SAC|
|DeMarcus Cousins shot 8-of-13 from the field for 16 points with 12 boards and a steal in 26 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday.||He didn't shoot any free throws and the Kings took just 10 as a team. Cousins had a nice bounce-back outing tonight following his 2-of-10 from Monday and his post-up game looks to be a bit improved. He was a letdown last year, so he's a nice player to target in the late-early rounds.|