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Date Player
1/19/2017 David West, GS, PF
West has a non-displaced fracture of his left thumb and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

Analysis: West hasn't been a major contributor, averaging 4.1 points but he does provide a big body for the Warriors.
1/19/2017 Victor Oladipo, OKC, G
Oladipo had 20 points, hitting 4 of 8 from 3-point range, and a season-best four steals in Wednesday's loss at Golden State.

Analysis: Oladipo, who was coming off a dreadful six-point effort two nights earlier, had gone 2 of 13 from distance in his previous three games.
1/19/2017 Enes Kanter, OKC, C
Kanter came through with another solid game off the bench Wednesday with 22 points on 11-of-18 shooting to go with nine rebounds.

Analysis: Kanter is making a case for Sixth Man of the Year honors. He's averaged 19.3 points and 9.4 rebounds over his last nine games while hitting 60.2 percent from the floor.
1/19/2017 Russell Westbrook, OKC, PG
Westbrook totaled 27 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists Wednesday, but he also was harassed into 8-of-23 shooting and 10 turnovers in another blowout loss to former running mate Kevin Durant and the Warriors.

Analysis: It was Westbrook's fourth triple-double in five games and league-leading 21st of the season but also his fourth game with double-digit turnovers. He was 1 of 6 from 3-point range and is 9 of 42 (21.4 percent) in his last six games. Westbrook also struggled in the first meeting with the Warriors, shooting 4 of 15 and scoring 20 points, and faces them again Feb. 11.
1/19/2017 Kevin Durant, GS, F
Durant terrorized his former team again Wednesday, pouring in a season-high 40 points in a 121-100 victory over the Thunder. He shot 13 of 16 with five 3-pointers, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked three shots.

Analysis: Durant scored 39 in the first head-to-head meeting in November, and Golden State won that one by 26. He next faces Oklahoma City on Feb. 11. Durant has been extremely efficient in his last three games, shooting 68.1 percent from the floor and going 11 of 19 on 3-point tries with an 18-to-6 assist-turnover ratio.
1/19/2017 Stephen Curry, GS, G
Curry had another fairly pedestrian game Wednesday with 24 points on 9-of-19 shooting, though he did have eight assists and three steals in a blowout of the Thunder.

Analysis: The two-time reigning MVP has failed to top his season average of 24.6 points in four consecutive games. However, at least he's stepped up in other areas with 8.5 assists and 3.3 steals per game in that span.
1/19/2017 DeMarcus Cousins, Sac, F-C
Cousins had his first triple-double of the season Wednesday with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

Analysis: It was Cousins' fifth career triple-double, but maybe it could have been even better. The Kings were shook by a scary injury to Rudy Gay in the third quarter, and Cousins scored only six points in the second half while missing all nine of his shots from the field and committing six turnovers. He had nine turnovers overall, his third straight game with at least six.
1/19/2017 Paul George, Ind, F
George had 24 points Wednesday, hitting 8 of 15 from the field in a win over the Kings.

Analysis: The Pacers' leading scorer had been held under 20 points in each of the previous three games while shooting 33.3 percent from the floor. The 42 minutes he played Wednesday was his most since the season opener.
1/19/2017 Jeff Teague, Ind, PG
Teague had 22 points, hitting 5 of 6 from the field and all 11 of his free throws, to go with 11 assists and seven rebounds Wednesday.

Analysis: Teague has come close to notching his first career triple-double three times in the past five games, finishing three or fewer rebounds shy. During that five-game span, he has averaged 18.4 points, 10.6 assists and 5.8 boards while shooting 69.8 percent from the floor.
1/19/2017 Al Jefferson, Ind, F-C
Jefferson had a season-high 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting Wednesday.

Analysis: Jefferson showed a glimpse of the player who had been among the league's top centers a few years back. Wednesday's performance, though, came in just 17 minutes. That's a typical amount of court time for the veteran, so unless that soon increases, he isn't a viable fantasy option.
1/19/2017 Danilo Gallinari, Den, F
Gallinari has been downgraded to questionable for Thursday's game against the Spurs due to a sprained right ankle.

Analysis: Gallinari had originally been listed as probable, a regular occurrence recently due to the nagging ankle problem. He had been playing through it, not missing a game since late November. However, his production has dipped a bit, not scoring more than 15 points in four of the past five games.
1/18/2017 Nikola Jokic, Den, F-C
A game after scoring a career-high 30, Jokic had 29 points and 15 rebounds in Tuesday's 127-121 win over the Lakers.

Analysis: Jokic is establishing himself as a fantasy stud, averaging 22.7 points, 10.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists while shooting 61.4 percent in his last nine games. The Nuggets visit San Antonio on Thursday, and Jokic had 19 points, 11 rebounds and five assists against the Spurs on Jan. 5.
1/18/2017 Will Barton, Den, G-F
Barton had a season-high 26 points and eight assists in Tuesday's 127-121 win over the Lakers.

Analysis: Barton, who got the start Tuesday with Garry Harris out, made all five of his 3-point attempts and is 10 of 15 from beyond the arc in his last four games.
1/18/2017 Lou Williams, LAL, G
Williams scored 24 points in Tuesday's loss to the Nuggets.

Analysis: Williams has totaled 50 points on 48.4 percent shooting in his last two games after averaging 10.8 points on 31.7 percent shooting in his previous four.
1/18/2017 Joakim Noah, NY, F-C
Noah missed Wednesday's game against the Celtics due to a sore left ankle and is set to undergo an MRI on Thursday, likely keeping him out of a matchup with Washington.

Analysis: Though he had been healthy for the past six weeks, this injury is a concern because he's already missed time this season due to a sprain to the same ankle and has long battled leg problems.
1/18/2017 Jahlil Okafor, Phi, C
Okafor will play Wednesday against Toronto after previously being listed as probable with ankle soreness.

Analysis: He could see extended minutes with Joel Embiid's status in question due to illness.
1/18/2017 Klay Thompson, GS, G-F
Thompson started Wednesday against the Thunder after being listed as questionable due to a family matter, scoring only 14 points but playing solid defense on Russell Westbrook in a blowout victory.

Analysis: The Warriors' PR originally tweeted that Thompson would miss the game before changing his status to questionable. He flew to Portland to be with his ailing grandfather but flew back to the Bay Area in time for the game.
1/18/2017 Wilson Chandler, Den, F
Chandler (personal) is officially out of Thursday's game against the Spurs.

Analysis: Chandler recently lost his starting job and has been losing minutes to Kenneth Faried.
1/18/2017 DeMar DeRozan, Tor, G-F
DeRozan scored over 20 points for the 14th straight game with 25 in Wednesday's loss at Philadelphia.

Analysis: DeRozan has averaged 28.7 points on 46.3 percent shooting with 6.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists during that 14-game span, but is just 1 for 11 from 3-point range.
1/18/2017 Avery Bradley, Bos, G
Bradley will not play in Wednesday's game against the Knicks due to a sore Achilles.

Analysis: Bradley returned to the court Monday after sitting out the previous for games because of a strained Achilles tendon. He finished with five points - 12.7 below his average - and made 2 of 9 shots in 33 minutes. It's uncertain how long it will keep him out this time.
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