Nicolas Batum
Hornets' Nicolas Batum: Double-double in Saturday's OT loss
Nicolas Batum, SF, CHA
5:00 AM
News: Batum scored 15 points (6-15 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 0-3 FT) while adding 12 assists, eight rebounds, three steals and a block in 41 minutes during Saturday's overtime loss to the Timberwolves.

Since missing a game with a corneal abrasion last Saturday, Batum is shooting just 32.6 percent (14-or-43) from the floor, but the rest of his game has returned to form quickly. The double-double was his third of the season.

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Andrew Wiggins
Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins: Scores game-high 29 in Saturday's OT win
Andrew Wiggins, SF, MIN
1:05 AM
News: Wiggins scored 29 points (11-20 FG, 2-7 3 Pt, 5-5 FT) while adding four assists, three steals and a rebound in 37 minutes during Saturday's 125-120 overtime win over the Hornets.

It's just the second time in the last nine games that Wiggins has topped 20 points, after racking up nine such performances in the first 11 games to begin the season. Not coincidentally, the T-Wolves' only two wins in that time came in the two games when Wiggins scored 20 or more. His shooting from the floor has been the main problem during his slump -- Saturday's game ended a streak of eight straight games where he had a FG percentage no better than 42.9.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo
Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo: Double-double in Saturday's win
Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF, MIL
12/3/2016
News: Antetokounmpo scored 16 points (5-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 5-8 FT) while adding 10 rebounds, six assists, five blocks and two steals in 35 minutes during Saturday's 112-103 win over the Nets.

It's his third double-double, plus a triple-double, in the last six games, and it's likely no coincidence that the Bucks are 5-1 during that stretch. Incredibly enough, Antetokounmpo has picked up at least four fouls in 12 straight games, but it hasn't cost him any court time -- he's averaging 35 minutes a night during those 12 games.

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John Henson
Bucks' John Henson: Scores team-high 20 points in Saturday's win
John Henson, PF, MIL
12/3/2016
News: Henson scored 20 points (7-11 FG, 6-7 FT) while adding seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal in 27 minutes during Saturday's 112-103 win over the Nets.

After a disappointing 2015-16 season, Henson might be maturing into a dependable frontcourt presence for the Bucks. Over the last four games, he's averaging 14.8 points, 7.8 boards and 3.0 blocks in 25.5 minutes, and he's even showing improvement at the free-throw line, shooting 83.3 percent (15-for-18) over that stretch -- not bad for a player with a career 55.6 percent mark.

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Anthony Bennett
Nets' Anthony Bennett: Career-high 14 boards in Saturday's loss
Anthony Bennett, PF, BKN
12/3/2016
News: Bennett scored seven points (3-6 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT) while adding a career-high 14 rebounds and an assist in 23 minutes during Saturday's 112-103 loss to the Bucks.

He took full advantage of Trevor Booker's illness, falling just a three-pointer short of his first double-double since 2014-15. Bennett's only seen more than 20 minutes in a game three times so far this season, but with the Nets sitting at the bottom of the NBA in rebounding differential, Saturday's performance might be enough to earn him a more regular role in the frontcourt rotation.

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Danilo Gallinari
Nuggets' Danilo Gallinari: Will start Saturday
Danilo Gallinari, SF, DEN
12/3/2016
News: Gallinari (thigh) will start at small forward in Saturday's game against the Jazz, Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post reports.

Gallinari was expected to play Saturday after appearing in the Nuggets' last two contests and playing at least 35 minutes both nights.

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Derrick Williams
Heat's Derrick Williams: Not starting Saturday
Derrick Williams, PF, MIA
12/3/2016
News: Williams will not start Saturday's game against the Trail Blazers, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Williams started nine straight games before missing the last two games with a back injury, and although he will play Saturday night, head coach Erik Spoelstra will stick with Josh McRoberts at the starting power forward spot.

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Nikola Jokic
Nuggets' Nikola Jokic: Expected to miss next three games
Nikola Jokic, PF, DEN
12/3/2016
News: Jokic (wrist) is expected to miss at least the next three games, Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post reports.

Jokic will sit out Saturday for the second time in as many nights, and according to head coach Mike Malone, he will miss at least two more contests as well. Juan Hernangomez and Darrell Arthur are next in line at the big man spots in Jokic's absence, but based on Friday's game, the Nuggets could opt to play more wing players depending on matchups.

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Nikola Mirotic
Bulls' Nikola Mirotic: Will start Saturday
Nikola Mirotic, PF, CHI
12/3/2016
News: Mirotic will start Saturday's game against the Mavericks, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Mirotic will enter the lineup Saturday in place of Dwyane Wade, who will be held out of the contest in order to rest. Mirotic tallied just 14 total points over his last three games, but he did score 15 points over 37 minutes in the lone other game he started this season.

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Doug McDermott
Bulls' Doug McDermott: Cleared for contact
Doug McDermott, SF, CHI
12/3/2016
News: McDermott (concussion) has been cleared for contact, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

McDermott's recovery from a concussion has not been rapid, but this represents a significant step in the process. McDermott will practice early next week barring any setbacks, which could put him on track to return to action later next week.

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