Isaiah Thomas
Celtics' Isaiah Thomas: Suffers groin injury Monday
Isaiah Thomas, PG, BOS
12:42 AM
News: Thomas suffered a pulled groin in Monday's game against the Rockets and may not be able to practice Tuesday, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.

The injury doesn't seem to be overly serious, but the Celtics will likely afford every opportunity for their star point guard to rest and heal up before Wednesday's game against the Magic. If Thomas is somehow deemed unfit to play, Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart would be the first candidates to see more playing time at point guard.

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Eric Gordon
Rockets' Eric Gordon: Expects to practice Tuesday, play Wednesday
Eric Gordon, SG, HOU
12:22 AM
News: Gordon (ankle) expects to play in Wednesday's game against the Lakers, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Gordon rolled his ankle during Monday's 31-minute outing against the Celtics. Although, he intends to practice Tuesday and be ready for their game Wednesday, so there's not much to be concerned about.

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J.R. Smith
Cavaliers' J.R. Smith: Heads back to Cleveland
J.R. Smith, SG, CLE
12:16 AM
News: Smith (knee) will return to Cleveland on Tuesday for further medical evaluation.

It seems that Smith is in line to miss Wednesday's game in New York against the Knicks as he finds out the exact severity of his left knee injury. Luckily X-rays came back negative at the arena during Monday's game in Toronto, but the veteran guard will likely need to make it unscathed through MRI testing before making his return to the hardwood.

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Sean Kilpatrick
Nets' Sean Kilpatrick: Scores 21 points on 12 shots Monday
Sean Kilpatrick, SG, BKN
12/5/2016
News: Kilpatrick contributed 21 points (8-12 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six rebounds, four assists, and one steal across 33 minutes during the Nets' 118-113 loss to the Wizards on Monday.

Kilpatrick continues to be a pleasant surprise for the Nets through the first quarter of the 2016-17 season, and the former D-Leaguer has established himself as one of the team's top options on offense. Given that Nets' coach Kenny Atkinson has been rolling out plenty of guard-heavy lineups, it's certainly possible that Kilpatrick will still hold solid value even once Jeremy Lin (hamstring) is cleared to return.

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Kyle Lowry
Raptors' Kyle Lowry: Notches 24 and nine against the Cavaliers
Kyle Lowry, PG, TOR
12/5/2016
News: Lowry tallied 24 points (7-14 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 6-7 FT) in 40 minutes in a 116-112 loss to the Cavaliers on Monday.

Lowry is averaging over 20 points per game for the second time in his career, although his average is down every so slightly from last year. On the other hand, he's improved in three-point shooting percentage, free-throw percentage, rebounds per game, and assists per game, so nobody should be complaining.

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DeMar DeRozan
Raptors' DeMar DeRozan: Drops 31 on Cavs
DeMar DeRozan, SG, TOR
12/5/2016
News: DeRozan notched 31 points (12-23 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 7-7 FT), four rebounds, five assists, and three steals in 39 minutes in a 116-112 loss to the Cavaliers on Monday.

DeRozan has returned to Earth since his scorching start to the season, with this being his first 30-point game in nine games. It's hard for a guy who shoots, and makes, so few three-pointers to be such a prolific scorer in the modern NBA, but even after cooling down DeRozen is averaging 28 points per game. Additionally, he's averaging career highs in rebounds, assists, and steals so far this year.

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Kyrie Irving
Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving: Scores 24 versus Toronto
Kyrie Irving, PG, CLE
12/5/2016
News: Irving had 24 points (9-18 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT), two rebounds, and seven assists in 37 minutes in a 116-112 win over the Raptors on Monday.

Makes that 10 straight games with at least 20 points for Irving. On the other hand, while Irving's been pouring in the points this season, he only has one double-double,

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Dwyane Wade
Bulls' Dwyane Wade: Will be available Tuesday
Dwyane Wade, SG, CHI
12/5/2016
News: Wade will be available for Tuesday's game against the Pistons, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports.

Despite doing some heavy lifting with a 34-point outing Monday across 36 minutes against the Trail Blazers, it appears Wade won't need to be rested on the second half of the back-to-back despite a previous murmuring that he may ultimately take a night off. Wade played for 34 minutes during his only other second game of a back-to-back slate earlier this season against the Heat on Nov. 10, although there's no guarantee he'll be ready to take on the same amount of minutes this time around for Tuesday's game in Detroit.

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John Wall
Wizards' John Wall: Posts 25 points, 13 dimes in Monday's win
John Wall, PG, WAS
12/5/2016
News: Wall went for 25 points (10-19 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 13 assists, three steals, and one rebound across 36 minutes during the Wizards' 118-113 win over the Nets on Monday.

Wall skipped practice due to a thigh contusion, but he didn't seem to be hampered by the injury in Monday's victory. It was his fourth straight double-double and sixth in the last seven games, increasing his total to 10 for the year. The former Kentucky guard typically hauls in a few more boards on most nights, as he is one of the better contributors in that category for his position. Nevertheless, it was another solid showing for Wall, who has very arguably been the best point guard in the East thus far this season.

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Sergio Rodriguez
76ers' Sergio Rodriguez: Season-high 17 points Monday
Sergio Rodriguez, PG, PHI
12/5/2016
News: Rodriguez scored a season-high 17 points (7-14 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 0-0 FT) and added seven assists, four rebounds and three steals in 33 minutes during Monday's 106-98 loss to Denver.

With Jerryd Bayless (wrist) out, Rodriguez did it all Monday, as the point guard led the 76ers in assists and tied for the team-high in points and steals. The 30-year-old is averaging 12.6 points over his last five games and could be in line for more minutes if he continues producing in Bayless' stead.

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