NBA Player News
|10/31/2014||Vitor Faverani, C||Faverani is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks after undergoing knee surgery earlier this month.
Analysis: Faverani already underwent surgery on his meniscus in March, so this setback is especially discouraging.
|10/31/2014||Marcin Gortat, C||Gortat had 20 points and 12 rebounds in Thursday's win at Orlando.
Analysis: Gortat is off to a strong start with 38 points in two games on 17-of-27 shooting. He's also plus-18 for the Wizards.
|10/31/2014||John Wall, PG||Wall enjoyed a big night in Thursday's win at Orlando, scoring 30 points with 12 assists.
Analysis: Wall, who also had two steals, only committed two turnovers after having six in Wednesday's opening loss at Miami.
|10/31/2014||Nikola Vucevic, F-C||Vucevic scored 23 and grabbed 12 rebounds in Thursday's loss to Washington.
Analysis: Vucevic has shown in the past he's capable of putting up big numbers, and he should be even more valuable with Victor Oladipo sidelined, leaving more shots available.
|10/31/2014||Evan Fournier, SG||Fournier scored 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting in Thursday's loss to the Wizards
Analysis: After bombing in Tuesday's opener with 11 points on 3-of-11 shooting, Fournier took much better advantage of the opportunity afforded to him by Victor Oladipo's injury. He's worth starting, at least with Oladipo sidelined.
|10/31/2014||Ben Gordon, SG||Gordon scored 22 points in Thursday's loss to Washington.
Analysis: Gordon showed he might have some one-dimensional fantasy value - as a scorer - after struggling in the opener with five points on 1-of-8 shooting.
|10/31/2014||D.J. Augustin, PG||Augustin scored 20 points and had six assists in Thursday's loss at Minnesota.
Analysis: Augustin is a player to a keep an eye on as he played at least 28 minutes off the bench in each of Detroit's first two games.
|10/31/2014||Caron Butler, SF||Butler scored 24 points in Thursday's loss at Minnesota and collected eight rebounds.
Analysis: Butler isn't worth starting but could be a player to keep an eye on.
|10/31/2014||Thaddeus Young, F||Young scored 19 and was 7 of 13 from the field in Thursday's win over Detroit.
Analysis: Young has 45 points on 17-of-31 shooting through his first two games with the Timberwolves. He also has five steals.
|10/31/2014||Nikola Pekovic, C||Pekovic scored 17 and grabbed 10 rebounds in Thursday's win over Detroit.
Analysis: Pekovic bounced back from a rough opener in Memphis when he was 2 for 9 with five points.
|10/31/2014||Perry Jones, F||Jones scored a career-high 32 points in a 93-90 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.
Analysis: With Kevin Durant out and Russell Westbrook suffering a hand injury Thursday, someone will have to score for the Thunder. Jones might just be that guy.
|10/31/2014||Chandler Parsons, F||Parsons had 21 points in a 120-102 win over Utah on Thursday after struggling in his debut with Dallas.
Analysis: Parsons made eight of 16 shots after going 2 for 10 and scoring five points in a loss to San Antonio on Tuesday.
|10/31/2014||LeBron James, F||James had 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting and eight turnovers in his return to Cleveland on Thursday, a 95-90 loss to the New York Knicks.
Analysis: The Cavs star will next face the team that was the best defensively against him in 2013-14. The Chicago Bulls limited James to 18.3 points and 39.2 percent shooting in three matchups last season.
|10/31/2014||Kevin Love, F-C||Love had 19 points and 14 rebounds in his Cleveland debut, a 95-90 loss to the New York Knicks on Thursday.
Analysis: Love has averaged 17.9 points in the last five seasons against Cleveland's next opponent, Chicago. That's tied for his second-lowest versus any opponent. He's also shot 40.2 percent in those games, his third-worst mark since 2009-10.
|10/30/2014||Roy Hibbert, C||Hibbert had 22 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks in Wednesday's opener against Philadelphia.
Analysis: Hibbert is off to a great start after a forgettable showing last season. He finished 6 of 8 from the floor and made 10 of 13 free throws.
|10/30/2014||Tony Wroten, PG||Wroten had 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in Wednesday's opener at Indiana.
Analysis: Wroten could prove valuable until Michael Carter-Williams returns from injury.
|10/30/2014||Donald Sloan, G||Sloan had 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in Wednesday's opener against Philadelphia.
Analysis: Sloan could prove valuable until George Hill and C.J. Watson return from injury.
|10/30/2014||Kemba Walker, PG||Walker hit a 21-footer from the top of the key with 5 seconds left in overtime to lift Charlotte to a 108-106 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Walker also made a tying 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. He finished with a game-high 26 points to go with six rebounds and five assists.
|10/30/2014||Brandon Knight, G||Knight had 22 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds in Wednesday's 108-106 overtime loss at Charlotte.
Analysis: Knight was one assist shy of matching his career high, which also came against the Hornets on Dec. 23.
|10/30/2014||Deron Williams, PG||Williams had 19 points and eight assists in Wednesday's opener at Boston.
Analysis: Williams should continue to post solid numbers as long he remains healthy.
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