NBA Player News
|1/29/2015||Al Jefferson, F-C|
|Jefferson had 17 points and a season-high 16 rebounds in Wednesday's loss at San Antonio.
Analysis: It's been an up-and-down ride in Jefferson's five games since returning from a nine-game absence due to a strained left groin, but Wednesday's performance was an encouraging sign moving forward.
|1/29/2015||Enes Kanter, C|
|Kanter had 21 points and 11 rebounds in Wednesday's loss to the Clippers, his 11th double-double of the season.
Analysis: Kanter is averaging 19.6 points and 10.8 rebounds over his last five games.
|1/29/2015||DeMarcus Cousins, F-C|
|Cousins finished with just 13 points in Wednesday's loss at Toronto.
Analysis: Cousins' point total was his lowest in 11 games in 2015. Look for him to bounce back Friday at Cleveland.
|1/29/2015||Jamal Crawford, G-F|
|Crawford had 21 points on another efficient night from the floor, going 5 of 14 Wednesday at Utah.
Analysis: Crawford has shot 38.5 percent or worse in seven of his last eight games.
|1/29/2015||Chris Paul, PG|
|Paul had 21 points and was 8 for 16 in Wednesday's win at Utah.
Analysis: Paul is averaging 19.7 points and 8.7 assists over his last three games while shooting 57.9 percent from the floor.
|1/29/2015||John Wall, PG|
|Wall had a rough performance in Wednesday's loss at Phoenix, scoring 11 points on 5-of-16 shooting.
Analysis: Wall had averaged 21.7 points on 57.8 percent shooting in her three previous games.
|1/29/2015||Goran Dragic, G|
|Dragic bounced back from a couple of rough performances, going 8 of 15 with 20 points in Wednesday's win against the Wizards.
Analysis: Dragic had been 4 for 16 with 12 points over his previous two games.
|1/29/2015||Anthony Davis, F-C|
|Pelicans coach Monty Williams says Davis has a mild groin strain and could play again as soon as Friday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Analysis: The coach says he hopes Davis can not only play, but play his usual 35 to 42 minutes. Specifically, Davis' injury is a grade 1 adductor strain, an injury that causes soreness from being over-stretched but which does not necessarily limit muscle function going forward.
|1/29/2015||Gordon Hayward, G-F|
|Hayward did not participate in practice because of sinus congestion, but is still scheduled to play Friday against the Golden State Warriors.
Analysis: Jazz coach Quin Snyder said Thursday that the team's leading scorer was also bothered by the issue Wednesday night. Hayward was held to 11 points on 4 for 13 shooting during the 94-89 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers - eight points under his season average. He scored 24-plus points in the previous three games.
|1/29/2015||Dwyane Wade, G|
|Wade is an All-Star, although whether he'll play in the NBA's annual showcase remains uncertain.
Analysis: Wade was announced as an Eastern Conference reserve Thursday, his 11th straight selection to the All-Star squad. That came hours after the Miami Heat ruled Wade out for Friday's game against the Dallas Mavericks, and after Wade said missing more than two weeks is a possibility. Such a timetable would practically ensure that he doesn't play in New York on Feb. 15.
|1/28/2015||Andrew Bogut, C|
|Bogut is out with the flu.
Analysis: Bogut was a late scratch Tuesday against Chicago. He's day-to-day.
|1/28/2015||Jorge Gutierrez, PG|
|The Bucks have signed Gutierrez to a 10-day contract, replenishing their backcourt depth after a season-ending injury to backup guard Kendall Marshall.
Analysis: The 26-year-old Gutierrez most recently played in Canton of the NBA Developmental League, where he averaged 15.2 points, along with six assists and five rebounds, over six games. He spent parts of this season and last season with the Brooklyn Nets.
|1/28/2015||Chris Johnson, F|
|The Utah Jazz have signed Johnson to a 10-day contract.
Analysis: The 6-foot-6, 201-pound forward was called up Tuesday from the NBA Development League, where he played for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Johnson started 14 games for the Vipers this season and averaged 20.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.8 steals. The 24-year old began the season with the Philadelphia 76ers and averaged 6.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.0 steals in nine games.
|1/28/2015||LeBron James, F|
|James will sit out Wednesday night's game against Portland with a sprained right wrist sustained in a hard fall at Detroit.
Analysis: James is also doubtful for Friday's game against Sacramento. James got hurt late in the third quarter on Tuesday when he fell after trying to block a shot by Pistons guard Jodie Meeks. The four-time MVP recently returned after missing eight games with a strained back and knee. The Cavs went 1-7 without him, but are 7-1 since he came back.
|1/28/2015||Kobe Bryant, G-F|
|Bryant is expected to be ready for the start of next season after the Los Angeles Lakers superstar underwent surgery on his torn right rotator cuff.
Analysis: Bryant hurt his right shoulder last week in New Orleans, ending his 19th NBA season. He is the third-leading scorer in league history and a five-time NBA champion. Bryant's last three seasons have ended early due to injury. If Bryant meets his surgeon's nine-month timetable, he would return shortly before the start of 2015-16 season.
|1/28/2015||Ognjen Kuzmic, C|
|Golden State recalled Kuzmic from its NBA Development League affiliate in Santa Cruz on Wednesday.
Analysis: Kuzmic averaged 1.3 points and 1.1 rebounds 15 games for Golden State earlier this season.
|1/28/2015||Dwight Howard, F-C|
|Howard is out for the second straight game on Wednesday night against Dallas with a sprained right ankle. Joey Dorsey started in his place.
Analysis: Howard missed Sunday's game after spraining his ankle on Friday night. He started practice on Tuesday, but left after turning his ankle in the workout.
|1/27/2015||Zach Randolph, F-C|
|Randolph had 24 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high six assists as Memphis beat the Orlando Magic 103-94 on Monday night.
Analysis: It was Randolph's ninth double-double in nine games since returning from a sore knee. He's averaged 19.3 points on 58.3 percent shooting and 13.4 rebounds during his run.
|1/27/2015||Anthony Davis, F-C|
|Davis had 32 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots, and the New Orleans Pelicans stretched their season-long winning streak to four games with a 99-74 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.
Analysis: Davis is averaging 28.5 points in his last six games and 27.5 in his four since returning from a sprained left toe.
|1/27/2015||Andrew Wiggins, G-F|
|Wiggins scored 23 points in a 92-84 loss to Oklahoma City on Monday night.
Analysis: Wiggins has now scored in double figures in 18 consecutive games and is averaging 19.8 points in that stretch.
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