Player Profiles

Catching Up with Alexis Ajinca

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Each night the role Alexis Ajinca plays in New Orleans varies. At times, coach Alvin Gentry opts to play small and leaves the 7-foot-1 center completely out of the rotation, while on other nights, he is tasked with the most difficult task in the league as he is the injury fill-in for Anthony Davis. In six starts this season, Ajinca …

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Waiver Watch: Injury Pile Up in Utah

Alec Burks

Utah’s path to its first playoff berth in four years just became much more perilous. The third member of the rotation is now expected to miss a significant amount of time as shooting guard Alec Burks is out indefinitely following a collision with Paul Pierce at the rim Saturday night. 

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Fantasy Focus: Griffin Out Two Weeks for Clippers

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Not much is capable of slowing down Blake Griffin. Despite tearing his left quadricep muscle in the opening quarter during a 94-84 victory over the Lakers on Christmas Day, Griffin still managed to post 13 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, a steal and a block in 36 minutes of action. The only problem for the Clippers is his effort will …

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Catching Up with Goran Dragic

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A multitude of reasons can trigger a slow start to a new season for a player. It can stem from pressure of living up to a new contract, adjusting to new teammates or even some off the court distractions. For Miami point guard Goran Dragic, all of the above are applicable. 

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Fournier Delivers Clutch Basket for Orlando

Evan Fournier Wallpaper

ORLANDO- A pair of free throws with 26 seconds remaining put the Magic down by a single point. The minuscule deficit was magnified as the Magic offense had stalled in the fourth quarter, posting just 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting from the field during the first eleven plus minutes of the period. Houston had clamped down defensively, as Dwight Howard …

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Nowitzki Climbs into Sixth on the All-Time Scoring List

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There was no hesitation, just a catch and release. Early in the second quarter, Dirk Nowitzki caught a pass from J.J. Barea and immediately launched a jumper. The presence of Andrea Bargnani was no deterrent, as the fluid motion of the jumper by Nowitzki — one of the most unstoppable moves in league history — has yielded 28,609 points. 

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Catching Up with Patrick Beverley

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In his fourth season with the Rockets, Patrick Beverley has served as a stabilizing force. His impact in Houston extends far beyond the 8.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Since Beverley became the starting point guard — replacing Ty Lawson —the Rockets have posted a 10-4 record. 

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Podcast: Top 5 for 2015

Klay Thompson Wallpaper

The Warriors are at the top of nearly every possible ranking through the first quarter of the season. Golden State has a 26-1 record, opened the year with 24 consecutive victories (the longest streak in league history) while playing with the most efficient offense and the eighth most efficient defense in the league. The team even avenged its lone loss …

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Waiver Watch: Bosh’s Versatility Carrying Miami

Chris Bosh Wallpaper

Seemingly each night Miami has a different requirement of Chris Bosh. Sometimes the Heat need him to dominate in the post, other nights long range shooting is the order. Bosh has been able to excel at both. The emergence of Hassan Whiteside at the center position has enabled Bosh to shift back to power forward — his natural position — allowing him …

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Fantasy Focus: The Return of Irving

Kyrie Irving Wallpaper

Exactly 200 days after fracturing his left kneecap, Kyrie Irving is planning to make his season debut Sunday against Philadelphia. The initial time for his return was supposed to be three-to-four months, meaning if Irving’s recovery process went exactly as planned, he would be able to participate in training camp. 

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