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Jusuf Nurkic dished a season-high eight assists on Sunday with 13 points, 14 rebounds and one block in 31 minutes.

The Wizards give up the second-most points in the league and Portland carved them up tonight, with an extra boost from Nurk's savvy playmaking. Dwight Howard (lower back) didn't return after halftime which gave Nurk an even bigger advantage in the paint, but he finished a modest 3-of-8 from the field and 7-of-9 from the line. He's cruising along as a top-15 fantasy center.
Nov 18 - 9:51 PM

Jake Layman scored seven points with two rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes on Sunday.

Layman continues to start while Moe Harkless (knee) is out of commission, but he's giving fantasy owners no reason to notice him -- this is the first time we've written about him since late October. Leave him on your wire.
Nov 18 - 9:50 PM

Damian Lillard dropped 40 points in an easy win vs. the Wizards on Sunday, making 12-of-29 FGs and 13-of-15 FTs with six rebounds, five assists and one steal.

It's Dame's highest-scoring game since late October, and his high-volume FT shooting continues to be a counter-weight to shaky shooting. He's at 39.1% from the field in November, but thanks to a hot start he's still hovering around his career-best mark at 44.3% overall. You can set your watch by Lillard Time.
Nov 18 - 9:50 PM

Anfernee Simons failed to score in five bench minutes on Sunday, finishing with just two rebounds and one turnover.

The Blazers were without Moe Harkless and Seth Curry due to knee injuries tonight, and head coach Terry Stotts said before the game that he "liked the way Simons complemented [Nik Stauskas] in the second unit." He's not a fantasy option with Curry day-to-day, especially since he barely saw the court tonight.
Nov 18 - 9:49 PM

Moe Harkless (left knee) will not play on Sunday against the Wizards.

The Blazers continue to start Jake Layman despite his lack of production. Evan Turner couldn't get anything going on Friday with no points even with Seth Curry (knee) out, so there hasn't been much fantasy fallout from Harkless being out.
Nov 17 - 5:08 PM

Seth Curry (right knee) and Moe Harkless (left knee) will not play on Sunday against the Wizards.

It'll be Curry's second game out of the lineup due to a patellar bruise. On Friday, the Blazers surprisingly had Anfernee Simons fill in for Curry as a bench guard, so he may get another chance. Simons isn't worth adding in just about any league.
Nov 17 - 5:06 PM

Damian Lillard made just 5-of-18 from the field for 16 points with six rebounds, five assists, five turnovers and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes during a 112-96 loss to the Wolves on Friday.

It was a great matchup for Dame and he was coming in hot as a passer with 11.5 assists per game over his previous two, so this was one of his worst games of the year when adding his season-high five turnovers. Dame gets two dream matchups coming up against the Wizards on Sunday and Knicks on Tuesday.
Nov 16 - 11:10 PM

Evan Turner did not score with four assists, one rebound and two steals in 21 minutes against the Wolves on Friday.

Yuck. Turner has been stellar with the other four non-Layman starters with that unit posting a 125 offensive rating before today, but he was sloppy despite the added opportunity with Seth Curry (knee) out. He'll be an OK stream in most leagues.
Nov 16 - 11:07 PM

Moe Harkless (knee) remains out for Friday against the Wolves.

His knee issue won't seem to go away and the Blazers will likely have to monitor his minutes upon his return. With him and Seth Curry (knee) out, Evan Turner and Nik Stauskas could see a few extra minutes.
Nov 15 - 7:44 PM

Seth Curry (knee) is out for Friday night against the Wolves.

The team is calling it a right patellar bruise and he is day-to-day. Curry has been seeing time at the three perimeter positions and has played next to Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum at times, so there should be a few extra minutes available for Evan Turner and Nik Stauskas. Wade Baldwin could enter the rotation or coach Terry Stotts could go back to his days of staggering Dame and C.J. more.
Nov 15 - 7:10 PM

Seth Curry (right knee) is listed as day-to-day after an MRI on Wednesday.

His return will be "based on pain tolerance and movement," and the day-to-day tag confirms nothing serious was revealed in the MRI. Portland's next five games are on the road, beginning Friday in Minnesota, and it'll be telling whether he's traveling with the team. If he can't play, Nik Stauskas and Gary Trent should benefit the most.
Nov 15 - 4:47 PM

Damian Lillard (right knee) had 31 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds vs. the Lakers in L.A. on Wednesday, making 8-of-23 FGs and 12-of-13 FTs in 38 minutes.

Lillard said after Tuesday's practice, "I got up [Monday], I was a little bit nervous. I was really sore. I got a little workout in [Tuesday]. I felt pretty good moving around." He was listed as 'probable' all along and the knee clearly didn't limit him tonight, so this shouldn't be an ongoing concern. We'll let you know if there's any danger of him missing Friday's road game.
Source: Oregonian
Nov 15 - 1:35 AM

Jusuf Nurkic racked up 21 points, 14 rebounds (six offensive), four blocks and three steals in a losing effort on Wednesday.

He didn't stop there, making 7-of-13 shots and 7-of-8 free throws with just two turnovers in 35 minutes. Nurk has been a punt-FT% type center in years past but he's flipped the narrative this year with 79.5% shooting at the line, and he's up to 84.6% over his past five games. If you hear sirens in the distance, it's just another Nurk Alert.
Nov 15 - 1:34 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu had 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, four 3-pointers, five rebounds and three blocks in 34 minutes on Wednesday.

Aminu rarely jumps off the boxscore but he's giving owners what they anticipated on draft day -- rebounds (8.7), 3-pointers (1.2) and defensive stats (1.0 steals, 0.5 blocks). Those numbers are all up in November, too, and he's cruising along as a top-120 roto value. He won't score much, but at least when he does it's often from downtown.
Nov 15 - 1:34 AM

Seth Curry (right knee) won't return on Wednesday.

He's getting an MRI and we should have results on Thursday or Friday. It's unclear exactly what happened and for now we're just considering him day-to-day.
Nov 14 - 11:56 PM


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