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Date Player
12/20/2014 Nate Robinson, G
Robinson scored 20 points in just over 15 minutes of action Friday.

Analysis: Robinson played a major role in Denver's win over Los Angeles with his production of the bench. He had not scored in double figures since Nov. 7, so he still carries very little fantasy value.
12/20/2014 Pau Gasol, F-C
Gasol scored a season-low six points in Chicago's win over Memphis on Friday.

Analysis: Consider this simply a blip on the radar for Gasol, who is still a viable fantasy option moving forward.
12/20/2014 Jimmy Butler, G-F
Butler scored 31 points and grabbed 10 boards Friday against Memphis.

Analysis: He has now topped the 30-point mark in consecutive games after previously accomplishing the feat just twice in his career.
12/20/2014 Nikola Mirotic, F
Mirotic posted the best game of his young career Friday against Memphis.

Analysis: He scored 27 points, was 6 for 6 from behind the arc and added eight rebounds to Chicago's victory over the Grizzlies.
12/20/2014 Damian Lillard, PG
Lillard scored a season-high 43 points in Portland's triple-overtime win over San Antonio.

Analysis: He also added six assists and two steals to the win. Lillard has averaged 21.6 points per game this season.
12/20/2014 Kemba Walker, PG
Walker finished with 30 points with five assists and three 3-pointers in Friday's 109-91 win at Philadelphia.

Analysis: Walker seems to be in the midst of a hot stretch, averaging 27.0 points while hitting 8 of 14 from beyond the arc in his last three games.
12/20/2014 Robert Covington, PF
Covington finished with another solid effort Friday with 19 points in a loss to the Hornets. He went 6 for 8 from 3-point range.

Analysis: Covington is averaging 19.0 points while hitting 17 of 37 from beyond the arc in four games since moving into the starting lineup.
12/20/2014 LaMarcus Aldridge, F-C
Aldridge recorded one of the best games of his season Friday in Portland's triple-overtime win over San Antonio.

Analysis: He scored 32 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and had five steals. He's in the midst of another phenomenal season.
12/20/2014 Tim Duncan, F-C
Duncan scored 32 points in San Antonio's triple-overtime loss to Portland on Friday.

Analysis: Duncan looked like his old self Friday. His performance marked a season-high in scoring.
12/20/2014 Danny Green, G-F
Green scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Friday in San Antonio's loss to Portland.

Analysis: He now has two double-doubles this season and is averaging 12.7 points this season.
12/20/2014 Russ Smith, PG
The New Orleans Pelicans have recalled Smith from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.

Analysis: The club says Smith will be in New Orleans and available for Saturday night's game against Portland. Smith, a former Louisville standout, was acquired in a draft-night trade after being selected in the second round, 47th overall, by Philadelphia. He has appeared in six games with Fort Wayne, averaging 16.5 points, 6.2 assists and 1.8 steals.
12/19/2014 Kevin Durant, F
Durant will miss his second straight game because of a sprained right ankle Sunday night when the Thunder face the New Orleans Pelicans. Durant, last season's MVP, sprained the ankle Thursday against the Golden State Warriors when he stepped on Marreese Speights' foot, and he missed the next game Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers. Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Durant is feeling better, but he is day-to-day.

Analysis: Durant missed the first 17 games of the season with a fractured bone in his right foot, and the Thunder went 5-12. Oklahoma City won seven of its first eight after his return. He is averaging 22.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists.
12/19/2014 Gal Mekel, G
The New Orleans Pelicans have waived Mekel, who was acquired earlier this month.

Analysis: The 6-foot-3, 191-pound Mekel was signed on Dec. 5 and appeared in four games for the Pelicans, averaging 1.5 points and 3.3 assists. A native of Israel, Mekel played in college at Wichita State and appeared in 31 games last season for the Dallas Mavericks, who also had Mekel on their roster during this past preseason before releasing him into free agency.
12/19/2014 Corey Brewer, G-F
The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to trade veteran swingman Corey Brewer to the Houston Rockets for Troy Daniels and two future second-round picks.

Analysis: The trade gives the Rockets another proven veteran defender in Brewer to compete in the demanding Western Conference. Yahoo! Sports first reported the deal.
12/19/2014 Troy Daniels, PG
A person with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to trade veteran swingman Corey Brewer to the Houston Rockets for Troy Daniels and two future second-round picks.

Analysis: Daniels was averaging 2.7 points in 17 games.
12/18/2014 Tony Allen, G-F
Allen is out with an eye injury.

Analysis: It's unclear how long Allen will be out.
12/18/2014 Marcus Smart, PG
Smart had eight points in his return Friday after missing two games with a strained left Achilles.

Analysis: The Celtics would like to see Smart in the lineup now that Rajon Rondo has been shipped to Dallas.
12/18/2014 Jeff Teague, PG
Teague is out with a strained left hamstring.

Analysis: Teague leads the team in points (16.8) and assists (7.0).
12/18/2014 James Harden, G-F
Harden had 41 points and 10 assists in Wednesday's overtime win in Denver.

Analysis: He's averaging 35.8 points and 8.0 assists in his last four games.
12/18/2014 Kyle Lowry, PG
Lowry finished with 20 points and 12 assists in Wednesday's win over Brooklyn.

Analysis: Lowry is averaging 19.3 points and 10.3 assists over his last three games. He's also hit 7 of 13 from 3-point range over that span.
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