Western Conference

Waiver Watch: Finding Extra Rest

Damian Lillard Wallpaper

Portland could get used to to leaving Damian Lillard out of the fourth quarter. In the midst of a season long seven-game home stand, the Trail Blazers managed to keep their star point guard on the bench for the final 12 minutes of the game as they opened up a 25 points advantage on the Lakers. Lillard was the primary …

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A Healthy Howard Proving to be Unstoppable

Dwight Howard Wallpaper

For years, Dwight Howard was synonymous with domination. The NBA seemingly began running out of accolades to recognize his massive talent. For eight consecutive years, Howard was a fixture at NBA All-Star weekend, was named to the All-NBA First Team five times and he captured the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award for three consecutive years. 

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Fantasy Focus: The Return of Rondo

Rajon Rondo Wallpaper

The first season in Sacramento has restored Rajon Rondo’s status as the premier passer in the NBA. As the season approaches the halfway mark, the 6-foot-1 point guard has dished out 49 more assists than anyone else in the league and is averaging an additional two assists than his nearest challenger. For the fourth time in his 10-year career, Rondo …

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Fantasy Focus: Return of Gobert Sparks Utah

Rudy Gobert Wallpaper

Following a 38-day wait, Utah finally has its defensive anchor back in the lineup. A knee injury sidelined Rudy Gobert for over five weeks, keeping one of the most intimidating shot blockers in the league off the court. The 7-foot-1 center wasted little time reestablishing his dominance, as he swatted four shots Saturday against Miami, matching the block total of …

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Waiver Watch: Nuggets Lose Faried to Scary Injury

Kenneth Faried Wallpaper

A layup from Klay Thompson in the final seconds of an overtime victory did much more than seal a victory for Golden State. As Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried boxed out Marreese Speights for a potential rebound, the two became entangled. Faried was shoved into a group of players, and as Will Barton came back to the ground after challenging Thompson’s …

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Bledsoe to Miss the Remainder of the Year

Eric Bledsoe Wallpaper

Phoenix lost much more than an embarrassing game to the 76ers Saturday night. Early in the second quarter, as Eric Bledsoe was chasing Ish Smith on the defensive end, he fell to the floor and clutched his knee. Nerlens Noel had the ball tipped away as he elevated for a layup attempt and it landed in Bledsoe’s hands as he remained …

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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

Blake Griffin Wallpaper

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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Nowitzki Climbs into Sixth on the All-Time Scoring List

Dirk Nowitzki Wallpaper

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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